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Formed: 1981
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Great White News

Below is our complete Great White news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Great White Releasing 30th Anniversary Live Album

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Great White's live album "30 Years – Live From the Sunset Strip" on February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America. The label issued the following statement:

"To mark its 30th Anniversary live on March 22nd, 2012, Greaet White celebrated the only logical way – on stage. In a nod to its early days, Great White returned to the infamous Sunset Strip, where a storied past of music’s biggest fans are fused into the walls of the Key Club. Great White delivered its entire repertoire to a packed house, pining for the band’s raw energy and cheering its illustrious history track after track.

"The Southern California blues hard rock band debuted with a Don Dokken / Michael Wagener produced EP in 1983 and later on were signed by EMI for 1984’s self-titled debut album. Since then Great White has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' and earned a double platinum certification for the album '…Twice Shy.' More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Friday Old School

This week a look at new videos from Ugly Kid Joe, Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Izzy Stradlin (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Great White; for those keeping a timeline at home, Ugly Kid Joe would be considered the “new” band of this group. More...

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Sunday Old School: Great White

Great White started as a standard lipstick and big hair glam band before evolving into one of the best blues hard rock bands of the eighties. Great White had amazing highs in the eighties, but nothing matches their tragic low in 2003. Today (as is the current trend with eighties bands) the lineup is a mess; with two bands touring as Great White. A made for Hollywood story from a band formed in Los Angeles. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Videos From Hell

This week Fuel From Hell offers up a new video, Ugly Kid Joe returns with “Devil’s Paradise” (as does the NEW Great White), and in the name of charity, a bonus SIXX:A.M. video makes an appearance. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dysfunction is my Business

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses) is back with his new band named Adler and a new single titled “The One You Hated.” The band insists that the band is about a man/woman relationship and not what we all assume: heroin. Of course, I guess it could be about Axl Rose as well, or maybe the song is about Steven from the mindset of Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew. Either way you look at it, Steven has an impressive memory catalog to pull inspiration from… More...

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Great White Singer To Sue Former Bandmates

According to Courthouse News Service, Great White singer Jack Russell plans to sue his former bandmates, who are continuing with their own version of the band, for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Among those Russell is suing are guitarist Mark Kendall, drummer Audie Desbrow, guitarist/keyboardist/backing vocalist Michael Lardie and talent agency Bigg Time Entertainment.

"In August of 2010, plaintiff was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery for a life threatening condition. While he recuperated from this surgery, other singers filled in for him during the band's live performances, however, it was undisputed that plaintiff's absence was temporary, and that he retained his position in the band's lineup and would resume singing with the band upon his recuperation," the federal complaint states.

Read the full article at Courthouse News Service.

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Great White Singer To Form New Version Of The Band

Great White vocalist Jack Russell, who has been absent from the band since last year for numerous reasons including substance abuse and a perforated bowel, recently announced that he will be forming his own version of the band, which will include past Great White members. A statement from Russell reads:

"Just wanted to announce that I will be coming back with my band Great White and a brand new lineup. My new bandmates are some of the most incredible musicians I have ever had the privilege to play with: Matthew Johnson - former guitarist for Great White, Derrick Pontier - former drummer for Great White, Dario Seixas - former bassist for Firehouse and the Stephen Pearcy band, and Robby Lochner - former guitarist for Rob Halford's band and Cherie Currie."

His former bandmates in Great White have since responded to the statement by claiming that they were unaware the singer had such plans and found out via Facebook like everybody else. Their message reads as follows: More...

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Former Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead

Former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane was reprtedly found dead at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California yesterday evening (August 11th.) He was only 47 years old. So far, no cause of death has been confirmed. More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

Lane was born in Akron, Ohio and would find fame singing with Warrant, with whom he recorded seven albums, before releasing a solo album entitled, "Back Down To One." He also had stints with the bands Saints Of The Underground and Great White, who helped out by performing as a touring vocalist while their singer Jack Russell was ill.

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Former Dio Guitarist Forms New Band

Craig Goldy, the current guitarist for Welsh hard rock legends Budgie and former guitarist of Dio, has announced that he has formed a new band with vocalist Chas West (Bonham,) bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and drummer Gary Holland (Great White.) The band currently have no name but Goldy stated:

“The idea is to put the rock star back into everyone’s lives. So, you’ve got four people who look great, are amazing at their craft and the music pierces your soul. And they’re all good people. I think."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Motley Wire plus more

Axl Rose (Guns N Roses) during his recent tour fired his entire road crew for allowing him to nap during the time he was suppose to go on stage. The tricky part to this is that Rose has strict instructions to not wake him under ANY circumstances. The crew was eventually rehired, but led to this job wanted advertisement...WANTED: Person with telepathic powers and an acute sense of time; need to be able to communicate to another person through their dreams without knowing they are being awakened; NOTE: supervisor unstable… More...

