After four years as the singer for Great White, Mitch Malloy declared in a Facebook post on May 31 that he is no longer fronting the band.
“Since I have the best fans ever, I want you to be the first to know that I have moved on from Great White,” Malloy wrote. “We have been headed in different directions over the past year, but our brotherhood will always be there. I will see you all on the road SOON -- I’m excited about new adventures ahead, especially with the Mitch Malloy VH Experience and my Acoustic Storytellers show.”
Malloy joined Great White on July 9, 2018, replacing former XYZ vocalist Terry Illous, himself a replacement for original singer Jack Russell. Illous was one of several singers, in addition to late Warrant vocalist Jani Lane and former Quiet Riot and Rough Cutt singer Paul Shortino, who filled in for Russell while he was recovering from surgery to fix a perforated bowel. Illous remained with the band after Russell’s recovery, leading Russell to form his own version of Great White, eventually named Jack Russell’s Great White.
Malloy, for his part, fronted various bands prior to Great White, and also worked as a solo artist for more than two decades. Famously, he also auditioned to join Van Halen following Sammy Hagar’s departure in the mid ‘90s. He recorded various demos with the band, and reportedly Eddie Van Halen gave him an instrumental recording that he later reworked and released in 2015 as a song titled "It's the Right Time."
Just after Malloy's statement, Great White shared their own post welcoming new singer Andrew Freeman to the fold. Freeman also fronts Last in Line and George Lynch's Electric Freedom.