Accordint to the Associated Press, Members of the 1980s rock band whose pyrotechnics sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people have agreed to pay $1 million to survivors and victims’ relatives, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
The settlement offer from Great White is the latest stemming from the February 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick. Roughly $175 million has now been offered by dozens of defendants to settle lawsuits over the blaze, which also injured more than 200 people and was the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.
The band does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which requires the approval of the more than 300 people suing, among other conditions.
The blaze began when the band’s tour manager, Daniel Biechele, shot off streams of pyrotechnics at the start of the concert. Sparks from the pyrotechnics ignited inexpensive packaging foam the club owners had used as soundproofing around the stage. One band member, guitarist Ty Longley, was killed in the fire.
Though the band members were never charged, Biechele pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and was paroled in March after serving less than half of his four-year prison sentence.
Biechele is covered under the settlement, as are lead singer Jack Russell and other members of the band at the time of the fire. The settlement also covers the record label, manager and management company of the band at the time of the fire.
Great White’s insurer is covering the settlement. The insurer has previously said that $1 million was the maximum amount of the band’s insurance policy.
The band has said it had permission for the pyrotechnics, something club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian have denied.
Attorneys for the band did not return calls seeking comment.
No settlement money has been distributed so far.
A Duke University law professor has been appointed to work out a formula to determine how much money each person should receive.
The victims and survivors sued several dozen defendants after the fire, including foam companies, the rock radio station that ran advertisements for the concert, the club owners and the local fire marshal who failed to cite the club for the foam on the walls and ceilings.
The state of Rhode Island and the town of West Warwick each agreed last month to settle for $10 million.
The case has been settled in piecemeal fashion over the past 12 months, effectively erasing the possibility of a trial that some victims’ relatives had hoped could give them answers about the circumstances of the fire.
“I just feel that we’re never going to get the answers we need that would put some of this to rest for us,” said Chris Fontaine, whose son, Mark, was killed in the fire and whose daughter, Melanie, was badly injured.
She said she thought the band “was getting off easy” and would have faced a much more costly verdict if the case had gone to trial.
Great White, from Southern California, rose to popularity in the 1980s, boasting a blues-inflected hard rock sound and scoring a Grammy nomination for its best-known song, a cover of the tune “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”
Besides Biechele, the only people charged as a result of the fire were the club owners, who pleaded no contest to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2006. Michael Derderian will be out on parole next year. Jeffrey Derderian was spared jail time and given community service and probation. The brothers have been sued but have received bankruptcy protection.
Metallica have just premiered the video for their single “The Day That Never Comes” on their MySpace page. The epic clip was directed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and filmed this past July in southern California. On working with the acclaimed filmmaker, Hetfield explained to MTV.com, “That’s the beauty, I think, of writing vague but powerful lyrics — that someone like a movie director can interpret it in his own way and obviously, someone creative is able to take the metaphors and apply them to whatever he needs in his own life.”
The band have also just unveiled another song from their upcoming album Death Magnetic. The hard-charging track, “Cyanide” is now available for sale on iTunes.
A new Sammy Hagar CD is on the way in November. XM Radio interviewed Sammy Hagar at the Rock the Bayou festival. Sammy mentioned that he plans to release a new CD in November. Some songs are already done, including one that Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top sings on.
Sammy mentioned that he has a couple of unreleased songs from his project, Planet US that he plans to put out, Peeping Through A Hole and Vertigo. I am not sure if this will be on the new record or released seperately.
Last September, Nikki Sixx’s harrowing memoir of addiction, “The Heroin” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Book Review nonfiction best-seller list. The book’s companion album, “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack” (Eleven Seven Music), is also a success, having landed the No. 2 Hot Mainstream Rock hit “Life Is Beautiful” and top 30 song “Pray for Me.”A year later, reception for “Diaries” is still warm. The Motley Crue bassist recently received a Prism Award from the Entertainment Industries Council that commended his accurate portrayal of addiction on the album. New single “Tomorrow,” which is being worked to radio, was recently selected by NAADAC, the Assn. for Addiction Professionals, as one of the themes for National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
Sixx remains hot on the topic of recovery and is considering other methods to help spread awareness about National Recovery Month and the Mental Health Parity Act, which provides parity between health insurance coverage of mental health benefits and benefits for medical and surgical services.
