Press Release: Official Great White Statement Regarding Jack Russell Announcement



First and foremost, our main concern is our fans. We have
spent 30 years trying to be the best we can be and bring our fans the top
quality of music they have become accustomed to and deserve. It
saddens us today to have to respond to Jack Russell's announcement.

Jack Russell announced on Facebook on Saturday, December 10, 2011 that
he was returning to Great White with a new line-up. This was a complete shock
to the entire Great White Family.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

As we all know Jack Russell has been fighting drug and
alcohol abuse for many years. He has had numerous stints in and out of
treatment facilities and hospitals.

In 2010 Jack’s physical condition deteriorated to the
point that he routinely fell on and off stage, forgot lyrics and we had to
cancel shows due to his inability to perform. In the past two years, Jack has
had five major surgeries and has almost died three times. His drug abuse was
so bad that his body began to shut down and ultimately resulted in colostomy
surgery from a perforated bowel (he nearly died during this procedure). The
colostomy surgery saved his life, but vanquished him with a colostomy bag
for a year.

We stood by Jack; we supported his sobriety and eagerly awaited
his return.

Jack was first slated to return to Great White this past
summer. Unfortunately his frail body and his drug abuse prohibited this event. In
the following months, Jack had three more surgeries that delayed his return.
Finally, he chose February 2012 as his target return date. We had five clear
conditions for Jack’s return:

1. Jack had to be drug free. Off all Opiates, Methadone, Valium or Xanax.

2. Jack had to be off Prednisone (a steroid that ate away at Jack’s internal organs that
caused the perforated bowl).

3. Jack had to be sober and off crack cocaine and all alcohol.

4. Jack had to agree to weekly drug tests.

5. Jack must attend weekly meetings for AA and NA.

Last week Jack notified management he would not make it
back by February 2012. Jack referred to his doctor’s opinion that he would not
be ready. He had just started physical rehabilitation again and his legs and
back needed more rehab to handle the rigors of touring. Jack thought he would
be ready by May to start the summer touring season. However, he wasn’t sure if
he could be off the Methadone by then or ever. Management reiterated that he
had to be completely drug free for his return. He owed it to the fans. He owed
it to us. He owed to himself.

Out of nowhere, we all received an email on Saturday,
December 10, 2011 stating that he was coming back now and that he was starting
his own (a different lineup) Great White. As you can imagine, this was shocking
to say the least. We were saddened and hurt from this shocking announcement..

We only want to do right by our fans. We aim to give
the best possible show and have every fan leave the show feeling they
got their monies worth. This band is sober and music is our passion. With
Jack Russell, not being drug free and unable to physically perform on stage. It
will only let down our fans.

Time and again, Jack Russell has let down his band and fans.
His addictions have ruined his life the past eight years. We will not sit by
and enable our brother to abuse alcohol and drugs to kill himself. We have lost
too many loved ones to this madness. After the passing of our dear friend, the
talented Jani Lane, it has become more evident that this has to stop. It must

Since Jack’s departure in August 2010, Great White has
performed almost 100 concerts. We’ve had no shortened sets, cancellations or
song choice limitations due to vocal issues. In this struggling economy, fans
need and deserve more—not less. We owe it to our fans and the promoters to not
to allow Jack Russell and some garage band to hurt Great White’s classic rock
legacy and bright future.

Jack Russell does not have the right to start his own
Great White or use the name without our names in the lineup.

We give you our word, we will continue through 2012 and
beyond to provide you with the top quality musical performances you have been
accustomed and deserve. We hope and pray that Jack gets healthy, happy and
sober. His health and well-being is the only thing that matters.

Keep Rocking, God Bless and Happy Holidays!

Mark, Audie, Michael, Scott and Terry




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Just so sad.............
Regardless of what is said, this is just so very sad whether he is a lead singer in a band or regular 'joe'.......That being said, he has been blessed with such an amazing talent........and for me, I simply do not get it. Extending my thoughts & prayers to not only Jack but the whole band as well for it truly seems you guys do care for him & just want him well - period. And I too want to thank you guys for all the years of GREAT rock & hope for many more to come.
judic_tn , January 01, 2012
Regarding Jack Russell
I can understand the band's stance and feelings on this subject.....all you can really do is to let Jack know that you are there for him and that all of you truly do love & care about him. Addiction is a true M.F., I met you guys in Glendora,CA @ "The Timbers" in the early 80's - thank you for all of the great years of rock! I will keep all of you in my prayers.
2112 Viking , December 30, 2011
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Give us all a braek guys!!!
Wow...Just heard that Jack Russel, lead singer of Great White (one of my fav bands) is starting a new band called 'Great White featuring Jack Russel" and dissing his old bandmates who have stood by him (sort of) through his battles with health problems and addictions. I say "sort of" because they made it a stipulation that for him to return to the band he needed to be "drug free" and would be test...ed weekly. Really???? That was meant for both Jack and the band. How in the world can you give him an ultimatum like that when part of the "sound" of the band was created by that atmosphere. I would give Jack the chance to fulfill his duties without resorting to a "drug test". That really is an insult to him and the true fans of Great White. I saw you guys in 09 and yes, Jack was lit and using a cane on stage, but the show rocked. I saw you guys again a few months ago, not knowing that Jack wasn't singing, and it just wasn't the same,,,it kinda sucked. I know times are changing, but this is going too far. Bands that are re-uniting are switching out lead singers like changing socks...sorry just doesn't work. I think if you lose the lead singer, you should change the name of the matter what. And for a lead singer to simply replace the band is idiotic as well. Its a shame whatis happening to all those old 80's bands, but come on guys...give us a break!!! Geeze!!!
johnshthed , December 18, 2011
Maybe just wait awhile. Don't start suing people yet; it's expensive and exhausting. Be magnanimous. Let Jack do his thing, and you do yours. The effect on the rest of the band may prove to be minimal.

Keep your powder dry for now. Sometimes these things take care of themselves.
Ahmet , December 15, 2011
You guys aren't Great White without Jack and Jack is not Great White with out all of you. Period. End of discussion. Hope you all can work this out .
Rockfan , December 15, 2011
Hey Guys
It's your old ™, "big daddy", Steve W, I have not seen, heard or spoken to any of you in years. I just happened to read on Pollstar about this and clicked on to this link. I am so saddened to hear of what has transpired regarding Jacks health. I remember working so hard on the road w/ you all and would like to offer any type of support to you all and Jack as well, possible. You are all in my thoughts and wishes of a full recovery of Jack's health and return to the band.

May the Zen be with you.
big daddy , December 15, 2011
Hello Guys,
I was shocked and upset that Jack would even consider dumping his band mates like that, starting a new band, what the hell? What about Mark, and Audi, and Lardie and Scott ? These guys have stood by Jack for many years and all they want is for him to get healthy, and now he wants to do a new line up? In my opinion this would be a terrible mistake! There is a certain magic betweeen the current band that cannot be replaced. I have seen you guys perform with and without Jack and also seen Jani Lane do lead in Lewiston Idaho a few months before his death which was also shocking. I miss you Jack, but what the hell you thinking? Great White will never be Great White without the original band members. Jack you need to kick this drug habit to the curb because it is wasting a lot of time and your pissing away your talent. It would devastate many fans if your life were to end. Stop wasting time and write, write, write some new lyrics and stay with your original band members you owe it to them and your fans to come back new and strong!! I hope that I can see you guys perform again together, miss you Jack.
Julie from Idaho
Julesecho , December 15, 2011
my heart goes out to all of you, sometimes life is hard to understand
newwestbill , December 13, 2011
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