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GREAT WHITE IS:
MARK KENDALL / guitars AUDIE DESBROW / drums MICHAEL LARDIE / guitars, keyboards SCOTT SNYDER / bass TERRY ILOUS / vocals
It would be easy to coast on an over 30-year career. But, we all know that maintaining a career that long isn’t easy, nor is it about dwelling on the past. For fans of Grammy nominated blues-rock powerhouse band, Great White, their devotion to the band’s classic songbook is just as fierce as the tracks yet-to-be written.
For five guys that make up a team bigger than any one member, Great White in 2016 is moving out of its own shadow into higher profile projects. An upcoming DVD release of their documentary and concert footage shot in Las Vegas from Rock Fuel Media will also be included in a cable network TV series called Rock Show.
And, in early 2017, Great White is pleased to announce they will once again work with producer Michael Wagener, a humble nod to their first self-titled EP and album (EMI, 1984). Wagener reached iconic status after working with such hard rock gods as Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Metallica and more.
“To say we’re excited is an understatement,” Great White said. “We will be recording in Nashville, which has it’s own vibe and culture. We don’t want our fans to think we’re going country, we’re absolutely not, but many Nashville cats are transplants. We trust Michael. This is going to be an amazing ride and record that will take our sound even further into our next decade.”
Great White is Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums), Scott Snyder (bass), and Terry Ilous (vocals). Since 1982, the Great White sound has captivated audiences worldwide with crushing blues-based guitar riffs and swagger that invokes an emotional high for anyone that listens. The band’s core writing team of Lardie and Kendall forged numerous hits over the years, and when Desbrow joined in ’85, the grooves hooked an amazing stride.
For nearly a decade, Snyder has merged his unforgiving rhythm to Desbrow’s relentless percussion. And, in 2011, Ilous’ feverish energy and far-stretching vocals melted perfectly into the Great White mold. Kendall calls Ilous “the most consistent singer I’ve ever shared the stage with and a great all-around musician.”
Best known for their Grammy nominated Best Hard Rock Performance hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” Great White has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, has six Top 100 Billboard hits, nine Top 200 Billboard albums, two platinum albums, and clocked the top of MTV video four times.
To experience their hits live in concert—“Rock Me,” “Mista Bone,” “Save Your Love,” “House of Broken Love,” and “Lady Red Light”—is to ride an emotional wave of perspiring connections, sultry lyrics, and an all-out marathon of hard-hitting orchestrations.
Great White continues to tour worldwide and in the last two years logged nearly 200 dates in several states and countries. The band celebrated numerous milestones that included several sold-out performances, a return to the Zurich, Switzerland’s Rock Im Tal Festival, and for the first time ever, a handful of intimate, acoustic performances.
They returned to the classic rock radio charts with “Complicated” off of 2012’s Elation. The band’s 12th studio album, Elation, garnered high marks from numerous rock journalists behind the pesky “Something For You,” the cheeky “Shotgun Willie’s,” and the emotional, Top 10 classic rock radio entry, “Hard To Say Goodbye.”
Born into a musically gifted family, GREAT WHITE founder, Mark Kendall grew up in Huntington Beach, California. His father played jazz trumpet; his mother sang her heart out to jazz tunes before adoring audiences. His grandfather, too, was a virtuoso on the piano. Citing Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and The Doors as early influences, Kendall’s passion and natural abilities got him hooked on guitar.
When not in the recording studio or on stage with GREAT WHITE, Kendall has been invited to perform in the Vegas Rocks Magazine All-Star Jam alongside contemporaries George Lynch, Vince Neil, Zakk Wylde, and more. Kendall is a solid supporter of MusiCares, whereas his relentless efforts to help those seeking a sober life have been expressed in feature stories on Fox News and numerous national radio programs. Kendall is a baseball enthusiast (go Dodgers) and boasts skill in both billiards and poker, all of which he showcased on the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Soon to be released will be their documentary along with a live performance from The Hard Rock in Las Vegas.
Mark has been married for 20 years to his beautiful wife Bridget and has 4 children, Jonathan, Taylor, Shane and Ashley and one grandson, Noah Jagger.
Michael is no stranger to music having played with Great White for twenty-one years, with several platinum selling studio albums to his credit.
He is quick witted, has a memory that won’t quit, and is always gracious to his fans. He has never grown tired of the life of a musician, having kept busy playing with CC Deville’s Samantha 7 before joining the ranks of Night Ranger, following Great White’s demise. He thoroughly enjoys the camaraderie of Night Ranger, having known Jack Blades for twenty-three years. He really fits right in.
Of half Scottish and half Russian (Georgia) decent, Michael John Lardie was born on September 8, 1958 in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Sacramento, California. The oldest of six boys, he grew up listening to bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and took an early interest in playing music.
A man of many talents, he plays a wide range of instruments including piano, synthesizer, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica, mandolin, bass, sitar, percussion, and has also showcased his vocal talents. He has been involved with many different bands as an arranger, a producer and an engineer.
An avid sports fan, he favors the Minnesota Vikings and the Twins. He also enjoys movies and surfing the web.
Chicago’s Scott Snyder joined Great White in 2008. The go-to guy and gifted bassist has been a natural fit to the brotherhood. Snyder’s instincts and versatility have elicited amazing chemistry on all Great White releases since Rising (2009, Frontiers).
Snyder said he’s gained so much as a member of Great White.
“Being able to play as much as we do, I'm able to hone my vocal and playing ability with finesse, as well as working with the band to be the tightest unit live, people notice a tight band, even a non musician notices,” Synder said.
When not touring or recording with Great White, Snyder owns Rock Me Tattoo & Piercing Company. His artwork and attention to detail is just another extension to his approachable (most of the time very funny!) and creative presence – many of which lifelong Great White fans have eagerly embraced.
“I'm completely honored to be so excepted by the fans, after being called former bass players for the first couple years, they now know me by name, know my background, and always have something great to say about me being in the band,” Snyder said. “It's very humbling to me to be so love by so many around the world. I'll never take it for granted.”
After filling in on select dates in 2009, Great White made Terry Ilous their official front man in 2011. Ilous, already a platinum recording artist and songwriter from his band XYZ, helped elevate the Great White sound. His first efforts 30 Years Live and Elation (both released via Frontiers) cemented Ilous’ role as the new voice and a contributing writer to Grammy nominated, multi platinum rockers, Great White.
Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Audie Desbrow all praise Ilous’ tenacity and adaptability. He is a pivotal team member.
“He is a quick learner and keeps us energized,” Kendall said. “We are very blessed to have him in our corner. Many of our fans just can’t get enough of his stage presence and vocal range – he’s not just doing a job, he’s transferring his energy and passion to the audience. We all feel it and it’s just amazing to be a part of our live show. He carries that same passion into the recording studio.”
Ilous’ impact will further be felt with Great White’s 2017 new album, as well as the upcoming live performance documentary, Metal Meltdown.
Audie Desbrow, a native of Southern CA, was born in Los Angeles and raised in Rosemead.
Audie began playing the drums at the age of two and at the age of 13 started his first band called Hog Bottom. At the age of 20 Audie started a band called Riff Raff which played many local clubs and parties. At the age of 29 Audie auditioned and landed the job as drummer for Great White. He claims Ringo Starr and John Bonham as his musical influences. Audie is married and has one son and three granddaughters.