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Former Warrant Singer To Join Great White

According to Gibson Guitars, former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane will be joining Great White on a temporary basis, while their frontman Jack Russell recovers from his recent major surgery for a perforated bowel. Lane was quoted as saying, "I consider it an honor and a privilege."

Lane will be performing with Great White on the following tour dates: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Marathon

Thoughts while watching a video marathon and wondering whether Rob Halford decided to put tattoos on his skull before or after he shaved his head…

Production meeting prior to making the Dio video “Holy Diver”: Okay, so we need an abandoned church, an active steel mill, and a very large sword. Behind the Music: The Dio video props department…

In Guns N Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” Axl is getting off a bus with a very large suitcase. In Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” video Tawny Kitaen packs four pieces of lingerie into a large suitcase. Anyone interested to know the contents (or what for fictional purposes is supposed to be contained in their luggage)? I’m going to go with Hit Parader and Circus magazines for Axl and a pair of Bret Michaels (Poison) jeans for Kitaen. This mystery is right there with what is inside the briefcase from Pulp Fiction...While on the subject of “Jungle”, is Duff ever going to bring back the Bill Walton seventies style headband? I believe I speak for many when I say: I hope so… More...

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Dokken Announces US Tour Dates

LA's Dokken has announced the following US tour dates:

08/14 - Oswego, NY - Scriba Town Inn
08/15 - Chicopee, MA - Maximum Capacity
08/17 - Ocean City, NJ - Ocean City Music Pier
08/22 - Algona, IA - Rock Gone Wild
09/04 - Murfreesboro, TN - 527th Main St
09/05 - Julian, NC - Piedmont Dragway
09/06 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center Omaha
10/09 - Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (with GREAT WHITE)
10/10 - Cincinatti, OH - Riverstar Complex
10/17 - Makuhari Messe, Japan - Loud Park Festival
10/24 - Camp Verde, AZ - Stargazer Pavillion

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Great White Singer Cannot Escape Memories of Fire

Great White singer Jack Russell has told Dave Wedge of BostonHerald.com that he is still haunted by the Feb. 20, 2003, inferno at The Station in Warwick, Rhode Island. He's also reeling from a failed relationship and a raging substance-abuse problem.

"I'm a drug addict and an alcoholic, and I've been fighting those demons every day," Russell said. "I have this self-destruct button and I don't know where it comes from. I've talked to many, many therapists. It's a battle."

Russell and his band mates have tried to move beyond the horrific fire, but it's a burden they cannot escape. The singer has been criticized since the blaze for continuing to make music, getting a face-lift and not donating enough money to survivors.

"There's always someone out there that blames me because I'm the face of Great White," Russell said. "And I'm OK with that. We've tried to handle it as sympathetically as possible. But we've received literally thousands of e-mails from around the world telling us to keep going. I didn't realize how much positive influence I had on people's lives." More...

Read the full article at Boston Herald.

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Great White Announces More Tour Dates

Multi-Platinum rock band Great White celebrated the 25th anniversary of the band's inception with the release of "Back To The Rythm" in 2006. The band's new record, "Rising," which is due out on April 21 via Shrapnel Records, is their second studio recording in ten years and features 11 new compositions penned by the band.

Here are the latest Great White tour dates:

Fri 04/24/09 - Atlanta, GA @ Wild Bill's
Sat 04/25/09 - Leesburg, FL @ Bike Rally
Sat 05/02/09 - Laredo, TX @ Ride & Share
Fri 05/15/09 - Yucaipa, CA @ Angels Roadhouse
Sat 05/16/09 - San Diego, CA @ 4TH and B
Fri 05/22/09 - Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
Sat 05/23/09 - Parker, AZ @ Blue Water Resort
Sat 05/30/09 - Waterloo, IA @ Waterloo Days
Sat 06/06/09 - Geuda Springs, KS @ Mid America Drag Way
Sat 06/13/09 - Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
Fri 06/19/09 - Elko, NV @ Rumble in the Rubies
Sat 06/19/09 - Newtown, ND @ 4 Bears Casino
Sat 06/27/09 - Des Moines, IA @ KGGO Summer Jam
Thu 07/02/09 - La Crosse, WI @ Riverfest
Sun 07/12/09 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
Fri 07/17/09 - Great Falls, MT @ Club Big House
Sat 07/18/09 - Idaho Falls, ID @ Sandy Downs Race Track
Sun 07/19/09 - Alpine, WY @ Bull Moose Saloon
Fri 07/24/09 - Royalton, MN @ Half Way Jam
Sat 08/01/09 - Redwood Falls, MN @ Redwood County Fair
Thur 08/13/09 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
Fri 08/14/09 - Agoura, CA @ Canyon Club
Sat 08/15/09 - Lake Elsinore, CA @ Rockfest 2009 Storm Stadium
Thurs 08/20/09 - Bristol, VA @ Food City Family Race Night
Fri 08/21/09 - Glen Flora, WI @ Northwood Rock Rally
Sat 08/22/09 - Algona, IA @ Rock Gone Wild

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Great White Guitarist To Be On Classic Metal Show

Great White guitarist Mark Kendall will be the guest on tonight's edition of The Classic Metal Show where he will be discussing the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Rising." The show will also be airing two of the songs from that album exclusively. You can listen to the show tonight from 9PM-3AM (EST) by heading to their website.

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Great White Sets European Release Date

Frontiers Records has announced the European release of GREAT WHITE's brand new studio album “Rising” on March 13, 2009.

Long time members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) with new bassist Scott Snyder (ex RAMOS) have spent the last few months in the studio writing and recording new songs. “I think had we done this record back in the day it would hold up to anything we've ever done and also fit perfectly” says guitar player Mark Kendall. “When we make music with Jack singing and me playing guitar along with Michael Lardie, it's going to sound like Great White no matter what era.”

“The new album for me was extension of the affection we have for playing music together” says Michael Lardie, “I believe the songs are a bit more introspective true to life experience for us, not all the songs were written as we went into the studio, so I feel there is a freshness to the tracks as a result.”

According to singer Jack Russell, “The band is in great shape and everyone is excited about the new year. We can't wait to tour and play some of the new music live. Our new bass player Scott is a great guy who can really play. The stuff he wrote to our new music is awesome!”

Just like the previous album, "Rising", was mixed, produced, and engineered by Michael Lardie. The new cd rocks from start to finish and shows the band’s maturity in writing amazing Rock anthems, killer Blues numbers, melodic mid-tempos and heartfelt ballads.

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Great White Reveals New Album Details

Reunited heavy rockers Great White has announced that they are currently mixing their new album, which is entitled, "Rising." No word on a release date has been announced so far however.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Situation"
"All Or Nothin'
"I Don't Mind"
"Shine'
"Loveless"
"Is It Enough"
"Last Chance"
"Danger Zone"
"Down On The Level"
"Only You Can Do"
"My Sanctuary"
"Let's Spend The Night Together"

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Saliva Confirmed For Rock Gone Wild Festival

Saliva has been confirmed to appear at the Rock Gone Wild festival which will take place on August 20th-23rd in Algona, Iowa. There will be over 50 bands performing at the festival which features two stages and will be held at the Freedom Park festival grounds.

The lineup for the festival so far is as follows:

Dangerous Toys
Great White
Hardcore Superstar
Helix
Junkyard
Kix
Lizzy Borden
Puddle Of Mudd
Rhino Bucket
Saigon Kick
Saliva
Skid Row
Tantric
Tigertailz

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Great White Offers $1 Million To Settle Fire Suits

Great White has agreed to pay $1 million to the victims' relatives and survivors of the tragic fire at the Rhode Island nightclub, The Station, which took the lives of 100 people in February of 2003. The settlement must meet the approval of more than 300 people who have filed suit and does not mean the band admits any wrongdoing in the tragic event.

The settlement, covered by Great White's insurer, would cover tour manager Daniel Biechele, lead singer Jack Russell, the record label, band members, manager, and management company of the band at the time of the fire.

Around $175 million has now been offered by dozens of defendants to settle lawsuits over the fire, including foam companies, the radio station that ran advertisements for the concert, the club owners and the local fire marshal who failed to cite the club for the foam on the walls and ceilings. Last month, the state of Rhode Island and the town of West Warwick each agreed to settle for $10 million.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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