Great White frontman Jack Russell has been talking about his band's decision to carry on touring following the tragic fire at a Rhode Island club earlier this year where one of Russell's band mates and 100 of his fans were killed after pyros caused a massive blaze. The tour has been staged to raise money for the Station Family Fund, which supports those injured in the fire and the families of those who died.
Russell: "It's not about Great White. It's something much, much bigger. This
is the sole purpose of Great White right now. It makes each second on stage
matter. What's important is helping these people out."
His comments followed criticism from the families of some of those killed. One of those family members - Charles Sweet, the father of 28-year-old fire victim Shawn Sweet - told reporters this week: "I think they they're trying to protect their own rear end by being the nice guy … but it's not Jack Russell coming down to visit the gravestones of my son and his beautiful girlfriend. It's me and my wife."
A grand jury is still investigating the fire to determine whether criminal charges are warranted. The band claim the venue was aware of the pyrotechnics the band use in the show and that they weren't alerted of any fire safety concerns. The venue's owners deny any knowledge of the pyros blaming the actions of the band for the fire.