'80s hitmaker John Waite is back on the road and hits Syracuse, New York tonight as part of a string of 22 dates running through November.
Aside from his 1984 Number One classic “Missing You,” John Waite is best remembered for his signature hits with the Babys — 1977's “Isn't It Time” and 1979's “Every Time I Think Of You” — along with his solo singles; 1982's “Change,” 1986's “If Anybody Had A Heart,” and “When I See You Smile” — his 1989 chart-topper with Journey's Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain as part of their short-lived supergroup, Bad English.
Although no one can deny that “Missing You” was an era-defining song, John Waite revealed to us that it pretty much took as long to write as it did to sing: “'Missing You' was sung over somebody else's track, and I just made up on the spot. It took about 15 minutes to do the whole demo. Yeah, it was insane. I would never have pitched a song that low, but I just, sort of, like, closed my eyes and went with it and that's what it said to me. I didn't have any plan about coming up with a chorus. I used the first line of 'Every Time I Think Of You' by the Babys to get me going. All of that came out in one big chunk.”
AUDIO: JOHN WAITE ON ‘MISSING YOU’