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Meri Ballou
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    Autograph featuring original members Steve Lynch (guitar) and Randy Rand (bass) have announced that they have finished autograph-photorecording their forthcoming new album.
The following message was posted on Autograph‘s Facebook page yesterday:
We finished the new album kids!! Now it’s just mixing and mastering! Sounds awesome!! On my way back home to Florida and miss my bro’s already!!"– Steve Lynch
The newly reformed Autograph line-up which also includes Simon Daniels (lead vocals, guitar) and Marc Wieland (drums) previously released a five-song EP Louder, which consisted of four new songs and a live version of the group’s biggest hit “Turn Up The Radio,” on January 7, 2016.



    Island/UMe have announced that they will be releasing a box set entitled Bon Jovi: The Albums consisting of 25 LPs in February 2017.
The Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 17, 2016 – With over 130 million albums sold, an extensive catalog of hit anthems, and nearly 3000 concerts performed in 50 countries for over 35 million fans, Bon Jovi is simply one of the world’s most successful bands, ever. As their new album, This House Is Not For Sale, debuts at #1 in the US, Australia and Japan and in the Top 5 in 54 other countries, Island/UMe announces that a comprehensive vinyl box set of 25-LPs, entitled Bon Jovi: The Albums, will be released in February 2017. It will include all Bon Jovi albums and additional titles (as outlined below) for premium collectors. The box set release will coincide with the kick-off of the band’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour in North America. Check out the contents of the career-spanning box set in the unboxing trailer here and pre-order now:
Alternately, Island/UMe has made every Bon Jovi album from the past thirty-two years available for individual purchase on high-quality vinyl now. Fans can purchase individual albums now at
Every vinyl album preserves the original look and sound of the originals – all LP jackets are exact replicas of the original album cover and songs have been mastered to the band’s specifications to ensure exceptional audio quality. There are also plenty of “firsts” – this will be the first time Bon Jovi’s albums from the 2000’s have been pressed in any territory before, others will receive their first-ever U.S. vinyl releases, while many are being pressed for the first time in decades.
Bon Jovi has created some of the most recognizable songs ever. From ubiquitous hits like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Band Name,” “Bad Medicine,” “Always” and “It’s My Life” to back-to-back-to-back-to-back #1 albums – Lost Highway, The Circle, What About Now, and This House Is Not For Sale – their music, filled with indelible melodies and infectious hooks has created an enduring, ongoing legacy.
The band’s 14th album, This House Is Not For Sale, is available now on Island/UMG, and reunites Bon Jovi with Grammy Award®-winning producer John Shanks, who began working with the band in 2005, on the RIAA platinum Have A Nice Day, which entered the charts at #1 in 15 countries worldwide. This is Bon Jovi’s first major release since 2013’s What About Now, which was the band’s third consecutive multi-platinum album to enter Soundscan at #1 (following Lost Highway in 2007 and The Circle in 2009).




    Following a massive summer arena tour with Def LEPPARD and Reo Speedwagon, Tesla is hitting the road once again this winter. Beginning on February 1 in Saint Charles, Illinois, the band will play shows throughout the Midwest through March 4. See full tour routing below.
Tesla concluded its summer tour with the release of its new album, 'Mechanical Resonance, Live!' (Tesla Electric Company Recordings/Mailboat). The album celebrates the 30th-birthday of the original multi-platinum album and features classic hits as well as a new single, "Save That Goodness", written by DEF LEPPARD's Phil Collen.


    Over the course of its thirty-year career, the iconic Sacramento m elodic hard rock quintet — Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass), Jeff Keith (vocals), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar) — has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and played to sold-out crowds across the globe.
TESLA 2017 tour dates
Feb. 01 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
Feb. 03 - Sioux City, IA - Hard Rock Hotel Casino
Feb. 04 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
Feb. 07 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Feb. 08 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Feb. 11 - Troy, OH - Hobart ArenaFeb. 12 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace
Feb. 14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Feb. 16 - Warren, OH - Packard Music Hall
Feb. 17 - Battle Creek, MI - Firekeepers Casino Hotel
Feb. 18 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theater
Feb. 21 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Feb. 23 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
Feb. 24 - Pocola, OK - Choctow Casino-Pocola
Feb. 25 - Durant, OK - Choctow Casino Resort
Feb. 28 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre
Mar. 02 - Austin, TX - ACL Live At Moody TheaterMar. 03 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre
Mar. 04 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues




