INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Great White, the Los Angeles based hard rock band, formed in late 70’s. The band gained its popularity during the mid 1980s and early 1990s. The band released several successful albums including platinum sellers: ONCE BITTEN.., …TWICE SHY and HOOKED and they gained great airplay on MTV with hit songs like “Rock Me” and "Once Bitten, Twice Shy”". Although band has since then lost its platinum status they have continued to release albums and toured successfully across the world. The latest release RISING came out in 2009 and since its release the band has been almost constantly on tour. In the late summer of 2010 band announced that its lead singer and founding member Jack Russell was forced to sit out from bands activities for serious health reasons. Although Jack is very important part of the Great White sound, the band decided to carry on with other singers. Terry Ilous from XYZ did several shows with the band and the former Warrant Singer Jani Lane is booked to fill Jack’s shoes for several near future shows. In September, the band came to Sweden to headline Stockholm Rockout festival with another singer, Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), handling the lead vocalist duties. It was time to sit down with the band’s nother founding member, guitarist Mark Kendall, and try to find out what’s really going on in the world of Great White!
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Tags: audie desbrow, gary rossington, GREAT WHITE, jack russell, mark kendall, michael lardie, Terry Ilous, tony montana
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The 20th of February 2010
Tampere Arena, TAMPERE
LIVE REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
The American Southern rock institution Lynyrd Skynyrd returned to Finland after one year break. Originally band rose to prominence in 1973 with their classic debut album PRONOUNCED LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD. In the 70’s Band created many successful albums like GIMME BACK MY BULLETS, SECOND HELPING and STREET SURVIVORS. Bands signature songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and "Freebird," are easily some of the most requested live song in existence. Band broke up in 1977, after band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines died in a plane crash. The remaining members decided to put the band back together in 1987 with Johnny Van Zant, a little brother of Ronnie, on vocals. The re-union album LYNYRD SKYNYRD 1991 was released four years later and since then band has been touring and releasing albums every then and now. Today, the only original member left is guitarist Gary Rossington. The current line-up also includes Johnny, guitarist Rickey Medlocke, drummer Michael Cartellone, guitarist Marky Matejka, keyboardist Peter Keys and bassist Robert Kearns. Band released its latest album GODS AND GUNS in September of 2009 and now Lynyrd Skynyrd began their World Tour European leg from Tampere.
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Tags: blackfoot, gary rossington, johnny van zandt, michael cartellone, ricky medlocke
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