Russell was a Founding Member and the lead singer of the Rock Band “Great White.” As many bands
of my era, they too fell under the spells of the drugs and alcohol abuse. He also has many health issues
which contributed to his self-medicating.
They were a multiplatinum band with a bluesy hard rock feel
performing songs, over six million, like; “Rock Me,” “Save
Your Love” and the band’s cover, which received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Hard Rock Performance” of Ian Hunter’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” instead
earning a double platinum certification for the album “…Twice Shy.”
In December of 2011 he continued
with his own band, as not to cause confusion, called “Jack Russell’s Great White.”
February 20, 2003 was the
day of the fire at the Station, a Rhode Island nightclub, during a show by Jack Russell’s Great White, caused by pyrotechnics
and highly flammable sound insulation; making the band only partially responsible for the incident, as well as, other documented
issues. The fire killed 100 people, including the band's guitarist, Ty Longley.
Jack Has bounced back again and is now touring with his “Jack Russell’s Great White” and they are
as great as ever.
I was the lead photographer for one of the promoters and was
fortunate enough to meet jack and the band in Douglas County a few years ago. He is a respectful man and
I found it to be a great pleasure to meet them. He is only 9 months older than I am.