Joe Schaeffer Photography has uploaded video footage of JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, which features Jack Russell on vocals alongside former GREAT WHITE bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), bassist Chris Tristram, lead guitarist Robby Locher and drummer Dicki Fliszar, performing the song “Hard Habit” on February 7 at the M13 Concert Bar & Grill in Corona, California. Check it out below.
“Hard Habit” is described in a press release as “a new song in the style of the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell a rock icon in the first place.” Available for purchase as a digital single on iTunes, it is taken from the band’s forthcoming studio album, “The Gauntlet”, which is scheduled for release later this year.
Says Russell: “With the ever-changing climate of the music industry, we’ve decided that we will be releasing several digital singles throughout 2015. ‘Hard Habit’ is the first in a series of singles the band will put out this year. Be on the lookout for our next single in the coming months!
“We are really proud of this song and we plan on playing it live as well as some other new tunes and, of course, all the classic JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE songs you know and love.”
Regarding the musical direction of what will eventually be released as the JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE debut, Russell told SleazeRoxx.com: “We want the new material to blow people’s ears back. It has the elements of the best GREAT WHITE music ever written, but there’s an edge. Tony brings that validity, while Robby and Dicki add a new life. It’s going to surprise people.”
Added Montana, “It’s got the classic sound. The first element is Jack‘s voice.
“No other band sounds like this one ever did or does now.
“When I was 17 years old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band’s first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We’re going to maintain that same integrity going forward.”
He continued: “The band was always a standout from the era it came from. It was never a hair band. Listen to the music, and that’s evident. Everything was based in blues. We want to add to that legacy with new material preserving those timeless elements.”
Russell concluded, “This is fun, first and foremost. I feel like I’m 27 again. I hope it sounds like GREAT WHITE — but for .”
In support of the album, JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE will be on the road non-stop in 2015.
In March, 2012, Russell sued his former bandmates Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Audie Desbrow over their continued use of the GREAT WHITE name after Russell had taken a leave of absence from the band for medical reasons. The band countersued, and the parties were involved in contentious litigation for more than a year. After three days of closed-door mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle, the parties reached a comprehensive agreement. While many of the terms of the agreement remain confidential, it was revealed in August 2013 that the current GREAT WHITE band would continue to use the name GREAT WHITE and Russell would perform under the name JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE.