On March 28, Tyson of the 98.7 The Gater radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida conducted an interview with GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall. Mark spoke about the band’s forthcoming album, “Elation”; their recent 30th-anniversary show; their upcoming tour; and estranged singer Jack Russell.
GREAT WHITE — Kendall, Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals) — will release “Elation” in North America on May 22 via Frontiers Records. The 12-song CD will mark GREAT WHITE‘s first effort with Ilous following the band’s split with Russell.
“This is a new birth of the band,” Desbrow said. “I wanted to call the album ‘Tabula Rasa’, which means rebirth, but we went for ‘Elation’ because of the euphoria in the atmosphere. It’s a fresh and healthier start than ever before. I’m like a kid in a candy store.”
Kendall echoed Desbrow‘s pure excitement. “The energy in the studio is amazing,” Kendall said. “This is the most excited I’ve been since I was nine years old and got my first guitar. It’s remarkable to be doing our third record with Frontiers Records and to feel the love and support from Serafino and his team. They are truly part of the GREAT WHITE family.”
Lardie, who also served as “Elation”‘s producer, applauded the band’s teamwork in the studio. He was struck by the group’s songwriting approach and enthusiasm, and is certain that fans will embrace the record.
“The difference in this studio experience was simple,” he said. “Everyone was completely present and contributed to the making of this album. As a producer, I feel my part is to get the best out of each of us and I got better than anyone’s best!”
“Elation” track listing:
01. (I’ve Got) Something For You
02. Feelin’ So Much Better
03. Love Train
04. Heart Of A Man
05. Hard To Say Goodbye
07. Shotgun Willie’s
08. Promise Land
09. Lowdown (bonus track)
10. Just For Tonight
11. Love Is Enough
This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, which features Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Matthew Johnson (DOCTOR M, JACK RUSSELL) on guitar, Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN PEARCY) on bass and Derrick Pontier (GREAT WHITE, SAMANTHA 7) on drums.