A few weeks back, I took a trek to Buffalo, New York to hang with my friend Don Jamieson from That Metal Show. He hosted the night at the Showplace Theater with Jack Russell’s Great White. It was great to reconnect with Jack afterward. I asked Jack if he’d like to come on the podcast and he didn’t hesitate.
Jack spoke of his current state of health. He had back fusion earlier this year and he’s still healing up from that. He sounds a lot better these days, and his singing is still spot on.
His Great White is working on a new album that Jack says sounds amazing. That’s being worked on at guitarist Robby Lochner’s studio. He told me the band is clicking. “We play real well together, we all enjoy each other’s company.” He told me how he approaches the studio. He goes in very prepared. He also talked about what is inspiring his writing nowadays. He said it’s stuff that’s close to him and what he’s been through. ”
I asked him about recording cover songs, and that led us to talk about “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” by Ian Hunter. Come to find out, he’s only met the rock legend once….many years ago. He had some funny things to say about that.
He and Tracii Guns have an album dropping on December 12th called Medusa. Jack talked about wanting to record something with him for several years. He said the songs were written by some Italian producers and songwriters. He said he had to change some of the lyrics because the translation didn’t work.
He and Dee Snider jammed a few weeks back at a resort in Cancun. He talked about that, and their time there.
Check out the full interview below, and a bonus conversation as well..and a big thanks to Jack for the time.