Russell exited GREAT WHITE in December 2011 after he was unable to tour with the group due a series of injuries, including a perforated bowel and a shattered pelvis.Jacklargely blamed these injuries on his alcohol and painkiller addictions as well as the prednisone drug he was prescribed.
Russellsued his onetime bandmates in 2012 over their continued use of the GREAT WHITEname after Jackhad taken a leave of absence from the band for medical reasons. A short time later,Russell was countersued by guitarist Mark Kendall, rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Michael Lardieand drummer Audie Desbrow, claiming the vocalist's self-destructive behavior was damaging the GREAT WHITEname (they also alleged he was charging promoters less for his own touring version of GREAT WHITE). The parties settled in July 2013 without going to trial, with Russell now performing as JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE while the others are continuing as GREAT WHITE.
More than two years ago,GREAT WHITE announced the addition of new singer Mitch Malloy to the group's ranks. He replaced Terry Ilous, who was fired from the band in July 2018.