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Journal coverage (reg. req.)
In the light of the cancellation of Copperfield's benefit,
I'm going to postpose the list of next weekend's benefits till the clubs
are all sure their permits are straight. This weekend's
benefits are here. That's all for now...
5 p.m. Foam
firm owner: Club bought non-fire retardant soundproofing (Providence
Journal, Tom Mooney) (reg. req.)
The owner of American Foam Corp. in Johnston says The Station nightclub
in June 2000 purchased $575 worth of common egg-crate packing foam for
soundproofing, but it was not fire retardant.
The fire retardant foam would have cost twice as much, according to
Aram DerManouelian, who said the club wanted "the lowest grade,
the cheapest stuff."
"They had a choice, and they bought general purpose egg-crate
foam," said DerManouelian. "It kept the noise down, but whoever
figured they'd put flame on it? Jesus. For a $575 invoice, here we are."
...DerManouelian said Michael Derderian, co-owner of the club, wrote
out a check for a delivery of 25 sheets of the charcoal foam on June
27, 2000. The foam was 2 1/2 inches thick. Each sheet was 37 by 84 inches
in diameter. It was made of polyurethane and is generally used for packing.
"It's unfortunate," DerManouelian said. "They did not
buy fire retardant foam. Yeah, they could have. We sell fire-retardant
foam. They bought the wrong kind. In hindsight, they probably didn't
think they were going to have a fire." ...
Kathleen M. Hagerty, a lawyer for Michael Derderian, confirmed that
the club had purchased the foam. She said a neighbor who worked as a
salesman for American Foam Corp. suggested they use it as a solution
to complaints neighbors had about noise from the club.
4:45: Injured: I put every name on the injured list into Google, looking
for sites created by friends. Besides the site devoted to Gina
(Catallozzi) Gauvin mentioned yesterday, I found only one, at
Bates College: "Bates College junior Philip B. Barr, of Lincoln,
R.I., is listed in critical condition but is expected to recover."
There's an accompanying photo.
4:20: Small local papers: The
East Greenwich Pendulum interviews two firefighters, and The
Narragansett Times, two rescue workers. The
Taunton (Mass.) Gazette: City woman is left badly burned after Station
4:05 In loving
memory of Jeff Rader: Jeff Rader's best friend writes a profile of
the roadie. Rader had in the past worked for Great White and Tesla, but
was visiting his girlfriend, Rebecca Shaw, 24, of Warwick, and took her
to the show to meet his friends in the band. The couple both died at the
scene. There's another
tribute at roadie.net
2:30 p.m. Ad
for the fatal concert in the Feb. 21-27 Providence Phoenix.
1:45: Copperfield's has had to cancel its
Sunday benefit for victims of the fire.
Russ Yates, owner of the club, said the Warwick licensing department
called and said they'd seen the benefit advertised, but the club hadn't
applied for an entertainment permit for Sunday's concert. "We should
have checked and made sure we procured an entertainment license,"
Yates added. "With what's going on now, they want everybody to cross
the T's and dot the I's."
The board meets twice a month, and March 11 is the next meeting.
Yates hopes to reschedule the concert soon after that, if the permit
is granted, with most of the same bands. Mr. Breeze (a Lynyrd Skynyrd
tribute) Strutt, Young Neal and the Vipers, Backlash, PowerHouse, Witz
End, Diver Down (Van Halen tribute), Nothing 2 Lose, Old School, Sabbath
Bloody Sabbath. (an Ozzy/Black Sabbath tribute), Mutley, and Hysteria
(a Def Leppard tribute) had been scheduled to play.
The benefit tonight at The Odyssey is still
on. It's at 1073 Main St. (Route 18), S. Weymouth, Mass., described
as a "benefit show for Jaimie Conway (burn victim) and the family
of Shawn Sweet, who died in the fire. Tryptonite will headline, $10. Starts
about 8:30. (781) 335-1400.
WHJY still plans a
vigil Saturday night in memory of DJ Mike Gonsalves and the other
victims. Beginning at 11 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in downtown
Providence, there'll be a tribute to "The Doctor" and a live
simulcast of his last Metal Zone show. RIPTA has volunteered buses and
drivers to transport people from Warwick and West Warwick to the vigil.
The Call, at 15 Elbow St. in Providence will be hosting a series of
shows, tonight through Sunday titled the "Call to Action Benefit."
A minimum $10 donation is requested at the door. Here are the lineups:
Friday: The Blueshounds, The New Prophets, Vic Foley, The Complaints,
Mark Cutler and Dino Club, Marc Philip Band. Starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Fungus Amungus, Some Weird Band, Depth Quartet (featuring
members of Max Creek), Big Jon Tierney and The Truth, Floodwaters, Turning
Blue, The Jim James band and Ricky Valente (solo acoustic), Betty Finn,
Just Before August and Psycads. Starts at 7 p.m.
