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John Waite Says He's Sure "Missing You" Will Be on Glee "Any Second Now"
The cast of Glee has recorded many an '80s power ballad, so it's no surprise that the man behind one of those power ballads is expecting them to come knocking on his door any day now.
John Waite, who topped the charts in 1984 with the classic lovelorn ballad "Missing You," says he doesn't watch Glee, but he thinks the song will eventually find its way onto the show. He tells us, "I'm sure they're gonna do 'Missing You' sometime. I look at it and I think, 'Well, how could they not do 'Missing You?' I think any second now, they're gonna do it!" Asked if he's happy about that prospect, he says, "I'd like the royalty checks!"
Since John first scored with "Missing You," it's been re-recorded by everyone from Rod Stewart and Tina Turner, to country stars Brooks & Dunn, to Michael Jackson's guitarist Orianthi. John says he's not sure why everyone loves the song so much, but, he says, "It's just, still, a wonderful thing to me that people think that much of it."
John, whose voice can also be heard on the #1 hit "When I See You Smile" by Bad English, among other tracks, has a brand-new album out this week called Rough & Tumble. He worked on it with Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook, and it features some signature ballads, as well as some raw, rockin' numbers. John says unlike some of his fellow '80s hitmakers, he's not content to go on the road and play the same old songs over and over -- he wants to keep making new music. He tells us, "The fact that the arena rock bands just keep bringing out the same old stuff...it does offend me, quite deeply. That's why I've made this...record." He adds, "I believe in the spirit of making music for people, and the spirit of elation when you're dancing to it."
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