- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Mission: To induct John Waite into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since he is the most potent singer of the rock era and he belongs there. In a career that has spanned over four decades, his brilliance and ability to express the soul's romanticism needs to be recognized. It is the reason we listen to and love music after all. The sheer volume of work by this man should be enough for he has touched so many lives whether or not they are aware of...
The Babys -- as lead singer/bassist of this still-adored seminal English rock band of the 1970s. The vocal alone on Isn't It Time warrants entry, as the bridge itself is so mountainous, and the top notes are hit with the same wild intensity as those in the lower velvet range.
Bad English -- was the epitome of super rock groups. Their first album reached platinum and gold status. Fiery anthems and power rock ballads comprise an extraordinary catalog of songs like When I See You Smile, How Did I Get By, Forget Me Not, Rockin' Horse, and Best of What I Got.
The Voice -- that sparkling rock and roll voice. Huskier for sure, yet crushed and silken as ever, with steadfast nuanced delivery and phrasing. His stirring renditions of songs from Bob Dylan to Bill Withers to Led Zeppelin often outshine the originals.
The Songs -- diverse and eclectic with a lyrical vibrancy of melodic and harmonic beauty. Each album contains pivotal songs that have influenced countless musicians.
Change, the high rotation hit of early MTV, is indelibly etched in the pantheon of this once revolutionary music channel. In Dreams, a song originally written for the film True Romance, is so haunting live it often brings people to tears.
Missing You, the definitive number one hit, is a timeless song of love denial sung in the unique blues, rock and roll style he created as a young English rocker. No Brakes, the album which launched this single, reached gold. The staggering revival with legendary bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss, forges a line down to the very roots of country and blues, the foundation of rock and roll. It has been covered by luminary artists such as Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and Brooks & Dunn. And now this 80s song which so impacted the psyche of a generation has even made it into the subplot of Harlan Coben's best-selling novel Missing You. The exciting wait(e) is now on for a movie version to be made by Warner Bros. and directed by Brett Ratner.
The Performances -- are always stellar, religious and intense. The blazing Rough & Tumble tour itself was a tribal bond of the star to his audience and a sublime cohesion of love and artistry. This tour was brilliantly captured on the CD John Waite Live All Access. So whether he is leading a full band, unplugged or purely a cappella, John Waite will always leave an audience transfixed and hypnotized.
The Latest -- Rough and Tumble, the title track off the astonishingly raw studio album reached number one on adult contemporary charts in 2011. The 2012 release BEST is a masterful retrospective of integral songs which illustrate the depth and virtuosity of his singular artistry. The year 2014 brought the exciting release of an all acoustic EP called Wooden Heart which is the depiction of some of the most divine articulation and phrasing ever recorded. In addition to the two new songs, Magic Camera and The One That Got Away, are the two Richard Thompson covers, Withered and Died, and A Heart Needs A Home. The acoustic guitar perfectly complements his exquisite earthy, steel stringed vocals.
*In Dreams video: Unsteady Freddie. Thx Freddie.
**Special Thx: Michelle Boyer Charles
WE, the undersigned, believe John Waite deserves inclusion to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the basis that he is still recording exceptional music and causing audiences to sway with Dionysian ecstasy. Isn't that what rock and roll is for? The heat of an energy so riveting -- owning the stage -- owning us -- rock and roll incarnate.