GREAT WHITE COMES TO LVCS
White Wizzard, Hyperion Horizon, Guerilla Head
425 Fremont Street - Suite 220
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Like the fearsome, deadly denizen of the deep that shares its name, Great White knows something about survival of the fittest. The Southern California blues-rock band first took a bite out of the rock scene in 1984 and has never let go. Great White has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", and earned a double platinum certification for the album …Twice Shy. With the release of Can't Get There From Here, the group's first release from John Kalodner's label Portrait, Great White is poised to conquer once again
White Wizzard was formed in Los Angeles in the summer of 2007, as Jon Leon's response to the "angsty" and "screamo" metal that dominated the heavy metal scene at the time:
"I saw so many old school metalheads at these summer festivals, but what else is out there? Who else can they look forward to seeing after they leave the show that can really give them the same thrill? They're all still here, but there's nothing in today's scene that moves them anymore - nothing that inspires them. I think we can change that."
In late 2007, White Wizzard recorded their self-titled EP, which would be released in mid-2008. They also filmed a music video for the EP's opening track "High Speed GTO", which won the award for Best Music Video in the 2008 Action On Film Festival. Although the band was doing relatively well, artistic tensions within the group led to Leon firing all members of the band, who went on to form a similarly styled band, Holy Grail.
During mid-2008, Leon was contacted by Earache Records and asked to put the song "High Speed GTO" on Earache's compilation album Heavy Metal Killers. Motivated by this opportunity, Leon doubled his search efforts and eventually formed the second line-up of White Wizzard.
The band toured North America with Korpiklaani, Týr, and Swashbuckle in January 2010. The North American tour was followed by a short UK tour with Edguy in March 2010, which began at Hammerfest II. White Wizzard had their live debut with their third line-up featuring Michael Gremio and Lewis Stephens at the famous Download Festival in June of that same year, opening the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday.
In March 2010, White Wizzard was nominated for Best New Artist in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2010.
On 5 October 2010, Earache Records released their new single, Shooting Star, on YouTube.