Fan-filmed video footage of GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL (formerly JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE) performing on Febraury 16 at M15 in Corona, California can be seen below.
GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL is not to be confused with the other touring and recording version of GREAT WHITE, which features Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals).
In a 2012 interview with DoneWaiting.com, Jack stated about the “other” version of GREAT WHITE: “You can’t take a lead vocalist out. That’s the one thing that distinguishes each band from another. Every guitar kind of sounds the same, every guitar player that is decent can play another guy’s riffs. There have been a couple of bands that have been successful after changing lead singers — like, you look at VAN HALEN when they got Sammy [Hagar]. He’s a great singer and a friend, but I don’t want to hear him sing the songs of David Lee Roth. They should have changed the name of the band to VAN HAGAR. That’s the way I feel about any band. There’s been talk from some people that Ronnie James Dio went in after Ozzy and BLACK SABBATH was still great. Well, okay, great, he did but it still wasn’t BLACK SABBATH to me.”
Regarding the split with his former bandmates, Jack said: “It’s always about money, it’s never about pleasing the fans. I could never do that. I could never intentionally put myself in that situation where people didn’t like me. I was close to it the last time GREAT WHITE was out on tour. I look back and here we are, we were out and I’d call the guys, ‘Hey, guys, let’s go to dinner.’ They’d be like, ‘Sure, we’ll call you.’ The phone wouldn’t ring so I’d call them later and be like, ‘What happened?’ and they’d say, ‘Oh, we went out to dinner and we forgot to call you. Sorry.’ That happens a few times and you’re kind of like, ‘Maybe they just don’t want to hang around you, Jack.’ So, whatever, it’s unfortunate but it is what it is. I guess money is more important than friendship to some people. We were such good friends for so many years but there’s a lot of animosity. I understand. I fired Audie at one point and he was out of the band for years. And Michael was out of the band for years. People have hard feelings they can’t ever get rid of.”
GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL last year took part in the “America Rocks” tour alongside FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS, PRETTY BOY FLOYD and LILLIAN AXE.
GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL is:
Jack Russell – Vocals
Robby Lochner (FIGHT) – Guitar
Matthew Johnson (DOCTOR M, JACK RUSSELL) – Guitar
Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN PEARCY) – Bass
Derrick Pontier (GREAT WHITE, SAMANTHA 7) – Drums
For more information, visit www.jacksgreatwhite.com.