Press Release: Official Great White Statement Regarding Jack Russell Announcement



First and foremost, our main concern is our fans. We have
spent 30 years trying to be the best we can be and bring our fans the top
quality of music they have become accustomed to and deserve. It
saddens us today to have to respond to Jack Russell's announcement.

Jack Russell announced on Facebook on Saturday, December 10, 2011 that
he was returning to Great White with a new line-up. This was a complete shock
to the entire Great White Family.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

As we all know Jack Russell has been fighting drug and
alcohol abuse for many years. He has had numerous stints in and out of
treatment facilities and hospitals.

In 2010 Jack’s physical condition deteriorated to the
point that he routinely fell on and off stage, forgot lyrics and we had to
cancel shows due to his inability to perform. In the past two years, Jack has
had five major surgeries and has almost died three times. His drug abuse was
so bad that his body began to shut down and ultimately resulted in colostomy
surgery from a perforated bowel (he nearly died during this procedure). The
colostomy surgery saved his life, but vanquished him with a colostomy bag
for a year.

We stood by Jack; we supported his sobriety and eagerly awaited
his return.

Jack was first slated to return to Great White this past
summer. Unfortunately his frail body and his drug abuse prohibited this event. In
the following months, Jack had three more surgeries that delayed his return.
Finally, he chose February 2012 as his target return date. We had five clear
conditions for Jack’s return:

1. Jack had to be drug free. Off all Opiates, Methadone, Valium or Xanax.

2. Jack had to be off Prednisone (a steroid that ate away at Jack’s internal organs that
caused the perforated bowl).

3. Jack had to be sober and off crack cocaine and all alcohol.

4. Jack had to agree to weekly drug tests.

5. Jack must attend weekly meetings for AA and NA.

Last week Jack notified management he would not make it
back by February 2012. Jack referred to his doctor’s opinion that he would not
be ready. He had just started physical rehabilitation again and his legs and
back needed more rehab to handle the rigors of touring. Jack thought he would
be ready by May to start the summer touring season. However, he wasn’t sure if
he could be off the Methadone by then or ever. Management reiterated that he
had to be completely drug free for his return. He owed it to the fans. He owed
it to us. He owed to himself.

Out of nowhere, we all received an email on Saturday,
December 10, 2011 stating that he was coming back now and that he was starting
his own (a different lineup) Great White. As you can imagine, this was shocking
to say the least. We were saddened and hurt from this shocking announcement..

We only want to do right by our fans. We aim to give
the best possible show and have every fan leave the show feeling they
got their monies worth. This band is sober and music is our passion. With
Jack Russell, not being drug free and unable to physically perform on stage. It
will only let down our fans.

Time and again, Jack Russell has let down his band and fans.
His addictions have ruined his life the past eight years. We will not sit by
and enable our brother to abuse alcohol and drugs to kill himself. We have lost
too many loved ones to this madness. After the passing of our dear friend, the
talented Jani Lane, it has become more evident that this has to stop. It must

Since Jack’s departure in August 2010, Great White has
performed almost 100 concerts. We’ve had no shortened sets, cancellations or
song choice limitations due to vocal issues. In this struggling economy, fans
need and deserve more—not less. We owe it to our fans and the promoters to not
to allow Jack Russell and some garage band to hurt Great White’s classic rock
legacy and bright future.

Jack Russell does not have the right to start his own
Great White or use the name without our names in the lineup.

We give you our word, we will continue through 2012 and
beyond to provide you with the top quality musical performances you have been
accustomed and deserve. We hope and pray that Jack gets healthy, happy and
sober. His health and well-being is the only thing that matters.

Keep Rocking, God Bless and Happy Holidays!

