1. (00:06:08) Great White - In The Light (Live)
2. (00:07:08) Great White - Rock Me
3. (00:05:59) Great White - Face The Day
4. (00:05:25) Great White - Once Bitten, Twice Shy
5. (00:04:10) Great White - Rollin' Stoned
6. (00:04:14) Great White - Call It Rock 'N Roll
7. (00:04:42) Great White - Save Your Love
8. (00:05:10) Great White - Can't Shake It
9. (00:05:57) Great White - House Of Broken Love
10. (00:05:08) Great White - Mista Bone
11. (00:05:08) Great White - The Angel Song (Live)
12. (00:04:38) Great White - Lady Red Light
Playing Time.........: 01:03:47
Total Size...........: 453.18 MB
NFO generated on.....: 9/16/2008 11:30:16 AM
Latest & Greatest' is an album released by the rock band Great White in
2000. It includes 1999 re-recordings of many of the bands' hits (minus "In
The Light (live)" and "Rollin' Stoned" which are presented in their original
Great White is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles that gained
semi-popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s. The band released several
albums in the late 1980s and gained airplay on MTV with music videos for
songs like "Once Bitten, Twice Shy". The band reached their peak popularity
with the album ...Twice Shy in 1989, but their success soon declined along
with most other bands in their genre.
The band continued to release new material into the 1990s, although none of
their material charted in the United States. In 2003, the band made headlines
when The Station nightclub fire led to the deaths of 100 people in West
Warwick, Rhode Island, including the band's guitarist Ty Longley, who had
been a member of the band for three years. Great White made a comeback in
2007 with the release of a new album and an accompanying tour.
Great White started life as Dante Fox, playing their first gig in 1981 at The
Troubadour in Hollywood. After recording several demos, the band took on
Alan Niven as manager, Niven having worked for independent distributor
Greenworld (which dealt with Mötley Crüe's debut self-release) in Torrance,
California. Greenworld released Great White's eponymous debut in 1984.
Shot in the Dark, their follow-up independent release, marked the arrival of
drummer Audie Desbrow who replaced original drummer Gary Holland. 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 band hit the mainstream in 1987 when they released Once Bitten....
"Once Bitten..." was certified platinum in April 1988. The album featured the
hit "Rock Me".
The band followed up with ...Twice Shy in (1989; see 1989 in music). The
album included their biggest hit, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", for which they
received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The
album was certified platinum in July 1989 and then double platinum in
September of that same year. The model Bobbie Brown (also known for being
in Warrant's "Cherry Pie" video) appeared in the video for "Once Bitten,
Twice Shy". They finished off the 80s touring in support of "...Twice Shy" and
with some larger bands, such as Bon Jovi.
In 1990 a heavy metal video called "HARD N HEAVY" containing music,
concert footage and interviews was released. The video included Slash and
Duff from Guns N' Roses appearing with the band at a "Children Of the Night"
Benefit concert in LA for abused homeless children, the performance helped
raise money for housing. Both bands shared the same manager.
The band continued into the next decade performing "House of Broken Love"
on the American Music Awards in January 1990. That spring, Great White
embarked on their first tour of Japan. They soon returned to the United
States for the Memorial Day weekend festival, dubbed The World Series of
Rock, which featured Whitesnake, Skid Row, Bad English, and Hericane Alice.
Great White recorded two more albums for Capitol — Hooked, which was
certified gold, and Psycho City, which is considered by many[who?] to be
their most underrated effort. In support of Hooked, Great
White toured, completing a headline tour, a guest slot with Scorpions and
trips to Europe and Japan. Psycho City was followed by a U.S. tour with Kiss.
Although Capitol issued a "Best Of" compilation in 1993, Great White had
already departed the label to begin work on their next studio release, Sail
Away. Great White spent a seven months on the road headlining clubs.
According to Lardie, it was "the longest stint we ever did without a break."
Great White kept up the pace once Sail Away was released on Zoo Records in
1994, touring the country several times over the following year and a half.
Their next release, Let It Rock, was released through yet another label,
Imago, in 1996.
In 1999 the band released Can't Get There From Here and embarked on a
tour with Ratt, Poison, and LA Guns. The Album featured the single Rollin'
Stoned, which managed to chart on the adult rock charts.
The Breakup 2000-2001
In a memo dated January 20, 2000 Mark Kendall announced he was leaving
Great White, shortly thereafter both Audie Desbrow and Sean McNabb left
Great White. Desbrow, clearly very unhappy with the financial state of the
band posted a tirade on his website lambasting Jack Russell and Michael
Lardie, while claiming to have been "fired" from Great White. Meanwhile, it
was rumored that Sean McNabb was fired for going to management and
asking to see the accounting books. Despite only having one original member
left, the band announced plans to begin work on a new album in late 2000.