SAMMY HAGAR: 'This Is Sammy H agar: When The Party Started, Volume 1' DUE THIS FRIDAY:

    A remixed version of "Sam I Am" from the upcoming album 'This Is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started, Volume 1', can be streamed below. The album will be released this Friday (November 18) via
"Sam I Am" is a total remix by Bob Daspit from scratch and started simply as a test mix for a new category of effect plugins for console and tape simulations.
Says Bob: "When I finished and listened back, I realized it was vastly superior — the drums, the guitar, everything just sounded better and the groove felt deeper. It was really happening so I sent it to Sammy with a note that this is how I wish we could have done it the first time."
Sammy stated about 'This Is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started, Volume 1': "This CD is a collection of what I feel are the best songs I wrote post-VAN HALEN that mostly didn't get a lot of mainstream attention."
"When I left VAN HALEN, I formed the WABOS as an alternative to the superstar big-time, high-maintenance commercial world I had been living in since I joined MONTROSE in 1972."
"With the WABOS — Jesse Harms, David Lauser, Vic Johnson, Mona and myself — we locked ourselves in my basement studio. We rehearsed and recorded anything and everything I wrote. Along with Bob Daspit, and a few other engineer-friendly people, we produced and engineered ourselves on a new technical recording device called Pro Tools."
"I was not interested in the big recording industry machine, well-known producers, or major label A&R people telling me what to do. In fact, when I finished some songs, I ran them by my friends at major labels, they would all say, 'This is not what we want from Sammy Hagar.' And I would say, 'But this is Sammy Hagar, this is who Sammy Hagar is today!' I was obviously changing into more of a lifestyle artist — some got it, some didn't."
"This is when the party started. I played hundreds, maybe thousands, of shows anywhere and everywhere without a setlist and built a hardcore following of 'Redheads.' They were really into what we were doing. The birthday bash in Cabo got to the point where thousands of people were sleeping on the streets to hang out with us, and live the life we were living."
"It's now that time again to see what's up around the bend. Always at your service."
'This Is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started, Volume 1'
track listing:
1.) "Stand Up"
2.) "Serious Juju"
3.) "Little Bit More
4.) "Ten 13"
5.) "The Real Deal"
6.) "Tropic Of Capricorn"
7.) "Maui Wowie"
8.) "Shag (Outtake Mix)"
9.) "Halfway To Memphis"
10.) "Sam I Am" (+)
11.) "Livin' On A Coastline"
12.) "One Sip"
13.) "No Worries"(*)
14.) "Never Said Goodbye"(*)
* New track
Alternate mix






    "Kick Like A Mule", the new video from TYKETTO, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Reach", which was released on October 14 via Frontiers Music Srl.
   After five years of relentless touring that included playing on some of the most prestigious stages on the planet, TYKETTO took their revitalized energy in to the studio in the spring of 2016. The sessions took place at the legendary Rockfield Studios (QUEEN, RUSH, OASIS) in Wales. Musically, the band is truly at the top of their game, with their muscular brand of melodic rock delivered with the finest arrangements and awesome performances.
    Lead vocalist Danny Vaughn comments: "Although we only had planned on recording ten songs for 'Reach', we were so pleased with everything, we decided to keep all twelve songs on the record."
   "We unanimously decided on 'Reach' as the title of the album as it defines who this band is in 2016."
   "We have a new energy, some incredible new members, and a fresh outlook toward the future."
   "All of us have pushed each other beyond our limits to make what we feel is a pinnacle record in our catalog."
  Adds drummer and founding member Michael Clayton Arbeeny: "Many bands who have been out as long as we have feel they need to fit into a preconceived notion of what their fans expect to hear."
    "Following in the footsteps of icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin and Prince, we have decided to expand our musical boundaries and introduce our friends around the world to Tyketto 2016.
   "Rest assured that all the songs on 'Reach' still carry the trademark melodies and choruses our fans have grown to love over the decades."
    "The band is feeling stronger and performing better than ever and we can’t wait to share this music with the world."

