Great White Agrees To Pay $1 Million To Club Fire Victims
September 3, 2008 at 11:03 AM (PT)
The AP reports that members of the 1980s rock band GREAT WHITE have agreed to pay $1 million to survivors and victims' relatives of the nightclub fire that killed 100 people, according to court papers filed TUESDAY.
The band does not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement offer, which stems from the FEBRUARY 2003 fire at THE STATION nightclub in WEST WARWICK, RI. The fire was started soon after the band's tour manager, DANIEL BIECHELE, shot off streams of pyrotechnics. Sparks ignited soundproofing made of inexpensive packaging foam. One band member, guitarist TY LONGLEY, was killed in the fire.
BIECHELE, who pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and served less than two years in prison, is covered under the settlement, as are lead singer JACK RUSSELL and other members of the band at the time of the fire. The settlement also covers the record label, manager and management company of the band at the time of the fire.
Roughly $175 million has now been offered by dozens of defendants to settle lawsuits over the blaze, which also injured more than 200 people and was the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.