John Waite, Wild Child Doors Show Star under the Stars at Discovery Center

John Waite at Big Bear Discovery Center music seriesHeadliner John Waite is another star who will perform under the stars at Discovery Center’s outdoor “Music in the Mountains” series Saturday, July 23.

The onetime lead singer for The Babys and then Bad English, he’s best known for his 1984 monster hit “Missing You.” The tune soared to #1 on the charts.

Other Waite hits include “Every Step of the Way,” “If Anybody Had a Heart” and “Tears.” More recently the title track from his album “Rough and Tumble” hit the top spot on classic rock radio. Waite continues to tour with recent gigs in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget. In his lengthy career Waite has played with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band and opened for Journey.

“When I See You Smile” from his days with Bad English went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and became a gold single. The album reached the top five and sold nearly two million copies in the U.S. alone. His song repetoire includes “Isn’t it Time,” “Back on My Feet Again” and others.

General admission (bring your own lawn chair) is $40, or sit really close with $75 VIP bench seating.

The second of the six show series on July 16 is a series newcomer.  Wild Child with Dave Brock’s Doors Experience is the closest thing to reliving an actual Doors concert that there is. Doors members have lavished praise on Wild Child which for 20 years has painstakingly striven to reproduce an actual Doors concert from the late 1960’s.

Music in the Mountains at Big Bear Discovery CenterLead singer Brock brings the voice, look and essence of the late Jim Morrison to life. He has been singing the late star’s music since grabbing the lead in the “Jim Morrison Rock Opera” produced by the late legend’s sister before starting Wild Child, which uses the same instruments the Doors were playing over 40 years ago.

Two years ago the band produced  a 22 song live concert double CD of songs The Doors made popular along with songs from the band’s last album that were never done live with Morrison before his untimely death. The band tours internationally playing to packed venues around the globe, but at Discovery Center audiences will be feet away starting at $30.

Tickets are selling fast for the September 3 series finale featuring Marshall Tucker Band. Led by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray the band helped define Southern rock with its mix of blues, country, rock and Gospel,, with songs like “Ramblin’,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Take the Highway,” and iconic “Can’t You See” among others.

Guests enjoy new stage sound and lighting. systems brought in by Stone Entertainment Group along with improved food and drink service. An expanded menu includes tri-tip sandwiches, barbecue chicken and ribs, even prosciutto cheese and wine baskets. Guests are still welcome to bring their own picnic meals but no outside coolers since there’s a nice assortment of craft beers and wines plus full cocktail service. Visit or call (909) 878-0204.

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