Power rock blues band Great White at Elixur May 6

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Friday, May 6 brings ‘80s power rock blues band Great White back to Elixur.

Despite the memory of the 2003 night club tragedy in West Warwick, R.I., the band is still playing publicly much to the joy of the band’s fans.

Having fired/gotten rid of somehow six bass players, four drummers, and three guitarists in the last 21 years, the band has now settled in comfortably with Jack Russel on vocals, Mark Kendall on guitar, Tyler Nelson on guitar, Derrick Pontier on drums and Scott Pounds on bass.

Great White is still performing their signature style music that brought hits like “Face The Day” and “Rock Me” to the charts. Keeping it simple or “real” seems to be a major focus for Russel in the song writing style, and the focus is more on steady, rhythmic rock music with simple, universal themes.

“I’m not trying to be some innovative lyricist writing about things that nobody’s ever heard before,” the founding member said in a press release. “Sometimes I think that people are trying to be too hip lyrically, where they go beyond what other people can understand. I think it’s important that we keep telling ourselves the same stories in our own way.”

Great White has toured with the likes of Whitesnake, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Ratt and Tesla, and have continued to put out albums and tour since their boom years in the 1980s. Unlike many of the bands who hit it big in that era, Great White is and was not a flash in a 10-year pan. Their fame might have been clouded by the more contemporary forms of pop music, but their fans still scream at the shows and go crazy over their records.

Show starts at 9 p.m.; Great White is preceded by Jaws of Life and Agnus Jackson. Info: 227-0000. For cover or to get tickets in advance, go to www.elixur.com.

From the May 4-10, 2005, issue

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