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Great White & The Station Nightclub Fire Tragedy


On Thursday, February
20, 2003, the band Great White attempted
to perform a concert in the small rural town of
West Warwick, Rhode Island. That night ultimately tore apart
the lives of 462 young music fans and changed the
perception the band forever. In this video, we’re going
to take a detailed look at the tragedy of the
Station nightclub fire. This is a story of how a few
careless decisions, a poorly designed nightclub, and
ego marked one of the music industry’s greatest tragedies. But before we get
started, subscribe to our channel, Weird History. Leave a comment and let us know
what you think about the video. Somewhere around
1989 Great White was at the height
of their popularity. Their fourth studio
album, Twice Shy, had just gone double
platinum, and they went from opening for
second tier metal acts like Ratt and Night Ranger
to headlining their own arena tour in a matter of months. 13 years later,
the ride was over, and Great White had broken up. An attempt at
salvaging his career, Great White lead singer Jack
Russell decided to go solo, but after a year
of disappointment, he contacted his former
bandmate, guitarist Mark Kendall. Russell’s plan was to perform
a string of small club dates with the members of his solo
backing band along with Kendall and bill the act as Jack
Russell’s Great White to boost the element
of nostalgia. So while the marquee in
the front of the Station announced Great White as
the evening’s headliner, the people in
attendance that night were technically going to see
Jack Russell, Mark Kendall, and three unknown musicians
playing old Great White songs. 10 years later, Kendall would
tell a Rolling Stone reporter “it was basically just me, and
Russell, and his solo band. I didn’t even know these people. I just met them.” Not long after a
quick soundcheck, Russell was seen walking
around West Warwick, handing out free surplus
tickets to that night’s gig to anyone that recognized him. Several hours later,
sometime after 10:00 PM, the band took the
stage and launched into “Desert Moon,” a top 40
single for the original Great White in 1991. During the song’s guitar
intro, before Russell even reached his microphone,
the band’s road manager, Daniel Biechele,
set off a cluster of gerbs cylindrical tubes that
produced a controlled fountain of sparks. These three gerbs,
set to spray 15 feet in the air for 15 seconds,
were positioned at the foot of the drummer’s riser. Two tubes sprayed sparks
at 45 degree angles on either side of the
stage, while the third tube shot sparks directly into
the air behind Russell. It would be the gerbs that
shot the angled sparks that would ultimately
set the Station on fire. Although the band said the
Station’s owners okayed the use of pyrotechnics,
the small club was nowhere close to
meeting proper fire codes. Besides not having
a sprinkler system, the stage walls were
coated with two layers of an acoustic foam– an outer urethane layer of
foam sprayed over a base of polyethylene foam. When ignited, both
foams worked in tandem, giving the audience
closest to the flashpoint very little chance of survival. Before Russell even
got to the opening lyrics of “Desert Moon,” the
fountain of sparks ignited the highly flammable outer layer
of urethane foam on the club’s walls almost immediately, much
faster than if the wall was made out of drywall or plaster. Once the inner
polyethylene layer ignited, it produced a thick
black cloud of smoke, which released carbon monoxide
and hydrogen cyanide gas. While the flames caused
structural damage, it was the toxic smoke from
the base layer of polyethylene that would be most deadly to
the audience members closest to the stage. Inhaling the smoke
only a few times would cause rapid
loss of consciousness and eventually death by
internal suffocation. As Russell got through
the first couple of lines of his lyrics, the pyrotechnics
that Biechele ignited finish spraying, but by that time,
small flames on the stage were visible, and they
were quickly spreading. Smoke from the inner
layer of polyethylene foam was also already hovering
over the audience closest to the stage. Most fans thought the smoke
and fire were part of the show, although some people in
the pit were seen hurriedly walking towards the exit. The fans that remained could
