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JOHN WETTON Camden Underworld, London
16 March 2003
A fair sized crowd for a Sunday night - 250-300 people for the first UK
date in a while for John Wetton (Asia/Uriah Heep/UK/King Crimson/Family). The
show started with a DVD of Cartman from ‘South Park’ singing Asia’s hit
single ‘Heat of the Moment’! A bizarre start to say the least.
John Wetton’s bass gave him some trouble from the start but after the
opening track, the instrumental ‘Red’ it was fine. Asia’s ‘Sole Survivor’
was up next with great harmony vocals from guitarist John Mitchell (Arena)
and keyboard player Martin Orford (IQ/Pallas). New song ‘New Day’ came over
well but the other new song aired, ‘Down to the Waterline’ got a rousing
reception. A classic slow builder featuring a very catchy chorus, which was
co-written with John Young.
UK got a look in with ‘Rendezvous 6:02’, never heard much by UK but I enjoyed this track. Surprise of the night was a cover
of the Beatles ‘Ticket to Ride’ and a very good version it was too! The
harmonies of Mitchell & Orford again adding to the Wetton’s lead vocals.
Wetton sang solo with just Orford’s keyboards for Asia’s ‘The Smile Has Left
Your Eyes’. John Wetton seemed to enjoy the show the more it went on and we
kept getting little one liners between songs, usually plugging the new CD!
Encore time saw ‘Battlelines’, featuring some great guitar work from John
Mitchell. Two Asia classics closed the show ‘Heat of the Moment’ and ‘Don’t
Cry’, a track that literally sent shivers down my spine! One of my all time
favourite tracks and great to hear it live by the original vocalist. A very
intimate show and very enjoyable, can’t wait for the full UK tour in
Text © 2003 Jason Ritchie