Jack Russell’s Great White’s First New England Concert Since Fire Canceled Due to Power Failure
The show that was supposed to mark the return of Jack Russell's Great White to New England never happened. The concert at Party in the Pasture in Mechanic Falls, Maine, was beset by a power outage shortly before the band's set was about to begin.
“We’re still not really sure here what caused the power outage,” Courtney Highfield of WGME said in the video above. “There wasn’t a bad storm that rolled through, we saw a little bit of lightning but all the sudden all the lights were out, the stage lights were gone, the lights that were keeping the field lit were out, and this was just before Great White was about to take the stage.”
On Feb. 20, 2003, a Great White show at the Station in West Warwick, R.I., turned tragic when their pyrotechnics display ignited the foam that the club used as soundproofing. Within minutes, the fire engulfed the tiny club, and 100 people, including guitarist Ty Longley, were killed, with more than 200 others injured. Tour manager Dan Biechele, who set off the explosives, served two years in jail after pleading guilty to 100 counts of inoluntary manslaughter. Club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian pleaded no contest, with Jeffrey receiving a 10-year suspended sentence and Michael serving two years in prison.
Speaking about the gig two weeks ago, Russell revealed that he's still affected by the tragedy. "There’s people that are still devastated — I’m one of them," he said. "I’ve got a lot of friends I can’t just pick up the phone and call, and their numbers are still in my phone. And I don’t want to erase them. I still cry, you know? Like 10 times a month, just bawling. I miss my friends, you know?"
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