Sunday: Dave Howard, Young Neal and the Vipers, Rick Mendes,
Green Tea, New Prophets, Jan Schmidt, John "Crawlin' Snake"
Mac. 7 p.m.
Call (401) 751-2255 for details.
12:30 p.m. Fire safety lights: One of the problems fire survivors
report was the difficulty of knowing where the exits were after smoke obscured
the signs above the doors.
At my request, John Mauro, the
fire chief in Southborough, Mass., who had emailed me about our coverage,
sent along some links about floor level exit signs, and a diagram, adding,
"I have seen pictures of such exit signs - mostly from the west coast.
Standard exit signs - equipped with battery-powered backup - are installed
both above egress doors, and near the floor level. Basically the same
signs used above the door are hard-wired near the floor level."
Here are the links:
in life safety lighting and exit signs provides a safe haven –
at reduced cost (from College Planning and Management). Mauro points to
Among the other trends in some areas is low-level egress marking -
placement of egress path markings near floor level where they will be
seen by anyone crawling down a smoke-filled hallway. Gregory Harrington,
P.E., an NFPA fire protection engineer, says this is recognized by NFPA
as a supplement to standard-level egress markings, but isn’t required.
‘‘Previously, there also were requirements for floor-level
exit signs in hotel occupancies, which includes dormitories - in fact,
you still see them quite a bit on the west coast,’‘ he says.
‘‘However, when the code introduced a requirement for sprinklers
in new hotels, they removed the requirement for floor level exit signs.
This recognizes that sprinklers are going to suppress the fire, and
there won’t be the generation of smoke you would otherwise expect.’‘
Penta says another possible adjunct to the life safety lighting and
egress systems in residence halls, although he hasn’t seen it
in place yet, is use of floor-level illumination: ‘‘to mark
the path of egress using strip lights such as you would see in an airliner.’‘
These strip lights are available in three versions: a series of six-volt
incandescent lights or LEDs embedded in plastic or electroluminescent
photoluminescent pathway lighting system
Life Safety Code: Emergency lighting and marking of means of egress
Fire toll rises to 97: Linda Suffoletto of Glocester, R.I., died
at 5:15 a.m. at Massachusetts General Hospital, according
the the hospital's Web site. Mrs. Suffoletto's husband, Benjamin Joseph
Suffoletto Jr., 43, was killed in the fire. He was buried yesterday.
Yesterday, FEMA denied R.I. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri's request to declare
The Station fire a major disaster, which would have brought federal relief.
An appeal may come later.
6:45 p.m. Please be our eyes and ears: We intend to publish
here tomorrow a list of benefits set for this weekend and beyond. If you're
a club owner planning a benefit, please send the details
in an email. If you're at a club this weekend that has put up a sign
for a benefit not listed here, please email
the name and location of the club, and whatever details you know.
We'll contact the club to confirm the benefit.
Updated 5:05 p.m.
List of victims, including 4 more identified today. Death toll
has been reduced from 97 to 96 as partial remains have been identified.
The number of people reported missing now equals the number of bodies
4:08 p.m. Inspection
report of The Station by the West Warwick Fire Dept., November
2002. (pdf format) Requested by a reader.
3:42 p.m. Status
of Massachusetts General Hospital patients from R.I. Fire: "MGH
now is caring for a total of eleven (11) patients; Shriners is caring
for a total of three (3)." It was the first time ever that Shriners
-- a burn center for children -- took adult patients. Patients' conditions
are regularly updated here.
2:55 p.m. More Longley stories and links from the guitarist's
boyhood hometown paper, the
Sharon (Pa.) Herald.
2:25 p.m. The other paper: Today's Providence
Phoenix, the weekly alternative paper here, weighs in from the heart
of the music scene with Beyond
grief, by news editor Ian Donnis, and a personal tribute to his former
radio colleague, WHJY DJ Dr. Metal, Michael Gonsalves, by Rudy Cheeks,
who's Jorge in the usually sardonic Philippe
& Jorge column.
In a story that hits us here, Donnis
also writes, "The catastrophic February 20 fire at the Station
nightclub in West Warwick will lend an undercurrent of solemnity to what
would have otherwise been a more raucous and freewheeling event -- the
30th anniversary edition this Friday, February 28 of the Providence Newspaper
Guild's annual Follies," referring to the sold-out dinner and satirical
political revue that raises money for the union scholarship fund.
12:25 p.m. Friends of Ty Langley rally: From Keavin Wiggins, publisher
and editor of iconoFAN Network of Orange, Calif.:
We've set up a info
hub of sorts on antiMUSIC.com related to the tragedy.
