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August 11, 2013

Great White member talks band, record and tour ahead of Beaumont show

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BEAUMONT —

“Elation” was recorded, mixed and produced by Lardie and Kendall in just 35 days, a brutal schedule for any band.

“It was a Herculean task,” Lardie described it.

Not only does Lardie continue to write and record music for Great White, he is a man of many other hats as well. He serves has produced, recorded and mixed the past three Great White albums and is the tour manager too.

“I’ve been an engineer on our records from as far back as ‘Once Bitten...’ and it is something that I really enjoy,” he said. “It was a very organic movement for me into those shoes. Being tour manager is pretty simple really. I just have to deal with stuff like hotels, transportation, payments, backline for the show and that kind of stuff.”

Great White is best known for songs such as “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” “Rock Me,” “Lady Red Light,” “Save Your Love,” “The Angel Song,” “Call It Rock and Roll” and others. However, the group is also known for a tragic event which happened approximately 10 years ago.

On Feb. 20, 2003, Great White performed at The Station night club in West Warwick, Rhode Island. At the opening of the band’s set, pyrotechnics ignited foam sound insulation in the wall and ceiling and the fast moving fire engulfed the venue. A total of 100 people died in the blaze, including the band’s guitarist, Ty Longley.

A $1 million settlement was reached in 2008 with family members of the victims in the fire and due to legal constraints and requests from the families of the fire, the band is unable to comment on the event.

Despite the adversity of the situation, Great White has continued to tour and make new music and, according to Lardie, the band is very thankful for that.

“It’s hard to field a set-list when you have as much material as we do,” Lardie added with a laugh. “You always want to play one or two new songs, but you don’t want to inundate fans with too much new material because they want to hear the hits too. The fans are the ones who bought those records and helped make songs like ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy,’ and ‘The Angel Song’ part of rock history.

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