Following former-Great White vocalist Jack Russell’s recent announcement to form a new band under the same name, current Great White band members say they are shocked about the decision.
Jack Russell earlier announced that he will be returning to Rock N’ Roll after suffering from a Perforated Bowel in 2010. His new band will be called ‘Great White featuring Jack Russell’ so fans do not get confused.
Great White released this statement via their website greatwhiterocks.com: “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.”
They also claimed that Jack’s announcement couldn’t be ‘further from the truth.’
Here’s what they had to say:
“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.
Last week Jack notified management he would not make it back by February 2012.
Jack Russell does not have the right to start his own Great White or use the name without our names in the line-up. We will litigate any promoter that books ‘Jack Russell’s Great White’ or uses any logo featuring the name Great White.”
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