This is a really sad situation for everyone. The guitarist of Great
White, Ty Longley, was a regular
member of an all star jam that performs at a weekly show that antiMUSIC
sponsors so many of our writers and friends have been personally touched
by this tragedy.
Among the new info at antiMUSIC is a pointer to
the Baby Longley Fund, set up to help with the unborn child of Heidi
(Peralta) and Ty Longley.
11:27 a.m. Virtual
web of support: Here's a spontaneous outpouring of support for
Gina (Catallozzi) Gauvin, 42, of Johnston, listed in critical condition
at UMass/Worcester hospital. A web page is an organizing tool for daily
updates on her condition and attempts to help the recovery, rehabilitation
and family of the single mother of three. Gauvin's medical ordeal is daunting:
Gina is in a medication-induced coma, and will be for the next three
weeks to possibly two months. She has not been conscious yet. Renee
states that when Gina's family members are in the room, that Gina's
heart rate slows, like she is calmed by them being there.
Friends and strangers are donating blood, donating portions of web sales,
and rallying around a woman they may never have met. Here's how I learned
of the effort:
Dear Ms. Lennon,
I'm writing on behalf of Ronnie Buck, who started the OrnateSky Fund
for his dear friend Gina Gauvin, an injured victim in the fire. Gina
has been a steady influence in providing support to the reptile community.
Ronnie, the moment he learned of Gina's injuries, immediately set up
his website to gather funds to benefit Gina and her family. I'm overjoyed
with how the reptile and amphibian community across the country have
come together to help Gina in her time of need.
Ronnie's website is http://www.cricketfood.com
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Redondo Beach, CA / AIM: vegasiguana
(find a vet)
(daily herp news and links)
(OrnateSky Fund -- fellow herper injured in RI fire)
5:55 p.m. Map: A reader who used to live in Rhode Island just requested
a map that will show where The Station was located. Here it is.
5:45 p.m. The
secure server for
the Station Nightclub Fire Relief Fund is up and running.
5:40 p.m. Late
night vigil: WHJY plans a vigil Saturday night in memory, especially,
of their DJ Mike Gonsalves but also to honor the other victims.
Beginning at 11 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in downtown Providence,
there'll be a tribute to "The Doctor" and a live simulcast of
his last Metal Zone show.
They're looking for a few people to say a few words in memory of a lost
loved one, and for photos of victims for a slideshow.
They will provide candles for the vigil at the door.
3:54 p.m. Ways to help: It may be peculiarly American that we
express our grief by opening our wallets. Here's the major fund for the
victims and their families, and a couple of new ways to give:
Nightclub Fire Relief Fund:
Please make checks payable to:
The Station Nightclub Fire Relief Fund
United Way of Rhode Island
229 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 444-0600 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note on the outside of the envelope that the donation is for
the Station Nightclub Fund.
a secure server for online donations.
Blue Charitable Fund (link updated):
is a Rhode Island company that sells Grateful Dead items, as well as
rock, sports and nature T-shirts. The owners also own The
Century Lounge and The Call, listed below as having three benefits
for the victims this weekend.
The foundation is accepting donations through its secure
server, and says, "100% of these monies will go directly to
the families in need." To give more than the specified amounts,
donate more than once.
reports: Close friends and family members have set up a fund in
'The Doctor's' Name:
Donations can be made to:
The Michael J. Gonsalves Endowment Fund
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
3:44 p.m. Mp3 for WHJY DJ: Tribute
Song to the Doctor with Metallica's Fade To Black
3:31 p.m. New
London Radio Station Was Local Link To Night Of Horror In Rhode Island:
From the New London (Conn.) Day,
Six employees of FM radio station WUXL and 22 listeners had tickets
to the Great White show at The Station in West Warwick, R.I., where
a fire took 97 lives hours before. There were hugs at the station when
they accounted for all of their employees. But a man who cleaned the
station office, but was not an official employee, had received a free
ticket and was missing. And there were still listeners to find. Station
staff mobilized and phoned all those who won tickets during a station
Thanks to blogger
Matt Edwards for yet another good link.
3:20 p.m. Radio industry perspective: NorthEast
Radio Watch by Scott Fybush reports on its own. After mentioning club
owner and WPRI TV reporter Jeff Derderian, co-owner of the The Station,
and offering an obit for WHJY DJ Mike Gonsalves, Fybush adds,
Two other concertgoers who were confirmed dead over the weekend had
broadcast ties as well. Dale Latulippe, whose name was among the first
to be announced Saturday, was the son of former WRKO newsman Don Latulippe.