be seen pumping their fist and raising their bottles
of beer at Russell as the band played on. It wasn’t until
Russell’s third verse that the audience realized
that the smoke and fire weren’t planned. The band stopped playing. Russell looked
over his shoulder, attempted to put out the
fire with a cup of water, and addressed the
situation to no one in particular over the PA. “Wow. This ain’t good.” Within seconds, a high
pitched fire alarm pierced through the venue,
and the audience of 462 started to show signs of panic. The club only had
a capacity of 404. People tried to leave
through the main door opposite of the stage. Some audience members
tried to escape through the backstage exit. Rob Feeney, an audience
member who went to the concert with his fiancee,
recalls that moment. “I expected the fire
to go out either by the sprinklers or
a fire extinguisher, so we started to head
towards the exit, and I saw the band jumping off. And then one of the
bouncers grabbed my fiancee by the shoulders and
held her back into me, and told her that the backstage
exit was for the band only, and that we had to wait to
get out the front door.” Feeney said he and his
fiancee took six steps in the direction
of the main exit before both were
knocked to the ground by a figure fully
engulfed by flames. When Feeney realized
what had happened, he tried to pull his fiancee
to safety by her feet, but within seconds,
her body was lifeless. She was already dead. In the pitch black smoke,
Feeney crawled his way to a wall where he found an
opening and escaped. After 55 seconds
on stage, the band exited the venue, thinking
the fire wasn’t all bad. Kendall effortlessly
walked out of the building through the backstage door
and actually made a phone call to his wife, telling
her the concert might run a little late after
a stage fire was extinguished. “When I walked out the door, it
just seemed like an easy thing to do. I just walked out. I just saw the door open.” The band’s second
guitarist, Ty Longley, thought the fire was minor, too. Although he had
already exited the club with the rest of the band,
he ran back into the venue to grab his guitar. The show’s emcee, WHJY DJ
Mike “The Doctor” Gonzalez, thought the same thing
and tried to retrieve some of his audio equipment. Both were found dead after
inhaling the dense toxic smoke from the inner layer
of polyethylene foam. With two of the Station’s
four exits chained shut and a backstage exit barricaded
by one of the club’s bouncers, the majority of the audience
bottlenecked their way towards the building’s
main entrance. As the fire raged
inside, bodies began piling on top of each other. Survivors said that they
could hear people screaming, bottles exploding,
lights shattering, and wood beams cracking. Some people were
trampled while others ran, looking for an escape
with their heads on fire. All of a sudden, a flash
over blazed through the room, and as Feeney said, “there
were no more screams, no more alarms. Just a crackling of wood.” After they put out the fire
and investigated the scene, firefighters found 100
bodies in various areas of the venue– the bathrooms,
the kitchen, the back offices, and maybe the most
heartbreaking, 40 bodies stacked
on top of each other in a hallway leading
out the front door, some within a couple
feet from the exit. Of the 462 fans who attended
the concert, 100 people died. Of the 362 people
who survived, 230 were seriously injured, either
from burns, smoke inhalation, thermal trauma, or trampling. Days after the
fire, investigators dug deep into figuring out
who would ultimately take the blame for the disaster. Jack Russell, the club
owners, Daniel Biechele, the road manager, the
concert promoters, and the manufacturers and
distributors of the foam material, and the pyrotechnics
were all under the microscope. Ultimately, the band’s road
manager, Daniel Biechele, and the club owners, Michael
and Jeffrey Derderian, were each charged
with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter,
two counts per death since they were indicted
under two separate theories of the crime– criminal negligence manslaughter
and misdemeanor manslaughter. Against his lawyer’s
advice, Biechele immediately pleaded guilty because he
said “I wanted to bring peace. I wanted this to be over with.” Biechele was sentenced