An eleven-country tour to support "Reach" commences in October.


'Reach' track listing:
1.) Reach"
2.) Big Money"
3.) Kick Like A Mule"
4.) Circle The Wagons"
5.) I Need It Now"
6.) Tearing Down The Sky"
7.) Letting Go"
8.) The Fastest Man Alive"
9.) Remember My Name"
10.) Sparks Will Fly"
11.) Scream"
12.) The Run"
13.) Precious Little Gets Away (digital bonus track)

Danny Vaughn – Lead Vocals
Michael Clayton Arbeeny - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Ged Rylands - Keyboards, Vocals

Chris Green - Guitar, Vocals
Chris Childs - Bass, Vocals


    German power metallers Helloween will be rejoined by vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen for a world tour in 2017 and 2018. Dubbed "Pumpkins United", the trek will feature seven musicians — including current singer Andi Deris and guitarist Sascha Gerstner — performing material spanning Helloween 's entire three-decade-plus history.
"Pumpkins United" touring lineup:
Michael Kiske - Vocals
Kai Hansen - Guitar
Michael Weikath – Guitar
Markus Grosskopf - Bass
Andi Deris - Vocals
Sascha Gerstner - Guitar
Daniel Löble - Drums
    For thirty years, Helloween has been delighting its fans with fantastic riffs, great songs, and haunting melodies — three decades of a global career they officially celebrated with the "Hellbook" in 2015. This is when the idea for "Pumpkins United" was born: The "Anniversary Bible" as well as touring with Kai made them realize that this band’s story is demanding its next chapter. Or, as Michael Kiske describes it: "Playing an original Helloween tracks with UNISONIC was quite a flashback already, but rocking with the original lineup and Andi will be something really special. The time has come!"
    The super-tour's first confirmed date is October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and takes the full "Pumpkins" entourage across selected cities and venues in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. An extremely big deal, which, including a few secret surprises, will present almost three hours of the biggest hits from three decades of Helloween as the band will obviously insist on performing a full-speed trip through the Helloween repertoire.
    "We already had an awesome time on the 'Hellish Rock' part 1 & 2, but this time we'll definitely double down on it," says Hansen, and Markus Grosskopf adds: "There'll for sure be songs that we haven't played in a very long time or even ever before."
    Kiske, who acrimoniously left Helloween in 1993, has been resistant to any kind of a reunion with his former bandmates, telling Dead Rhetoric in a 2013 interview: "I wouldn't do that. I'm up for peace, up for talking everything out and getting everything out of our systems. I met up with Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath a in Sweden. He was extremely nice and friendly. It was clear they have changed their mood. They've changed their attitude toward me. They really did me a lot of wrong over the years. I don't want to pass the blame here, but they've accused me of doing things that they know very well are not right. They needed some stuff to convince the old fans that it's good I'm not there anymore, and they went way too far. One of the things that I was really pissed about was this 'musical direction' talk, as if I would be the person to tell anyone what kind of music he should do. Everyone who knows me — anyone who really knows me — knows my attitude is totally different. I would always say, 'Do what you believe in. Whatever song is your song, write it, go play it.' I would never be the person to tell anyone in Helloween the direction we were supposed to go. That was so ridiculous, to blame me for the things that came up. Yes, I was responsible for my own songs, but it was always something the band made work… or not." He added: "I don't know how they have suddenly changed their tone and why I should be there for a reunion tour and all. Like I said, I'm fine with making peace, but you can't undo the past. I'm a typical person. I can easily forgive, but I never forget. If someone betrays me, I tell them, 'Okay, I forgive you. Go in peace. I don't trust you anymore. You showed me who you are. I'm not saying you can't change, but you have to do a lot to convince me you have changed."
    Pressed on whether he would consider doing a special guest appearance with Helloween at a festival, Kiske — who has been touring and recording with Hansen for the last few years as part of UNISONIC — said: "I can do that with UNISONIC. For the fans who are in love with the records of those times, like the 'Keeper' records, I understand they have hopes and think it would be a cool thing. I don't think they could give me the amount of money, just for business reasons to say yes. My heart is just not there. If they give me 2 million euros, I'd be stupid not to do it, but I know they'd never do it. [Laughs] This will never be an option. For the fans, you can do a lot, but for me, it would be very difficult to be on a stage and to sing among people who are not my friends, people who I have such a negative past with and feel so betrayed by. My voice would probably be gone."
    Also in 2013, Weikath told Dead Rhetoric that he was open to the idea of reuniting with his former bandmates: "We've given thought to that and we've heard his [Kiske's] words that he doesn't like when people dream about those things in public in interviews. I've only merely been answering the questions of those wondering about [it], so I haven't been dreaming. I don't need that reunion as much as he wants it, or doesn't want it. If he ever gives in to any of that, then you can swear we'd probably try something like that. Maybe make some good money and have some fun on occasions where people are enjoying what we're doing then, as that particular strange outfit for the actual existing Helloween, with a few ex-members intertwined and you wouldn't know."



