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I had the good fortune to meet John several years ago at a UK meet and greet in Toronto, Canada. He seemed a bit shy but was willing to chat with me and my friend as I humbly asked him to sign all my albums and CD covers. He complied with no problem. We still talk about how he flung some of the CD covers across the room as he signed - "Not on this," "Not me," "This isn't mine," he mumbled.
Through the experience, I felt like I was in the presence of rock royalty. I had to tell him that I thought (and still do) that he had the best voice in rock. He seemed embarrassed but thanked me for the compliment.
I caught up with him two other times - once with UK again and with Asia. He left me in awe at each performance. Such a booming, powerful voice and bass.
I'll never forget the first time I heard Starless and Bible Black as a teenager. I still get chills. Red is still in my top five.
I'm so sorry he was taken from the earth. As a cancer sufferer, I know how sickening the disease is and can only be grateful that he passed in his sleep in his own bed.
Fly away, mighty one. You may have left the earth but you will never leave me. We will meet again on the bridge.
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i am crushed... john was my first teenage girl crush.. My UK albums arrived on my doorstep today..
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I cannot for the life of me figure out how to post. So I am hoping by replying to one of the other members I might be able to get my thoughts off my chest. I love John. Saw Asia May 17th 1982 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. I was an english kid who had moved here in 1978. I always liked music. Listening to Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. 261 I believe. But is was all background until I saw Asia that night as a 14 year old. That was it. Done deal. Wetton was my McCartney. Went out the following week and bought a white Kramer bass guitar. Didnt know what brand John played, but that was insignificant to me. It looked like John's bass. Few days later at a friends house, saw Yes's Drama lp lying around. Oh artwork, connection! Discovered Yes, put two and two together and started discovering. Then a few days ago I heard Asia would be playing July 1st in Welch Mn. Excited. Then at a red light on seventh and lyndale this morning at 650am I heard the news on KQRS. My thoughts are with Mr Wetton's family and friends. Thank you John for introducing me to music. Im gonna go listen to some Mogul Thrash at 11! Godspeed.
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I cannot for the life of me figure out how to post. So I am hoping by replying to one of the other members I might be able to get my thoughts off my chest. I love John. Saw Asia May 17th 1982 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. I was an english kid who had moved here in 1978. I always liked music. Listening to Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. 261 I believe. But is was all background until I saw Asia that night as a 14 year old. That was it. Done deal. Wetton was my McCartney. Went out the following week and bought a white Kramer bass guitar. Didnt know what brand John played, but that was insignificant to me. It looked like John's bass. Few days later at a friends house, saw Yes's Drama lp lying around. Oh artwork, connection! Discovered Yes, put two and two together and started discovering. Then a few days ago I heard Asia would be playing July 1st in Welch Mn. Excited. Then at a red light on seventh and lyndale this morning at 650am I heard the news on KQRS. My thoughts are with Mr Wetton's family and friends. Thank you John for introducing me to music. Im gonna go listen to some Mogul Thrash at 11! Godspeed.

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my mom reminded me that I insisted on a sea dragon on my birthday cake when I turned 13 or so .... RENDEZVOUS 6:02 IS ONE of my all time favorites..I feel like I have lost a friend. someone I have known a long time 
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I love UK. That was a great song. Also love the work John did throughout his entire career. So much music left for us. Uriah Heep's One Way or Another has a great John vocal.
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I love UK. That was a great song. Also love the work John did throughout his entire career. So much music left for us. Uriah Heep's One Way or Another has a great John vocal.
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He certainly was prolific. So, we were left with a huge body of work to remember him by.
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