Re-charged and re-focused, Great White has channeled their raw, sweet and dangerous sound into their 12th studio album. It’s called Elation and it delivers Great White’s signature grit and blues-hued sound with an all new synergy, and best of all, they’re bringing it to Wild Bill’s on Saturday, August 24.
Great White founder and guitarist Mark Kendall called up UsCityBook’s Connie Hall-Scott recently and chatted about the new album and the current tour.
“How would you describe the Great White sound?” Connie asked.
“It stems from the different influences we have,” Mark said. “I’m influenced by a lot of blues guitar players, my drummer (Audie Desbrow) likes super heavy stuff, Michael (Lardie; guitars and keyboard) likes a lot of great song writers like Elton John… when you get my blues rocking going, and you get the heavy back beat… and you put it all together it sounds like us.”
“The new album, Elation, definitely sounds like Great White,” Connie said.
“Yeah,” Mark agreed. “Even Bob Coburn, the legendary DJ, said he knew it was us right away.”
“I love ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’ still,” Connie said. “What was it like the first time you saw one of your videos on MTV?”
“Pretty exciting,” Mark acknowledged. “It was 1983. Our song ‘Stick It’ was on at about 4:30 in the morning. It was never a big hit but my little brother came down and was part of the crowd for that video. He’s 6’7, pumping his arms in the crowd, having a good time. It was fun for my mom and my family. You can see him on there. Then when ‘Rock Me’ came out it was a big hit and got more air play.”
“What can fans at Wild Bill’s expect from Great White?” Connie asked.
“A high energy show,” Mark said. “We bring the crowd into the show from the beginning with extended jams that are different every night. We play as hard as we can go and set out to play the best show we can every night with tunes from the beginning of our catalogue up to now.”
Wild Bill’s is a multi-level concert hall, dance club, and event venue located at 2075 Market Street in Duluth. For more information visit www.wildbillsatlanta.com or call 678-473-1000.