Famed 1980s hair band Great White to perform Saturday in Macon

September 27, 2013 

Jack Russell is the original lead singer of ’80s band Great White.

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The ’80s saw the rise of hair bands such as Great White, and the former lead singer will be bringing back the old hits for a Macon show. Jack Russell’s Great White is playing Saturday night at the Cox Capitol Theatre.

“Jack Russell is the original lead singer of Great White,” said Hugh Hession, whose company Hession Entertainment set up the show. “Jack Russell is a great singer. I didn’t want to bring Great White to town without the original lead singer. He is Great White as far as I’m concerned, and most of their fans feel the same way.”

The show is part of their “A Pirate’s Life” tour, which began in July.

“All the songs that everybody knows of Great White -- fans of all those songs -- they will be doing those,” Hession said of the performance. “There are most known for ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy.’ Most people know that song one way or the other.”

Russell was one of the original founders of Great White and he was the vocalist on all their hit songs, Hession said.

This includes songs from their breakout album “Once Bitten,” which had the hits “Rock Me” and “Save your Love.” They followed that with the album “Twice Shy,” which features their most well-known song as well as the Top 10 hit “House of Broken Love.”

Russell also is known for his Led Zeppelin cover songs.

“He’ll definitely do some Led Zeppelin,” Hession said.

Russell’s incarnation of Great White is one of two still playing. There is the original band and Russell’s spinoff, Hession said.

“Great White has more of a blues foundation to them. They are more blues, heavy rock,” he said. “I think what separates them from a lot of the other hair bands, they have more blues tonality to them.”

The Capitol holds about 600 people and Hession said there is a lot of buzz for the show.

“It’s going to be good. Last time I checked, it is close to selling out,” he said. “I’ve got people coming from St. Augustine, Savannah, Atlanta ... it’s not just Macon-based -- there are people coming from all over the region to this show.”

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and Ledfoot Messiah will open the show about 8 p.m.

“They’ve played Macon a few times,” Hession said. “They’ve opened for a slew of national acts.”

The bar will be open for the shows and Great White will be selling merchandise.

“(Great White) said they would do a meet and greet after the show,” he said. “There will be an opportunity for people to actually meet the band.”

Jack Russell’s Great White

When: Saturday; doors open at 7 p.m. and opening band starts at 8 p.m.

Where: Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St.

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 day of

Information: 478-257-6391; www.coxcapitoltheatre.com

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