Former GREAT WHITE and current JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell was recently interviewed by Bill Hernandez. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked what his relationship is like with his former GREAT WHITE bandmates, Jack said: “We really have no relationship. I wish them the best. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for [GREAT WHITE guitarist] Mark Kendall since we started the band back in 1978, when I was seventeen.
“It’s sad, because we were really, really close at one time,” he continued. “I’m sorry that it came to this. I really wish I could pick the phone up and call my friend, just to call him.”
Russell said that didn’t think Kendall had any desire to mend fences with him. “If it’s meant to happen, it’ll happen,” he reasoned. “And I’d gladly welcome him back to my life with open arms on whatever level. Whether we ever play together or not, that’s a whole another story, but I would love just to have his friendship, ’cause he’s one of my oldest friends. We’ve been through everything together.”
As part of an agreement between the two sides, Russell, who was the lead singer of the original GREAT WHITE until 2010, as well as former GREAT WHITE bassist Tony Montana, tours and performs both classic material and new songs as JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, while Jack‘s former bandmates continue as GREAT WHITE, with Terry Ilous as the lead singer.
Adding that “life’s too short” to”carry a grudge,” Russell told Hernandez: “I understand why they did what they did or why they did what they felt they had to do, and they need to understand why I did what I had to do. I couldn’t take it anymore. I just wasn’t happy.”
JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE‘s debut album, “He Saw it Comin'”, was released in January via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc features Russell alongside Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), Dan McNay (MONTROSE) on bass, Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar and Dicki Fliszar (BRUCE DICKINSON) on drums.