Early in the process, some of the new songs were played for John Kalodner
at Columbia Records. It was mutually agreed that the "magic was gone" and
the band decided their heart was not in the recording process. They
subsequently left Columbia Records and discontinued work on the follow up
album. On November 5, 2001 Jack Russell announced the end of Great
White, stating that he was moving on, and that Great White would play one
final farewell show on December 31, 2001 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa
Ana, CA. Both Kendall and McNabb rejoined the band for the farewell show
and a live CD entitled "Thank You... Goodnight" that was recorded and
released by Knight Records. This CD would include 2 new tracks, "Back to the
Rhythm" and "Play On" from their discontinued studio sessions, both of which
would ultimately wind up on their reunion album "Back to the Rhythm" in
Fake White 2002-2005
In late 2002, in part due to his failure to attract good audiences while on the
road with his solo band, Jack Russell contacted Kendall, who himself was
struggling to gain an audience on his own. Kendall agreed to play some dates
with Russell's band, allowing Russell to use the name Great White once again.
Billed as "Jack Russell's Great White," the tour was to consist primarily of
classic songs from the Great White catalog with some of Russell's solo work
mixed in. Eventually, more dates were added and the tour extended through
the early months of 2003.
Tragically, the band returned to the national spotlight on February 20, 2003.
Pyrotechnics used by the band's crew created a spray of sparks that ignited
the foam soundproofing material behind the stage. One hundred people at
The Station night club in Rhode Island, including the band's guitarist Ty
Longley, died in the fire that followed. In 2008 the band agreed to pay $1
million to survivors and victims' relatives of the fire while admitting to no
wrongdoing. This amount also covers former tour manager Daniel Biechele
along with the band members, record label, and management as it existed at
the time of the fire. The settlement was the maximum allowed under the
band's insurance plan.
Though the media referred to the band as "Great White" following the
tragedy in Rhode Island, the band was officially performing under the
moniker of "Jack Russell's Great White" at the time of the incident. In fact,
prior to the fire, the band's official website posted a message stating that
Great White had not reformed. It's unclear when the band began officially
going by "Great White" again, but it is possible that the intense media
coverage surrounding Great White caused the band to simply return to their
original name in order to avoid confusion during the tours that followed.
Great White played their first full show following the Rhode Island tragedy on
July 22, kicking off a benefit tour for the survivors and victims of the fire. The
band would tour until 2005 to raise funds for the Station Family Fund, which
had been set up to help the victims of the tragedy. In late 2005, citing
"medical reasons", the band would cancel the second half of their summer
tour. The "medical reasons" would prove to be Jack Russell's addictions to
alcohol and cocaine. He would later detail a particular low point of being
caught by his ex-wife smoking crack in a laundry room. This would prove to
be the end of this version of Great White, as Jack Russell would enter
rehabilitation and not perform again until 2007. Russell would use the year of
2006 to get sober and get a facelift that would be detailed on ExtraTV.
Russell would later refer to this incarnation of Great White as "Fake White",
saying "It still sounded like Great White, but not—almost like we were doing a
cover of ourselves."
Back to the Rhythm 2006-
Talk of a reunited Great White began in a 2004 interview where Jack Russell
told Metal Express "I spoke with Michael [Lardie], we threw that around a bit,
and thought that sounds like a cool idea, it'd be fun. I'm pretty positive it's
gonna happen … probably next year... We talked to some other people, and
[former drummer] Audie [Desbrow] would not be a person I would want to
play with ever again in my life. There were some bridges burned there that I
just can’t forgive, and I’m a very forgiving person. I just can’t let that one
go. I have to stand up for myself...". Russell's stance towards Desbrow
seemed to have changed course by 2006 when he told Mitch Lafon "I talked
to Michael Lardie the other day and he is into doing it. I just want to get hold
of Tony Montana and Audie Desbrow. I think that would be very special for
our 25th anniversary tour to have the same guys...we haven't played
together in a very long time." Later in 2006 guitarist Mark Kendall officially
announced that Great White has re-formed its classic lineup. The reformed
lineup of Russell, Kendall, Michael Lardie, Sean McNabb and Audie Desbow
played their first date together in over 5 years on January 27, 2007 at the
Keyclub in Hollywood, CA performing at the Harpseals.org Benefit Concert for
the Seals 2007, and the band continued to tour throughout the rest of the
On the bands recent tour in the UK, vocalist Jack Russell commented that "I
think I'm enjoying it more now than the last time we were over, I think the
older you get, at least for me anyway, you appreciate more and more. This is
the twilight of our career at best, and any time we get after this is icing on
the cake, it's a gift. It's been 25 or 26 years now since the band became
Great White, and I've been playing with my guitarist since '78 when I was 17
years old, I'm 47 now, so that's 30 years."