JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE at The Coach House May 4th
Great White started their career as Dante Fox, playing their first gig in 1981 at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California. In 1982, founding members Mark Kendall, Jack Russell, drummer Gary Holland, and bassist Lorne Black recorded and released a 5-song EP, Out of the Night, with producer Don Dokken on the independent label Aegean formed by their manager Alan Niven. Niven then convinced the Los Angeles radio station KMET to begin adding songs from the EP to its playlist in heavy rotation. KLOS-FM soon did the same. The band suddenly went from drawing 100 people at local clubs to drawing thousands. As an unsigned act, Great White headlined at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia playing to 6,250 people. Near the end of 1983, EMI America signed the band and subsequently released Great White’s eponymous debut album in early 1984. The band immediately toured the UK supporting Whitesnake’s Slide It In tour and the entire US and Canada opening for Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith tour. Their follow up release was Shot in the Dark, which was reissued by Capitol Records. After the release of Shot in the Dark, Great White hit the road with Dokken and was on the verge of even bigger success.
The band hit the mainstream in 1987 when they released Once Bitten…, which featured the hits “Rock Me” and “Save Your Love”,( a song which neither the producer nor the record label wanted on the album as they felt it was too soft). Russell informed them that he would quit if the song was not included. Once Bitten… was certified platinum in April 1988.
The band followed up with …Twice Shy in 1989. The album included their biggest hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, a cover of a UK hit single by Ian Hunter. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The album was certified platinum in July 1989 and then double platinum in September of that same year. They finished off the 80s touring in support of …Twice Shy as headliners and with some best known bands, such as Bon Jovi.
The band continued into the next decade performing the song “House of Broken Love” at the American Music Awards in January 1990. In March of 1990, Great White embarked on their first tour of Japan. They returned to the United States for the Memorial Day weekend festival dubbed The World Series of Rock, which featured Whitesnake, Skid Row, Bad English, and Hurricane Alice. Great White recorded two more albums for Capitol Records, Hooked, which was certified gold, and Psycho City. In support of Hooked, Great White embarked on a headlining tour. They also opened for Scorpions and traveled to Europe and Japan. Psycho City was followed by a US tour with Kiss.
JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE
Live At THE COACH HOUSE
FRIDAY, MAY 4th at 8:00pm
Tickets are $20.00 Dinner reservations are available and highly recommended
Please Call The Box Office At 949-496-8930 For Tickets And Dinner Reservations