John Wetton to miss part of Asia's tour, Cruise to the Edge
Asia lead singer and bassist John Wetton has announced he’ll have to skip a slate of 2017 tour dates due to medical issues.
He had announced back in 2015 that he had begun undergoing treatment for cancer. Wetton was scheduled to perform on the “Cruise to the Edge” trip - leaving out of Tampa on Feb. 7 - and with Asia alongside Journey on its 2017 tour.
In a statement on Facebook, John wrote:
"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."