to 15 years in prison with four to serve plus
three years probation. He served a little
less than two years. Michael Derderian received
15 years in prison with four to serve plus
three years probation. He served 27 months. Jeffrey Derderian got
off light with a 10 year suspended sentence, three
years probation, and 500 hours of community service. Jack Russell didn’t
receive any punishment. Since then, he’s never
even formally apologized or made any sort of meaningful
acknowledgment of the event either. Russell’s lawyer
said that he wasn’t charged because his
actions weren’t criminal. He didn’t light the pyro. He had no financial
connection to the club, and he had nothing to
do with the installment of the acoustic foam. Russell also maintains the band
got permission from the club owners to use the pyro,
although the Derderian’s denied the claim. The WPRI-TV, a Providence,
Rhode Island television station, made an out-of-court
settlement of $30 million due to the claim that
their cameraman, named Brian Butler, who happened to be
filming at the club that night, was said to be
obstructing an escape and not sufficiently
helping people exit. Five months after
the fire, Great White went out on a benefit tour for
the victims and family members affected by the
Station tragedy, giving a portion of the proceeds
to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation. Gina Russo, a survivor of the
fire with disfiguring scars and the president
of the foundation, said her group rejected all
proceeds from Russell’s benefit tour because she said it
seemed like a publicity ploy. As she told the Boston
Globe in February, 2017, “it’s just not appropriate. It’s the whole Great White
name, and in our world, it’s tarnished.” During this fundraising
tour, Russell would lead a prayer
at the beginning of each show for the
families, friends, and victims affected by the fire. He and the band also
vowed to never play the song “Desert Moon” again. As Russell told the
Providence Journal in 2003, “I don’t think I could
ever sing that song again.” Kendall agreed and told the
Pittsburgh Post Gazette in 2005 “we haven’t played that song. Things that bring back
memories of that night we try to stay away
from, and that song reminds us of that night. We still haven’t
played it since then, and we probably never will.” By 2009, the band had
resumed performing the song. As Russell explain later,
“it wasn’t the song’s fault.” Nowadays, there are two
factions of Great White– Great White led by Mark
Kendall, the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band. And Jack Russell’s Great White,
still fronted by Russell. While Great White can still
draw a decent crowd of 1,000 or 2,000 a night, mostly at
casinos, resorts, and county fairs, Russell’s
version of Great White has had a difficult time
sustaining a fan base. Russell’s brand usually resorts
to playing bars and dinner theaters, along with the
odd ’80s reunion lineups, co-headlining with
other bands of that era. But it’s not for
the lack of trying. Russell is a hustler, and he
performs several times a month, sometimes with his
version of Great White, and other times with offshoots
of the bands like Jack Russell’s Great
White Acoustic Duo, or Jack Russell and
the Shelter Dogs. But the reason why
Russell will never attain the level reverence
or size of audiences Kendall’s versions
of Great White gets is because he never took much
ownership of the Station’s tragedy. Gina Russo summed up Russell’s
detractors very simply. “He has never apologized for
his role in this disaster. Everyone would look
at this differently if Jack Russell would just
stand up and say, I’m sorry. Russell knows this, but he
still refuses to address fans.” “It’s been almost 10 years,
and no matter what I say, it’s never going to make
anybody feel better about it, and sometimes it might
make them feel worse. So I would really rather
not say too much, you know?” So what do you think about
the aftermath of the Station nightclub fire? Who do you believe? Share your thoughts
in the comments below, and while you’re
at it, check out some of these other music
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  • I believe they’re all partially to blame. Obviously, no one intended anyone die. I understand the legal penalties for those convicted. But, Russell’s outright refusal to say 2 simple words, is totally disgusting!

