Lita Ford & Jack Russell’s Great White, Dec. 1st at IDL Ballroom produced by D.E.B. Concerts
18 to enter, 21 to drink
Date – Friday, December 1st, 2017
IDL Ballroom – 230 E. First Street, Tulsa, OK.
Advance – $45: Early Entry and Reserved Seating
Day of Show $50 at the door.
Jack Russell's Great White:
Great White featuring Jack"The Voice"Russell
Jack Russell, Dario Seixas, Derrick Pontier, Matthew Johnson, Robby Lochner.
In December 2011, after a full recovery, Jack Russell informed his former band mates that he was taking the name Great White, which he created, and moving on. The former band members, manager, and agent told Jack they would continue touring with his name Great White. Ownership of the name is yet to be determined in a court of law. Thus, to avoid confusion, Russell’s group will go by the name “Jack Russell’s Great White.”
The new group consists of:
Guitarist Robby Lochner- Dubbed “Robby Loch Ness Guitar Monster” by Jack Russell and “Shred Master General” by DJ Razor Rey DeCarlo from KNAC, has been playing guitar since the age of 8, after receiving one for Christmas. DJ Razor suggested that Robby send a promo pack to Rob Halford’s (Judas Priest) E.M.A.S. management service. Within a year Robby had been handpicked by Rob Halford to complete the “War of Words” tour for his band “Fight”. He has won “Arizona’s Best Guitarist/Performer” two years in a row for Arizona Music Scene Magazine, and was selected to play guitar for the Z-Rock “Killing Crew”. Z-Rock was a nationally syndicated radio station based out of TX. He has also won Music Scene International’s “Best of the Best/Best Rock Guitarist” award, and the L.A. Music Awards “Best Performance, Guitar”.
Guitarist Matthew Johnson- Born and raised in Texas, Matthew started playing organ at the age of 9. At age 13 he picked up his musician-father’s guitar and has been playing ever since. He began playing professionally at age 16 and went on to graduate magna cum laude from the prestigious University of North Texas School of Music. Matthew then moved to Los Angeles where he formed his critically acclaimed progressive rock band, ‘Doctor M’. Soon after, he met Jack Russell, and became lead guitarist for Jack Russell’s solo project. Matthew wrote several tracks, including the title track, for Russell’s solo album Shelter Me. Matthew also has co-writing credit for the song “My World” on Great White’s album Let It Rock.
Bassist Dario Seixas- this bass player/singer/songwriter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been playing professionally since moving to the United States. He toured extensively as a member of Firehouse and was the bassist on their critically acclaimed album Prime Time. Most recently, he has been performing with Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy from 2009-2011.
Drummer Derrick Pontier- has been playing drums for over 30 years. He has performed for numerous bands, and on various recording projects. Derrick has also taught at a number of workshops and drum clinics. He played with Great White (2001-2005), C.C. Deville’s Samantha 7 (2001), and has been performing in an All Star band with members including Angel’s Frank DiMino and Stryper’s Oz Fox.
Lita Ford first came to the attention of the mass media in 1976 when her first band, The Runaways, released it's first major album. Lita was 16 but had been playing guitar for several years, having bought her first ax after seeing Black Sabbath. The Runaways toured through the United States, Europe and Japan, playing a brand of rock mixed with punk that no one had seen girls play before. While the girls had a say in much of the writing and were pioneers for today's female hard rock acts, at the time they were largely known as teenage jailbait on the run. Their outfits combined with their lyrics made them pariahs to much of the media but that didn't stop their cult following from growing. The band went through several personnel changes (Vicki Blue replaced Jackie Fox and was then replaced by Laurie McCallister....Cherie Currie also left the band, leaving Jett to take over as lead vocalist) and at the tail end of 1979, the band called it a day. Lita hooked up with Sandy and kept playing for a time while Joan Jett went on to start her successful solo career. In 1983, Lita released her first solo album with her three piece band, entitled Out For Blood. Her music was now her music, heavy metal with female attitude. In 1985, she released Dancing On The Edge and received her first Grammy nomination for "Gotta Let Go." Writing began on a third album to be called The Bride Wore Black but the album was never recorded and after a period of argument with the record label, Lita and the label parted company. In 1988, with a new record label and a new manager in Sharon Osbourne, Lita released Lita which included the hits "Kiss Me Deadly" and seminal favorite "Close My Eyes Forever." While the 90s brought "alternative," Lita relased Stiletto which included a touching tribute to her mother, "Lisa." She followed it up with Dangerous Curves in 1991 but by then, alternative had set itself in stone. Lita waited until 1995 to release Black, then returned home for a much needed period of relaxation. She and husband Jim Gillette (of Nitro fame), welcomed their first son into the world, James. When the Millienum came, Lita had released Greatest Hits Live, which included the new studio track, "Nobody's Child." In 2003, BMG Special Products released the first ever Lita Ford video collection dvd. Today, Lita and Jim are the proud parents of two sons and are enjoying their parenthood. Jim has formed a new band called Organ Donor, among other musical projects, and Lita is preparing her boys for the world. In my opinion, she may want the prepare the world for her boys. Never count Lita out....just when you think it's safe, she may just surprise you.