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Chatting with Mark Kendall, guitarist and founder of Great White

Mark Kendall of Great White discusses the history of the band’s formation; his musical influences; the story behind his very first guitar; exciting plans for the band, like a new album and documentary; staying healthy on the road; and which Great White album was his all-time favorite.

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By Joel Barrios, Rock At Night Miami Correspondent

“My, my, my, I’m once bitten, twice shy, baby!” With a revitalized ambition and a never ending dedication to their fans Great White today is a band that has endured for almost 40 years, and is still doing what we’ve always set out to do, by writing songs and performing songs for people, and making them happy. Other bands of their generation have come and gone, but Great White’s music has stood the test of time. Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums), Scott Snyder (bass), and Terry Ilous (vocals) are delivering that Great White sound we’ve all come to crave.

Emerging from the Hollywood club scene, they had their commercial breakthrough with 1987’s Once Bitten album, then scored their biggest hit with their 1989 version of the Ian Hunter song “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.” Thirty years ago, Great White were playing with Whitesnake in arenas filled with 16,000 or 17,000 people. It was an exciting time for the band and the classic rock genre. The band has since changed its venues to festivals, casinos, bike rallies and the likes. The new shows are still big, but in a different way.

Founding member and lead guitarist Mark Kendall and I spent a half hour on the phone discussing the bands successful career, memories of his first ever guitar, how he has evolved as a musician through time, which album was his all-time favorite, the band’s plans for the immediate future, and the life on the road these days.

**Fun fact–Great White have played with a lot of legends. Who do you think they would love to play with but have not? Listen to find out!

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Joel Barrios

My name is Joel Barrios. I'm a Miami-based freelance multidisciplinary designer and professional photographer, born some decades ago in the mysterious and beautiful island of Cuba. For me web-programming, graphic design and photography are just way of life. It's not a job but a passion that you grow with every day. Despite I studied software development, I've been a self-taught designer and photographer for most of my life, and dabbling with code and digital manipulation software have become my natural element. I enjoy many other types of photography, but my passion for music has driven me into concert photojournalism. I strive at capturing the moments you might have missed even if you were at the show, I want my photographs to help you to relive the moment or to make you feel like you were there part of the audience.

I have a big family, my happy team: my wife, four daughters and two cats.
About Joel Barrios (115 Articles)
My name is Joel Barrios. I'm a Miami-based freelance multidisciplinary designer and professional photographer, born some decades ago in the mysterious and beautiful island of Cuba. For me web-programming, graphic design and photography are just way of life. It's not a job but a passion that you grow with every day. Despite I studied software development, I've been a self-taught designer and photographer for most of my life, and dabbling with code and digital manipulation software have become my natural element. I enjoy many other types of photography, but my passion for music has driven me into concert photojournalism. I strive at capturing the moments you might have missed even if you were at the show, I want my photographs to help you to relive the moment or to make you feel like you were there part of the audience. I have a big family, my happy team: my wife, four daughters and two cats.

1 Comment on Chatting with Mark Kendall, guitarist and founder of Great White

  1. How about posting it somewhere besides itunes?

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