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Jack Russell of Great White to donate proceeds from upcoming benefit show to late guitarist’s son Acey Longley
February 20, 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic fire at The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island, which became the fourth deadliest fire in U.S. history, killing 100 and injuring hundreds more during a Great White concert. Vocalist Jack Russell will perform an acoustic show on February 7th at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California, with proceeds now set to be donated to Acey Longley, the son of Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire caused by the band's pyrotechnics.
Commented Acey: "Thank you to GREAT WHITE (the Jack one) for donating to my charity, , B.E.A.T.S. Bringing Everyone A Tremendous Smile to help bring iTunes cards, drum sticks, and Legos to children in the hospitals in memory of my father, Ty Longley. I also am the state representative for Legos For Leukemia in Illinois, which is where I live. I bring smiles to kids in two hospitals Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois and in Plainfield, Illinois. I also plan to give some of it to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation to help build a permanent site for all the angels, including my dad.
"Members of both GREAT WHITE bands are my friends and have donated to my charities to help keep my dad's memory alive and turn the negative of never having my dad into a positive by spreading God's love to children when they need it most. Taking the donation from Jack's GREAT WHITE does NOT mean we only love Jack and his GREAT WHITE friends because we (me and my mom) love both GREAT WHITE bands. Audie and Derrick both donated drumsticks and Audie also sent a practice pad, autographed pictures, and Legos for me to help the kids!
"God says to love everybody, so I do, and people that aren't as easy to love need extra love so they can accept Jesus into their heart and replace the sadness. That's why I love both GREAT WHITE bands. I have never even met any of the members of either GREAT WHITE bands, but I still love them.
"When my dad died, I wasn't even born, but now I'm 9 and missing having my dad that everyone knew but me. It's important to me to make sure my dad is remembered by everyone and all of the angels because they went off to heaven together.
"I hope to make my dad proud by making the world a better place and bringing happiness to sick kids in the hospitals. I hope everyone understands, and doesn't fight, and helps me."
You can get tickets to Jack Russell's acoustic performance on February 7th at Saint Rocke here.
You can see Acey Longley's spirit shine through in the picture below.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of GREAT WHITE’s celebrative live album '30 Years – Live From the Sunset Strip' on February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America.
To mark its 30th Anniversary LIVE on March 22, 2012, GREAT WHITE celebrated the only logical way – on stage. In a nod to its early days, GREAT WHITE returned to the infamous Sunset Strip, where a storied past of music’s biggest fans are fused into the walls of the Key Club. GREAT WHITE delivered its entire repertoire to a packed house, pining for the band’s raw energy and cheering its illustrious history track after track.
The Southern California blues hard rock band debuted with a Don Dokken / Michael Wagener produced EP in 1983 and later on were signed by EMI for 1984’s self-titled debut album. Since then GREAT WHITE has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and earned a double platinum certification for the album “…Twice Shy”.
It’s the soulful, blues-based signature sound that turned songs like "Face The Day", "Rock Me" and "Save Your Love" into international hits. The late 80's were boom years for the band, marked by non-stop touring with some of the biggest bands of the era including stints in Europe and Japan. GREAT WHITE recorded two more albums for Capitol — “Hooked”, which was certified gold and “Psycho City”.
With a line up featuring Co- Founder Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow, Michael Lardie, Scott Snyder and new singer Terry Ilous (former XYZ), a natural frontman blessed with bluesy-heritage rock tone, Ilous fits the band like a glove. GREAT WHITE’s biting guitar riffs, contagious rhythm section and newfound energy is ready to honor its past and create the next chapter. 30th Anniversary Live is just one night – but the music is timeless.
30 Years – Live From the Sunset Strip tracklisting includes: Desert Moon; Lady Red Light; Face The Day; House Of Broken Love; Save Your Love; Mista Bone; The Big Goodbye; Back To The Rhythm; Rock Me; Can’t Shake It; Once Bitten Twice Shy.
Terry Ilous – vocals
Mark Kendall – lead guitar
Michael Lardie – guitar, keyboards
Scott Snyder – bass
Audie Desbrow – drums
For more info go to: http://www.greatwhiterocks.com/
‘Hair I Go Again’…Two middle aged guys. One lifelong dream. Zero chance in hell (documentary trailer)
'Hair I Go Again', a new film documenting two friends who were once part of a band trying to hit it big back in 1985 and their attempt to reunite and try opening for their Heavy Metal idols on tour is slated for release early this year. Check out the three-and-a-half-minute trailer below.
