Asia bassist and lead vocalist John Wetton has issued a statement regarding recent his cancer surgery, according to Vintage Vinyl News. Fans were hipped to him receiving some type of health procedure back on May 13th when he tweeted that he would be “out of action for some days,” while posting a photo of a London hospital.
Wetton’s people issued the following statement to fans yesterday (May 26th): “On May 16, John underwent surgery for the successful removal of a 2.2 lbs malignant mass. John wishes to extend his thanks to Mr. Chan and his team. John is also beyond grateful for the wonderful wishes and prayers received. John is recuperating. Messages can be sent via the management office to email@example.com.”
When we last caught up with him, John Wetton told us that try as they might, no Asia lineup can truly compare with the original group featuring him, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Carl Palmer: “There was a certain chemistry that whenever one element was missing from that, it wouldn’t work. Okay, it would be convincing, but it wouldn’t quite knock your socks off. And there was something about those four people that just had it, and it’s never been the same since. So I think that’s what, if anything, will make it special for people.”