Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE) was a guest on the latest edition of "LA Radio Sessions" where he played four songs, including covers of NEIL YOUNG's "Old Man" and LED ZEPPELIN's "Going To California". Russell also talked about his new monthly radio show, "Jack On With Jack Russell", which premiered on March 20 exclusively on RadioScreamer. You can now listen to the audio of Jack's appearance using the player below.
"Jack On With Jack Russell" features captain Jack playing his favorite music and telling tales of his adventures on both land and sea. His show promises lots of laughs, music and mischief. If you can't listen live, you can catch his show on demand in the archives section of the RadioScreamer web site from your computer or smart phone.
"Jack On With Jack Russell" is a two-hour, monthly syndicated radio program on the RadioScreamer network that focuses on Jack's favorite music and stories. With musical tastes ranging from the '70s to the '90s, the show offers a wide variety of music that will keep you entertained and on your toes.
Jack's current band, GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL, is not to be confused with the other touring and recording version of GREAT WHITE, which features Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals).
In a 2012 interview with DoneWaiting.com, Jack stated about the "other" version of GREAT WHITE: "You can't take a lead vocalist out. That's the one thing that distinguishes each band from another. Every guitar kind of sounds the same, every guitar player that is decent can play another guy's riffs. There have been a couple of bands that have been successful after changing lead singers — like, you look at VAN HALEN when they got Sammy [Hagar]. He's a great singer and a friend, but I don't want to hear him sing the songs of David Lee Roth. They should have changed the name of the band to VAN HAGAR. That's the way I feel about any band. There's been talk from some people that Ronnie James Dio went in after Ozzy and BLACK SABBATH was still great. Well, okay, great, he did but it still wasn't BLACK SABBATH to me."
Regarding the split with his former bandmates, Jack said: "It's always about money, it's never about pleasing the fans. I could never do that. I could never intentionally put myself in that situation where people didn't like me. I was close to it the last time GREAT WHITE was out on tour. I look back and here we are, we were out and I'd call the guys, 'Hey, guys, let's go to dinner.' They'd be like, 'Sure, we'll call you.' The phone wouldn't ring so I'd call them later and be like, 'What happened?' and they'd say, 'Oh, we went out to dinner and we forgot to call you. Sorry.' That happens a few times and you're kind of like, 'Maybe they just don't want to hang around you, Jack.' So, whatever, it's unfortunate but it is what it is. I guess money is more important than friendship to some people. We were such good friends for so many years but there's a lot of animosity. I understand. I fired Audie at one point and he was out of the band for years. And Michael was out of the band for years. People have hard feelings they can't ever get rid of."
Jack Russell on "LA Radio Sessions" (audio):