Resilience keeps Great White on the road despite pitfalls

Sound check ... HC

May 09, 1991|By Nestor Aparicio | Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff

Bouncing around the rock 'n' roll industry as a perennial opening act, the members of the San Francisco band Great White know that the good life can be all-too-fleeting.

Two months ago the band was in the midst of a headlining tour with Steelheart and Bulletboys with aspirations to take the tour through the summer.

But while their fifth album, "Hooked," shot into the Top 20 album chart and its first single "Call It Rock N' Roll" was receiving heavy airplay, tickets for the shows were hardly doing boffo business.

The tour was canned after a handful of dates, including the ill-fated local show on March 25 at the Towson Center that was moved there after the Painters Mill fire.

But it didn't take long for Great White to bounce back, landing the middle slot on the bill with The Scorpians and Trixter that stops at the Capital Centre tomorrow night.

"We wouldn't want to begrudge anyone success if they are lucky enough to have it happen for them," said guitarist and keyboardist Michael Lardie, whose band took three albums to get just one radio hit. "If failing as a band ruled our existence on a daily basis we wouldn't have lasted as long as we have. It was tough but it was never enough to say, 'Enough, we're through!' "

Great White formed in 1982 but it wasn't until 1987 that the band hit radio with "Save Your Love," which paved the way for 1989's breakthrough hits "Once Bitten Twice Shy" and "House Of Broken Love."

"Once Bitten . . ." was actually the title of the 1987 album, but the song "Once Bitten Twice Shy" was an old Ian Hunter song that the band begin playing at sound checks and fell in love with. T he band named the '89 LP"...Twice shy."

"Actually on the West Coast it was pretty obscure number," Lardie said. "People still go up to Ian Hunter and ask him why he plays that Great White song, which is really kind of funny."

Also appearing at the Capital Centre, Guns 'n' Roses and Skid Row (June 19 and 20).

Coming to Shriver Hall, The BoDeans and Material Issue (May 28).

Max's On Broadway welcomes Scott Herndeon and Carl Filipiak (Wednesday), Michael McClure and Ray Manzarek of The Doors (May 21), Dave Mason (May 23) and The Monks of Doom (May 30).

Hammerjacks has Screaming Trees (Sunday), Tommy Conwell May 25), Motorhead (May 28) and Winger (May 31).

Individual tickets for these Merriweather Post Pavilion shows go on sale tomorrow: Bad Company and Damn Yankees (Aug. 22), Lynyrd Skynyrd 91 (July 23), Gordon Lightfoot (July 20) and Wayne Newton (Aug. 20). Seats go on sale Saturday for Dan Fogelberg (July 6), Chicago (July 19), Frank Sinatra (July 22), Tom Jones (Aug. 15), Mel Torme and Cleo Laine (Aug. 16). Tickets went on sale this morning for Steve Winwood (June 19), Olivia Newton-John (Aug. 8) and Bonnie Raitt (Aug. 17).

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