Great White makes tour stop in Streetsboro

by April Helms | special products editor Published:

Great White fans will get

a chance to see the band when they perform at The Z-Plex Stringz & Wingz in Streetsboro on July 13.

And Mark Kendall, founding member of Great White, said that the band will be looking forward to meeting the fans.

"We've always had great fans in Ohio," Kendall said. "When fans come up and say 'we got married to your song,' and 'we played this song in high school and it brought back memories,' that's an incredible feeling, to be part of their lives because of your music. It's neat to be a part of that. There's a ton of stories like that, and our name is a part of that."

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. There is a VIP ticket, which includes a meet and greet, for $50. Tickets can be purchased at 330-422-1200 or at rev360records.com online.

Stringz & Wingz is at 1543 Route 303 in Streetsboro.

In May 2012, Great White -- which includes Kendall on guitar, Terry Ilous on vocals, Michael Lardie on guitar, Audie Desbrow on drums and Scott Snyder on bass -- released their latest studio record, Elation. Kendall said the energy and cooperation within the band was high.

"The spirit, the energy, was just electric," he said. "It was a total band effort. We can up with songs left and right."

Kendall said that the audience at the Streetsboro concert can expect to hear a mix of newer songs as well as Great White favorites. Great White songs include "Rock Me," "Save Your Love," "The Angel Song," "Mistabone," and "Once Bitten, Twice Shy."

"Most of the songs in general have something to do with our lives," Kendall said.

For example, "Hard To Say Goodbye" from "Elation" came from Ilous, who joined Great White in 2010, and came from Ilous having to say goodbye to his daughter before the band's roadtrips.

"It's hard to say goodbye, especially in the days when we did really long tours," Kendall said. "It's not easy leaving your family. It's not just this situation, but there are other situations where it is hard to say goodbye."

Another song, "Resolution," has personal meaning for Kendall, who said it reflects his life change at having stayed sober and in recovery for years, and his efforts in helping others stay sober. He said he has sponsored four people, and also offers himself as a sober friend for others, networking with about 50 people "who I keep in touch with, say a prayer for and have meditation over," he said.

Kendall said that music has always come naturally for him, and that he grew up in a musical household: his father was a jazz trumpet player, his mother was a singer and his grandfather was a concert pianist.

"There was always music in the house," Kendall said. "I had a gift for melody even at a young age."

Kendall said he first started playing guitar at age 9.

"I saw a band playing across the street, playing in the garage," Kendall said. "I loved watching them. I ran home and told Dad I wanted a guitar. I did other things you do as a kid, like play baseball. But music won me over."

Great White looks forward to performing in Streetsboro and meeting with the fans, Kendall added.

"We go back to the beginning of the band until now," he said. "We try to accommodate the fans all we can. We do all the meet and greets we possibly can. Recently, we did a 'day in the life,' where a guy followed us for a day. We have a lot of fun, and we usually don't leave until the last item gets signed and all the photos have been taken."

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