Dale Latulippe was a drummer and a father of a seven year old; he was
46 years old. Also among the dead was 21 year old James Gehan of Falmouth,
Mass., a DJ at Nichols College campus station WNRC (95.1 Dudley MA).
...we send our best wishes as well to Don Latulippe, who was hospitalized
after suffering an angina attack early this morning, but hopes to be
out of the hospital in time for his son's funeral on Friday.
Lou Josephs, who sent the link, adds that Fybush "used to work
at WBZ radio then went to Rochester to do cable tv, and now freelances."
Josephs adds, "I worked with Don Latilupe at WROR, he's a nice guy.
Last I heard was working at WPLM."
2:50 p.m. Manager:
Band triggered pyro. The Boston Herald reports today,
The manager of The Station nightclub said yesterday he is ``absolutely
certain'' the road manager of Great White triggered the flares that
set his club on fire, and said the pyrotechnics were brought on the
stage ``with no permission at all'' from himself or club owners Michael
and Jeffrey A. Derderian.
In his first interview since his West Warwick, R.I., club was incinerated
on Thursday - claiming the lives of 97 people, including 10 of his close
friends - Kevin Beese, 38, of Coventry, R.I., also told the Herald the
combustible foam used to soundproof The Station had been ``donated''
by a club neighbor irritated by the venue's noise.
And he said the club's previous manager put most of the polyurethane
in place with spray adhesive.
``There is no doubt in my mind he's the one that initiated the pyro,''
Beese said of Dan Biechele, Great White's tour manager, who has refused
all requests for comment since the fire. ``He's the one who said, `(bleep),
I screwed up,' just after that stuff went off.''
Beese, a father of four, worked at the club for six years. He started
as doorman and barman, and became the manager in August 2000, five months
after the Derderians took over the site. He spoke after a midday interview
with West Warwick police, his second talk with law enforcement since
He said police questioned him about the Derderians' finances and accounting,
but he told them they should instead focus on Biechele and the actions
of Great White.
2:35 p.m. Love brought roadie Jeff Rader to R.I.: The
San Francisco Chronicle is eulogizing Jeff Rader of Danville, Calif.,
roadie with Great White and Tesla who is missing and presumed dead in
the fire. (Identification is presumably more difficult when dental records
may have to come from far away.)
Jeff Rader of Danville loved music, M&Ms, the Pittsburgh Steelers
and, above all, his new girlfriend, a 24-year-old Rhode Island woman
Rader, who had toured with the band Great White as a sound technician,
was visiting Rhode Island last week when he decided to take his girlfriend
to the Station on Thursday to meet the band.
It was a fatal mistake. The couple were among the 97 people who perished
in the swift-moving fire Thursday that was sparked by the band's pyrotechnic
His friends say Rader, 32, died a hero. And there's evidence for that:
In the eerie video footage of the fire, captured by a television reporter
doing a piece on nightclub safety, Rader turns from the stage, raises
his hand high and points people to an exit.
A veteran of Great White shows, Rader would have known more quickly
than anyone that the flames were not staged, said his best friend, Duane
Serfass, 30, of Fairfax.
Also according to Serfass, band members told Rader's older brother,
Ralph, that Rader escaped the building but returned in search of his
Her remains have been identified, Serfass said; Rader's have not. However,
he is counted among the dead.
1:45 p.m. The
Ty Longley Foundation: Set up in honor of Great White's rhythm
guitarist, who died in the fire. At Knight
Records' news page,
I have gone through all the material that we have and after speaking
with his Dad and Sister today, we are going to release a CD that contains
music recorded by Ty, with various different musicians. All the proceeds
from this CD will go to the newly formed TY LONGLEY FOUNDATION, that
I am setting up along with his Family's assistance. This foundation
will contribute to many needy causes, including the funds that benefit
the victims of Feb 20. This CD is available for pre-ordering
NOW at the low price of $10.00. To pre-order this CD please click
More on the CD:
Ty Longley - Regular Guy is a CD that is dedicated to the hopes
and dreams of one of the most talented guitarists we ever saw who passed
away in the Rhode Island tragedy on Feb 20, 2003. From Jazz to Metal,
Blues to Pop - he could do it all - and with style.
We captured some of these performances and combined them with songs
he recorded with other bands to make this CD.
There are acoustic performances with Jack Russell, from a European
press tour they did in 2002, acoustic songs recorded with Christi, along
with Krys Baratto on Bass guitar as well as songs with other musicians.
We are still tracking down a few more tracks and the CD will contain
between 12 - 16 tunes, plus some rather unique audio that only Ty could
arrested for falsely reporting person missing in fire: (Providence
Journal, Jack Perry) (reg. req.)
