The lead singer for a hard rock band that was involved in one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history is working on an apology to victims. Reuters reports that Jack Russell of the band Great White opened up about the 2003 tragedy at the nightclub The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
100 people died in the blaze, which was reportedly set off when the band’s pyrotechnics display ignited flammable sound insulation material in the club’s walls and ceiling.
“In an interview with Portland, Oregon’s 105.9 ‘The Brew’ radio, Russell said he was working on a documentary film that would include an apology to the victims of the fire. Some 200 people were injured, in addition to the 100 who died,” Reuters reports.
In the interview, which aired last week, Russell says: “It’s really hard, you know. but it’s going to give me a chance to apologize and say how I feel about it. I never had the chance to say I was sorry. How do I feel about it? Just horrified. I feel a guilt, a sadness, survivors’ guilt, you know? Why did I get to live and so many other people didn’t?”
The report notes: “In 2009, hundreds of survivors and victims’ relatives reached a $176 million settlement with more than 50 defendants in cases filed as a result of the fire. The band’s tour manager and two men who owned the nightclub pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter.”