Honoring heroes at home and abroad, classic rockers GREAT WHITE — Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous — announced today that their Sebastian, Florida concert this evening will be broadcast via Armed Forces Entertainment to Afghanistan.
“Rock ‘N For Our Heroes”, a benefit concert to support the Wounded EOD Warriors Foundation, will be held at Capt Hiram’s. Armed Forces Entertainment plans to feed the concert to Orlando’s 143rd Sustainment Command.
“We feel so fortunate to be a part of this project at Capt Hirams,” GREAT WHITE said. “The idea that our brothers and sisters serving on the other side of the globe will have the chance to ‘be there’ is just incredible. We thank them for their service to our country and we know we are given the chance to play the music we do because of men and women like them.”
GREAT WHITE‘s latest album, “Elation”, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Issued on May 22 via Frontiers Records, the 12-song CD marks GREAT WHITE‘s first effort with Ilous following the band’s split with founding singer Jack Russell.
This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL (formerly 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.
Russell filed a lawsuit against his estranged bandmates in March claiming that they fired him and stole the group’s name while he was recovering from surgery to repair a perforated bowel. Named in the complaint were Kendall, Desbrow, Lardie and talent agency Bigg Time Entertainment. Kendall, Desbrow and Lardie responded with a 30-page counterclaim, filed in April in a federal court in Los Angeles, accusing their former frontman of, among other things, “miss[ing] 80 performances in 18 months” before leaving the band; “irreparably damag[ing]” their “market reputation” by putting on performances that “are not up to the standard of GREAT WHITE; and misleading the public by stating that the musicians in Jack‘s new band “were once full members of GREAT WHITE.” They also accuse Russell‘s new bandmates of “profit[ing] from their wrongful affiliation with the GREAT WHITE brand.”