All Contents Copyright 2016 Great White or the original owner. All Rights Reserved.
Website concept and development by GRFX Media. Contact the Webmasterwith any questions or comments.
GREAT WHITE IS:
MARK KENDALL / guitars AUDIE DESBROW / drums MICHAEL LARDIE / guitars, keyboards SCOTT SNYDER / bass TERRY ILOUS / vocals
Changes? Yeah, they’ve had ‘em. Fallen off the path? Guilty. Slowed down? No way. Never.
Full Circle, the new album from Grammy nominated, multiplatinum recording artists, Great White, teams up the rock and roll band once again with its original producer, Michael Wagener. It’s an honorable nod to their first EP Out of the Night (Aegean Records, 1983) and debut self-titled full-length record (EMI,1984). Wagener, is of course the legendary producer behind the iconic Alice Cooper, Megadeath, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and a slew of other rock gods. Full Circle’s chemistry is palpable – Wagener’s influence is immediately felt…but take note, this is not one-and-done swan song for a band that has churned out chromium-laced hard rock since the early ‘80s.
No, this is far from the word ‘finished.’ It’s back to work and back to where it starts – one song at a time.
Recorded at Wagener’s Nashville-based WireWorld Studio, Great White spent the majority of January and February 2017 sequestered in Music City. Set for worldwide release, June 2, Full Circle’s packaging includes a must-have companion DVD called “Making of Full Circle.” Rockslide Entertainment (produced by Todd Sadowski) captured the band developing the songs in the studio – a never-before-seen band
access. The footage is just another look at how Great White works together, puts egos aside for the love of their fans.
Much like 2012’s Elation (Frontiers Records) the core song writing team of Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Terry Ilous worked heavily alongside Audie Desbrow and Scott Snyder. The first single, “Big Time” is a sharp, cutting track. Their swagger and gladiator attitude is first-hand knowledge, and the listener is galvanized.
In total, the 10 tracks on Full Circle range from the gut-punching “Give It Up,” to the bass-heavy “Cry Of A Nation,” the easily-embraced, more acoustic “Let Me In,” to the dynamic “This Is The Life.” Full Circle is overflowing with start-to-finish, balls to the wall, classic Great White triumphs.
“We can’t thank our fans enough for being there with us over all of these decades,” Kendall said. “It sounds insane to say decades, and when you think about it, that’s how long it’s been since we worked with Michael Wagener. Being excited in the studio with him is an understatement – he’s a driving force and a legend behind the soundboard.”
“Great White is fueled by performing live – we love that energy that you can’t find in the studio,” Lardie said. “But, when you do get us working on a new record, there’s a bond that is forged – it’s almost like alchemy…it’s years of stories, heartache, momentum and love that we put to track.”
Great White is Kendall (guitar), Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Desbrow (drums), Snyder (bass), and 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 sultry connections, arousing 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.