Jeremy J.Howell, 25, of 1642 1/2 Main Street, West Warwick, was arrested
on two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, one count
of filing a false document and one count of obstruction of a police/fire
investigation, according to a statement from the State Police.
...He reported to the West Warwick police that his girlfriend went
to The Station to see the band Great White and was still missing.
...Howell was held overnight at State Police headquarters in North
Scituate and will be arraigned today in Third Division Court in Warwick.
AP reports that "police say Howell had 'money issues' -- and was
looking for a free meal and phone calls."
White Has No Plans to Keep Touring. Reuters reports,
Rock band Great White has ended any plans to continue its nightclub
tour following the deadly club fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, last
week at which it was playing, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.
"Despite all rumors, there are no plans of any kind for continued
touring by Great White," spokesman Byron Hontas told Reuters.
New photos inside
The Station on the night of the fire, at Gamma.
There's a web
page for Trip, the band that had been touring with Great White.
person account from the concert, this one on the WHJY site from former
Clear Channel intern Robert Riffe.
Sound clip: WHJY-FM's
Joe Bevilacqua grieves for missing deejay Mike "The Doctor"
Gonzalves in Windows media format. (Gonsalves is now officially listed
Angry At MTV Over Lack of Rhode Island Tragedy Coverage. At antiMUSIC.
Shame of the
Grammys - A bizarre silence about the Rhode Island nightclub fire.
Timothy Noah at Slate.
cache of Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy's page on the fire.
Weirder: In the course of searching Google, I saw a paid ad that reads,
Tragedy of Rock
It goes to fire and brimstone ravings. They paid for this???
The devasting Great White fire is
a symptom of rock's ills.
Next update in the morning.
Updated: 6:58 p.m. List
of victims, including 26 more identified today.
Updated 6:45 p.m. Benefit concerts are beginning to take shape,
with several scheduled for this weekend:
The Call, will be hosting a series of shows this Friday through Sunday
titled the "Call to Action Benefit." A minimum $10 donation
is requested at the door.
Friday: The Blueshounds, The New Prophets, Vic Foley, The Complaints,
Mark Cutler and Dino Club, Marc Philip Band. Starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Fungus Amungus, Some Weird Band, Depth Quartet (featuring
members of Max Creek), Big Jon Tierney & the Truth, Floodwaters,
Turning Blue, Jim James band and Ricky Valente (solo acoustic), Betty
Finn, Just Before August and Psycads. Starts at 7 p.m.
Sunday: Dave Howard, Young Neal and the Vipers, Rick Mendes,
Green Tea, New Prophets, Jan Schmidt, John (Crawlin' Snake) Mac. 7 p.m.
Call (401) 751-2255 for details.
The Odyssey, 1073 Main St. (Route 18), S. Weymouth, Mass., Friday
night, described as a "benefit show for Jaimie Conway (burn victim)
and the family Shawn Sweet (victim who passed away)" Tryptonite will
headline, $10. Starts about 8:30. (781) 335-1400
Copperfield's, 1551 Warwick Ave., Warwick, Sunday. Bands: Mr.
Breeze (a Lynrd Skynrd tribute) Strutt, Young Neil and the Vipers, Backlash,
Power House, Witz End, Diver Down (Van Halen tribute), Nothing 2 Lose,
Old School, S.B.S. (an Ozzy/Black Sabbath tribute), Mutley, and Hysteria
(a Def Leppard tribute). Doors open at 1, music starts at 2. $10. (401)
upcoming benefits are listed at WHJY.
WHJY DJ died in fire: Michael Gonsalves (aka Dr. Metal and The
Doctor), the WHJY DJ
who hosted the Great White show at The Station, has been declared dead.
The radio station website offers photos,
and a message
board in his honor.
Thre's also a tribute to him on the Great White Fire board at metal-sludge.com
from Steve Scarpetti of WHJY. Here's an excerpt:
I work for the local rock station and was doing a promotion appearance
at the show. My co-worker and radio dj partner, Doctor Metal is among
the missing. At this time we know that he did not make it. I just want
everyone who reads this to know that Doc was a huge Heavy metal supporter
and his show "the Metal Zone" is the longest running metal
show in North America. His love of metal has touched almost every band
in the industry and every fan in southern New England.
In the words that he always said for the closing of every "metal
zone" show I think these words sum it up best, "Keep it loud,
keep it heavy, and remember heavy metal forever." Thank you Goodnight.
Thanks to blogger Matt
Edwards for the link.
2:05 p.m. At Roadie
Net, there's a query about Jeff Rader,
...who doesn't appear to be on your [victims] list. He is believed
(don't know if confirmed) dead. Jeff was part of Great White's road
crew (which is why I checked Roadie.net for details.)
