It was a scorching hot evening to rock and roll as the 2018 Alive at Five Concert Series kicked off a great evening of music inside Jennings Landing on June 7 in Albany. Headlining the event was none other than 1970’s American hard rock band, Great White. The band, featuring members, Mark Kendall (lead guitar/vocals), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (lead guitar/keyboard), Scott Snyder (bass), and Terry Ilous (vocals) are still keeping rock alive on the Alive at Five stage in support of their brand new album, “Full Circle.”
Many Great White fans, even a girl waving around a vinyl record of the group from their earlier days, were in full attendance dancing and singing along to many of the band’s current singles from “Full Circle” as well as their greatest hits including “Save Your Love,” “Rock Me,” “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” among other tunes that the band had sung to their fans. Ilous, animated within his stage presence throughout the evening, even dedicated “Save Your Love” to a married couple that was celebrating over thirty five years of marriage that were watching the band perform from the front row.
For my first time watching Great White perform, I was certainly rocking out to their tunes throughout their set, even though I wasn’t too familiar with their material, only having heard “Rock Me” and “Once Bitten Twice Shy” on the radio. Still, the band had put on a great performance to kick off Alive at Five and will be continuing to still keep rock alive after all these years of performing in front of audiences around the United States and beyond.