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
Many music fans may have got their first taste of The Architects on Warped Tour this summer but the band is coming back around for seconds so get ready. The brothers Phillips (Brandon, Zach and Adam) along with their best friend Keenan are currently on tour with Flogging Molly and Frank Turner in support of their latest album “The Hard Way”.
With their no bs, no gimmick approach to music their sound has been described as combining the lyrical stylings of Johnny Cash and Tom Petty with the sonic boom of The Clash and AC/DC and authentic to the core.
You don’t have to take our word for it though. We have two songs for your downloading pleasure:
And while you’re at it, watch their video for “Bastards at the Gate”:
Tour Dates with Flogging Molly and Frank Turner:
Feb 10 HOUSE OF BLUES Houston, TX
Feb 12 MINGLEWOOD HALL Memphis, TN
Feb 13 TABERNACLE Atlanta, GA
Feb 14 THE RITZ YBOR Tampa, FL
Feb 16 HOUSE OF BLUES Orlando, FL
Feb 17 HOUSE OF BLUES Orlando, FL
Feb 18 THE MUSIC FARM Charleston, SC
Feb 19 THE FILLMORE Charlotte, NC
Feb 20 HOUSE OF BLUES Myrtle Beach, SC
Feb 22 THE NORVA Norfolk, VA
Feb 23 RAMS HEAD LIVE Baltimore, MD
Feb 25 WEBSTER THEATRE Hartford, CT
Feb 26 ELECTRIC FACTORY Philadelphia, PA
Feb 27 HOUSE OF BLUES Boston, MA
Feb 28 MAIN STREET ARMORY Rochester, NY
Mar 2 HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM New York, NY
Mar 4 LC PAVILION Columbus, OH
Mar 5 HOUSE OF BLUES Cleveland, OH
Mar 6 THE FILLMORE Detroit, MI
Mar 8 EGYPTIAN ROOM Indianapolis, IN
Mar 9 BOGARTS Cincinnati, OH
Mar 10 THE PAGEANT St. Louis, MO
Mar 12 EAGLES CLUB Milwaukee, WI
Mar 13 ARAGON BALLROOM Chicago, IL
Mar 14 UPTOWN THEATRE Kansas City, MO
Mar 15 CAIN’S BALLROOM Tulsa, OK
For more info on the band:
Check them out on MySpace