As mentioned in the Jack Russell interview posted earlier this week, the America Rocks tour hits Columbus tonight and features a who’s who of early ’90s Metal Edge favorites (Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys, Pretty Boy Floyd, Lillian Axe).
Doors open at 6:30, music starts around 7. Grab your favorite pair of leather pants, tease your hair, and come join me at the Alrosa Villa!
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If you’re reading this, you’re probably already a Great White fan or at least a fan of the ‘80s hair metal genre. And, if that’s the case, you probably already know that last year singer Jack Russell had a falling out with the other members of Great White (guitarist Mark Kendall, drummer Audie Desbrow, keyboardist Michael Lardie) and depending on who is telling the truth, either Jack fired the other members or the other members fired Jack. That stuff will all, most likely, be settled in a court of law, but the result is that there are now two versions of Great White out there. Jack, for the time being, is on the short-end and has to call his band Jack Russell’s Great White while the other guys recruited Terry Illous (XYZ) to sing on Elation which was released, under the name Great White, last month by Frontier Records.
Jack Russell’s Great White is hitting the road this summer, headlining the America Rocks tour which also features Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys, Pretty Boy Floyd and Lillian Axe. The America Rocks tour hits the Columbia Music Arena in Portsmouth on Wednesday night ($20/advance) and the Alrosa Villa in Columbus on Friday night ($28/advance).
I’m a HUGE fan of the ‘80s hair metal genre and anytime I get the chance to talk to somebody I grew up lip-synching to in front of my bedroom mirror as a teenager, it’s a thrill. Talking to Jack was no different – the 17-year-old me was pulling a Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney (“Remember when you toured with Whitesnake? Remember you played in Cleveland? I was there. It was AWESOME!”).
If you happened to catch the clip on YouTube of Great White singer Jack Russellfalling on stage earlier this summer (fast forward to 2:12), you know that Russell’s in pretty bad shape following a number of health issues.
At the end of August, it was announced that ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane (most recently in the news due to a DUI) would be filling in the rest of Great White’s tour dates for 2010. The biggest question was which Jani Lane would show up – the drunk one who was booted from Warrant’s reunion tour in 2008 or the sober, top-of-his-game one that I saw perform a great show at the Alrosa in 2007?
You be the judge. Here’s Jani Lane singing “Face the Day” with Great White on October 1.
Here are the remaining tour dates for Great White in 2010.
About 4 or 5 years ago I caught Jack Russell and Mark Kendall with a bunch of kids playing under the name Great White opening for a Jaime St.James-led Warrant in Cincinnati. Most of you have tuned out by now, I get it, but for those sticking around for the ride, Great White was way better than I expected and I had forgotten how many songs of theirs I knew all the words to.
Since that time, most of the original members of Great White have returned and they’ve even released 2 new CDs, 2007’s Back to the Rhythm and 2009’s Rising.
The Other Paper did a good job at addressing the elephant in the room this week (band involved in one of the most horrific events in rock history playing at a club where one of the most horrific things ever happened to a musician) so I’m not going to rehash the whole thing.
Great White will play the Alrosa Villa tonight along with some local openers. Tickets are $20.