John Waite will revisit his catalog with a full band at Talking Stick Resort | Get Out – Arizona News

John Waite will revisit his catalog with a full band at Talking Stick Resort | Get Out – Arizona News

John Waite is rarely at a loss for words.

However, when he played with Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band in Phoenix several years ago, he was awestruck.

“I don’t often get speechless, but I was playing away on stage and I looked to the right and there was Ringo,” he said. “To play something on guitar or bass and have him follow you in or vice versa? You have to pinch yourself.”

The show was hard on Waite, but for different reasons.

“I had pneumonia and I was almost dying on stage,” he said. “Ringo was behind the drums laughing at me; I could hardly sing. He liked it when it got interesting.”

The vignette offers insight into Waite’s passion for music, which remains after runs with The Babys and Bad English, as well as a successful solo career.

He returns to the Valley to play Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale on Friday, Aug. 11.

“What’s not to be passionate about?” Waite said. “It’s music. My tastes in music diversified as I got older. I like jazz and just discovered opera – Puccini. It kills me. I still love blues and country, but my tastes as a musician have broadened as I grew up. You hear real wonderful stuff in the most unexpected places.”

Those who say they “live for rock ‘n’ roll” are limiting their abilities, he adds.

“I know how to write a song,” Waite said. “It’s about closing your eyes. There’s not a lot to it. There are only three or four or five chords in rock. With classical, there’s an endless stream of chords and it rarely repeats itself.

“I can listen to it without pulling it…

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