Mark, Audie, Michael, Scott and Terry




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According to Page 9, Paragraph 31, of the complaint, Robi v Reed may give Jack the right to use the trademark, but it does not necessarily mean one or more of you guys do not also have the right to use it.
Ahmet , April 04, 2012
Great White is not Great White without Jack
I've been a fan since 1984! Great White is not Great White without jack! Can't you please just wait for him to get better Michael? Yes I am talking to Michael personally! We've meet after concerts a dozen times! I've seen you guys a hundred times! I even have a shark tattoo on my ankle much to my mothers dismay! Please Michael Lardie don't give up on Jack!
I know that I am treading on waters that I have no knowledge of and that this decision had to be hard on the band! My Mom is the one that called me to inform me of the fire in Rhode Island! We cried together!
shelleybabee42 , April 01, 2012
I went to school with Jack and it is so sad to hear about this. Jack, I know you're better than this and please, start showing some respect for yourself as well as all the people who enjoy your music. If I remember right, one of your favorite songs in music class was Stairway To Heaven. You are way too young to walking up those stairs buddy. Do whatever it takes to get clean but do it for yourself first. Take Care Jack. Cathy C. Starbuck Jr High
SassyLady , March 26, 2012
Rock 'N Roll World we have a problem 'No Jack'
Jack you need to get yourself better, we've lost a lot of great entertainers Janie Lane(Warrant), Jimi Hendrix, Steve Clark(Def Leppard),Kevin Dubrow(Quiet Riot), The List goes on from here, All great Musicians gone to soon from Drug and Alcohol Addiction.
RobertW1 , March 06, 2012
This is just so SAD. Great White is a awesome band....And he helped make it that way. But sometimes the drugs just take over a person, especially when they cant find a "reason" to want to get it together....Let's all pray for him, that he will find a way to get it together...He has a great voice, and he also has a Great Band, and fans that are all pulling for him...But ultimately, He has to find it within himself to want to get past this....Jack if you read this....It seems you have had a loss of s family member...It hurts, and it hurts freaking bad...but that pain is never going away, you just have to get used to carrying it...and you have got a GOD GIVEN talent, your voice....Do you realize that it not just you....but the whole band TOGETHER, that makes it the awesome band? They all care for you and want the best...Be Thankful that you have that...And you also have your fans.... Please pull through this, and get it together. You have my prayers.......Cheryl
chill10142005 , February 09, 2012
Before I die
Jack Russell and the Great White group has taken me away from death sooooo many times in the early nineties, I can't begin to explain. Whenever I listen to ANY of their music, I just sit and cry now. The old saying comes to mind, damn I should of done thing's different ! Yeah , yeah, but I must say, Mr. Russell's voice is imprinted in my head FOREVER. I will ALWAYS Love him and pray for him . One day with any luck at all for me, I will get to meet him before I die. Jack, Your the best and your voice is heaven sent. I have seen the boys in concert manu times, and honestly each time, I have lost the one's I went with smilies/smiley.gif I got so involed and carried away in the music and Jack's voice, nothing else mattered. To this day, please know I WILL ALWAYS LOVE JACK AND THE SOUNDS OF GREAT WHITE. Thank you for saving my life and giving me the memories NO ONE ELSE COULD EVER GIVE.
Barbie , January 20, 2012
Hey guys just read about jack and i am very dissapoiunted in what i read but i am so very glad you guys got your shit together, the last couple of times i seen you i wasa dissapointed that
Jack wasnt there but youguys still make it worth every bit of it, I love ya guys!
ponw72ed , January 10, 2012
Just a shame........
Just listening to the Great White Led Zepplin covers.............AWESOME !!!! Just a shame................... Enuff said :~(
judic_tn , January 07, 2012
Reaching out to Jack:
Jack, there is absolutely no doubt that you do have a god given talent. Overcoming years of addiction is REALLY hard,but you have to see and realize that you have so much ahead of you and that God does have a plan for you. I finally conquered my addictions and cut all those hangers on loose, I found myself again and really do enjoy life now. We all want the same for you, I'm not sure you know or realize how many people are really pulling for you - don't go out like so many before you have. Don't hesitate either, reach out to someone. There are rooms full of musicians who are in the same battle ( we've talked about you) and we all want you to be at your best. Please don't fall weak to the disease of truly are better than that. Take care and I will always keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
2112 Viking , January 03, 2012
Well done, particularly the "Any last words?" comment at the end.

Ahmet , January 02, 2012
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