Great Whitewas popular in the 1980's and early 1990's. They were recognized most in the nightclub fire in The Station, in 2003 when 100 people in West Warwick, Rhode Island lost their lives.
The group began as the group Dante Fox and played their first gig in 1981 at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California. They recorded several demos and then hired Alan Niven as their manager. Niven had previously worked for Greenworld, which was an independent distributor in Torrence, California. Greenworld released Great Whiteís debut in 1984 which was called, Shot In the Dark. At that time Audie Desbrow, a drummer, replaced the original drummer Gary Holland. The band hit it big when they released the album, Once Bitten. It was certified platinum in April, 1988. From the album came several hit songs, Rock Me, Lady Red Light, and Save Your Love. The group followed up with, Twice Shy, in 1989. This album included their biggest hit, Once Bitten, Twice Shy and they received a Grammy Award nomination for the Best hard Rock Performance. The album was also certified platinum in July, 1989 and then was certified as double platinum in September of the same year. Bobbie Brown (a model) appeared in the video, Twice Shy. They toured the rest of that year with larger bands such as Bon Jovi.
The band performed on the American Music Awards in January 1990. Their performance was, House of Broken Love. They toured Japan that spring. In 1993 the group toured the United States and also released, Sail Away on the Zoo Records label. In 1996, Let It Rock was released on the Imago record label. In 1999 the band released, Canít get There From Here, and again went on tour with Poison, Ratt, and LA Guns. The single from the album, Rolliní Stoned, hit the chart on the adult rock charts.
After the nightclub fire tragedy, the band performed under the name Great White, but the night of the tragedy they were going by the name Jack Russellís Great White. They went back to their original name to avoid confusion. After the tragedy, the band performed full shows to benefit the survivors and victims of the fire. They toured until 2005 to raise funds for the Station Family Fund which was set up to help the victims of the tragedy. The band cancelled the second half of the summer tour in 2005 because Jack Russell had alcohol and cocaine problems. He did not perform again until 2007. The group reunited and had their first performance together, in over five years, on January, 2007 at the Keyclub in Hollywood, California.
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