Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 7:36 AM
From The House Of Blues Friday, November 16, 2012
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GREAT WHITE is another of those 80's bands that I had not seen live in some time. In fact, the last time I caught a performance of theirs was back in the late 80's ('87 or '88?) when they were opening for WHITESNAKE. So, on the heels of my interview with guitarist Mark Kendall recently, I was eager to catch them in concert again. That opportunity presented itself as the band flew into Houston for a back-to-back set of shows here at the House of Blues and in Dallas the following night.
The opener for this evening was a local band by the name of BLACK QUEEN SPEAKS. Now, I am familiar with quite a few of the locals here in town, but I have never heard of these guys. They played a decent opening set but they were after all the opener and thus I didn't give them much of my attention, especially since I didn't see anything remarkable about them.
GREAT WHITE took the stage at 10 p.m. sharp, launching their set with "Desert Moon", from the band's 1991 release, Hooked. The band didn't let up, heading straight into "Lady Red Light" and then the "love" song "On Your Knees". The band also has a brand new CD out called Elation and, as promised by Mark, they played 2 tracks from it at the show, "(I've Got) Something for You" and "Lowdown", both of which sounded like classic GREAT WHITE material, except with temporary-turned-permanent vocalist Terry Ilous at the helm. I was a bit apprehensive about listening to their back catalog tunes with Terry's voice and though he's no Jack Russell, he performed the songs admirably, even better in some instances. Terry has a voice that is well-suited to the GREAT WHITE style of music and he did not disappoint. It was almost like listening to this band for the first time all over again. His energetic stage presence was contagious amongst his felow band members as they all looked like they were quite enjoying themselves. There was quite a bit of interaction with the moderate crowd on hand and at one point Terry grabbed the cellphone of a fan up front who was recording the show and procedded to film the crowd with the phone and then walked around the stage recording each one of the band members individually while exclaiming to the fan "you really ARE up onstage with us", before handing the phone back. Talk about a keepsake momento of the occasion!
The band played a very modest 12 song set, which under normal circumstances would have had the band finishing up in about an hour or so, but with the inclusion of several impromptu extended jams thrown into a couple of the songs, the show lasted well over an hour and a half. All in all, it was a great pefromance and I left there most impressed!
The band came out about 10 minutes after the show ended and held a meet and greet for the fans that remained, of which there were an ample number, and signed autographs, chatted and even accomodated photos with the full band. A very accessible, humble, class act!