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John Waite still going strong at 60

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John Waite is cool about having turned 60 on July 4. To a point.

"I'm not going to try to make light out of it -- it's, like, crazy. Help!," the former Babys frontman best known for his 1984 solo hit "Missing You" says with a laugh. "Y'know, I thought I might crawl all the way to my late 30s and then disappear. If you feel like it's just pop music, you should be gone at 38, but music means a lot more than that to me.

"The good news is I'm still here and still going way strong. And there's people ahead of me who are much older who are still doing the same thing -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Rod (Stewart). So the future is full of possibilities."

Waite's present isn't too bad, either, thanks to a good run with his 2011 release "Rough & Tumble." This year, meanwhile, marks 35 years since the release of the first Babys album and also the 30th anniversary of his first solo album, "Ignition," but Waite is also juggling a variety of ideas about what he might do next.

"I think it would be a spikey, tough, muscular record, pretty much like 'Rough & Tumble,' " Waite predicts. "Obviously I have a lot more to talk about with all this emotional information going on in my head, just information about myself at this age and taking stock of what life has been to now.

"Then again, I could disappear to some English cottage and keep bees. Anything could happen. I honestly don't have a plan, and I don't mind that."

John Waite and Sponge open this year's Rockin' on the Riverfront series at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, on the south side of the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Admission is free. Visit www.gmrencen.com.

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