Gig Of The Week: John Waite
WHO: John Waite
WHERE: London Borderline
WHEN: Sunday, May 8
John Waite is having a great time on tour. He’s finding the experience of being back in the UK very positive.
“The crowds have been bigger than I hoped, and they’ve been so into what we’re doing.”
Currently, Waite’s set features not only the expected classics, but a lot of songs from current album Rough & Tumble, and he’s been encouraged by the fans’ reaction to the new stuff.
“We’ll play a song like Rough & Tumble, and people are cheering. That’s great for me, because it means I’m not a nostalgia act and have something more to offer in 2011.”
Waite and his band guitarist Kyle Cook, bassist Tim Hogan and drummer Rondo – are encouraged by the fact that everyone turning up wants to hear songs from the new album.
“It gives us such a buzz and really helps to turn up the energy. We’re doing a 90-minute set and about half it is about the newer stuff. Getting this sort of reaction is just fantastic.”
The man’s also at a loss to explain it, but there are younger people coming along, as well as the old fans.
“I look out and see some in Babys T-shirts, but then there will also be those in Metallica shirts. I have no idea why anyone comes along, but I’m happy they do! It’s always been that way, and I hope it carries for a long while.”
Such has been the response that Waite wants to come back as soon as possible.
“I’ve always seemed to have a problem persuading promoters to book me for shows over here. In the past, I’ve had to pay for everything myself. But now I hope to be back for festivals in the summer and also to play bigger venues.”
Also on the bill is John Parr, and old acquaintance for Waite’s.
“John came to see us in Pontefract, which is close to where he lives. And while he was at the venue, he did a unannounced 20-minute set, which went down really well. I love John. He’s got such a great sense of humour. So, it’s the Two Johns in London. Maybe we’ll find a third John to join us!”
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