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April 2, 2007

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of GREAT WHITE for the release of the band’s forthcoming 25th Anniversary / Reunion all-original studio album in August 2007 !

The Southern California blues-rock band first took a bite out of the rock scene in 1984 and since then has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and earned a double platinum certification for the album “…Twice Shy”.

The soulful, blues-based signature sound that turned songs like “Face The Day”, “Rock Me” and “Save Your Love” into international hits, can also be found on the new songs which are currently being mixed by the band’s keyboard player Michael Lardie.

“I don’t feel it’s a record where we have tried to reinvent ourselves”, says guitar player Mark Kendall, “It’s like everything you have liked or disliked over our entire career rolled into 1 record and then some. But everyone has grown musically and I think that will show through”.

The – still untitled – new album, is the first all original in 8 years and was recorded in just three weeks during March ’07. The process was very spontaneous. According to drummer Audie Desbrow: “The recording experience was a blast. We had a lot of fun doing this one”, while Michael Lardie adds: “The one thing I wanted to make sure of, was that FUN was the signpost for every bit of recording we did, no stress, loose, upbeat, mission accomplished! Egos have been checked at the door and decisions are made as to what is best for each song”.

Bassist Sean McNabb comments: “I think we had creative control on this one and everyone got to give ideas, that made it a band thing”.

Michael Lardie concludes: “The new songs sound fresh to me, very Great White but with an approach of what we sound like in a live performance situation. Kendall and I are having fun channeling our Stones roots and playing off each other in the Richards/Woods tradition”.

Great White has been churning out memorable songs since the early 80’s, when singer Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall joined forces and adopted a blues-based sound that went against the era’s glam rock grain. Their independently released EP “Out of the Night” sold 20,000 copies and brought Great White to sign a deal with EMI America, which issued the eponymous “Great White” in 1984.

“Shot in the Dark”, their follow-up independent release, marked the arrival of drummer Audie Desbrow. By the time Capitol Records signed the band and reissued “Shot in the Dark”, keyboardist-guitarist Michael Lardie had come aboard. Great White then hit the road with Dokken and was on the verge of even bigger success. The 1987 follow-up “Once Bitten…”, which featured the hit tracks “Rock Me”, “Lady Red Light”, and “Save Your Love”, went platinum. Their next album “…Twice Shy”, which featured the Top 5 hit “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, more than doubled that tally.

The late 80’s were boom years for the band, marked by non-stop touring with some of the biggest bands of the era and playing also in Europe and Japan. Great White recorded two more albums for Capitol — “Hooked”, which was certified gold and “Psycho City”.

Although Capitol issued a Best Of compilation in 1993, Great White had already departed the label to begin work on their next studio release, “Sail Away”, released on Zoo Records in 1994 supporting it with relentless touring. Their next release, “Let It Rock” in 1996.

Great White then signed with Portrait Records, an imprint founded by A&R guru John Kalodner that featured fellow hard rock acts such as Ratt. “Can’t Get There from Here” was released in 1999 and is the band’s last studio opus thus far.

Frontiers Records plans to release the newest album at the end of August 2007. More details will be released at a later stage.

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