Film synopsis: "The year was 1985. Thousands of miles away from the sonic debauchery of the Sunset Strip, a group of teenage friends shared aspirations of glam rock grandeur. Rising from the ashes of countless garage jams and taking a page straight out of Hit Parader, a hungry, determined band was ultimately born. Fame and fortune were well within reach, as they toured the skating rink circuit of West Central Florida, but fate intervened and the group unceremoniously imploded... probably over some chick.
"In this humorous-yet-shameless documentary, two longtime friends ultimately realize their mortality and decide to give the dream one last shot. Gone are the long hair, leopard-skin spandex and all-night parties. Only to be replaced, some twenty-five years later, by male-pattern baldness, XXL fashion and the mundane grind of 9-to-5. Their mission: reunite the band and appear as an opening act for their heavy metal idols.
"Their journey will take them cross-country as they seek out (OK, stalk) their musical heroes with the hopes of hearing the words: 'You've got the gig.'
"Countless questions remain. Will they find their long-lost bandmates (particularly the bastards that still owe them money)? Can any of them still hold a tune? And who was that skank that broke up the band in the first place?
"Failure might be their only option."
Directed by Steve McClure credits include Starz Entertainment Group, E! Entertainment Television & Sony Pictures Entertainment. Steve also wrote and produced "The Michelangelo Story", a documentary distributed nationally by Service Merchandise.
After obtaining numerous industry awards for cable television promotion, Steve co-founded Ghost-2-Eleven Entertainment with long-time high school friend, Kyle Kruger. The film was written by Kruger and McClure. As an Associate Producer with EMG, Kyle served under the tutelage of the late, 2-time Academy Award winning Producer John Daly ("Platoon", "The Last Emperor", "The Terminator", "Hoosiers"). "Hair I Go Again" features interviews with many of the most influential musicians and industry professionals in the business of that time, including:
- Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
- Erik Turner and Robert Mason (WARRANT)
- Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
- Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
- Kip Winger (WINGER)
- Oz Fox (STRYPER)
- Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE)
- Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE)
- Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, DIO, FOREIGNER, T&N)
- Brian Forsythe (KIX)
- Brent Muscat (SIN CITY SINNERS/FASTER PUSSYCAT)
- Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
- Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, BROKEN TEETH)
- Jason Bieler (SAIGON KICK, SUPER TRANS ATLANTIC, OWL STRETCHING)
- CJ Snare (FIREHOUSE, RUBICON CROSS)
- Ron Keel (STEELER, KEEL)
- Jaime St. James (BLACK 'N BLUE, WARRANT)
- Stevie Rachelle (TUFF)
- Lorraine Lewis (FEMME FATALE)
- Steve Blaze (LILLIAN AXE)
- Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT, KING KOBRA)
- Beau Hill (producer for ALICE COOPER, TWISTED SISTER,RATT, KIX, WINGER, WARRANT, EUROPE, ROXX GANG)
- Share Ross (VIXEN)
- Brian Vollmer and Brent Doerner (HELIX)
- Jimmy D'Anda (BULLETBOYS)
- Vicky Hamilton (manager and consultant for MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, GUNS N' ROSES)
- Terry Ilous (XYZ, GREAT WHITE)
- Ryan Roxie (ALICE COOPER, ELECTRIC ANGELS, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ROXIE 77)
- John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION, THE SCREAM, RATT, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION)
- Kevin Steele (ROXX GANG, MOJO GURUS)
- Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JON OLIVA'S PAIN)
- Kenny McGee (JULIET)
- Bruce Batten (BRAT)
- THE IRON MAIDENS (all-female tribute to IRON MAIDEN)
- Sam McCaslin (Retrospect Records)
- Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
- Marla Stone (95YNF and 98ROCK in Tampa Bay, Florida)
- Sandy Sledge and Leather Leone (SLEDGE LEATHER PROJECT)
Sin City Sinners ‘Rock n’ Roll Rat Pack’ of Las Vegas! announce all-star lineup of shows in September
Las Vegas, NV -- Starting this month, the hardest working band in Las Vegas is going to start working a little harder. After 5 years together The Sin City Sinners have shown no signs of slowing down, winning countless awards, releasing 3 CDs & playing over 1000 shows with special appearances by many of Rock N Roll's elite.
"We wanted to build a community here in Vegas, we wanted Sin City Sinners to be more then just a band. We have created a Rock n Roll Rat Pack" says the groups founding member & lead guitarist Brent Muscat.
Soon The Sinners are taking another step toward their goal of being Las Vegas' #1 Rock N Roll headliner, debuting an unheard of line up of 6 shows a week.
The Sinners will perform 4 nights a week Tues-Fri at The Zebra Lounge, which is located at The Palazzo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Saturday nights will be at The Railhead inside locals favorite Boulder Station Casino and Mondays will be an all ages show at the Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise.
