Great White battle continues Jack Russell’s attorney releases statement.
Great White w/ Jack Russell, Michael Lardie & Mark Kendall in the 80s
Jack Russell (Great White) releases new statement through attorney.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday January 5th 2012
Jack Russell, lead singer of the famous rock group Great White, has retained the services of The Law Offices of Michael Kelly to protect his rights to make his living and play under the band’s name that he founded in 1978. Mr. Kelly has represented high profile rock stars in disputes for more than 35 years.
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.
LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL KELLY
Santa Monica, CA 90401