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Great White Break Silence

Jack Russell posts emotional message to fans

For the first time since the fire at Great White’s February 20th
show in Warwick, Rhode Island, singer Jack Russell reached out to
fans via a Web post today on The fire killed
ninety-nine people, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley.
Russell wrote:

“I could not keep silent for one more night. I have been quietly
reading your posts for the last 6 weeks. The love, support, and
encouragement that most of you have expressed to us, both on this
site, and personally has been overwhelming. Some of your posts have
literally taken me through the darkest days and nights I have ever
known, and I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of all of us
for taking the time to let us know you are out there, encouraging
us to keep doing what we do.

“Words will not now, nor will they ever, begin to express the
sorrow we are all feeling not only for the loss of our Ty, but for
everyone that was affected by this terrible tragedy. I just
couldn’t let one more day go by without saying thank you to those
of you that have always been more than fans, even more than
friends, more like family to all of us.

“God bless all of you.”

The surviving members of Great White — Russell, Mark Kendall,
Eric Powers and Dave Filice — will perform together for the first
time since the catastrophe when they play one song at Los Angeles’
Key Club on April 29th. Proceeds from the show will go to Longley’s

“They’re all going through a tough time, obviously,” Paul
Woolnough, the group’s manager, told Rolling Stone last
week. “This will probably be the hardest song any of them have ever


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