  • I don't see how this is a tragedy when great white gave the audience the death they were asking for.
    When you're drinking your booze and worshiping your metal god, death is what waits for you.
    I don't feel one drop of empathy for them.
    If they had the chance they would do the same to you or me.

  • I've never been a big Great White fan, but if a buddy of mine had said they were in town at the local bar for $20, I would have gone. Scary to think how easily this could be you!

  • I remember my dad contemplating going that night. He said he didn't really feel up to it, we ended up just staying home and watching tv.

  • I lived in Providence RI at this time. I lost friends and know someone who lost there husband. He was an amazing tattoo artist and will always be missed.

  • My dad left the club 1 hour before the fire and 7 of his friends died

    The only reason he left was because he didn't like great whites songs

  • And I thought their music was horrifying! Nice work "safety crew" and pyrotechnic "experts". Being burnt alive to shitty music is a fucked up way to go out.

  • As I stated to a comment below,
    Being a cam guy myself, from the cameraman's view point upon exiting like everyone else, he was filming on the way out. He couldn't go any faster than those nearer to the door than him. It's not like he was just strolling slowly, while he was filming as he was exiting. He was just filming as he was trying to get out just like everyone else. He wasn't blocking anything or anyone. And it wasn't his job to help people exit. He was just a doing a video portrait of the place. By the way, He did justice by showing video portraits of patrons at the club prior to the tragedy. People just being there for a good time. But He also provided valuable proof of how the fire started. So I am a cameraman myself and from his vantage point, he was doing just as I said he was. Nothing more or worse. He was not obstructing escaping attempts by the local patrons.

  • This was a tragedy that was 100% avoidable and completely caused by inexcusable stupidity. There is a reason why we have fire and safety codes.

  • …a band best known for that one shitty song, can't remember the name of it, and for burning down a club and killing people…

  • Ty Longley was my neighbor and friend. We grew up together and both learned to play guitar in the mid 80s. We played together and had a lot of good memories growing up. We'd lost contact over the years and I was stunned when I heard his name come across the tv. Ty was a dedicated guitarist and very proud of his playing. I still pass his house sometimes and think of the laughs we had and the love we shared for music and the guitar. RIP buddy

  • A smokin’ performance went up
    In flames…”

    Russell looked over his shoulder, attempted to put out the fire with a cup of water.” Jack Russell was never that smart

    Yeah, no one wants to see your stupid 80s band because your a slimebucket who can’t even take some ownership over the tragedy…Even your managers had the decency to take the blame. No one wants to see a murder accomplice!

  • Shit like this fuels my ever present fear of big crowds. A lot of my friends think that's weird, but when you look up the casualty rate of high density places… I think this would be the most frightening way to die, surrounded by people who won't/aren't able to help you.

  • "Within seconds a high-pitched fire alarm pierced through the venue…" Too bad the seconds came several minutes late.

  • Just more Rock Star megalomaniac bullshit. Jack Russell has ALWAYS been a zero talent hack with a shit attitude.

  • I wasn't there nor knew anyone who was but when I watched the original videos of the before, during, and after, it has haunted me as a concert go-er including to smaller venues that have bands such as this (formerly playing arenas, etc).  I look for exits and I pay attention to what is going on.  I believe this tragedy also set in motion much stricter policies on pyrotechnics and fire codes or I at least hope it did because this shouldn't have ever happened. So much was set in motion from the get-go that caused this.  I saw Great White in 1989 locally and was saddened to see what this did to the bands name.  Jack Russell played the 50th Anniversary of the Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood when I was out there a few years ago.  I paid $20 for a ticket, went in, got 50th Anniversary souvenirs, and left.  I didn't stay to see him.  I just wanted to go into the venue.  (Sorry for the long post)

  • Amn I the only one that doesn't see why Russel should apologize? He didn't start the fire and was just as much a victim as everyone else in the crowd. What am I missing here?

  • The camera guy was sued, in part, for not helping people exit the club? So did they also sue everybody else who was there and weren’t helping folks escape?

  • I think the story about the Bouncer may be untrue there were two bouncers as far as I can tell and one when asked if he blocked the door said no and actually went in to help other people. And if it is true there's not evidence his actions resulted in any death's so he can't be charged

  • So let me get this straight, the singer puts on a tour to give proceeds to the victims and their families. How the fuck is that NOT apologizing! Call this a false equivalency if you are an asshole but you tell me who you would find more fault with. Someone owes you some amount of money and they are supposed to pay you back on a certain day but they don't. They call you that day to apologize and explain why they cannot pay you back. You don't get the money…at all. A different scenario has that person avoiding you without the apology call that day but three days later they pay you back. Call me what you want but the person who payed the money back is the better person than the person who "apologized". Actions speak louder than words.

