The latest installment of the “Iron City Rocks” podcast (web site) features an interview with GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall . The podcast is now available for streaming using the audio player below.
GREAT WHITE frontman Jack Russell is still recovering from major surgery after suffering a perforated bowel (a medical emergency in which a hole in the bowel opens to allow its contents to empty into the rest of the abdominal cavity) this past winter. Singer Terry Ilous of XYZ has stepped in to replace Russell on lead vocals.
In a recent interview with Belgrade News, Kendall stated about the band’s lead-singer situation, “[Jack] is recovering. Any time you have your midsection cut into — they had to reach a section of his large intestine — any time you open up your body that far, it takes quite a while to rehab the body to reanimate the nerves and all the muscles and stuff. As far as a projected date, it’s really more often than not up to Jack. I hear, and I’ve talked to him a couple or three times a week, he’s working, very, very hard to get back. He misses it terribly. He misses all of us. And we’d like him to come back when he’s 150 percent ready, if you follow my line of thinking. Because I’d hate for him to come back too soon and realize, “Oh, wow, I really should have done rehab for another month before I tried to come back. Now I gotta take more time off.” I want him to be just so ready to go that he just blows people’s minds. So we’re all being very supportive of him. And the great thing is he’s being very supportive of our scenario by endorsing us to go out and do what we’re doing. And giving Terry Ilous [XYZ], who’s filling in for Jack, encouragement. He calls him a couple a times a month, and says, ‘I’m hearing great things about you, thanks for singing my songs so well.’ We’re having a great time with Terry, so it’s a win-win situation. By like I said, I will reiterate, I don’t want him coming back to soon. I want it to be right, so when he’s back he’s back all the way.”