GREAT WHITE Drummer Audie Desbrow On Parting Ways With Jack Russell - "It Was A Risky Move, But It Paid Out In The End"

October 27, 2012, 5 years ago

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The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with GREAT WHITE drummer Audie Desbrow, conducted by Cynthia Johnson. Topics of discussion include the band's new album, the new energy that vocalist Terry Ilouis (XYZ) has brought to the group, and touches on the Rhode Island tragedy. An excerpt is available below:

DBG: You're a core member of Great White. Tell me about the early years of honing the Great White sound.

AD: "Our first album was more metal. As time went on, we were more to our roots, our blues rock roots. When we did 'Sail Away', we used and experimented and used different instruments. I toned my drumming down. We tried to stay true to the sound. As far as what we do now, we just try to keep it modern and stick to our roots."

DBG: You have a new singer, Terry Ilous and a new album called Elation. How have the fans taken to Terry being in front and not Jack Russell?

AD: "Well, we just got back from Europe. The fans were awesome and Europe was too!! We were gone for a month. We went to Germany, Spain, France and Amsterdam. It was awesome because Terry was talking to the crowds in Spanish in Spain, he's speaking French to the crowds in France. It was just great, the whole experience as just great."

DBG: Jack Russell, was the original lead singer, and recently he parted ways with the group. Is there a chance that maybe you and Jack maybe able to do a reunion tour?

AD: "I don't see that happening. Jack is trying to sue us for the name. Over time things change, people change, you grow older. It was a risky move yes, because Jack was the up front guy; people knew Jack Russell with Great White. It was a risky move, but it paid out in the end though."

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Great White have the following shows booked in support of their new album, Elation:


2 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino Resort
3 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino Resort
4 - Aberdeen, WA - D & R Theatre
16 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
17 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues


15 - Coconut Creek, FL - Seminole Coconut Creek Casino


16 - 20 - Fort Lauderdale / Ocho Rios, Jamaica /

Cozumel, Mexico - Monsters Of Rock Cruise

Great White is:

Terry Ilous – lead vocals

Mark Kendall – lead guitar

Scott Snyder – bass guitar

Audie Desbrow – drums

Michael Lardie – guitar, keyboards

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