Jack Russell’s Great White with American Jetset
Whisky a Go Go, Hollywood, CA – 9/27/19
I’ve reviewed Captain Jack’s Great White many times, and this review will include many of the same elements: The band around Jack are amazing. Longest serving member, from the other Great White days, Tony “Montana” Cardenas along with Robby Lochner on guitars, Dan McNay on bass and Dicki Fliszar on drums re-create every nuanced note from the GW blues rock back catalog. The setlist is a Greatest Hits package that includes (almost) every song you’d want to hear with a few surprises thrown in. And most importantly, THE voice of Great White, Jack Russell, still possesses a youthfulness, his incredible age-defying voice and what seems like a genuine appreciation for where he is and what he’s still doing.
Without his trademark bandanna, and looking quite spiffy in his sunglasses, white dress shirt and vest, Jack seemed quite at home back on the Sunset Strip. At almost 60 years old, he wasn’t twirling around the stage as much as we’re used to seeing, but that’s probably more to do with the size of the Whisky stage than his age.
What we expected and got from the setlist were songs like “All Over Now“, “Lady Red Light“, “Desert Moon“, the beautiful “Save Your Love” (Which Jack said was written with no one in mind, but became clear when he met his wife, Heather), “House Of Broken Love“, a cover of Zeppelin’s, “Immigrant Song” and crowd favorite, “Rock Me“.
Jack took a break midway through the set to sit on the Whisky stairs to watch Robby, Dan, Dicki and Tony (on Lead Vocals), rock out to the Rick Derringer/Johnny Winter hit, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo“.
What was more of a surprise was the inclusion of “Heart The Hunter” from “…Twice Shy“, an interlude of The Beatles’, “Helter Skelter” in the middle of “Mista Bone“, the inclusion of “Street Killer” from their full length 1984 self-titled debut album (the first time it had been played in over 25 years) and a great tribute to the recently departed Eddie Money, in an amazing version of “Shakin‘”. The evening was closed out, as it always is, by their biggest hit…a cover of Ian Hunter’s, “Once Bitten Twice Shy” which had the packed Whisky singing along.
LiveStream of JR’s GW performing “Rock Me” and Eddie Money’s “Shakin'”: HERE
There’s really no good excuse not to catch Jack Russell’s Great White as they’re always out on the road. Search out their tour dates in the links below and make sure you add this band to your calendar.
If Friday traffic hindered anyone from missing American Jetset, then they missed out on something special. This band are a rock n roll throwback to when the Sunset Strip was brimming with sleazy goodness… Their sound harkens back to the like’s of Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, KIX, GnR and so many others that called the Whisky their home back in the 80’s.
The band comprised of Ian Kaine MacGregor (Guitar Vocals), Lance Reeder (Guitar), Kevin Harrington (Bass) and Jeff Bradford (Drums) is relatively new. Formed in 2018, they’ve already been able to secure some opening slots for the likes of Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango, Kickin’ Valentina, Every Mother’s Nightmare, Tom Keifer and now Jack’s Great White. The guys played almost all of their debut, EP, “Live, Love, Die On Main” and threw in a bunch of new tracks which sound like they’re going to be right at home for a while to come in the AJ setlist.
Every now and then a new band pops up on your radar that has that extra something… American Jetset have those intangibles. I was excited to see them live and they didn’t dissapoint. If they keep making the same kick ass music that they’ve included on their debut, the sky is the limit.
Jack Russell’s Great White
WillToRock Spotlight Interview with American Jetset: Here