Jack Russell’s Great White – He Saw it Comin’

6PAN1T-C PSDBack in the glory days of the 80’s and 90’s there were a lot of melodic hard rock bands that dwelled in the ‘almost made it big’ category. Back then it was considered a failure if you “only” sold 500 000 copies of your album in the States. When bands such as Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen and Aerosmith sold somewhere between 4 – 8  million copies, some of them even more than that and headlined arenas, bands such as Winger, Warrant, Slaughter, Cinderella, Tesla and Stryper still had to tour as opening acts or playing smaller venues while selling somewhere between 500 000 to 2 million copies of each album – a number any band would sacrifice one of their testicles for today. Economically, it worked out fine if they played in the US and Japan and maybe Great Britain and Germany, but to tour Scandinavia and many other European countries was impossible without losing money. Some of those bands came over here as opening acts but the fact is, all those ‘almost made it big’ bands weren’t that big over here. Another one of those bands were Great White. They had hits, they sold pretty large amounts of records, but they never managed to make it to the next step. Then came grunge and it was all over. But just like the rest of those bands, Great White reformed with different line-ups when melodic hard rock had its resurrection somewhere in the mid 2000’s. In 2011, original guitarist Mark Kendall brought along drummer Audie Desbrow and keyboardist / guitarist Michael Lardie (none of those two are original members but both joined on the second album Shot In The Dark, 1986) together with ex XYZ singer Terry Illouis, leaving original singer Jack Russell behind. That version of Great White released the excellent Elation back in 2012.

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