Great White was a blues rock metal band from Los Angeles
that formed in 1978. The band started out as "Dante Fox", and
changed their name to "Great White" after guitarist Mark Kendall (Great
White was his nickname). By 1982, Great White had a demo and a
great manager (a guy named Alan Niven who had worked with Motley Crue).
Niven had convinced a local L.A. station to play songs from this album,
and within a short time, Great White's audience grew from in the
hundreds at local bars to the in thousands at larger L.A. venues.
By 1983, Great White landed a record deal with EMI records, and their
debut album hit the shelves in 1984.
In their early days, Great White toured with bands like
Judas Priest and Whitesnake. After the release of their second
album, Shot in the Dark, Great White went on tour with Dokken.
It was their 1987 release,
that really put Great White over the top (the album went Platinum).
You might remember the songs "Rock Me" and "Save Your Love" from that
album. Not to be out done, Twice Shy was released in 1989.
This album went double platinum and featured the song, "Once Bitten,
Twice Shy". 1989 found the band with a Grammy nomination and on
tour with Bon Jovi.
As the 1990's rolled on, Great White release several
albums and did meet with some early success. Like many groups,
Great White band members changed here and there for various reasons.
By 2001, the band had officially broke up. The music of Great White
continued on by lead singer Jack Russell, who called is band "Jack
Russell's Great White". It was this version of the band that was
involved in the 2003 Rhode Island club incident, where 100 fans died due
to a stage fire (including the band's guitarist).
In 2006, Great White re-formed with all the original
members: Russell, Kendall, Lardie, McNabb and Desbrow. In
2008, McNabb left to play with Dokken, and Jani Lane filled in for
Russell during a 2010 tour when Russell was out for health reasons.
In 2011, Russell had reincarnated "Jack Russell's Great White," a
re-birth that the original Great White band members staunchly opposed.
More to come? At the time of this writing, the Great White
Discography was as follows:1984: Great White
1986: Shot in the Dark
1987: Once Bitten...
1988: Recovery: Live!
1989: ...Twice Shy
1989: Live at the Marquee
1990: Live in London
1992: Psycho City
1994: Sail Away
1996: Let It Rock
1999: Can't Get There from Here
2002: Thank You...Goodnight!
2004: Extended Versions
2006: Once Bitten, Twice Live
2007: Back to the Rhythm