Great White Singer Jack Russell Recovering From Major Surgery After Suffering A Perforated Bowel
August 17, 2010
The Stockholm Rock Out Festival — www.sthlmrockout.com — reports: Jack Russell, lead singer of the multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated rock band Great White, is recovering from major surgery after suffering a perforated bowel. The surgery left Russell with a colostomy bag.
Doctors are confident that this procedure is temporary. Russell remains hospitalized in Southern California, and his condition is improving. “It was touch and go for about 48 hours whether or not he was going to live,” manager Obi Steinman said. “He’s been in the hospital for several days, and he’s doing a lot better.”
Russell is the singer behind such hits as “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” “Rock Me,” “Angel ” and “Save All Your Love”. He faces another operation, but he was in good spirits today “I’ve felt better, but I’ve felt a hell of a lot worse. Nothing is going to keep me down,” Russell said. “This whole thing definitely makes me appreciate life more than I ever have.”
Russell is expected to recover in six to eight weeks. Singer Terry Ilous of XYZ has stepped in to replace Russell at lead vox — video of him performing with the band in Redondo beach, CA can be viewed below. Great White continues to receive positive feedback from audiences and promoters from its three shows in Southern California this past weekend.
The remaining dates on Great White’s 25th Anniversary Tour will go on as scheduled, and can be viewed at www.greatwhiterocks.com. The Great White family extends its thanks to the entire Great White fan community and appreciates prayers and well wishes as Russell recovers.
We at Stockholm Rock Out wishes Jack all the best and hope for a speedy recovery, really sad that this has happened but both Stockholm Rock Out and Great White wants to do this the best way possible. Management and Great White have been working hard for the past 24h to do something special at our festival, all our respect and love to Terry Ilous but since he attended the first Rock Out with XYZ on May 1st we felt that something different would be cool, something no one would expect. We are PROUD to announce that at Stockholm Rock Out on September 11, Great White will do a ONE time only european performance with the legendary singer Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt and the recently re-united King Kobra) Paul is REALLY excited to do his first EVER show in Sweden on September 11, this night will be something special and its a one time only show. And who knows, they might even throw in a couple of surprises…