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