    Finland's Kaaos TV conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider prior to his November 8 concert at Rytmikorjaamo in Seinäjoki, Finland.
   On the ongoing Dirkschneider tour, dubbed "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept", during which is playing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time:
Udo: There was already a plan that we [would] do the second part of this. I mean, so many people wanna have this show. And we [were] not in Austria, we [were] not in Italy, we'll do more shows in Germany, and also now we go America with the whole thing, and Canada. So, I don't know. The whole thing was exploding. At the moment, there is, in a way, a break with U.D.O.; we [will start in] the beginning of March working on a new album, so I mean, why sitting home? Instead we can do stuff like this. So, yeah, it's a lot of fun, and the people like it, it looks like, and yeah, why not?
On the fan response to the DIRKSCHNEIDER tour:
Udo: Yeah, nearly everything [has been sold out]. In Germany already so far, two shows are sold out and the other ones are nearly [sold out]. So, yeah, the whole thing was not planned like this. It was planned to do, let's say, ten [or] fifteen special shows in Europe, and then that's it. But then the whole thing was, like, I don't know… exploding, you know. So many people [said], 'Ah, we wanna have this. We wanna have this.' And I'm still surprised about this. There's a lot of interest, and it's good to see; the people wanna see this. Of course, there has to be an end [laughs], and that will be after the American tour and Canada tour in the beginning of February. And then we make a short break, and then we start working on the next U.D.O. album. So a lot of people were thinking, 'Oh, that's it. This is the last time he's on stage.' No, no, no — don't worry. [Laughs] We're coming back with U.D.O.

Udo: "I don't know yet. I mean, that will be when we start working on the next tour for U.D.O. without ACCEPT songs. But I think also it will be not really… Of course, there's still some emotion there, but already on the 'Decadent' tour with U.D.O., we were just playing three ACCEPT songs. So I think it will be not a big problem to do a setlist without ACCEPT songs. And, of course, some people say, 'Oh, you cannot do this.' Yeah, then the only thing I can say is then go to [see the current lineup of] ACCEPT and you can listen to the songs. For the next U.D.O. tour, [we will] have more space to put more U.D.O. songs in there — maybe songs we never played or whatever; we will see. And also another new album is coming out. That means… I think we've got enough really, really good songs to make up a really good setlist, definitely."
    DIRKSCHNEIDER released a live album called "Live - Back To The Roots" on October 28 via AFM Records. The effort, which was recorded on April 2 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany, was made available as two-CD digipak and gatefold three-vinyl in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).
DIRKSCHNEIDER touring lineup:
Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals
Sven Dirkschneider - Drums
Fitty Wienhold - Bass
Andrey Smirnov - Guitar
Kasperi Heikkinen - Guitar



