Jack Russell gets Legal backing to use the name Great White on tour.
Following the legal writ against Jack Russell by his former, yet current Great White touring line up, to state that Jack Russell cannot tour using the name Great White, the man has gone out and got his own legal backing, so he can do ..., just that ...!
Although Russell has had several public battles with addiction and his health, he has always been the lead vocalist for Great White, and any other vocalist involved was there only to fill in until he was able to return.
It has never been stated, in public or private, that Russell was leaving Great White permanently.
After several discussions with Great White management, in December 2011 Russell decided to continue as the lead vocalist for Great White, without the current touring members. He has brought in former members of Great White, as well as other musicians he has worked with previously, and in order to avoid any confusion, will be touring and performing under the name JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE.
Although the current touring members of Great White came out with a statement saying that they were “shocked” by Jack’s decision, it has since been discovered that prior to any conversations or correspondence with Russell, they filed an application (of which Russell’s name was omitted) to trademark the band name Great White, of which Russell was the founding member, and the only consistent member since its inception. This information was discovered by Russell’s legal team, and he was never informed of this by the other band members or management.
Along with attorney Michael Kelly, Russell has hired the legal team of Brian Acree and Brenda Carey, and all proper legal actions are now in motion. The Law Firm of Carey & Acree is praised among industry insiders for their expertise in these sorts of matters and have begun taking the necessary legal actions. He has also enlisted the help of his longtime friend and legendary entertainment attorney Stan Diamond. Despite threats, defaming and untrue comments made by Russell’s former band members and manager, he has every right to use the name of the band he founded, and no legal actions can be taken against anyone booking, promoting, publicizing, or working with Jack Russell’s Great White in any capacity, and all entities will be indemnified of such.
Jack Russell and Great White are best known for its platinum selling hard rock sound. Attorney Michael Kelly is well known in his industry as “The Great White.” Michael Kelly has 40 plus years of experience representing high profile clients, and the staff at The Law Offices of Michael Kelly has some of the best attorneys in the nation.
“As an attorney in California for over 40 years, I have had experience with many celebrities. Jack Russell is more than just a celebrity. He’s part of a band that has transcended many decades and many phases in rock music. It is a great honor to be retained by Mr. Russell and I wish him a lot of success in this New Year.” – Michael Kelly, Esq
After an 18 month hiatus from the public eye, Jack Russell’s Great White will make its first appearance at the Rock-n-Roll GangStar Apparel pre-NAMM Festival and Jam at Delzano’s in Redondo Beach, California on the 14th of January, with a worldwide tour beginning February 2012.
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