John Wetton has been battling illness for a while now and while recently he did get married, he has just announced that due to his health he has had to withdraw from the upcoming Cruise to the Edge and the first leg of the Asia tour. Billy Sherwood will fill in. We wish him the best. Wetton posted this message today on his Facebook page:
A PERSONAL STATEMENT FROM ASIA’s JOHN WETTON
I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 – April 4.
I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly.
I am grateful to the promoters of the cruise. I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave, I will be with you all in spirit.
My good friend Billy Sherwood will fill in for me within Asia, keeping my seat warm during the initial 12 Journey dates. While I am naturally disappointed to miss the beginning of what I know will be an historic ASIA tour, I am intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced. I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run.
January 11th. 2017