    Frontiers Music Srl has set a January 27, 2017 release date for Stephen Pearcy's fourth solo album, "Smash".
   Pearcy, best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum rock band RATT, has been working hard to complete his highly anticipated new album, while at the same time keeping busy performing shows across the U.S.
  The first audio offering from "Smash", as track called "I Can't Take It", can be heard below.
  Stephen will be supporting "Smash" with live dates in the U.S. and internationally.
  "It took long enough to finish the new record 'Smash' and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next," says Pearcy. "Erik Ferentinos (lead guitarist and co-writer), Greg D'Angelo (drummer) and Matt Thorne (bassist, keyboardist) and myself didn't settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We're very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs."
   Regarding "I Can't Take It", Pearcy said: "It has the RATT signature sound because [early RATT producer] Beau Hill got back into the mix. We've always been in contact, and I told him, 'Look, I'm recording so much music.' And it's very diverse, very straightforward, very experimental stuff. And he was interested. And at the end of day, he mixed, mastered, and it's, like, alright, we're ready to go. Let's see where this takes us. But if it wasn't for him, it wouldn't sound like it sounded."
'Smash' track listing:
1.) "I Know I'm Crazy"
2.) "Ten Miles Wide"
3.) "Lollipop"
4.) "Dead Roses"
5.) "Shut Down Baby"
6.) "Hit Me With A Bullet"
7.) "Want Too Much"
8.) "What Do Ya Think"
9.) "Jamie"
10.) "Rain"
11.) "Can't Take It" (album version)
12.) "Summer's End"
13.) "Passion Infinity"
Erik Ferentinos - Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Back-up Vocals
Greg D'Angelo - Drums, Percussion
Matt Thorne - Bass Guitar
Chris Hager - Guitars, Lead Guitars on track #3




     "Barbarians (Prayers For The Blessed)", a new song from SIXX:A.M. — the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael — can be streamed below. The track is taken from SIXX:A.M.'s new album, "Vol. 2, Prayers For The Blessed", which will be released on November 18 via Eleven Seven Music. Written and recorded at the same time as "Vol. 1, Prayers For The Damned", released earlier this year, the album acts as a companion piece to the first chapter while simultaneously elevating the band's sound in every area.
    From "We Will Not Go Quietly" to the operatic show stopper "Maybe It's Time" and groove-driven, radio-ready rocker "That's Gonna Leave A Scar", "Prayers For The Blessed" displays the many sides of SIXX:A.M.'s sound, something that the band was able to develop by ramping up the amount of time they spent out on the road.
    "We really found ourselves onstage and it's influencing the way we write," says Sixx. "We started focusing on our music not only as songwriters and lyricists but also stayed conscious of what would transfer over live to the audience."
    Regarding the decision to split the "Prayers" project into two separate albums, James told The Aquarian Weekly: "When we set out to make two records, it was very intentional. We didn't want this to fall into that category that a lot of albums do, where it actually sounds like you went into the studio to one record, you have a few extra songs, you figured you'd polish them up and then you have a double album. We've all fallen victims to those albums before. This was a very different beast. It was very intentional. We thought of this as one big record, but then in a lot ways, we knew that we were going to be releasing them separately, so we did treat them separately, so they would stand alone. But we put so much effort and thought and care into every single note of both records and we wrote them both at the same time, and then figured out where each song made sense, so I think 'Vol. 2' is absolutely as strong, if not stronger than 'Vol. 1'. There are some songs on there that are really career songs. So, in a way, while we're so excited about 'Vol. 1' and the response that we're getting, we're also chomping at the bit for people to sink their teeth into 'Vol. 2' as well."

