John Waite

Singer-songwriter John Waite has been a fixture of classic rock radio for nearly 40 years. Waite brings his "Wooden Heart Tour" to The Kent Stage on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Waite first came to prominence as the vocalist and bassist of the English rock outfit The Babys, best known for the hits "Isn't It Time?" and "Every Time I Think of You" in the late 1970s. That group disbanded in 1980 (after a final performance in Akron, Ohio), and Waite went on to a very successful solo career, scoring a Number One U.S. hit with "Missing You."

In 1988, Waite teamed up with former Babys members Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, along with Neil Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo to form the super group Bad English. At the time Cain and Schon were also members of Journey, which was on hiatus for a few years. Bad English went to the top of the charts with the Diane Warren ballad "When I See You Smile." The group dissolved in 1992, and Waite resumed his solo career.

For his latest outing, Waite promises an intimate night of stories and songs from his solo career, the Babys and Bad English. The opener for concert will be Jason Sinay, a well-known session guitarist (Neil Diamond, Bob Weir) and member of The Dirty Knobs, the side project for Mike Campbell of Tom Petty.

Gold Circle tickets are $42 and reserved seats are $35. A very limited number of VIP "Meet & Greet" packages will be available for $85. Fans will get a signed lyric sheet to "Missing You" with Waite's thumbprint inked into the paper, photos and a chance to have him sign anything they want.

The concert begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at

$35.00 Reserved - $42.00 Gold Circle - $85 VIP Meet & Greet Upgrade


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