Great White headlined a home town show at The Grove in Anaheim Friday May 31st. Sharing the stage with these great legends were Raushi, Heaven Below, and Slaughter. If you are a fan of great locals and legends of Rock, this was THE show to be at. The full house was wild and crazy with fans old and new. For more pics, articles, and videos of the best Locals & Legends, visit our site at http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
Opening the night was Raushi. If you have not heard of this Rock/Pop band you are missing quite the show. Fronted by the crazy hot Dani Raushi who melts you with her vocals as well as her smoking hot abs, she is backed up by Jack Sin (guitar), Brett Bakman (guitar), Niles Abel (drums), and Beau Ashley (bass). This band is burning up stages on the local SoCal Scene. “High Tides Collide”, the album the band just puts out defines who the band is. The songs, the sound, the trials and the accomplishments are all wrapped up in the 11 song disc. They were a great band to start the night and get the fans moving from the back onto the floor. Take a listen to them and you will know why they were asked to play this show.
Heaven Below put on what I think is their best performance I have seen yet. I have seen them more than a hand full of times and have never left disappointed, and this made me want more. Front man Patrick Kenninson (formerly of the Nu Metal band Union Underground from Texas) intensely engages the crowd and in true front man style gave the fans what they wanted; a all around top notch performance. Not only was he gracious to the fans but to the other bands on the bill. In my book that puts class into the mix. Heaven Below is no stranger to playing with huge names. They also have another notch on their belts. This band, although unsigned, have had their song “Daylight Dies” on over 50 syndicated radio stations across America including Hard Drive and The Rock 30. This LA band is one of the in your face, tuff as nails band in the LA scene. That is what it takes to break out and they sure are. See them when they hit a stage near you - I promise you will become a fan.
Slaughter, direct support for the legendary Great White, gave a performance of a life time. In the words of Patrick Kenninson “These guys rock like they are 18 again. I know, I saw them in sound check.” He did not lie. I did not know what way to look...there was so much action on the stage. Mark played all the classics that fans have fallen in love with over the years. He gave the fans a treat when he jumped off stage and into the audience, singing to fans, giving them hugs and the experience of a life time. The drummer Zoltan Chaney is a must see. I would say he is the worlds best drummer. He drums with his leg over his head, he leaps from above the kit onto the set and drums on his landing just to paint a small picture of how stellar he is. I was in my Rock 'n Roll heaven during this set, singing along and rocking out to the show. Yes I am a fan and have been for years, and I can tell you they rock just has hard now as they did when the band first came out.
Great White: Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (keys and guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), and Terry Ilous (vocals) were back home where founding member Mark Kendall toiled away in the 1980's trying to get his big break. The guys played this show with a hotter fire than I've ever seen. Being home they had friends, family, and fans out in force. One of the best things about this band is their love and appreciation for everyone who supports. They showed their love to their fans when they filmed the video to their new song “Shot Gun Willies” on the Monsters of Rock Cruise earlier this Spring and the fans were the video. That is an experience of a lifetime in my opinion. The band knows that the fans want to hear the songs from Great White's hay day. They make it a point to play those and sprinkle in new tunes from their just dropped album “Elation”. I have heard the whole album and have seen them perform some of the songs live. I would say that my favorite song on the new album ("Elation") is “Hard To Say Goodbye”. The story behind the song is that lead vocalist Terry Illous wrote the song (with the help of the band) for his daughter. They miss each other when he is on tour and this song sums up the story. Great White are legends because of their great music, epic shows (and The Grove has to be one of the best) and love for their fans. They are still rocking out after 30 years. If you missed this show you can see them on tour now. Go to http://www.GreatWhiteRocks.com
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Written by: Melissa Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
Photo's by: Rockwell Anderson Media, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com