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Great White: 30 Years Live from the Sunset Strip

The current line-up of Great White includes co-founder and guitarist Mark Kendall, along with long-time members Michael Lardie (keyboards, guitar) and Audie Desbrow (drums). Bassist Scott Snyder joined in 2008 replacing Sean McNabb. Long-time vocalist Jack Russell is still resolutely out of the picture and former XYZ singer Terry Illous who came in for the solid Elation album is the front man here.

I do find it quite odd that there is no material from Elation here especially as the album was being promoted at the time of these recordings. What we have instead is a kind of Greatest Hits alongside the title track from 2007's Back to the Rhythm. Other than Russell's voice all the Great White trademarks are in place in a solid bluesy set which features all the hits which sound fine. Some of Illous' between song banter is a little cringe worthy and whilst this isn't an all-time classic live record it's more than passable.


Track listing:
1. Desert Moon
2. Lady Red Light
3. Face the Day
4. House of Broken Love
5. Save your Love
6. Mista Bone
7. The Big Goodbye
8. Back to the Rhythm
9. Rock Me
10. Can't Shake It
11. Once Bitten Twice Shy

Added: September 29th 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2015
Language: english

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Great White: 30 Years Live from the Sunset Strip
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-09-29 14:28:19
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I was in the audience at a gig Great White played in Milwaukee just weeks before the 2003 tragedy at The Station in West Warwick, R.I. where a massive pyro display that kicked off the show ignited a blaze in the flammable sound-insulation of the walls and ceilings surrounding the stage. The ensuing fire killed 100 people, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley. When that same pyro display went off in Milwaukee, I remember my buddy and I both exchanging wide-eyed looks. In retrospect, we should be grateful we didn't die that night. The venue where we saw Great White has a floor plan similar to the one at The Station.

Since then, I've experienced mixed emotions whenever I hear Great White's music, amplified by the fact that vocalist Jack Russell acrimoniously split from the band and the Station fire seems long forgotten. So when Great White released this live album celebrating 30 years with a 2012 Hollywood, Calif., performance and former XYZ vocalist Terry Ilous replacing Russell, I didn't even want to listen to it. At that point, Ilous had only been with the band for two years. Fake White, right?

But Live from the Sunset Strip reminded me why I ventured out on a cold winter night in Wisconsin to see Great White 10 years ago in the first place: The songs rock. "Desert Moon," "House of Broken Love," "Save Your Love," "Rock Me." Ilous sounds close enough to Russell for comfort, three longtime or original members remain, and I still enjoy the music. Even if hearing it still makes me feel a little guilty.




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