He also worked on Tesla's road crew. There are numerous posts about
him, as well as pictures, on Tesla's official site www.teslatheband.com
(Tesla's guitarist.) He was from the S.F. Bay area, and his family has
flown to R.I. and his brother has posted some details to the following
The first 'Guest'
post is from Frank, the second is from Jeff's brother.
This last link references a Monday post from Jeff's brother, Ralph Rader,
saying that he and his parents are in Warwick "awaiting confirmation
There is no official list of the missing. Those described as missing
on the victims list landed there because somebody called The Journal to
say they were going to The Station and are now missing. A roadie from
California wouldn't have had anyone make that call.
Gov. Carcieri said yesterday that there are four more people reported
missing than there are bodies.
Scott (aka Skott) Greene, who perished in the fire, owned Doors
of Perception Tattoo on Quaker Lane in West Warwick. Scott's friend
Jesse Parent sends a link to the site's
guestbook, which has turned into a memorial page. Here's
a photo of Scott at work.
Overnight blog views:
Worlds Collide: Two hundred years ago we'd never have heard of events
like the genocide in Rwanda. Probably fifty years ago it wouldn't have
the same level of reporting. And in the days before the Internet it would
never have occurred to me that anyone I know might have been killed in
the Rhode Island fire.
Pursued by the news: Raye at By
Sand and Sea Journal -- she lives in Newburyport, Mass. -- flees from
left brain to right:
I have not turned on the news or looked at a newspaper yet today. Isn't
that amazing? I hope the world is still out there and things are more
or less going on as usual. Yesterday's news was uniformly awful (transplanting
the wrong organs into that poor teenager and then that horrific club
fire in Rhode Island, plus war, war, war!) so I turned it all off. Quiet
sounds good for a change.
Anyway. I thought I'd pass along a neat link or two. I found this Color
Schemer via BrianKaneOnline.
If you're trying to come up with color schemes for your website (or
probably for ideas in painting/decorating your house as well), this
tool is indispensable. If you're starting with one color in mind, it'll
give you a pallet of complementing/coordinating colors. Really nice.
It's fun to play with even if you're not decorating anything.
Reason Online: The
Fire This Time
Of course, there is ultimately no making good on a life—and something
unseemly tawdry about such huge loss of life for Jack Russell's Great
White. A new Hannah Arendt could write a book on the banality of tragedy
here—that the washed-up remnants of a one-hit-wonder hair-metal band
from a past decade should be the cause of the hugest, by far, rock n'
roll tragedy in our nation's history is mocking the very gods in rock
n' roll heaven.
Blogger Matt Edwards (Game-Six)
of Ledyard, Conn., stayed up all night watching news accounts of the fire
as it happened, and blogged it. He recommends this
Baltimore Sun story by former Journal reporter and Rhode Island resident
Ariel Sabar, writing that "it really makes you feel like you are
inside The Station."
R.I. Gov. Carcieri's request
to the President "that you declare a major disaster for the State
of Rhode Island as a result of this fire."
I'm going home to sleep. Check projo.com
for overnight updates. Back in the mornng.-- SL
6:10 p.m. More local action at Tom Hoffman's Tuttle
SVC blog. He's from Providence. Excerpt:
I just hope no stupid legislation comes out of this. Don't shoot off
fireworks in small, crowded wooden buildings with flammable wall coverings.
I like going to see rock music in small crappy dives. If people aren't
completely ignorant morons with no respect for life or law, it isn't
a problem. If they are, a few more laws won't help.
5:30 p.m. Musicians
detail harrowing night: The Oregonian has a story about Trip,
the tour band that travels with Great White:
Rhode Island’s attorney general later advised (Michael) Shapiro
and two bandmates, bassist Jason Williams and drummer Johnny Reagle,
to get out of town, fearing they would be the target of retaliation,
4:10 p.m. Longley officially dead: Here's the latest official
list of victims." Ten more names were added today, including
that of Great White guitarist Ty Longley.
The latest names released: Richard Cabral, 37, Attleboro, Mass.;
Rachel DePietro, 31, Providence; Albert Anthony DiBonaventura,
18, North Dighton, Mass.; Laura Gillet, 32, Pembroke, Mass.; Scott
Griffith, 41, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Tracy King, 39, Warwick;
Ty Longley, 31, North Ridge, Calif.; Andrea Mancini, 28,
Johnston; Carlos L. Pimental, 38, West Warwick; Everett "Tommy"
Woodmansee, 30, Alton.
Jose Mercury News reports about Scott Griffith, whom the above list
says is from Mission Viejo, Calif., "In recent years, Griffith, 41,
had overcome problems with alcohol and drugs, gone to tech school and
was living in Warwick, R.I., with his 13-year-old daughter. He was friends
with Great White vocalist Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall and
was near the stage when the fire broke out, friends said."
