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By Evan Da Silva

Long-time English rock star John Waite will be coming to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Friday, Oct. 2, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m.

According to his website, Waite found his first taste of success as bassist and lead singer of the English rock group, The Babys, which charted twice, both times at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Isn’t It Time” in 1977 and “Every Time I think of You” in 1979. The band would release five albums over five years, eventually disbanding in 1980.

In 1982, Waite launched his own solo career with the debut album Ignition, featuring the hit single “Change.” No Brakes, his next album, catapulted the English performer into the international spotlight. The album would become a Top 10 Billboard album in the United States thanks to the hit, “Missing You,” which peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song would knock Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” out of the No. 1 spot, and in response Turner would record her own rendition of Waite’s single.

After several more successful album releases, Waite would rejoin members of his old group, The Babys, and form Bad English. In 1989, Bad English’s “When I See You Smile” made No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and became a gold-certified single. The self-titled album the golden single came from reached Billboard’s Top Five and sold close to 2 million copies in the United States alone. After their second album, Backlash, Bad English would disband in 1992. By 1995, Waite revived his solo career and continues to release new work to this day.

The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are $37 and dinner reservations with priority seating are also available. For tickets or more information call 949.496.8930 or log on to

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