  • how is he still performing. he is an old man. time to retire you old geezer. jeez. leave with some class, you old wash up…

  • read the book Killer Show. a great book with tons of info on this fire. Gina the survivor wrote a book too. much smaller, not as good as the Killer Show, but both are well worth reading. www.amazonsmile.com (fyi always use amazonsmile instead of amazon. why? because amazon donate .5% of your purchase money to a charity of your choice! i choose houston humane society…

  • I will never understand people. Why would anyone want to go see a bad, tacky band in an overcrowded wooden shack? I mean, what could possibly go wrong?! Also, the band and the guy they employed to forbid customers to go out of a side door are murderers pure and simple. How can you barre the way to an escape to anyone when a place is on fire? Who does that?

  • I and a few other's were able to party with Great White in Evansville Indiana a week or so before this terrible tragedy!
    We (Management Crew for Indiana Downs were setting up an Off Track Betting Parlor.) Anyway, I and a couple buddies of mine played pool with Ty Longley one night. Jack stayed in the tour bus most of the time besides coming in and out of the bar every so often to get more beer and check out the Women we had with us (employees).
    Was a wicked weekend and nothing but a great time and memory!
    Oh, Nikki A. and Anna K M, both went into Jacks tour bus only Anna came back to the hotel room and was visibly upset. Guess Jack chose Nikki over Anna and a good reason, both were very sexy and hot women! Nikki well she just had a swagger and sexiness about her!
    Jack and the Band invited us to there next gig at the Oxygen Bar. After that, they left for Rhode Island and the rest is of tragic History.

  • Like so many accidental tragedies, no one wanted anything like this to happen, and yet because of irresponsibility and negligence, hundreds of lives were destroyed and a hundred kids were killed.

  • SADLY THIS EVENT IS IMBEDDED IN MY BRAIN AND I HAVE MADE FRIENDS OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE SADLY AFFECTED BY THIS…I WENT TO TWO EVENTS IN MARCH 2019 AND TRUST ME I WAS SCARED ABOUT THIS THING HAPPENING BUT I TAUGHT MY 22 AND 18 ABOUT THIS AND THEY KNOW MY FEELINGS AND WERENT MAD I PLANNED EVENTS VERY CLOSE TO ESCAPES…BUT I HAD TO GO TO THESE EVENTS…I AM SO GLAD I DID THO…

  • @weird history you have a few facts misconstrued…I have studied this events, talked to/read the sequence of events from some of the survivors….you may need to revamp/redo this video with mostly actual events…im saying this as a person who has talked to people involved and were there….but i will admit you have most events correct…have yo?u talked to any survivors or anyone there or rescue personnel or anyone injured there or did this video based on articles or videos…not being critical just making sure this public knows all the facts….or are you a member of FAD and got most info from there and other videos/media?

  • The band sucked too. What a terrible way to die. Listening to shitty "songs" like Once Bitten Twice Shy baby and the band's manager knowing they suck so bad that he needed to use fireworks to make them seem more exciting which ultimately ended and destroyed hundreds of lives.

  • Once Bitten Twice Shy was such a great song in those days.
    If I was that guy that bouncer would not have seen another year.

  • This was so tragic and avoidable. So many people at fault due to their greed. Whoever's idea it was to use outdoor pyrotechnics in an enclosed space is a moron. May the victims' families find peace. How horrific.

  • Holding the WPRI cameraman criminally responsible for anything regarding that disaster is preposterous.

    I've watched the (very unsettling) footage several times, and honestly I'm shocked he got out as fast as he did (undoubtedly due to his experience handling the gear). It's fucking mind-boggling to me that anyone could thereby claim he "prevented" anyone's escape. It was a bottleneck- by definition everyone was preventing everyone else's escape, by virtue of just being there.

    As for accusing him of "not helping people", that's absurd.

    What was he supposed to do? Anyone still inside that venue a minute past ignition was quite literally doomed. He did the exact same thing every single person contained in his footage did (should they have been doxxed and then held criminally accountable too? I didn't see them helping anyone…): he got the fuck out pronto. Or he would have died as well.