    In a separate interview with Lehigh Valley Music, James stated about the decision to release "Vol. 2" so soon after "Vol. 1": "We didn't want to wait too long in between because they’re definitely connected. Both volumes certainly stand alone and are very satisfying bodies of work, but when they are experienced together, another layer of SIXX:A.M. and another of the messaging will be revealed. So it was important that we didn’t release them too far apart because they are connected, but we didn't want to release them at the same time 'cause that's an awful lot of music to absorb. And as you know, SIXX:A.M. music is — it's pretty heavy and it's pretty complex and deals with very, sometimes, difficult subject matter. So we wanted people to have time to absorb the messaging and absorb the songs before we then dropped a whole other album on them. But the reason we decided to do two records is we wanted to provide a lot of new music for people. We also kind of felt like we were playing catch-up in a way. 'Cause for the last ten years, we haven't been able to tour very much at all, and so we felt like, in a way, we were making up for lost time."
'Vol. 2, Prayers For The Blessed' track listing:
1.) "Barbarians (Prayers For The Blessed)"
2.) "We Will Not Go Quietly"
3.) "Wolf At Your Door"
4.) "Maybe It's Time"
5.) "The Devil's Coming"
6.) "Catacombs"
7.) "That's Gonna Leave a Scar"
8.) "Without You"
9.) "Suffocate"
10.) "Riot In My Head"
11.) "Helicopters"




    Jack Russell's Great White — which features ex- Great White singer Jack Russell alongside former Great White bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), Dan McNay (Montrose) on bass, Robby Lochner (Fight) on guitar and Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickenson) on drums — will release its debut album, "He Saw it Comin'" (originally titled "The Gauntlet"), on January 27, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.
    "For me this is so much more than a collection of songs, it is the culmination of a lifetime of living," said Jack. "It is about addictions, love, pain and many facets of the human condition. I tend to write autobiographically and on this album I dealt with topics I've never explored."
    Rather than look backwards and merely attempt to relive the multi-platinum hard rock entity's storied origins, Jack Russell set his sights on the future. In December 2011, Jack Russell'S Great White first bared its teeth. Robby Lochner has been with Jack since Jack Russell'S Great White's inception, and they soon welcomed longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana — this time as a guitar player and keyboardist. They then added drummer Dicki Fliszar, then bassist Dan McNay. This group has a sharp, soaring, eclectic, hook-laden new album ready, boasting the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell and Montana icons in the first place.
    "It's a powerful band," Russell proclaims. "The music is dynamic and I've gone where I've never gone before. Lochner was a catalyst for moving forward. I wasn't sure how the writing would go at first but soon realized the chemistry is beyond words. He's my co-pilot and one of my best friends."
    This past year the musicians hit the studio to cut their official full-length debut. It taps into the bluesy bombast and heavy energy of Russell's celebrated material, but it's a distinctly modern metallic monster.
    "We want the new material to blow people's ears back," Russell goes on. "It has the elements of the best of GREAT WHITE, but there's diversity, vibe and an edge to it. It draws from our '60s and '70s roots in a more modern way."
    Montana agrees. "It's got the classic sound," he says. "The first element is Jack's voice. No other band sounds like this one, ever did or does now. When I was 17 years old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band's first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We're going to maintain that integrity moving forward."
'He Saw it Comin'' track listing:
1.) "Sign Of The Times"
2.) "She Moves Me"
3.) "Crazy"
4.) "Love Don't Live Here"
5.) "My Addiction"
6.) "Anything For You"
7.) "He Saw It Comin'"
8.) "Don't Let Me Go"
9.) "Spy Vs Spy"
10.) "Blame It On The Night"
11.) "Godspeed"

    Russell recently told disc jockey Eddie Winters about the songwriting process for "He Saw It Coming": "There wasn't any songs that were really a struggle to write. I write the music on some and I had the melody lines and some lyrics, and I showed it to Robby, and I don't play [guitar], so I've kind of gotta [hum the riffs or chord progressions], or whatever, and he's gotta figure out a chord from one note. So he just picked up on that right away, and it was amazing. 'Cause you write with somebody for thirty-some years and all of a sudden you write with somebody else, and you're, like, 'Okay. How's this gonna be? Is he gonna have a bunch of dumb ideas that I don't like? Or is he gonna think my ideas are crappy? Or are we just gonna hit it off. And I was really surprised when it was just… boom! We were thinking along the same lines. But Robby added a flavor to what I was doing guitar-wise and melody-wise. He's one of those music-theory guys, so we have a lot of moving harmonies and stuff we never had before."
Jack Russell's Great White is not to be confused with the current 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).