Three Minutes To Doomsday

A fire races through a nightclub in Rhode Island, leaving close to 100 dead. Was the band to blame?

It has been more than a decade since Great White recorded a recognizable hit, which is one reason the band was playing the Station, a cramped and sweaty nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., last Thursday night. The venue often is host to bands whose popularity peaked in the 1980s, and when Great White took the stage shortly after 11 p.m., the band decided to provide the audience with a reminder of its heavy-metal past. Sets of "gerbs"--sparking pyrotechnic fountains--shot up from the stage as the band kicked into its first song, Desert Moon. Within seconds, flames crawled up the foam-covered wall...

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