Great White To Play California Benefit

The surviving members of Great White plan to perform together for the first time since the band's Feb. 20 concert in Rhode Island resulted in a nightclub fire that killed 99 people, including guitaris

The surviving members of Great White plan to perform together for the first time since the band's Feb. 20 concert in Rhode Island resulted in a nightclub fire that killed 99 people, including guitarist Ty Longley. The group will perform one song during a benefit show at West Hollywood, Calif.'s Key Club on April 29 to raise money for a Longley memorial fund, group manager Paul Woolnough said.

The charity concert will benefit the late guitarist's pregnant girlfriend, victim relief funds, and students seeking art scholarships. Great White has no other plans to perform again, Woolnough added, although surviving band members may make individual appearances at various other benefits. Other bands set to play at the show include the glam-metal group XYZ and 5 Cent Shine, of which Longley was a former member.

Longley, a 31-year-old Ohio native who had lived in Los Angeles for the last five years, perished at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Investigators suspect the band's pyrotechnics ignited soundproofing foam. A grand jury is investigating the case.

Longley listened to Great White in the late 1980s and idolized guitarist Mark Kendall, according to family members. He joined the band about four years ago. Kendall and singer Jack Russell are now the only members from the original lineup.


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