The members of Great White were subpoenaed today and will appear
before a grand jury investigating the February 20th fire at a West
Warwick, Rhode Island, club that claimed ninety-seven lives.
A grand jury will convene tomorrow and the band is expected to
testify next week as part of an investigation into who’s at fault
for the fire, which is believed to have started when the band’s
pyrotechnics display ignited the club’s sound insulation panels.
Since the fire, all sides have denied complicity in the tragedy.
The band claims that it had verbal permission from the club to use
pyrotechnics, which management for the club denies. The club did
not have a permit for such a display, and was not equipped with
sprinklers because it was a one-story building.
Both the band and the club have had outside sources contradict
their claims. A former employee of the venue, the Station, told the
press that the venue had indeed allowed pyro displays previously.
And the owner of the Stone Pony, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, said
that Great White had also used pyro in his venue without
So far, ninety-three of the ninety-seven dead have been
identified, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley. Nearly 200
people were believed to be injured, with sixty hospitalized, forty
of which are listed as critical.