OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING JACK RUSSELL ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING JACK RUSSELL ANNOUNCEMENT
First and foremost, our main concern is our fans. We have
spent 30 years trying to be the best we can be and bring our fans the top
quality of music they have become accustomed to and deserve. It
saddens us today to have to respond to Jack Russell's announcement.
Jack Russell announced on Facebook on Saturday, December 10, 2011 that
he was returning to Great White with a new line-up. This was a complete shock
to the entire Great White Family.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
As we all know Jack Russell has been fighting drug and
alcohol abuse for many years. He has had numerous stints in and out of
treatment facilities and hospitals.
In 2010 Jack’s physical condition deteriorated to the
point that he routinely fell on and off stage, forgot lyrics and we had to
cancel shows due to his inability to perform. In the past two years, Jack has
had five major surgeries and has almost died three times. His drug abuse was
so bad that his body began to shut down and ultimately resulted in colostomy
surgery from a perforated bowel (he nearly died during this procedure). The
colostomy surgery saved his life, but vanquished him with a colostomy bag
for a year.
We stood by Jack; we supported his sobriety and eagerly awaited
Jack was first slated to return to Great White this past
summer. Unfortunately his frail body and his drug abuse prohibited this event. In
the following months, Jack had three more surgeries that delayed his return.
Finally, he chose February 2012 as his target return date. We had five clear
conditions for Jack’s return:
1. Jack had to be drug free. Off all Opiates, Methadone, Valium or Xanax.
2. Jack had to be off Prednisone (a steroid that ate away at Jack’s internal organs that
caused the perforated bowl).
3. Jack had to be sober and off crack cocaine and all alcohol.
4. Jack had to agree to weekly drug tests.
5. Jack must attend weekly meetings for AA and NA.
Last week Jack notified management he would not make it
back by February 2012. Jack referred to his doctor’s opinion that he would not
be ready. He had just started physical rehabilitation again and his legs and
back needed more rehab to handle the rigors of touring. Jack thought he would
be ready by May to start the summer touring season. However, he wasn’t sure if
he could be off the Methadone by then or ever. Management reiterated that he
had to be completely drug free for his return. He owed it to the fans. He owed
it to us. He owed to himself.
Out of nowhere, we all received an email on Saturday,
December 10, 2011 stating that he was coming back now and that he was starting
his own (a different lineup) Great White. As you can imagine, this was shocking
to say the least. We were saddened and hurt from this shocking announcement..
We only want to do right by our fans. We aim to give
the best possible show and have every fan leave the show feeling they
got their monies worth. This band is sober and music is our passion. With
Jack Russell, not being drug free and unable to physically perform on stage. It
will only let down our fans.
Time and again, Jack Russell has let down his band and fans.
His addictions have ruined his life the past eight years. We will not sit by
and enable our brother to abuse alcohol and drugs to kill himself. We have lost
too many loved ones to this madness. After the passing of our dear friend, the
talented Jani Lane, it has become more evident that this has to stop. It must
Since Jack’s departure in August 2010, Great White has
performed almost 100 concerts. We’ve had no shortened sets, cancellations or
song choice limitations due to vocal issues. In this struggling economy, fans
need and deserve more—not less. We owe it to our fans and the promoters to not
to allow Jack Russell and some garage band to hurt Great White’s classic rock
legacy and bright future.
Jack Russell does not have the right to start his own
Great White or use the name without our names in the lineup.
We give you our word, we will continue through 2012 and
beyond to provide you with the top quality musical performances you have been
accustomed and deserve. We hope and pray that Jack gets healthy, happy and
sober. His health and well-being is the only thing that matters.
Keep Rocking, God Bless and Happy Holidays!
Mark, Audie, Michael, Scott and Terry
GREAT WHITE CONTACT
Band Website: www.GreatWhiteRocks.com
GW with Terry Ilous @ Sunset Station May 30, 2011
Video courtesy Doug & Renee Allen. Thanks!
Great White at 3M Festival on May 14th, 2011
Mark Kendall Talks About & Demos Dishaw Guitars
Mark Kendall Signs with Guitar Maker Dan Dishaw
Mark has signed with guitar maker Dan Dishaw from Syracuse, New York. Dan has over 35 years experience in the MI business. He has been an authorized service facility for 15 major manufactures such as Gibson, Fender, Ibanez, Ovation, etc. In addition, he is well known for his meticulous restoration expertise on a wide variety of rare and collectable vintage string instruments. After a lot of networking back and forth on the specifications on a guitar that Mark would love and play exclusively, Dan delivered and Mark is extremely happy. Quote from Kendall; " I am blown away from Dan's work. These guitars are not the typical off the shelf bolt on or set in neck designed instruments, their neck thru body design delivers unbelievable sustain and superb playability like no other. He is a total professional in every way and my new MK Mach Series guitars play amazing. The MK Mach I and MK Mach II are the most consistent playing guitars with tone and playability that I have ever picked up, these guitars really rock”. We have come up with the 1st line. They will be the “Mark Kendall Mach Series.” Each guitar will come with an autographed 8x10 and a certificate of authenticity.
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