Daniel Biechele, the former Great White manager who set off the pyrotechnics that sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people, was sentenced to four years in prison. Watch raw footage from CBSNews.com below.
Relatives of people killed in the Rhode Island nightclub fire in 2003 during a Great White concert read impact statements during a sentencing hearing for the man who lit the pyrotechnics. Watch footage from CBS News below.
Blaine Schweitzer of The Kent County Daily Times caught up with Great White frontman Jack Russell for a Q&A and asked the singer how he’s gotten to the point where he can feel good about performing again after the tragic fire at The Station nightclub which resulted in 100 deaths, including bandmate Ty Longley. “I’m still working on it. It’s a daily process,” Russell admitted. “You never really quite get over it. Being onstage again is becoming fun again, I’m enjoying it, but there’s still a big hole in my heart and there always will be. … You don’t want to forget your friends, but then again you don’t want to live that day over and over again.”
Rhode Island state prosecutors have charged the owners of The Station nightclub with installing a second flammable substance at the club which went up in flames two years ago during a Great White concert, killing 100 people and injuring 200 others. In court briefs submitted on Friday (February 18), prosecutors contend Jeffrey and Michael Derderian put in a material called Celotex SoundStop in the West Warwick club, despite the fact there were visible warnings on the product about its flammability, according to The Providence Journal. Read more.
Alias, Slaughter, Kip Winger, Night Ranger, Phil Lewis of LA Guns, Great White, former Warrant frontman Jani Lane were on hand for ‘Stripped on the Strip’ Record Release Party for ‘VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped’ on February 7th at The Key Club in Los Angeles, California. Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage.
Great White singer Jack Russell, lead guitarist Mark Kendall, the band’s lead attorney Ed McPherson, Pat Longley, the father of deceased Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and victims from The Station nightclub tragedy which occured on February 20, 2003 were on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’ on Wednesday to discuss the West Warwick, Rhode Island fire that took the life of 100 people. They also discussed their work to raise money via Stationfamilyfund.org for victims of the inferno. Check out a transcript here.
Great White have issued a statement condemning the release of a “bootleg” album entitled ‘Burning House of Love’, through the “Italian” label Horizon Records. “This album is not approved by Great White,” reads the statement. “Rather the band condemns this release and asks all fans and friends to not purchase this album. They feel that the label is insensitive to the victims of the fire and are trying to capitalize on a tragic situation. This type of practice is called repackaging: record companies take previously released songs, put on a new cover with a new title.”
On the one-year anniversary of one of the Rhode Island fire at The Station nightclub that killed 100 people during a Great White concert, The Early Show’s Jon Frankel visited the site and spoke with those affected by the tragedy. Watch the report via CBSNews.com below.
Great White frontman Jack Russell phoned into the Mancow Show on Q101. Jack talked about touring to raise money for victims of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, the feeling he went through on the most horrific night of his life, and details of the disasterous event, and why continue to tour with the group — when his lawyers are advising him to lay low. Audio at q101.com has since been removed.
Great White frontman Jack Russell spoke with Electricbasement.com about the band’s coping with bandmember Ty Longley’s death during the fire. He talked about how Longley’s girlfriend Heidi and the baby have been an important part of the band’s life, “She came out, actually, the night before she gave birth,” Russell said. “She came onstage for the 100 seconds of silence that we have every night. It was very emotional. I went into ‘Save Your Love’, started thinking about her and Ty…She talked to the crowd for a minute, then we went into ‘Save Your Love’, and I just… I could barely sing the song. I was thinking about those two, just how horrifying that must be, you know?”