You know, cowboys and Indians, gunfights and trails song — you know, that’s just big stuff when you’re five.You’ve got this mix of power ballads, you’ve got hard rockers; I mean, like we were saying, it’s such a loud-sounding record that even the ballads kind of have an edge.You’ve got this new live album out, Live: All Access, and I’ve got to tell you, it’s an ass-kicker. It’s a true live record and it’s a three-piece band. There’s no keyboards; it’s just about being, essentially to the image what it’s like to hear me back in 1971 or something, you know if I was in a really great band playing my local university. You get the performance in three minutes or five minutes, however long the song goes, then you spend like two hours on the mix.
Waite’s anticipated new release Rough and Tumble follows 2008’s Downtown…Journey of Heart and shows a new and fresh side of the British singer/songwriter’s creative output. The record wrapped with a spirited studio session in Los Angeles with the members of his touring band.
Waite says of Rough & Tumble: "As much as I feel the release of the live album, In Real Time, last May was a defining moment and as much as I have enjoyed playing those songs, I consider this album a new beginning.
I don’t know how much time I’ve got left to sing this well.
Rod’s 68 or 69 or whatever he is, and Jagger’s 70, so I’ve obviously got a few years.
I mean, like I said, I’m not trying to make a greatest hits. I’m trying to share this experience of what it’s like to see this live.
It’s a throw-down rock show with ballads in it occasionally. We could be playing an arena and it would be something edgier. I’ve been around a lot and I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve got those instincts because of what I’ve lived through, and I know what works for me.
Truth be told, Waite is his own man with no major agenda other than to live life and make music on his own terms.
At this point in time and an iconic voice to boot, he’s earned it. There’s nothing that didn’t happen live at the time on the performance on the record.
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