John Waite

In Real Time

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"Raw rock" is not a phrase that is often used in conjunction with ‘70s/‘80s pop/rock king John Waite. However, there's no denying that on Waite's 2010 live offering, In Real Time, the aforementioned term is a fitting one, as the singer is at his most rocking. It's not to say that there aren't a few "breathers" -- indeed there are, such as the ballad "In Dreams," and his 1984 heartbroken mega hit "Missing You." But with a set list that touches upon all eras of his long and winding career, it's hard not to be impressed with Waite's commitment to a rockin' good time, especially on a pair of Babys classics, "Back on My Feet Again" and "Head First," as well as the set-opening/early MTV favorite "Change." Additionally, Waite gets to let his hair down with a rockin' romp through the Led Zeppelin classic and longtime bar band standard "Rock and Roll." And it turns out that Waite remains in fine voice all these years later, as he hands in a set-closing, spot-on rendition of Bad English's sappy power ballad, "When I See You Smile." Although his biggest chart hits over the years reflected his gentler side, as evidenced throughout In Real Time, John Waite proves once and for all that he is indeed a rocker at heart.

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