One of Lancaster’s favourite sons has joined forces with a former president of the United States for a very good cause.
Rock star John Waite met Bill Clinton at a recent health summit at the swish Ritz Carleton hotel in Laguna Beach, California.
Lancaster-born John, famed for his worldwide smash Missing You, is friends with Joe Kiani, the medical entrepreneur who hosted the Patient Safety, Science and Technology conference.
The event aimed to sign up manufacturers and developers of health monitoring devices hoping to reduce unnecessary patient deaths in the USA.
Kiani, owner of leading health technology company Masimo, has been described as the “Bill Gates of the medical world”.
“It’s a very moving thing – many of us have had loved ones who have been in care and didn’t survive,” said John, speaking exclusively to the Guardian from his home in Santa Monica, California.
“Joe is trying to create a database where every doctor can have access to every patient’s complete medical history. President Clinton gave a tremendous speech.”
Waite, who was educated at the Storey Art College in Lancaster, has enjoyed two number one hits in America – Missing You in 1984 and When I See You Smile as lead singer with Bad English in 1989.
Missing You was also a Top 10 hit in the UK and was covered by Tina Turner.
The rocker, 57, returns home to Lancaster on a regular basis to visit friends and family, including his proud mum Veronica.
He played a live gig at the Grand Theatre in 2011 and was back for three weeks at Christmas.
“Lancaster is still very much part of my life because it’s a great city,” he said.
“I’m currently mixing an album and working on just a few bigger gigs this year, which opens up more time for me to come home.
“I’ll be back in the spring for a nice holiday. You’ll find me in the Boot and Shoe!”