Jack Russell Doesn’t Rule Out Great White Reunion

Jack Russell Doesn’t Rule Out Great White Reunion

August 20, 2013

Jack Russell Doesn't Rule Out Great White ReunionThe ink is barely dry on the recent settlement regarding the use of the Great White name, but former frontman Jack Russell wouldn’t be surprised if he reunites with his old bandmates someday.

“I’m not on talking terms with anybody at this point,” Russell told KNAC.com in a recent interview. “Mark (Kendall) and I just kind of shook hands briefly. That was about it. We got a long road to come back to where we left off at. There’s a lot of water under the bridge and a lot of bridges to be mended. I would like to think that one day Mark and I could be friends again and maybe share the stage again together. That’s a nice thought. It brings back a nice feeling in my heart.”

In 2010 Jack Russell underwent emergency surgery for a perforated bowel. When doctors instructed the singer to take a year off from touring, ex-Warrant frontman Jani Lane stepped in to help Great White finish their tour dates. Eventually Terry Ilous, former lead singer of XYZ, was named the new Great White vocalist and appeared on their latest studio album ‘Elation’. In March, 2012, Russell sued his former bandmates — Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Audie Desbrow — over their continuing use of the ‘Great White’ name. The band countersued that April, accusing Russell of lip-syncing on tour and becoming dependent on painkiller. Despite all this Russell remains optomistic that he can rekindle his friendship with his old bandmates in due time.

“Mark and I started when I was 17 years old. I spent most of my life with him. I spent more time with him than all my wives put together (laughs),” continues Russell. “You know? I mean, truly. It’s sad where we have come, and hopefully in two years, who knows, we could become friends again when all this gets settled. You never know what’s going to happen. We might be onstage together one day again. I wouldn’t be surprised at this point, you know? Sometimes you got to make a change and you never know what fortune may bring. You just kind of gotta go where the river takes you. And this is where it’s brought me and I’m not going to fight the current and get all worn out. I’m just going to go with the flow. Wherever God wants me to be that’s where I’m going to be.”

“I don’t want to fight anything anymore. I just want to go play,” concludes the singer. “Have fun. Enjoy it. I’m at least in the twilight of my career, at best. I’m in the twilight — if not like early evening, you know? So I want to enjoy it as long as I can. If I can get another five, ten years out of this I’ll be just astounded.”

To read the entire Jack Russell interview visit knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=9987.

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