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John Waite Won’t be ‘Missing You’ as he Launches 40th Anniversary Tour at Canyon Tonight

By DONNA BALANCIA

John Waite, lead singer for The Babys, will celebrate his 40th anniversary of making music with a tour kicking off at the Canyon in Agoura tonight.

Waite, known for The Babys songs “Isn’t It Time,” and “Everytime I Think of You,” has amassed a following of not only veterans but young followers as well.

He launched his solo career in 1982 with the album, Ignition, and never looked back.

His next album, No Brakes, released in 1984 brought the megahit, “Missing You,” which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is one of the classic love songs of the 1980s and was in high rotation on MTV.

Tina Turner Cover

Tina Turner covered the song, “Missing You,” after Waite’s version knocked her “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” out of the top spot on the charts.

No Brakes sold more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S.

After The Canyon, Waite hits the Coach House on Friay, The Rose in Pasadena on Saturday, Talking Stick Resord in Scottsdale on Aug. 11, and then takes his tour back East, hitting Plymouth, N.H., Richmond, Va., and Daryl’s House in Pawling, N.Y.

CaliforniaRocker.com Earns Three Finalist Designations for Southern California Journalism Awards

CR Finalist in Best Blog, Best Social Media

STAFF REPORT

LOS ANGELES – CaliforniaRocker.com, the Los Angeles-based music blog, nabbed three Finalist designations for the Southern California Journalism Awards, it was announced Saturday.

Social media for Reluctant Apostles story earned finalist spot in Southern California Journalism Awards – Photo © Donna Balancia

Work Honored

The blog, created, produced and maintained daily by journalist Donna Balancia, covers news, interviews and reviews related to music in California.

“The music business and the news business are both being threatened by technology and cuts in funding,” Balancia said. “It’s important to keep the spirit of creativity as well as the art of reviewing and promoting that creativity alive. I thank The Los Angeles Press Club on behalf of our writers and photographers, and the musicians we cover, for honoring our work.”

Smash Mouth duo Steve Harwell and Paul DeLisle hang together - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Smash Mouth duo Steve Harwell and Paul DeLisle hang together – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Important Role of Social Media

Digital communication plays an ever-increasingly important role today. The social media supporting the CaliforniaRocker.com articles The Reluctant Apostles Play Molly Malone’s and Smash Mouth Performs at The Canyon Club were named finalists in the Best Social Media category. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all were incorporated into coverage.

CaliforniaRocker.com was also named a finalist in the Best Blog category. The blog is three years old and is the regional relative of EastCoastRocker.com, started by Balancia in 2012.

The 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards gala will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on June 25. The program honors achievement in all forms of news, including work in student publications, online, on radio, TV and in print.

To attend the gala or to support the Los Angeles Press Club, go to www.lapressclub.org.

Nancy Wilson and Band, Roadcase Royale, Debut New Video ‘Not Giving Up,’ Play Local SoCal Gigs

Royale to Headline Coach House, Rose and Canyon

By DONNA BALANCIA

Check out Nancy Wilson and her new band Roadcase Royale perform the video “Not Giving Up” on CaliforniaRocker.com

Roadcase Royale will be playing gigs at The Coachhouse May 31, The Canyon on June 1, and The Rose in Pasadena June 2

For more information go to the Roadcase Royale website

 

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