Great White has been churning out memorable songs since the early 80's, when Russell and Kendall joined forces and adopted the blues-based sound that went against the era's glam rock grain. Great White quickly attracted attention on the L.A. club scene. Their independently released EP Out of the Night sold 20,000 copies and got local airplay. Great White was snapped up by EMI America, which issued the eponymous Great White in 1984. That year, the band embarked on their first European tour with Whitesnake, and segued to a five month U.S. arena run with Judas Priest.
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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. After the release of Shot in the Dark, Great White 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.
In January of 2003, the band ventured out on a tour in support of their last two records, Thank You…Goodnight and For You. The tour ended February 20 with the fire at the Station Nightclub in Rhode Island.
After a five month break, Jack Russell and Mark Kendall headed back out to tour in the name of the Station Family Fund and the victims and family members of the Rhode Island tragedy. The tour, entitled, ”Help Us, Help Them” kicked off July 22 in Sterling, Colorado and ended in December, 2003. Their efforts have raised $85,000 so far for the Station Family Fund. Band members Jordan Martin on guitar, Scott Pounds on bass and Derrick Pontier on drums joined Russell and Kendall for this benefit tour
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