Mod Update: 5 years ago I started this thread, it is still as relevant today as when it first happened. Please take the time to read this thread, especially if you work in clubs, or even attend local shows. There are a lot of serious issues, but well worth your attention! I got to give big congrats to Dee Snider for organizing the 5th year Anniversary Benefit concert for the Station Fire Family Fund. Through his personal efforts, he was able to put together a star studded line up, and personally recruited a flock of musicians to donate their time and services to the benefit. The line up is below, and Dee not only got the rock world involved, he was able to recruit the ‘Country Mafia’ of John Rich and friends who are traveling up at their own expense to perform and help out. It is events like this where you see some of the music world at its finest. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the circumstances, 5 years ago the band ‘Jack Russel’s Great White’ performed a show at a small local venue called the Station Nightclub. At the beginning of their set, the band manager set off a pyrotechnic display that ignited flammable soundproofing that had been applied to the walls and ceiling (illegally, I might add). Within seconds the whole ceiling became involved and the resulting fire killed 100 patrons and maimed 200 others in the 4th worst nightclub fire in US history. The site is about a mile and a half from my office and currently serves as an impromptu memorial until such time as the legalities of the site ownership are clarified. The band manager, Daniel Michael Bichele was sentenced to 4 years in prison on 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter. Michael Derderian, co-owner of the club, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, 4 to serve. He was released on work release, but was returned to prison within a day for work release violation. Also, his brother , Jeffery Derderian, a local TV personality, was sentenced to probation. Both were fined 1.07 Million dollars for failing to carry state mandated workmen’s comp insurance, which would have covered the 4 of their employees who were killed. The West Warwick Fire Chief noted that if you weren’t out of the building within 60 seconds of the fire starting, you were dead. That’s a scary thought; keep that in mind next time you are at a packed venue. Sadly, Great White’s guitarist Ty Longley was killed at the show as well. Jack Russell has had the moniker ‘Fake White’ attributed to the band during 2003, when the tragedy occurred. Without a doubt, the publicity surrounding the fire did nothing but spur Russell’s career, and he is purported to have dedicated the next tour segment of the band to charity. What the outcome of that effort was is unclear. Jack has since reformed the band with most of the original line up and continues to tour successfully. What is glaringly obvious is the lack of Jack’s involvement at this point. Thus, I have to reiterate my admiration to Dee Snider for stepping up and making a huge difference for the music fans of Southern New England, especially those most affected. http://www.stationfamilyfund.org/concertsnews.html If you are in the area and can attend or support, the venue is the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence RI. Local radio including sponsor WHJY have indicated that doors will open early – 5:30 – because of the number of artists performing. (I forgot to mention WHJY lost their DJ ‘The Doc’ aka ‘Doctor Metal’ Mike Goncalves who announced the show. The Doc had the only overnight metal show in NE.) Also, VH1 told Dee that if he was able to pull a big enough bill, they would film the event and that has been confirmed. A DVD release is planned for April, I have heard. Tickets are still available, this should be a great show. Thanks Dee.