Great White Tours For Club Fire Survivors
Great White is continuing its club tour to benefit the victims and survivors of the Providence, R.I., club fire that killed 100 people during its February performance at the Station Nightclub. The StaGreat White is continuing its club tour to benefit the victims and survivors of the Providence, R.I., club fire that killed 100 people during its February performance at the Station Nightclub. The Station Family Fund Tour will kick off with a Sept. 5 date in Springfield, Va.
All of the group's profits from the tour will go to the Station Family Fund, as will 100% of the proceeds from a memorial t-shirt to be sold at the shows. In addition, 10% of the promoter and artists' merchandise proceeds will go to the fund.
"Our objective is to create further awareness and financial assistance to those touched by the Rhode Island tragedy," reads a statement from the tour organizers. "Raising money through a concert tour, local promotions and the assistance of local fire departments, money will flow directly to the relief fund."
As previously reported, the grand jury investigation into the fire's cause is still underway. Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Derco LLC, which operated the Station, $85,200 for one "willful" violation and six serious ones. Jack Russell Touring Inc., the corporate entity representing Great White, faces a $7,000 fine for failing to protect employees from fire hazards.
Yesterday, a judge refused to postpone collection of a separate $1 million fine imposed on the owners of the Station for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance before the February disaster.
Here are Great White's tour dates:
Sept. 5: Springfield, Va. (Jaxx)
Sept. 6: Middletown, Ohio (CC Show Case)
Sept. 7: Gibraltar, Mich. (Big Al's Sports Bar)
Sept. 11: Everett, Wash. (the Broadway)
Sept. 12: Portland, Ore. (the Crystal Ballroom)
Sept. 13: Tacoma, Wash. (Temple Ballroom)