Hot News – White Wizzard: Mainman Discusses Approach To Writing 'Flying Tigers'

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act WHITE WIZZARD are preparing to release their brand new album, FLYING TIGERS, on Monday, September 19th in Europe.  The album will be released in North America on November 15th.

Ahead of the release of FLYING TIGERS, WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman JON LEON took some time to speak to Victor Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio about the band’s approach to writing the new album and the expectations of following on from their critically-acclaimed debut album, OVER THE TOP.

JON LEON comments:

“I didn’t go into Flying Tigers feeling like there was any debt to prove anything to anybody.  Everything with me, with the writing of White Wizzard, has been pretty much a natural flow, and it’s been exactly what I’ve been feeling at the time and what’s come out of me – none of it’s contrived.  I’m just pretty much a Rush geek and an Iron Maiden geek that loves music, that finally got sick of compromising being in different bands and just decided to form this band not caring if ten people showed up, and I still write like that.  I feel blessed that people have reacted so positively to White Wizzard; I’m really, really happy to see that something that I did just kind of on a whim, to form the band I wanted to form and make the music I want, has at least resonated with some people and hopefully it will continue to do so.

“I’m really just focused on myself and our fans, and anybody else that is judging us or feeling like we need to prove something to them, I really am not worried about.  At the end of the day I’m very, very proud of this record and I think it’s the best thing I feel I’ve ever done musically as an artist, and I feel like White Wizzard’s continuing to progress and I’m progressing as a writer.  It was a pleasure to make this record and it’s definitely a very exciting time for me as far as what we’re going to be putting out.”

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FLYING TIGERS features the core WHITE WIZZARD line-up of bassist, songwriter and founding member JON LEON, drummer GIOVANNI DURST and studio vocalist WYATT ANDERSON, who featured on the band’s debut album, OVER THE TOP.  The new album was once again recorded with producer RALPH PATLAN in Phoenix, Arizona.

FLYING TIGERS is available to pre-order now on CD, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl in the following quantities and colours:

100 – Purple
200 – Yellow
300 – Clear & White Mix
400 – Black

Pre-order the album now on CD and limited edition vinyl in Europe at or in North America at

FLYING TIGERS is also available to pre-order on iTunes at

See WHITE WIZZARD on tour at the following shows:

Oct. 09 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theater
Oct. 10 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Oct. 11 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Oct. 12 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Oct. 13 – Hampton, NH – Wally’s
Oct. 14 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 15 – Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
Oct. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Oct. 18 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
Oct. 19 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Oct. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – The Osborne Village Inn
Oct. 21 – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
Oct. 22 – Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub
Oct. 23 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Oct. 24 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 25 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 26 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Oct. 27 – Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go

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Oct. 30 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Nov. 01 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Nov. 02 – Uden, Netherlands – De Pul
Nov. 03 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Nov. 04 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Nov. 05 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
Nov. 06 – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
Nov. 08 – Paris, France – Alhambra
Nov. 09 – Lyon, France – Transbordeur
Nov. 10 – Barcelona, Spain – Salamandra 1
Nov. 11 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Heineken
Nov. 12 – Bilbao, Spain – Rock Star Live
Nov. 14 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Nov. 15 – Rome, Italy – Alpheus
Nov. 18 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205
Nov. 19 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205
Nov. 20 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club
Nov. 21 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Yubileina Hall
Nov. 22 – Bucharest, Romania – The Silver Church
Nov. 23 – Belgrade, Serbia – SKC
Nov. 24 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
Nov. 25 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
Nov. 26 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
Nov. 27 – Vilnius, Lithuania – Forum Palace
Dec. 01 – Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi
Dec. 03 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock
Dec. 04 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
Dec. 06 – Herford, Germany – X
Dec. 07 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Dec. 08 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk
Dec. 09 – Geiselwind, Germany – Christmas Metal Festival
Dec. 10 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
Dec. 11 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik

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