    And as for filming the incident….that was his job. More than that, I would argue, given the circumstances, it was his duty. And thanks to that footage we know infinitely more about the facts of that night than we ever would have otherwise. That visual testimony matters.

    If he had put the camera down and made a futile attempt to "help" (?) people from within the crushing confines of a bottleneck that testimony would be lost to history, and the world would surely be less one cameraman.

    Litigious bastards…

  • I was like no man I' m going have to pass against the crappy solicitations from the elephant man..this music sucks! @ Great Ugly Shites!

  • Just like that old tv series The Worlds Biggest loser and I totally forgot what sort of dorks was in that series that resembled great white that are totally grotesque but more pain and suffering to them!

  • Very sad. I feel the guy who lit the pyro is at fault. The owners would have never allowed it because they knew the foam was there. I feel bad that many people burned and screamed that were melting. Jack should say he is sorry thats why hes lost in the industry . Love to all the family and those affected.

  • Same thing happened into my country(Romania) in 30 october 2015, sad thing is, the club got only 1 exit, no backstage or whatsoever, the backdraft effect got into scene few minutes later…

  • this entire thing is like an "On-land" version of the Moby Prince Disaster…same cause of death too, almost all by smoke and next to none actually by fire…Rest in Peace to all those lost, nobody ever deserves to die like this

  • Such a tragedy. Those poor people. Why isn't the bouncer in prison? He has to live with it. May they all R.I.P. 😇

  • A few years back I used to be very interested in the Station Fire. I did a lot of research into it and holy shit it's a fucked up rabbithole of irresponsibility and failures. I'm surprised the bouncer, Scott V. didn't face any punishments for the fact he refused to let multiple people out the stage door; and meaninglessly caused a lot of deaths.

  • 3:48 the girl in the white turtle neck sweater is my mom she is now 43 and is well alive and my dad to he was also there

  • Caught my night cloths on fire 5 am one morning when I was just 14. I backed into my my moms room the fire so bright it lite up the room. She woke up and went into shock. She lunged forward and began to hit me and we were both on fire now. I had the presense of mind to reach up off the floor and pull her blankets on her and roll. I remember looking at my burned flesh thinking why didn't I just die. Mom was out of her head repeating I woke up and she just was in flames and burned to death. I was burned 65 percent of my body in 1969 when there was no such thing as a burn unit. I spent 3 months in the hospital and I was very lucky….I lived. These people went through the most unimaginable torture. My heart goes out to them and their families.

  • Im relieved to hear that most people died after just a couple breaths of the smoke. Id rather burn to death while passed out than alive

  • …the real tragedy is people acrually went to a great white concert, at their best and during their heyday they sucked hemorrhoids…

  • I was a teenager when once bitten twice shy was big in rotation on MTV ….yes kids mtv used to play music it was a great time to be young…Headbanger's ball was the best 🤘 show …its definitely a shame this happened

  • What a tragedy. Everyone has paid even Russell dont think that a day or night passes that he doesnt het tormented by that night . Hes probably been instructed not to apologize, because it's a submission of you guessed it …. guilt .

  • Yes the bouncer should have been charged it is against that law to obstruct a fire exit or an extinguisher. He physically turned people away thats man slaughter

  • Okay… so on this bouncer thing. There have been two NIST investigations & reports on this fire (and cell phone video), and there is a reason why the bouncer is not named in either, nor been charged: because he didn't know there was even a fire initially(first 60-90 secs), and then helped according to multiple survivors (probably the only reason why he wasn't charged). I'm not defending the bouncer, they're all kinda a**holes IMO, but it seems the investigators, witnesses, and literally everyone else involved with this didn't think his actions were as critical as systemic flaws, as this video does. Had there been an evac plan, an announcement, walkies, even been a working alarms that sounded & flashed down those hallways so that the bouncers would have known there was a fire, etc… well… prosecutors must have seen all that as mitigating factors.

