Report: GREAT WHITE To Play Concert In Shadow Of Fireworks Show

GREAT WHITE have been booked to play an outdoor concert Sunday coinciding with St. Petersburg's nearby July 4 fireworks show, according to the Associated Press.

The band's concert is set to begin an hour before the fireworks start going off three blocks away, a backdrop that club owner and concert promoter John Claude Bodziak considered ironic when booking the date.

"I don't want people to get the wrong idea, that I arranged for this date," Bodziak said. "July 4th was the only date left."

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. started shortly after GREAT WHITE's performance began. Pyrotechnics used by the band ignited soundproofing foam placed near the stage, and the fire spread through the wooden building within minutes.

Among the 100 who died were the band's guitarist, Ty Longley. Nearly 200 other people were injured. The band no longer uses pyrotechnics in its shows.

"I hadn't even thought about that," lead singer Jack Russell said of the fireworks show scheduled nearby. "It's just a coincidence. Really. We didn't plan this."

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