On February 20, 2003 The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island erupted in flames during a performance listed on the marquee as Great White. During this terrifying fire 100 people lost their lives including Great White band member Ty Longley.
While there have been reports of lawsuits, acrimony and even debates about whether it was a solo gig or the full band, what remains is that in a terrible accident lives were lost, people around the world grieved the loss of so many rock n roll fans.
Today marks 15 years since this tragedy, and while many other tragedies have taken place during those years, rock fans will always remember The Station nightclub fire. Former Great White vocalist said on the 10th anniversary of the fire,
"My heart aches for all the families and friends of the victims whose lives will forever be changed by this terrible tragedy. I too lost many friends that night, but I can’t begin to equate that to the loss of a family member. For what it’s worth, you have been in my prayers and always will be.”
Survivor Victoria Eagan co-founded the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, to raise funds for a memorial park at the fire site. The non-profit group has acquired the land, designed a beautiful future plan for the area currently filled with 100 crosses made from burned Station nightclub wood.