The Babys are back -- with their first new album in 30 years.
"I'll Have Some of That" hits stores today (June 24) featuring a lineup that includes co-founders Wally Stocker and Tony Brock along with new members Joey Sykes on guitar and singer-bassist John Bisaha, who bears a striking resemblance to original Babys frontman John Waite.
Stocker tells us he knew that he and Brock had a tall order replacing Waite, but Bisaha proved to be the right man for the job: "We auditioned quite a few people, all with great voices but just not suitable for Babys. We brought John back two or three times just to make sure he was into it and we liked what he was doing and we sort of set off from there. (Bisaha) has been a Babys fan all along. He's a big fan of John Waite's and he kind of grew up listening to our music, so it all kind of fit into place. It really was jsut what we needed as far as boosting our spirits and our enthusiasm."
The new group has Waite's blessing, too. Though he had no interest in being part of the project when Stocker and Brock approached him, Waite he told us that, "I'm glad they're playing together. I think it's great. I wish them the best. I think Wally and Tony were meant to be playing together, and there's no reason why they shouldn't. I'm not even on the same page as them anymore with what I'm doing, so there's no conflict of interest, to me, at all."
The Babys currently have one show booked for the summer, Aug. 10 at the Rockin' the Rivers festival in Three Forks, Montana, but more dates are being lined up.