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