    Remember, members of the band and radio station were still running in and out with equipment at this point, an his job was to keep that area clear or setup and what not. It was only when someone pushed by and told him, that's why he got out of the way. This all occurred in the first 90 seconds, but by then it was too late for anyone not already on that side of the stage to get there.

    However, that TV crew should have gone to jail. They chained one entrance (they claimed they didn't ask them to do that) and blocked another!

    I digress… anyway, that bouncer wasn't the only obstructive bouncer… those by the front door had a hallway obstructing their view of the stage, so they didn't know what was going on initially either. NIST investigation volume 1 isn't too kind to their slow-down effect, but NIST 2 has the opinion that their slowdown effect is what prevented an initial stampede, allowing so many to escape, and once they got out of the way is when the bottlenecking happened. Something tells me this always be contentious, as 'the best way' to design exits, and crowd psychology, is always evolving.

    All that said, Rhode Island and the Feds went after the systemic issues to ensure this wouldn't ever happen again. RI has the strictest fire codes in the western hemisphere now, and even houses the nation's largest and most modern fire testing lab that is actually run and overseen by engineers only… testing and certifying the safety of everything sold, insured, and/or stored on American shores. That means things like foam insulation too.

  • The company who installed the higly flamable materials should have installed fire extinguishers. But they didn't

  • To all the Great White and Jack Russell haters. This was a accident and a terrible tragedy. Nobody meant for this to happen.
    It’s wrong to bad mouth Jack and the band. He is a great singer and songwriter. This tragedy has really taken a toll on him.
    Music is all he has he has tried to help with the benefit concert to help the families.
    People saying they suck is totally ignorant and never heard them. They had 2 double platinum albums and a gold album. Numerous top 40 hits Grammy nominated band.
    The early 2000s was hard on these 80s bands. Yeah they played clubs . I had front row for Def Leppard for $60 during their Slang album tour. The amphitheater was only half full. So Great White haters get a life. They have some great albums. Psycho City, let it Rock, sail away and Can’t get there from here has some fantastic songs that’s never been played by mainstream radio because of the grunge era.If you want some more metal rock from Great White listen to the self titled album. Shot in the Dark is good also.
    You are missing out on great music by not listening to Great White.

  • The band and the bouncers should be sued because A: the fire was started by the bands pyrotechnics and set the place on fire and B: the bouncers kept people from using the other exits behind the stage. All of that cost 100 people their lives.

  • i mean i wouldn't call west warwick rural……..i lived there for 28 years lmao. hard to be rural when when your population density is 3600 people per sq mile in your town but go off

  • I've always been a Great White fan. Seen them in arena's and clubs many times. I'm a musician as well and you should never ever use pyro in a club. Deal with the fact that your not a arena act anymore and get rid off the pyro. Russell should of took some responsibility as well and said no to pyro that night when he saw the club and situation. He pays his Managers salary he could of made the call of no pyro. The fact that he doesn't even show any remorse is sad. The band won't get anymore of my money.

  • I know this was a long time ago The Bouncer seemed to not give a F*** that HE KEPT a lot People AT Bay to save the band & 100 people Burnt 🔥 to 💀 death & the rest somewhat survived, Sorry SOB Mother F*** I would have BULLED RUSHED HIS ASS 😡 it’s so Disgraceful to me that he did not go to prison !!!!!!

  • There's another video on Youtube of a WBZ (Boston CBS affiliate) news report, published four years ago, that says Russell did make an attempt to apologize. This claim of "everyone would look at this differently if Jack Russell would stand up and say, 'I'm sorry'" is shown to be a blatant lie in that video, where this same woman (Russo) states, "Every time [Russell] speaks and brings up the Station, it just hurts the families more and more." I realize it's not my problem that Russo and her ilk want to live in hate for the rest of their lives, but it does make me very sad. We do nothing for the memory of lost loved ones if we carry vitriol in our hearts like this. RIP to all who died in this horrible tragedy.

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