John Waite has undoubtedly one of the most beloved voices throughout the history of melodic rock. His signature sound paved the way for his monstrous career stemming back to his early days with The Babys followed by a successful solo run, time spent with supergroup Bad English and now again, as a solo artist.
With a repertoire of mega-hit songs under his belt from “Change” to “Missing You” to “When I See You Smile” – Waite has sealed his fate as one of the most successful singer/songwriters of our era. While some of these songs seemed to take on a life of their own and at times become larger than life, it was always the next great song that Waite was after.
At a time in his career where he could easily rest on his laurels, Waite surprised us by offering up his latest solo release Rough & Tumble which he calls an all new beginning. One might ask, why would someone like John Waite want to start all over again and only a true artist can understand that motivation. With a collection of songs that encompass new tracks written with Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook, reworks on old classics, and a cover or two, Rough & Tumble shows the diversity of Waite’s writing and vocals while still giving us the melodies and voice we’ve come to expect.
We recently had the opportunity to talk to John about the new album and his amazing career.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette
John Waite has announced the details of his upcoming release Rough & Tumble on February 22, 2010.
Best known for his work in the ’70s with The Babys, his solo music in the ’80s and then as the frontman for Bad English in the early ’90s it’s great to see him still rocking!
The album shows a new and fresh side of the British singer/songwriter’s creative output. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles, Waite considers Rough & Tumble a new beginning for him. “I approached this project with an entirely different ambition musically than I’ve had in the past,” Waite commented. “It’s the first record I’ve made that I think is made up of singles. All 12 tracks are contenders. They’re all alive in their own way. I’m not really sure what the energy is behind the songs, but there is a real kind of velocity in the album where we just picked up speed and kept going. We just wanted to play and win.”
A lot of Rough & Tumble was written and produced as a collaborative effort with Matchbox Twenty lead guitarist/songwriter Kyle Cook, who Waite met through a mutual friend. “It’s pretty much extraordinary,” Waite says about the material he created for the new album. “It’s not like what people would expect from me. It’s a step to the left. There’s a rock imprint on the music and a melodic presence, but it’s just shifted gears. It’s an extreme record. It has an identity and a philosophy of its own, which is really fresh for me.”
Sounds good to us! Looking forward to it!
Rough & Tumble Track Listing
Rough & Tumble
If You Ever Get Lonely
Sweet Rhode Island Red
Further The Sky
Love’s Goin’ Out of Style
Better Off Gone
Peace of Mind