JOHN WAITE TALKS LIVE ALBUM
Billboard Magazine (August 02, 2013): Rock veteran John Waite has his eye on two different projects — in two different formats these days. On the recording front, the English musician has just released a new live album entitled “Live All Access.” The singer tells Billboard that the decision to record a live album stemmed from the positive vibes he has felt playing with a new guitarist in his band by the name of Keri Kelli.
“Kerri came to us a few months ago. He had played with Alice Cooper and Slash. He came to say hello, and we clicked, and played some dates together. About two months into it, he really kind of got it. It’s a tough thing to be in a three piece band with a singer. It’s like everyone having their own corner in a boxing ring. You can’t take your eye off the ball for a second. You’ve got to really be in the moment, and be able to improvise.” he stressed.
Apparently, Kelli got the hang of it. “We got to that point very quickly, and after about two months, it went through my head that I needed to record it, even if we just gave it to radio, or put it on b-sides or bonus tracks.”
What started as just a few tracks would up becoming much more. “It turned into a record. I booked time in Philly Sound, which is an old church in south Philly that has a studio to the side of it that holds about 350 people. On the radio, we announced a free gig, bought about three kegs of beer. That got the audience slightly off of their legs, and we rocked the house,” he said with a laugh.
Though his feelings have changed about the travel involved getting to a show, that time on stage is still priceless… Read the rest on Billboard.com