­     One of the best voices to come out of the ’80s metal scene was Jack Russell of Great White.  His signature bluesy pipes rocked the MTV generation with classic hits like “Rock Me” and broke many young teenage hearts with the ballad “Save Your Love.”  Russell and his former band have since parted ways but Jack is back on the scene with his  new project Jack Russell’s Great White, which he has had in the works since late in 2011.  It hasn’t been an easy road for Russell as he has had his struggles with alcohol over the years.  After passing into a coma after a day of binge drinking in 2015, Russell has been clean and sober and Jack Russell’s Great White has finally come into fruition with the release of their full length debut “He Saw It Comin’.”  BackstageAxxess had the opportunity to chat with Jack and find out about the new record, the formation of the band, and his personal struggles with addiction.  Please join us for an open and honest conversation with one of the best voices in rock and roll, Jack Russell.


We would like to thank Jon Freeman of Freeman Promotions for setting up the interview with Jack. For more information on Jack Russell’s Great White, please go to: site.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.