The release of the names is lagging behind word of mouth; in one case,
the Navy confirms a death of one victim on the "missing" list.
We don't know how many relatives need to be notified before a death becomes
(I was told not to call a missing person a victim, since "victim"
seems to have become a temporary euphemism for "dead. " Nonsense.
The number of victims is enormous, far outstripping the number who were
actually in the club.)
Fire Protection Association page on the fire has guidelines for using
pyrotechnics and more.
2 p.m. Ty
Longley's hometown waits for official word: John Zavinski of the
Sharon (Pa.) Herald sends along a link to their Ty Longley story, by staff
writer Joe Pinchot. Longley, rhythm guitarist of Great White, is still
officially listed as missing.
"Ty's from here in Sharon, Pa., which is on the Ohio border,"
Zavinski wrote. Excerpts:
In a video that was broadcast on many news shows, Longley could be
seen at the club in a black muscle shirt, looking in the direction of
the flames that quickly spread from the band's pyrotechnic display.
"If I see it one more time on TV, I'm going to throw up,"
(his mother, Mary Pat Frederickson of Valdosta, Ga.) said, adding that
she saw the band play in Tampa two weeks ago and use the same kind of
pyrotechnics used Thursday night.
Interviewed by CNN, (Great White lead singer ) Jack Russell said he
was pulled from the club by stage crew members, and did not see Longley
once he got outside. On stage, Russell and Longley were several feet
from each other.
(Longley) didn't always make a living from music -- taking day jobs
as a telemarketer, marketing man for an entertainment company, busing
tables at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Sharon, and teaching guitar --
but it took him around the world. He toured Europe with Great White,
South Korea military bases with Upper Level, and Japan with Seduction.
Although he grew up with hard rock and heavy metal, he always listened
to other types of music and tried to incorporate those styles into his
playing. He played Prince and Madonna tunes with Scene of the Crime,
dance music with Seduction and original pop-rock with Lisa St. Ann.
His tour with Ms. St. Ann included a 1998 gig at the Hot Rod Cafe in
1:30 p.m. Blogs reporting:
Jim Schwab writes that he's been covering the fire "from the perspective
of someone who's seen THAT band at THAT club." He also filed
a report for Blogcritics.org
Rhode Island Weblog: "...the fallout is still to come from
people you don't hang out with on an everyday basis-- the guy who delivered
the CocaCola, someone you went to high school with. People you didn't
necessarily talk to, but you know, and remember, and suddenly you think,
"Wow! Maybe she was there?""
11:15 p.m. Despite national stories
about how everyone in Rhode Island knows everybody else, it's not
quite that small. This time, this place, no one I or my daughter and her
friends know was at The Station. We have been there, but the club has
recently been booking retro metal bands, and it was 15 miles away, too
far to go unless we knew somebody in the band and wanted to support them.
But it doesn't matter. We have all imagined and tried not to dwell on
the last moments of these poor folks, a literal hell. And we wonder what
brought these particular people together at this place at this time to
die horrible deaths together. We are all grateful not to be suffering
the anguish of those who watch their loved ones fight for life, and those
who'll never see their mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters,
bandmates, friends and lovers again. And our hearts go out to them.
If you lived in West Warwick, an old mill town, The Station was a neighborhood
bar with live music, a big deal. If you live in West Warwick, you know
someone who's grieving.
And the struggling Rhode Island live-music scene takes yet another blow.
Among those listed as missing: Keith Mancini of Fathead, formerly of $kyhigh.
Nick O'Neill of Shryne. WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves.
Lupo's homepage displays
only a photo of a sunset. Probably everybody at The Station had been to
Lupo's at least once.
post in rec.music.artists.springsteen says, "In Milwaukee, Great
White's show last month was stopped when the flashpots went off during
the first song, and the band was allowed to resume the show only after
they were removed -- the club said it had no city pyrotechnics permit
for the show. Maybe the Station would've stopped the band, too, if they'd
had a chance."
notes, "I've read today that pyrotechnics were a part of many
bands' shows at the Station, although they were much briefer (maybe a
few seconds -- and smaller sparklers. The guy from Dokken was quoted in
one account as saying he watched the video, and believes the problem is
that the flashpots were filled much too full -- he said the resulting
towers of sparks were higher than those his band had used in arena shows."
Dateline NBC was about what you'd expect for a show hastily put
together, far away, with few unique resources. Channel 10, the local NBC
affiliate, had already scooped the best stuff for the 6 o'clock news --
Heidi, the pregnant girlfriend of Ty Longley, who was reported dead on
Great White's site, poring over the family photo album with his parents;
former Station bouncer Mario Giamei Jr. of Sutton, Mass., recalling a
roadie for Great White saying, as the flames broke out, "I think
I'm in trouble, I think I'm in big trouble, I f*ed this one."
