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WHEELCHAIRS & CRUTCHES … Audie Desbrow laughs looking back at Jack Russell’s struggles in Great White



Audie Desbrow laughs looking back at Jack Russell’s health struggles in Great White




Blabbermouth — GREAT WHITE drummer Audie Desbrow spoke to ListenIowa about the band’s recent decision to split with singer Terry Ilous and replace him with onetime VAN HALEN frontman candidate Mitch Malloy.

Great_White_Desbrow_1“Some things don’t work out business-wise, so we had to part ways with Terry,” Audie said. “There were differences of opinions, personality clashes. Certain things just don’t work out after time and you just have to move on. It’s one of those things that sadly has to happen in the music world. I actually got along with Terry well. He’s a great singer. But Mitch is great, too, and we look forward to working with him.”

Asked if fan grumblings about Terry‘s delivery of the classic GREAT WHITE songs played a part in the band’s desire to get a new vocalist, Audie said: “The fans are very used to hearing [original singer] Jack Russell‘s voice in GREAT WHITE. It’s very identifiable. With Terry, we could have gotten a Jack clone, but we didn’t. Terry fit the criteria of the music direction that we were going in very well. But some people thought we were actually trying to pass him off as Jack, which wasn’t our intention at all. It’s really hard after someone plays in the band for so long. You try to do the best interpretation of the phrasing of GREAT WHITE. After a while, when you start to add your own style to it, it starts to stray away from what people want to hear.”

Desbrow went on to say that about “half the fans” had a problem accepting the Ilous-fronted version of the band as GREAT WHITE. “You’ve gotta stay true to what people are familiar with,” he said. “You can’t turn these songs into reggae or jazz songs. [Laughs]

“I’m sure Terry will have no problem finding work,” he continued. “The whole time he was in the band he was getting offers from everyone from George Lynch to DIO DISCIPLES and different people who were, like, ‘Hey, we’d love to have you if you ever leave GREAT WHITE.'”


Great_White_Russell_Kendall_1Jack Russell and Mark Kendall 


Asked if there was any thought about reuniting with Russell once a decision was made to part ways with TerryAudie said: “Not at all. We’ve already moved on from that. We’ve gone through a lot of stuff with that over the years, and the fact that he sued us in federal court for the name, and we spent a lot of time and money, you just don’t return from that. People tell me that they’ve seen his latest shows, and it’s just hard to look at because his health isn’t as good as it could be. We’ve got a really grueling schedule, and it’s hard enough for me, and I’m semi-healthy. [Laughs] I couldn’t imagine someone in his condition doing what we’re doing. We did shows with him toward the end, and he was in and out of a wheelchair and crutches, had to be carried up stairs, was falling asleep onstage. It just got old. It’s a business, and we have families to support and mortgages to pay. You can’t go to work messed up 24/7 and still be able to work there.”


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