After Reaching #1 on the Classic Rock Chart with Title Track “Rough & Tumble”, Waite Releases the Inspired Ballad “If You Ever Get Lonely” Co-written by Matchbox Twenty’s Kyle Cook
An iconic British singer/songwriter with a resume that boasts several chart-topping hits, John Waite’s return to the top of the charts did not take long. Less than two weeks after the release of the first single and title track “Rough & Tumble”, the song hit #1 nation-wide on the U.S. Mediabase Classic Rock chart. The risk-taking rocker follows up his hard-hitting first single with an emotionally arousing ballad “If You Ever Get Lovely” co-written by Matchbox Twenty lead guitarist Kyle Cook.
In the 70’s, John Waite was the lead singer of the critically acclaimed and beloved UK rock band The Babys. As a solo artist in the 80’s, Waite landed big hits with songs like “Change,” and the #1 massive hit “Missing You.” In the late 80’s and into the 90’s he became the lead singer for Bad English who also scored major hits including the #1 power-ballad “When I See You Smile.”
Released by Model Music/Fontana, Rough & Tumble is the most inspired and musically diverse album of his career. The album displays a new, innovative side of the British singer/songwriter’s creative ability. 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 recorded that I think is made up of singles.”
A good portion of Rough & Tumble, including the second single “If You Ever Get Lonely”, was written and produced in a sweet pocket of creativity, enjoyed over the past year and a half with Matchbox Twenty lead guitarist/songwriter Kyle Cook, who Waite met through a mutual friend. The Waite/Cook creative collaboration showcases genuine songwriter kismet, as evidenced by songs like “Evil,” a thumping rocker-meets-dance-club tour de force; “Better Off Gone,” a hook-laced better-off-on-the-open-road anthem; the deep groove-laden “Love’s Goin’ Out of Style” and the captivating ballad, “If You Ever Get Lonely,” the albums’ second single. “I’m not saying it’s high art, but genuinely speaking, it’s fantastic for me,” Waite says, reflecting on his new music. “I certainly am interested in spending the rest of my life doing something creative rather than just living in the past.”
With Rough & Tumble, many have said “John Waite is back,” but the simple fact is he never left.
Rough & Tumble Track Listing:
Rough & Tumble (1st single)
If You Ever Get Lonely (2nd single)
Sweet Rhode Island Red
Further The Sky
Love’s Goin’ Out of Style
Better Off Gone
Peace of Mind
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release in Europe of JOHN WAITE’s new studio album entitled Rough & Tumble on January 21st, 2011.
Waite’s anticipated new release follows 2007’s Downtown…Journey of Heart and shows a new and fresh side of the British singer/songwriter’s creative output. Part of the album was recorded in Nashville. The record wrapped with a spirited studio session in Los Angeles with the members of his touring band.
Waite says of Rough & Tumble: “As much as I feel the release of the live album, In Real Time, last May was a defining moment and as much as I have enjoyed playing those songs, I consider this album a new beginning. I approached this project with an entirely different ambition musically than I’ve had in the past. 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 good portion of Rough & Tumble was written and produced in a sweet pocket of creativity enjoyed over the past year and a half 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.”
The Waite/Cook collaboration has proved to be nothing short of phenomenal, as evidenced by songs like “Evil” (a thumping rocker-meets-dance-club tour de force), “Better Off Gone” (a hook-laced better-off-on-the-open-road anthem), the deep groove-laden “Love’s Goin’ Out of Style” and the soaring magic ballad “If You Ever Get Lonely”. “I’m not saying it’s high art, but genuinely speaking, it’s fantastic for me,” Waite says, reflecting on his new music. “I certainly am interested in spending the rest of my life doing something creative rather than just living in the past”.
On Rough & Tumble, Waite also managed to keep the rougher live rock edge that shines through on In Real Time alive and well. The no-holds-barred, riff-ready title track and the driving renditions of “Sweet Rhode Island Red” (a Tina Turner number) and “Mr. Wonderful” (a new take on a hidden gem originally included on his debut solo album, Ignition) are set to shake heads during the next tour. The melodies of the amazing “Shadows of Love” are yet another highlight of Waite’s new superbly varied and interesting musical statement.
Rough & Tumble final track listing includes:
Rough & Tumble, Shadows of Love, Evil, If You Ever Get Lonely, Skyward, Sweet Rhode Island Red, Love’s Goin’ Out of Style; Better Off Gone, Further The Sky, Peace of Mind, Mr. Wonderful, Hanging Tree.
The songs “Shadows of Love” and “If You Ever Get Lonely” can be listened to in full exclusively on the Frontiers Web Radio. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
The first single “Shadows of Love” is available NOW for digital purchase !