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I left the band for a break in 2000 and the rest of the band disbanded shortly there after. Jack was touring as a solo artist and playing 1 or 2 Great White songs in his show. When the attendance at his shows weren't what he was hoping for he called me and asked if I would come out so he could play more Great White material in his set. That was in 2002. We toured with hired musicians for the next few years. We always wanted and talked about making a record but we didn't want to do it unless it was with original members. Jack called all the guys on the phone and they were all excited about getting together. So that's why it took so long. But once we decided to make a record it didn't take very long. We recorded it in 24 days with no rehearsal. We all wrote songs apart and sent them to each other and worked that way. We jammed the ideas in the studio and just recorded straight away
We have heard a few reviews on the new record and it has been positive for the most part.
We have always made music to please ourselves first. We then get down on our knees and pray everyone else will like it. Hopefully some will hear it. So in answer to your question we are happy with it and to us that is great success.
We never pre-plan how the songs are going to be on our records. I was living in Utah and had access to a couple of studios and wrote and recorded some riffs that turned out to be Still Hungry, I'm Alive, Just Yesterday and Cold World. I don't really have an answer for why it's a bit heavier.
I'm always told we are an underrated band. Why, I cannot tell you but it hasn't stopped us from touring and making records for 25 years and there are still people standing in front of the stage at our shows. To have the longevity that we've had, we feel very blessed! We won't consider that a problem unless people stop coming to our shows. The press can say what they want. We are the peoples band.
I don't really have a lot of regrets because I've learned from the mistakes I've made. I think that Jack and I have had all our hopes and dreams come true many times over. One great moment for me was giving my father his first gold record. He wanted me to be a professional baseball player and wasn't sure I was making the proper career choice. So that was very special.
Michael Lardie is a very important part of the band. He contributes songwriting, he engineers the records and a big part of this bands sound. Sean is a very inventive musical bass player and compliments the songs. Audie is the glue and has a style that is made for this band. Without these guys it wouldn't be Great White.
I think there might be a little bit of a resurgence. Enough time seems to have gone by where people are saying, wow these songs from bands from the 80's era are pretty cool and when I hear them it makes me feel good. I think that was part of what made our era so cool is people were out to have fun and forget there troubles. And the music helped them forget the problems and gave people a chance to enjoy themselves and celebrate life.
I haven't really been listening to much music. I did however pick up Eric Burdons new album, Soul of a Man. It is amazing!!! His voice is in top form and the record is brilliant.
I think we have sold somewhere around 8 million.
I think the Internet is good in some ways and bad in others. Good that people can find music so easy and download to there ipods and such. Bad because it has forced record stores out of business and big record companies can no longer survive.
The only thing the band does to promote a record is play live. It is up to the record company to exhibit campaign strategies. So that would be a good question for the record companies. We are hoping to get to Europe and tour at the end of the year. Then get to Japan and South America next year. We are going to tour until the wheels fall off.
I would like to go out with ZZ Top. That would be a lot of fun.
I am not a very good salesman. I guess I would tell them " Check this out and dig it"