PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Police and firefighters showed up early for a recent Great White concert at a Cincinnati nightclub — just to be sure no pyrotechnics would be used.
With a new tour and a new album, Great White has tried pressing forward since its pyrotechnics ignited the Feb. 20, 2003, fire that killed 100 people, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and injured 200 others at The Station nightclub in West Warwick.
Five years later, though, the band’s connection to the deadly blaze is hard to shake.
Tony Heitz, manager of Annie’s, the Cincinnati club where 600 fans enjoyed a show without any problems, noted that “you’d have to be in a cave” not to have heard about the fire.
The band, which enjoyed success in the 1980s with its blend of blues and hard rock, reunited last year with original members to mark their 25th anniversary, issued a new studio album and spent the last two months touring Europe.