Jack Russell (born December 5, 1960), is an American rock vocalist. He is a founding member of the American hard rock band GREAT WHITE.
"Jack Russell's GREAT WHITE" was the official name of the band that performed at The Station nightclub fire in 2003, not under the official "GREAT WHITE" moniker.
In 2006 he began touring with the official GREAT WHITE band when they reformed with their classic lineup, then left the band in 2009 due to a fall in his bathroom where he cracked two vertebrae and herniated a disc. He had multiple back surgeries and was using a plethora of pain medication. Along with alcoholism and pain killers, the death of good friend, WARRANT singer Jani Lane, propelled him to get help and become sober. Fully recovered, he started touring again as "Jack Russell's GREAT WHITE" in December 2011 to avoid confusion with the still-touring official GREAT WHITE band which had continued onward in 2009 with a different singer following Russell' departure.
In 2012 Russell guest starred on VH1 Classics "That Metal Show", where he revealed his side of the GREAT WHITE story, and how he was feeling well and ready for more.
Rather than look backwards and merely attempt to relive the multi-platinum Hard Rock entity’s storied origins, Jack Russell set his sights on the future. In December 2011, Jack Russell’s Great White first bared its teeth. Since its inception, the frontman welcomed back longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana—this time as a guitar player and keyboardist—lead guitarist Robby Lochner, and drummer Dicki Fliszar. Now, this group has a sharp, soaring and slick new album ready, boasting the bluesy Hard Rock stomp that made Russell and Montana icons in the first place.
“It’s a powerful band,” Russell proclaims. “The music comes across very dynamically. It’s what I always wanted it to be. Tony was a catalyst for moving forward. I was never as close to him as I am now. We never had the opportunity to write music together before. I also never knew he played guitar. When I first heard him, I nearly fell of my chair. He’s my copilot. He’s one of my best friends. I wish we would’ve been this close back in the day.”
“It’s natural for all of us,” adds Montana. “There’s a solid chemistry, and we’re having a lot of fun.”
Rounding out the lineup with Lochner and Fliszar and with the more recent addition of Dan McNay on bass, these musicians hit the studio to cut their official full-length debut. It taps into the bluesy bombast and heavy energy of Russell’s celebrated material, but it’s a distinctly modern metallic monster.
“We want the new material to blow people’s ears back,” Russell goes on. “It has the elements of the best Great White music ever written, but there’s an edge. Tony brings that validity, while Robby, Dan and Dicki add a new life. It’s going to surprise people.”
“It’s got the classic sound. The first element is Jack’s voice. No other band sounds like this one ever did or does now. When I was 17-years-old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band’s first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We’re going to maintain that same integrity going forward.”
That integrity became forged over nearly thirty years. In 1984, the band broke out of the Los Angeles scene with its self-titled debut followed by seismic platinum-selling outings such as 1987’s Once Bitten... and 1989’s …Twice Shy. Moving over 8 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true rock stalwarts into the 21st century until 2011, when Russell went on to form Jack Russell’s GREAT WHITE.
Today's tune "Sign of The Times" is taken from the brand new album "He Saw It Comin'"
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FRI 7 JULY Bobstock Music Festival 2017Fort Morgan, CO, US
SAT 8 JULY Platte County FairgroundsColumbus, NE, US
THU 13 JULY Rock Fest 2017Cadott, WI, US
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FRI 29 DECEMBER Whisky A Go GoWest Hollywood, CA, US
THU 8 MARCH – SUN 11 MARCH HRH AOR VI 2018Caernarfon, UK
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