Singer making documentary on nightclub fire that killed 100

12 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Great White’s Jack Russell to Apologize for Station Nightclub Fire in Documentary.

While the headlines currently focus on the horrific nightclub fire that took place in Bucharest, Romania and have killed 51 people so far, another club fire tragedy will be revisited for a new film. Great White‘s Jack Russell reveals that he’s creating a documentary that will not only focus on his life, but will allow him to address The Station nightclub fire from 2003 in which 100 people were killed when the club went up in flames during a Great White show. In a recent interview with a Portland, Ore., radio station, Russell says he’s producing a documentary about his life, the band Great White and the fire: “I’ve never had a chance to say I’m sorry.” Almost 13 years after the fire, Russell says he “wanted to get out and talk about it” but that his lawyers advised him to “never say you’re sorry” because it “implies guilt.” “His career is tanking and he’s not welcome here in the New England area at all, so he’s looking to get back in everybody’s good graces. In my world he doesn’t warrant any forgiveness.” Jody King, who lost his brother, Tracy, in the fire, says just the mention of Russell’s name “turns everything negative.” And talk of Russell’s documentary comes at a critical time as survivors are trying to raise enough money for a memorial at the site of the West Warwick fire. “We’re making a lot of positive strides regarding the memorial and then anyone who hears his name, it turns negative,” said King. “I’m not real happy.” During his radio interview Russell, who never faced any charges from the catastrophe, lays much of the fire’s blame on the town fire inspector “who didn’t do his job right” and never cited the club owners’ for having flammable foam on the walls and ceiling for soundproofing.

I think I owe it to my fans that lost their lives to never forget them.” While the documentary may not bring closure to the tragedy, Russell says it will give him some peace to be able to say what he wants to say.

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