So they went with the headline and angle, "Who's to blame?"
as though there were an answer. After a shot of buses that carried the
families of the victims to the scene, the show ended up doing a fairly
lame segment on Crowd
safety: Get out alive.
Great White used pyrotechnics on their North American Tour (Jan. 9
- Feb. 14)
Guardian (UK): Its reporter in Washington writes "Murder
charges may be brought against those held responsible for the Rhode Island
nightclub blaze caused by a fireworks display last week, which killed
6:39 p.m. Missing band member's girlfriend to be on Dateline NBC at
7 p.m.: Great White guitarist Ty Longley's girlfriend Heidi, who's
pregnant with their first child, is to be on Dateline NBC tonight at 7
p.m. EST, according to the
news page at his site and Channel 10, the Providencel NBC affiliate.
Longley among the dead? At
Jack Russell's Great White site: "We have learned that Ty Longley
has been identified as one of the people that passed away in West Warwick."
LA Daily News: Northridge
musician (Longley) was on first tour with Great White
19 of the 97 dead identified so far: Alfred Crisostomi
of Providence, 38; Lori Durante of West Warwick, 40; James Gahan
of Falmouth, Mass., 21; Michael Hoogasian of Cranston, 31; Lisa
Kelly of Swansea, Mass., 27; Keith Lapierre of Worcester, Mass.,
29; John Longiaru of Johnston, 23; Judith Manzo of North
Providence, 37; Donald Roderiques of Main Pawanik, Mass. , 46;
Joseph Rossi of Seekonk, Mass., 35; Shawn Sweet of Pembroke,
Mass., 28; Jason Sylvester of Coventry, 24; Andrew Hoban,
22, of North Kingstown; Dale Latulippe, 46, of Carver, Mass.; Stephen
Libera, 21, of Rhode Island; Catherine O'Donnell, 26, of Seekonk,
Mass.; Robert Reisner, 29, of Coventry; Bridget Sanetti,
25, of Coventry; Dennis Smith, 36, of Pawtucket.
Message threads at projo.com's In the News bulletin board:
from a survivior of the station fire"
says show must go on"
Melodicrock.com has a
post from a survivor (scroll down to Saturday's news) and a condolence
cache of The Station home page
board, with condolences
Newsgroup links go to Google Groups links. You may use a news
client to subscribe directly to usenet newsgroups for the latest posts,
or try an url such as news:alt.rhodeisland
station and its aftermath
R.I. Club Fire -Who's To Blame?
Threads on "gerbs" (the pyrotechnics used at the station)
Video at Channel 10: Precedent
(Lawrence, Mass.) Eagle-Tribune: Pyrotechnics
used at club by area musician: "A Methuen, Mass., musician
who said he played The Station several times said his band also used pyrotechnics,
without a permit but with the club's permission. " The band is Lovin'
used similar pyrotechnics in Allentown
2/22/2003 14:05 ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) The rock band whose pyrotechnic
display triggered a fire that killed at least 96 people in Rhode Island
used similar fireworks without a permit at a Pennsylvania nightclub,
a manager said.
Pyro here to stay at big rock concerts, but not clubs
2/22/2003 11:48 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Pyrotechnic displays have become
as much a part of rock concerts as guitars and drums, and will continue
to be used despite the Rhode Island nightclub tragedy, according to
the band that uses more of them than anybody.
Links by the projo.com staff
inside the club as the fire was starting
Smoking Gun: The band Great White's performance rider contains
no mention whatsoever of pyrotechnics being used during the rock group's
current tour of clubs and small theaters
The band and club
White band site (bandwidth appears to be clogged or site has been
cache of the home page
Photos of Great White at The Station, April 5, 2000
cache of that page
Jack Russell's Great White site -
allegedly from Jack Russell at Channel 10:
To our fans:
I personally would like to express my heartfelt condolences to those
families of the love ones who perished as well as Ty, our guitarist's
family, in the tragedy at the Station last night.
We will continue our Tour with a replacement guitarist sometime in the
next few days.
Great White will continue the tour as soon as possible.
Doctor, WHYJ radio disc jockey, who introduced the Great White band and
was reported among the missing
tell of Great White's use of pyrotechnics
The giant sparklers called "gerbs"
from The Station owners
Links from Al Tompkins at Poynter:
handling fire cases (reg. req.)
State and town agencies
state fire marshal
Town of West
Fires and fire safety
U.S. fires and explosions
/ discotheque fires around the world
of Standards and Technology: Building and Fire Research Laboratory