Jack Russell’s Great White featuring Faster Pussycat, Bullet Boys
This full night of music will also feature local bands The Hard Way, Wizeguy Theory, Madysin Hatter, Everyday Feels Like Sunday.
JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE (via http://jacksgreatwhite.com)
Great White started their career as Dante Fox, playing their first gig in 1981 at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California. In 1982, founding members Mark Kendall, Jack Russell, drummer Gary Holland, and bassist Lorne Black recorded and released a 5-song EP, Out of the Night, with producer Don Dokken on the independent label Aegean formed by their manager Alan Niven. Niven then convinced the Los Angeles radio station KMET to begin adding songs from the EP to its playlist in heavy rotation. KLOS-FM soon did the same. The band suddenly went from drawing 100 people at local clubs to drawing thousands. As an unsigned act, Great White headlined at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia playing to 6,250 people. Near the end of 1983, EMI America signed the band and subsequently released Great White’s eponymous debut album in early 1984. The band immediately toured the UK supporting Whitesnake’s Slide It In tour and the entire US and Canada opening for Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith tour. Their follow up release was Shot in the Dark, which was reissued by Capitol Records. After the release of Shot in the Dark, Great White hit the road with Dokken and was on the verge of even bigger success.
The band hit the mainstream in 1987 when they released Once Bitten…, which featured the hits “Rock Me” and “Save Your Love”,( a song which neither the producer nor the record label wanted on the album as they felt it was too soft). Russell informed them that he would quit if the song was not included. Once Bitten… was certified platinum in April 1988.
The band followed up with …Twice Shy in 1989. The album included their biggest hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, a cover of a UK hit single by Ian Hunter. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The album was certified platinum in July 1989 and then double platinum in September of that same year. They finished off the 80s touring in support of …Twice Shy as headliners and with some best known bands, such as Bon Jovi.
The band continued into the next decade performing the song “House of Broken Love” at the American Music Awards in January 1990. In March of 1990, Great White embarked on their first tour of Japan. They returned to the United States for the Memorial Day weekend festival dubbed The World Series of Rock, which featured Whitesnake, Skid Row, Bad English, and Hurricane Alice. Great White recorded two more albums for Capitol Records, Hooked, which was certified gold, and Psycho City. In support of Hooked, Great White embarked on a headlining tour. They also opened for Scorpions and traveled to Europe and Japan. Psycho City was followed by a US tour with Kiss.
Capitol issued the compilation The Best of Great White: 1986–1992 in 1993, after Great White had already departed the label to begin work on their next studio release, Sail Away. Before the release of the album, Great White spent seven months on the road headlining clubs. Great White kept up the pace once Sail Away was released on Zoo Records in 1994, touring the US several times over the following year and a half. Their next album, Let It Rock, was released by Imago Records in 1996.
In 1996, Jack produced and recorded his first solo album Shelter Me. Joining him on this venture was guitarist, keyboardist, producer Michael Lardie, as well as guitarist Matthew Johnson, bassist Tim Bogert, and drummer Myron Grombacher.
In 1999, the band released Can’t Get There from Here and embarked on a tour with Ratt, Poison, and L.A. Guns. The album featured the single “Rollin’ Stoned”, which managed to chart at No. 8 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
In 2000, Great White was slated to record another album for Sony’s label Portrait. Jack told Sony’s John Kolodner that he did not want to record another album as he would be pursuing his solo career.
On November 5, 2001 Jack Russell announced the end of Great White, stating that he was moving on, and that Great White would play one final farewell show on December 31, 2001 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA. The show was recorded for a live CD entitled Thank You…Goodnight! released by Knight Records. The live album includes two new tracks, “Back to the Rhythm” and “Play On” from their discontinued studio sessions, both of which would ultimately wind up on their reunion album Back to the Rhythm in 2007.
In 2002, Jack Russell released his second solo album, For You. Joining Jack on this album was guitarist Bob Kulick, basist Tony Levin, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist Michael Sherwood, and producer and musical prodigy Billy Sherwood.
In late 2002, Jack Russell contacted Mark Kendall, and Kendall agreed to play some dates with Russell’s solo band. Russell began to use the name Great White once again. Billed as “Jack Russell’s Great White,” the tour was to consist primarily of classic songs from the Great White catalog with some of Russell’s solo work mixed in. Eventually, more dates were added and the tour extended through the early months of 2003.
The band returned to the national spotlight on February 20, 2003. At the beginning of a Great White performance at The Station night club in Rhode Island, pyrotechnics used by the band’s crew created a spray of sparks that ignited the foam soundproofing material in the ceiling around the stage. One hundred and one people including the band’s guitarist Ty Longley, died in the fire that followed, and over 250 other people were injured. In 2008, Jack Russell’s insurance company, while admitting to no wrongdoing, paid $1 million to survivors and victims’ relatives of the fire. The settlement was the maximum allowed under the insurance plan. Victims had also previously received $3.8 million raised by the United Way of America.
Great White played their first full show following the Rhode Island tragedy on July 22, 2004 after starting a benefit tour for the survivors and victims of the fire. The band toured until 2005 to raise funds totaling over $100,000 for the Station Family Fund, which had been set up to help the victims of the tragedy.
Later in 2006, it was officially announced that Great White had reformed its classic lineup. The reformed lineup of Russell, Kendall, Lardie, McNabb, and Desbrow played their first date together in more than 5 years on January 27, 2007 at the Key Club in Hollywood performing in the Harpseals.org Benefit Concert. The band continued to tour throughout the rest of the year, and recorded their 25th anniversary album Back to the Rhythm.
Great White released their latest album, Rising, on March 13, 2009 in Europe via Frontiers Records and on April 21 in the US.
In 2010-2011, several vocalists filled in for Jack Russell who was recovering from health problems and injuries.
In December 2011, after a full recovery, Jack Russell informed his former band mates that he was taking the name Great White, which he created, and moving on. The former band members, manager, and agent told Jack they would continue touring with his name Great White. Ownership of the name is yet to be determined in a court of law. Thus, to avoid confusion, Russell’s group will go by the name “Jack Russell’s Great White.”