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Let it Rock: Great White Live

greatwhite2_wm.JPGLast night, a reunited Great White swam into Columbus, Ohio and the Alrosa Villa. Part of the 25th anniversary tour, all original members played to about 400 very rowdy fans.

lardiemcnabb_wm.JPGGreat White took the stage around midnight, after a handful of more than decent local bands. When singer Jack Russell, lead guitarist Mark Kendall, rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Michael Lardie, bassist Sean McNabb and drummer Audie Desbrow finally took the stage, the crowd was more than ready to rock. Jack Russell was energetic as always, whipping around his mic stand only slightly terrifying a few people in the front row.

During this Back to the Rhythm tour stop, the band played a mix of both classic hits and new tunes. The set list looked like this:

Desert Moon
Old Rose Motel
Standin’ on the Edge
Face the Day
On Your Knees
House of Broken Love
Rolling Stoned
Save All Your Love
Rock Me
Can’t Shake It
No Quarter
Once Bitten, Twice Shy

handrussell_wm.JPGAs the band played on, the crowd surged forward, pleasing Russell. Eventually, he started dumping multiple bottles of water on the sweaty mob. At one point, Russell put the brakes on the set, and addressed the Station Nightclub fire from four years ago and the fatal shooting spree at the Alrosa Villa in 2004 that claimed the lives of five people, including guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Yesterday, the Associated Press made mention of the Great White concert calling the event a “match made in hell” (the title came from a quote by a concert safety expert based in Los Angeles). To be sure, there was a television news crew staged in the parking lot across from the club, in the event anything unsavory happened. True professionals, Great White played their best, and said that they would never forget either club tragedy. Jack Russell then raised his bottled water and said, “Tonight, let’s celebrate rock n’ roll.”

The show rolled on.

kendall_wm.JPGThere were several small solos, including some really great guitar playing by Mark Kendall. During another brief pause in the music, Russell raised a portable coffee mug and said “before you read about it in the papers tomorrow, there is just tea in this cup!”

While a horde of fans rushed to be near the stage to dance, several people stood watching, just observing the entire scene. Jack Russell still has an amazing voice, and the band’s version of “No Quarter” sounded eerily similar to the original Led Zeppelin recording.

Ironically, the flattest part of the performance came during the band’s biggest hit “Once Bitten Twice Shy.” An extended version, the band stopped mid-song for a rousing round of the Mickey Mouse Club theme. Still, keyboardist Michael Lardie seemed bored, playing the notes with one hand, his other perched on a hip. That’s what happens when you play the same song 17,893 times over a 25 year career.

lardie1_wm.JPGIn all, fans of 80s music got their money’s worth proving once again that classic artists can bring back glam.

Reader Comments (13)

Good review Allyson. It appears that Great White can still put on a great show!
August 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
*sigh* I wish that they had played 'Old rose motel' at Rocklahoma. I am looking forward to the new CD ( I am getting a European import so I get the bonus track ).

I never liked Once Bitten, Twice Shy. Everyone covers it, and it's not that great a song. GW are best at slower, bluesy songs, although they know how to rock out, OBTS is kind of in the middle, tempo wise, and doesn't do much for me.
August 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
If Jack Russell wants to celebrate rock n roll, he should try playing it sometime. Great White has never been more than a third-rate band at best. Even Once Bitten isn't a strong album, but I can still remember being shocked by the amount of play they got by butchering Ian Hunter.
August 19, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbobvinyl
Good review, but I have one correction, only Russell and Kendall are original members. Desbow joined for their 2nd album, Lardie joined for the third, and McNabb didn't join until the 1990.
August 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I quote the official Great White press release...which states: "all original members." I knew for a fact that McNabb hasn't been around for so long. He sure is cute, though.

August 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
I've seen that press release and I don't know why they are calling all of them original members. Calling it the classic line up would kind of work, except for McNabb, but calling people who joined after the they had already toured and recorded albums originals is kind of silly/dishonest
August 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMe
By 'original', these bands always mean 'the version that had the biggest hits'
August 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Hey Christian, isn't it funny how it works that way? They market to people who had a passing interest in the band in the hopes of rekindling something. I guess they figure the real fans don't need the marketing to buy something.
August 19, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbobvinyl
Great show with alittle Zeppelin "Achilles Last Stand" thrown in during "On Your knees."
Very energetic and positive, you can see they are trying to crawl out of a very dark time and are happy to be touring again. I wish them luck.
August 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWolfboy1
I saw Great White perform on Aug. 23rd and they appeared very happy, There was a large crowd and very involved in the show. In addition to their normal set list they did play a song from the new album which was accepted extremely well by the audience. I have to agree that Great White's inclusion of No Quarter to the set list kept the fans happy. No boredom here, when the show ended no one wanted to leave. I hope they come back soon!
August 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJohnson
have seen this band numerous times . i can`t say enough about this kick ass band.can`t wait to see the band again.nice guys to hang with and talk to,very down to earth.we need more bands like them.keep on ya suz
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersuz
To Micheal Lardie. I don't think we are related, but I have a 28 year old son and his name is Micheal, and I have been a musician since 1964 here in Canada. I used to play mainly guitar but switched to keyboards eight years ago. I have a home studio and am in the process of recording 24 original songs. My dad came upon this web-site with info about the Lardie family. His name is William Lardie. If you find this interesting send me a reply.
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Lardie
i saw great white for the first time at bristol motor speedway it was a free show. i'm 17 and it was kickass.
March 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercody p

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