John Waite will perform at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. #WAMFest2016
– photo credit Michael Cavacini

We have been missing John Waite since he’s been gone. The English-born lead singer of The Babys and Bad English is back in Texas after his Wooden Heart Acoustic Tour along the North Eastern part of America. For the past 35 years, John Waite has been writing, recording and performing his music for not only the love of song, but the love of his fans.

Since going solo in 1982 with his debut album “Ignition,” Waite has had growing international success, including 1984s “Missing You,” which landed him a #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and a top ten hit on the U.K. Singles Chart. A move that knocked Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” from the number one spot. Waite has also had successful soundtrack singles for films like, “About Last Night,” “Rover’s Return” and “Days of Thunder.”

In 1988, Waite reunited with former bandmates, Jonathan Cain, and Ricky Phillips, along with Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo, two former Journey members, to form the sugergroup Bad English. Although Bad English broke up in 1992, they released two albums and reached both no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and earned a gold-certificate single.

Since returning to his solo career in 1995, Waite hit the ground running, more so the recording studio. Over the last decade, John released numerous rock ‘n’ roll albums, including 1995’s “Temple Bar,” 1997’s “When You Were Mine,” 2001s “Figure in Landscape,” 2004’s “The Hard Way,” 2006’s “Downtown: Journey of the Heart,” and 2010’s “In Real Time,” an amazing live recording album. His tenth solo album “Rough and Tumble,” in which the tile track went no. 1 on classic rock radio in 2011, proved that Waite was here to stay.

You may have noticed Waite’s single “Missing You” in the movie Warm Bodies, but John Waite and Alison Krauss re-released the ’84 hit single as a duet and even performed it on The Tonight Show back in February 2007. Listen to hit songs here:

Waite hasn’t slowed down on touring either. In addition to his own touring schedule, in 2003 he toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, and in 2005 John Waite was the opening act for Journey. Coming off the release of his greatest hits album, Waite has no plans to slow down. Tackling the beast that is the music industry with his take on rock, blues and country, this has transformed the lead singer into a rock star, balladeer, storyteller, and above all, entertainer. More info about John Waite may be found on his website:

Saturday, May 21, 2016 John Waite will perform at 6:30 p.m. on the State Farm Amphitheater Stage at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival in Richardson, Texas. Following his performance is Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx at 8:15 p.m. and legendary guitarist Peter Frampton at 10:00 p.m. Tickets to #WAMFest2016 are available at metroplex Tom Thumb stores,, and single day passes will be sold at the gate.
“John Waite – Back in Texas May 21” written and contributed by guest blogger Christina Kennedy for Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival. #WAMFest2016