My Friend John Waite’s Documentary The Hard Way Is Now Out
My friend, John Waite has a film out. The Hard Way is out now and streaming in a number places including Prime. John is as down to earth as you can get. This documentary came about during the pandemic. If you love his tune Missing You and all of his solo music and The Babys music AND Bad English, this documentary is for you.
As far as I know “Missing You” was covered by 29 artists. 29. CRAZY! Such a powerful song. Artists who covered it include Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Brooks & Dunn.
Its a film about John, the Golden Voice of The Babys and Bad English. His bands. His life. You can hear me bring him on stage in Philly towards the end of the film and the credits! You can hear me on this twitter link:
@jackybambam933 watching @_grenadine3 terrific documentary “John Waite - The Hard Way” & think I heard Philly’s favorite Rock N Roll vampire Bam Bam before the closing credits. pic.twitter.com/2tM2marr05— Lento’s Polyester Toupee (@realgiltoy) March 24, 2023
Despite his success and longevity in the music industry, John Waite remains humble and introspective. He credits his confidence to overcoming the ignorance and disapproval he faced as a young artist growing up in Lancaster, England. He grew up with musical idols like Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and Tina Turner, and felt that he couldn’t compare to them as a vocalist. However, Waite’s talent as a singer has been recognized by fellow musicians, such as Rod Stewart, who praised his abilities during a concert. He never considered himself a singer and was more focused on being a bass player and songwriter, but his success with The Babys and as a solo artist and member of Bad English made him a pop heartthrob and MTV staple.
John never had an interest in playing the game and being feted. He preferred downtime to balance the time in the spotlight and to focus on introspection and songwriting. He released 10 solo studio albums between 1982 and 2011, and continues to tour and make music. He feels he’s singing better than ever and is enjoying performing live and working on new material. However, he’s starting to think about reaching the finish line and focusing on other interests, such as writing and painting, and potentially moving back to New York City or living a leisurely life in the country.
Sources beyond what I personally know include The Hard Way website and wiki.