Monday, December 5: Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today (Dec. 5) to rocker Jack Russell of Great White. The singer is 56. Also celebrating is Slash bassist Todd Kerns (49) and former Yngwie Malmsteen singer Mark Boals (58).
Since 2012, Jack Russell has continued to tour under the name Jack Russell’s Great White. Great White formed out of Los Angeles in 1977 and gained success in the 1980’s with exposure on MTV and the 1989 album …Twice Shy with songs like “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. The cover of the Ian Hunter single earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The album went platinum in the summer of 1989 and double platinum by the fall of that same year. Sadly, the band made headlines many years later with the tragic Station Nightclub fire of 2003 which took the lives of around 100 people in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
I have fond memories of heading down to Florida for Spring Break some twenty years ago (mid 1990's) with my pal Joe Mason and we ended up in Panama City Beach. We had just missed MTV who had been there with the crew days earlier filming the annual spring break festivities for the network. We drove around looking for something to do and saw the big sign at Club La Vela that read: Great White....Tonight! We now had are plans for the night all set. It was great watching these 80's rockers performing poolside at the club, while watching bevy of beauties in bikinis running around. Those are memories we will never forget.
Jack Russell's Great White will release a new album called He Saw it Comin' January 27, 2017 on Frontiers Records. For the latest on Jack Russell, check out the official Jack Russell’s Great White website with news and concert information.