The band promises no two shows will ever be the same, but the one thing they all have in common is there is no cover charge to attend.
"This has always been the goal, we worked hard to brand Sin City Sinners into not only the busiest rock band in Vegas, but the most sought after" said Jason Green, the bands manager.
The band also has no plans on changing their line up of Special Guest Appearences, artists scheduled to jam in the next 30 days include: Sebastian Bach, Bruce Kulick (KISS), Mark Kendall (Great White), Ron Keel, Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt) Oz Fox (Stryper) & Frank Dimino (Angel)
The Sin City Sinners are celebrating five years together. Plans for a new CD of all original music are under a way, as well as a book chronicling the last five years.
Sin City Sinners is Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) Todd Kerns (Slash) Zach Throne (The Heights) & Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab).
When Kerns is on tour with Slash he is substituted by Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith) & Louie Merlino (Beggars & Thieves)
While in Las Vegas, catch Sin City Sinners at the Hard Rock Cafe every Thursday night at 10 p.m., Boulder Station every saturday at 10 p.m., and The Palazzo every Sunday and Monday at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, including show dates & merchandise please visit Thesincitysinners.com
Here's footage of the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards Show after party with Sin City Sinners being joined by Marq Torien of Bulletboys and DJ Ashba (Guns N' Roses/SIXX A.M.) at Club Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on a cover of ZZ Top's 'Tush'
Great White have released the first single and video from their new album 'Elation.' Band members Mark Kendall (guitar), Aubie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (rhythm guitar/keyboards), Scott Snyder (bass) and Terry Ilous (vocals) are featured on '(I've Got) Something For You,' a straight ahead rocker from the first full length album with Ilous on vocals.
The band just came off a successful gig at the M3 Festival and has extensive tour dates all summer long, which you can view below.
Great White Tour Dates:
Jun. 1 - Norfork, NE - Midwest Bikefest
Jun. 30 - Greeley, CO - Greeley Stampede (w/Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Jul. 5 - El Paso, TX - Speaking Rock Casino & Entertainment Center (w/Slaughter & Keel)
Jul. 6 - Las Vegas, NV - Sunset Station Casino (w/Slaughter)
Jul. 13 - Woodhaven, MI - 'Uncle Sam Jam' - Civic Center Park
Jul. 19 - Erie, PA - Roar on the Shore Biker Rally
Jul. 20 - Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Jul. 28 - Birkenfeld, OR - Run 21 Biker Rally
Aug. 4 - Clearfield, PA - Clearfield County Fair (w/Twisted Sister)
Aug. 11 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair (w/Slaughter & Tesla)
Aug. 17 - Spanish, ON, Canada - Come Rock N Roll Spanish
Aug. 18 - Sarnia, ON Canada - Stubborn Mule
Aug. 20 - Etobicoke, ON Canada - The Rockpile
Aug. 21 - London, ON Canada - Eastside Bar & Grill
Aug. 24 & 25 - Jackpot, NV - Cactus Pete's Casino Resort
Nov. 2 & 3 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Nov. 4 - Aberdeen, WA - D & R Theatre
Nov. 16 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Nov. 17 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Last month the members of Great White have launched a counterclaim against their former frontman Jack Russell.
In their suit, lead guitarist Mark Kendall, keyboard player Michael Lardie and drummer Audie Desbrow charge Russell with, among other things, being hooked on painkillers, lip-synching in concert and misleading fans with his new band, Jack Russell's Great White. The counter suit also states that Russell "never contributed substantially" to songs, even in his prime, and over the years, he let his once-mighty voice fall into disrepair.
"By 2000, Russell's voice had deteriorated," the documents read. "Unable to perform adequately for an upcoming European tour, Russell suggested that the band play to pre-recorded music and lip sync entire concerts."
The claim also documents other incidents of alleged drug use and embarrassing live shows that led to Russell being replaced on the road by Terry Illous. Russell was slated to return, the band says, but in December 2011, he announced plans to "take his band name and leave."
Instead, Kendall filed for a trademark, and after additional inter-band drama, Russell formed 'Jack Russell's Great White,' which he's touring with now. In his original suit, Russell said he was unfairly forced out, since the other members wanted him to abstain from taking anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed by a doctor.
Russell has said he'd never reunite with the old gang, and it's obvious the feeling is mutual.
"Russell's current performances are not up to the standard of Great White," the claim reads. "His singing is consistently flat, and his performances are damaging the Great White mark."
Here's some acoustic footage of Great White at 98.7 The Gater's performance studio in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 20th.