GREAT WHITE rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Michael Lardie has told the K-97 radio station that the band has begun putting together new material with its latest addition, singer Mitch Malloy. "We're working on some ideas right now," he said (hear audio below). "Nothing carved in stone as far as when we're gonna start [recording]. But the things that we've been coming up with have been fantastic, and they're very strong, and everybody's feeling very confident about that."
He continued: "We did record a live performance from the Kentucky State Fair [in August 2018] that we're hoping to release sometime in the late spring, early summer — a DVD of the entire performance. And then hopefully on that we'll tag on two or three new songs with Mitch singing."
Asked if Malloy is already contributing to the GREAT WHITE songwriting process, Lardie said: "Of course. He's a writer. He's kind of like me in that sense where he's an engineer, producer, songwriter, musician. Since I've done most of the records that we've done in our career in the studio, it's kind of cool to have somebody on that plane, so to speak, of we can geek and nerd-talk out all day long."
Last July, GREAT WHITE announced that it was parting ways with vocalist Terry Ilous and was replacing him with Malloy.
"[Mitch] is an incredible singer, artist, songwriter and engineer," guitarist Mark Kendall said at the time. "We're beyond excited to stretch our musical muscles with a fresh, new take on GREAT WHITE's catalog of hits."
Added Malloy: "I have to represent this music honorably. I respect what has come before me, and have to remind fans of where they were when they first heard these songs. I also have to be myself at the same time. When I first heard my own voice with GREAT WHITE's music, I knew something special was going on."
Ilous, formerly of '80s L.A. hard rockers XYZ, joined GREAT WHITE in 2010 after stepping in for touring vocalist Jani Lane (WARRANT).
The Ilous-led GREAT WHITE released two albums, 2012's "Elation" and 2017's "Full Circle", before Terry was shown the door.
This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features original GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Dan McNay on bass, Tony Montana on guitar and Dicki Fliszar on drums.