New GREAT WHITE Singer ANDREW FREEMAN: ‘I Wanna Make The Band Tough Again’

LAST IN LINE singer Andrew Freeman, who not too long ago joined GREAT WHITE because the substitute for Mitch Malloy, mentioned his newest gig throughout an look this previous Tuesday (June 14) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. Concerning how he approaches singing the traditional GREAT WHITE songs initially recorded by the band’s founding vocalist Jack Russell, Freeman mentioned: “Once I’m enjoying with GREAT WHITE, that is their factor, and I am simply there to attempt to do the songs like Jack. If we do authentic materials, nice. We’re speaking about it.

“I wanna make that band powerful once more, prefer it was when Jack was in it,” he defined. “Jack would do a present after which bust a bottle over your head off the facet of the stage.”

Freeman, who has performed two reveals thus far with GREAT WHITE since he joined the group, continued: “The hits — the ‘As soon as Bitten’ [1987] and ‘…Twice Shy’ [1989] and that stuff — they’re enjoyable songs to play, however I believe if the mistaken individual is presenting them, they arrive off like — I do not need anyone to get mad at me — they arrive off like a lesser, extra glammy kind of band. And I’ve by no means seen GREAT WHITE as that, as a glammy-type band. All people had the massive hair; even Ozzy [Osbourne] had the massive hair and the glitter and all that stuff… I by no means actually noticed them as that. I at all times see them as… when all people was within the leather-based pants and the leather-based jackets and the cuts over the leather-based jackets with their band identify on the again and stuff — that is how I see ’em. I see Jack… Even now once I see him on the highway, ‘trigger I’ve accomplished gigs with him — he would not know me from Adam — however he nonetheless looks like that man [who’s] gonna hit you along with his cane. [Laughs]”

Andrew went on to say that he was a GREAT WHITE fan from the early Nineteen Eighties. “I actually beloved the primary album,” he mentioned. “I bought the primary album once I was younger, alongside with MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s ‘Too Quick For Love’.”

Malloy had been in GREAT WHITE for practically 4 years, having joined the group in 2018 following the departure of Terry Ilous.

In a current interview with Dr. Music, GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall acknowledged in regards to the band’s newest addition: “[Andrew] sat in with us, I wanna say perhaps eight months in the past or so [when Mitch wasn’t able to make the show]; we performed with FOREIGNER up north [in Modesto, California in October of 2021]. And he blew our minds. So proper then we form of knew we wished him. However as a result of he was doing one thing, and we had been actually busy — [there was] not sufficient time to rehearse and stuff like that. And we noticed this window of alternative, [and] he was completely into it.”

Kendall continued: “There’s a variety of completely different sides to his voice too, so he isn’t one-dimensional, though he delivers the LAST IN LINE factor [like] an in-your-face steel screamer. However he can sing a ballad like Devil; I imply, it is killer. So that is what I like. His voice is so effectively rounded. And the man, he vibrates at a frequency that you simply wish to be round — he is simply this chill dude. There is not any nonsense, no ego, no bizarre journeys or something, so you’re feeling the brotherhood forming immediately. And that is what we like. We’re into being a band — all of us, collectively — go locations collectively, do issues collectively and simply get pleasure from one another. No bizarre journeys. As a result of we have been by way of all of it. If any person’s slightly humorous, it is, like, ‘Actually?’ It is virtually like should you see cocaine, you go, ‘You continue to have that?’ [Laughs] So any form of bizarre head journeys, we simply do not perceive it.

“So, yeah, we’re simply loving it,” Kendall added. “We can’t look ahead to the followers to listen to this man sing a few of our huge songs. And we’re actual pumped about making new music, ‘trigger I’ve a variety of stuff, Michael [Lardie, guitar/keyboards] has a variety of stuff. We have accomplished issues collectively and simply have not fairly put it collectively. However now we have got this man that may do something. Imagine me, man, we wanna get one thing with him on it, ‘trigger it is gonna be ridiculous.”

As for Mitch‘s departure, Mark mentioned: “We had been stepping into separate methods within the sense that he was at all times by himself; he did not actually discuss to us a lot. He simply form of confirmed up… That is simply not the best way a band works, so far as we’re involved. He is a beautiful singer. I do not suppose he is used to him not being in full management of all the pieces as a result of he is been a solo artist for thus a few years. He is a candy man. I actually appreciated him. I believe a number of of our songs are slightly out of his vary, so it is slightly little bit of a wrestle. However nothing actual heavy — no huge, big fights. Nothing ever got here to fisticuffs, if you’ll. [Laughs] So it wasn’t a case of that.

“We canceled a gig — or we had been going to should cancel a gig for him to do a VAN HALEN present, a tribute present,” Kendall defined. “He gave us warning about this. However when FOREIGNER canceled [our show with them] due to some COVID factor, we rescheduled the date and it fell proper on when he was gonna do this VAN HALEN present that he warned us about. So, regardless, it was most likely fairly powerful for him to get out of it. But it surely ended up being a blessing for us as a result of we bought Andrew to fill in. Once we heard him do this present… And the entire band FOREIGNER was on the facet of the stage going, ‘Oh my God, man. That is fairly good.’ In order that was good of them to acknowledge we had a superb present. In order that’s when the seed of the thought was, like, ‘Man. God.'”

Kendall went on to say that he would not suppose Malloy is upset about being out of GREAT WHITE. “He likes his solo profession,” Mark mentioned. “I noticed his submit [about his exit from GREAT WHITE] the place he mentioned, ‘Prepare for my VAN HALEN expertise. And I am gonna be doing an acoustic present, a storytellers present,’ and all these things. So I am encouraging individuals to go test him out when he will get in your space and wishing him to do effectively.”

Requested if he and his bandmates had given any thought in any respect to the thought of reuniting with authentic GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell, Mark mentioned: “That is the opposite factor. [People say,] ‘Why do not you patch issues up with Jack?’ What individuals do not perceive is we by no means even bought in fights [with Jack]. In 25 years collectively, we’d have gotten in two arguments. The factor that took him out is the horrible demons of dependancy, and it is actually affected his well being. I simply noticed a video the opposite day the place he isn’t even standing — he is utilizing wheelchairs and he is sitting in a stool. So for us to return to that, it simply feels darkish. I might moderately keep in mind him… ‘Trigger I am very pleased with our profession — I am very pleased with the previous. I am so fortunate to be part of it. And I wanna keep in mind it like that, the place he is flying round on stage and getting the crowds pumped and singing his coronary heart out — not a sick individual. So going to that…

“My purpose has at all times been to ship the perfect present we will probably ship and have the followers be past impressed,” Kendall defined. “And the best way Andrew sings, I actually like the best way he delivers the songs, as a result of it is what you wanna hear. In order that’s essential to me, simply to have the songs — the massive songs, particularly — be sung proper and with full energy. It simply makes all the pieces — it makes us play higher, imagine it or not. In order that’s the entire thing with me.”

GREAT WHITE‘s present lineup is rounded out by Audie Desbrow (drums) and Scott Snyder (bass).

Ilous, frontman of ’80s L.A. exhausting rockers XYZ, joined GREAT WHITE in 2010 after stepping in for touring vocalist Jani Lane (WARRANT).

The Ilous-led GREAT WHITE launched two albums, 2012’s “Elation” and 2017’s “Full Circle”, earlier than Terry was dismissed from the group.

This model of GREAT WHITE is to not be confused with JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, which options Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Dan McNay on bass, Tony Montana on guitar and Dicki Fliszar on drums.

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