On November 10th a large crowd gathered at Sun Splash Water Park in Cape Coral for the annual Coconut Festival. They all succumbed to repeated lyrics belted out, vicious guitar riffs, pounding bass lines and drums that were thumping all night long as the band Great White stormed the stage and proceeded to rock the masses.
Grammy nominated Great White has been rocking as hard as any rock outfit over the past 36 years. With longevity comes changes along they way; however, the band continues to forge full steam ahead.
Recently Mitch Malloy was announced as the new singer for the band replacing Terry Ilous. Let me tell you what, this guy’s stage presence was electrifying. He was not still for very long and that voice. Damn that guy can sing. He’s not new to the scene. His first single as a solo artist on RCA records, “Anything At All”, was a top 20 rock charting hit and a pop hit in the US. His third single, “Our Love Will Never Die”, earned him an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His second album, Ceilings And Walls, featured guest musicians such as Bernie Leadon, Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack.
Michael Lardie should also be no stranger to Great White fans. He has been with the band for over twenty one years. He was raising the heat with some great guitar and keyboard playing that night!
Audie Desbrow joined Great White in 1986 and remained a member until 2000. He re-joined in 2006 for their reunion tour and still continues to record and tour with the band providing some wicked drum playing.
All in all this was quite a show from the start to the very end and we hope we can catch up with Great White in the near future!!! We also can’t wait for the new music to be coming out!!!
We can’t thank the City of Cape Coral Special Events and 96 K-Rock enough for putting together such a great show for Coco Fest!! We truly do appreciate everything they do to keep the entertainment going and we are very happy to support them!!
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Michael Lardie-guitars, keyboards
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UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
- JAN 12 GIBTOWN BIKE FEST RIVERVIEW, FL
- JAN 19 HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO BILOXI, MS
- JAN 26 KANSAS CROSSING CASINO PITTSBURGH, KS
- FEB 22 CENTURY CASINO EDMONTON, AB
- FEB 23 CLUB REGENT CASINO WINNIPEG, MBW/ SLAUGHTER
- MAR 29 BLACK BEAR CASINO CARLTON, MNW/ VINCE NEIL & SLAUGHTER
- APR 11 NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WAW/ SLAUGHTER
- APR 13 JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO & RESORT JACKSON, CAW/ VIXEN
Photos and review by Brian Kreuser