“Here we are a year later and [I’m thinking], ‘What can I talk about, what can I say that will make people that are in recovery want to stand up and support Recovery Month?'” he says. “A friend of mine said, ‘You know, the fact that you did a really honest book and it changed people’s lives, that’s something to talk about.’ It’s a year later and the book is still selling, and it’s still changing people’s lives.”
Discussing the wisdom he’s gleaned from his own recovery efforts, Sixx he’s noticed preaching to addicts that they need to stop usually doesn’t help. The “Diaries” song “Accidents Can Happen” relates to how relapse is part of recovery.
“What I used to be told [was], ‘What the f*ck’s wrong with you? Why can’t you do like everybody else? Why can’t you stop? Why can’t you act right?'” he recalls, saying “Accidents Can Happen” attempts to convey that “We all fall off the wagon. It’s only one day, it’s not the rest of your life. Pick yourself up and go again. And I think if someone had told me that at times in my life, it would have been a lot better than being ripped apart.
The purpose of “Diaries” was to deliver a message to the masses. When it comes to his personal life, Sixx tries to show by example that sobriety is cool.
“I don’t make it like a bummer,” he notes, using the term “sobo cops” for people that get uptight if they see someone drinking and the like. “I’m in a rock band, you know. There’s drinking, and when I’m onstage I see waves of people smoking pot. Can you imagine if I was like sobo cop and was like, ‘I’m not going to perform if people smoke pot at my concerts?'” he says with a laugh. “It’s like, ‘Hey, man, do what you want to do, but if you have a problem, here’s an answer, and here’s some awareness.'”
Article Courtesy of Billboard.com
Tracklist “Heaven, Hell Or Hollywood?” :
The cover artwork contains Superhero illustrations, done by Al Rio of Marvel Comics. Al Rio has previously drawn Batman, The Incredible Hulk and more …
XXX – is pronounced Triple X and these 3 X-men behind the fitting moniker are: SNOWY SHAW ( drums and vocals ), ROB NASTY ( bass and vocals ) and X ( guitars and vocals ).
“Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?” was mixed by Andy La Roque in Sonic Train Studios. And produced by Snowy Shaw and X.
The album is scheduled for an October 22, 2008 release by King Records for Japan and the band is currently looking for proper deals for Europe, America and so forth.
You can listen to 4 songs from the upcoming album “Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?” on the band’s MySpace:
Frontiers Records announces the mainland Europe (excluding the UK) release of “Bang!” – THUNDER’s 9th studio album – on November 7th 2008.
Thunder are entering their 20th anniversary year with a brand new album recorded in 2008 at Walton Castle, near Bristol, in England. In a never ending quest for new recording experiences, the band decided not to return to Spain, where they recorded “Robert Johnson’s Tombstone”, instead opting for a seriously old castle in the west of England.
Singer Danny Bowes says: “We’ve known Marge the owner for years, and always felt her castle would make a great studio, but it was only last year that we decided to see if we were right. She loved the idea, so we dipped a toe in the water by shipping our recording kit down there for a few days, just to try it out with some guitar overdubs and percussion. It was perfect, with 2 foot thick stone walls, and loads of different rooms to choose from, everything sounded brilliant. It was a no brainer, we had do the whole album there, so we invaded the place, recorded 20 + songs, and stayed for 3 months. Marge loved it, and she got on the record too!”
Guitarist Luke Morley says “We’ve always made our best albums in a rural, English setting, so Walton Castle was the perfect location for us. We had cables and wires running everywhere but it was definitely worth it, as it’s the best sounding album we’ve ever made. I knew we had a great batch of songs so it was a question of giving ourselves the best possible circumstances to bring them all to fruition, and we definitely function better when we’re having fun. We moved in, set up our studio, frightened the local wildlife and befriended the local landlords (who were inconsolable when we moved out), as were the better looking sheep in the neighbouring field, well that’s what Harry said anyway…”
The band is also finalizing some tour dates in Europe for the beginning of 2009 to be announced in the near future. “Bang!” is once again a great collection of songs, assembled and delivered in the way only Thunder know how. Several are surely destined to become future Thunder classics.
On The Radio; Stormwater; Carol Ann; Retribution; Candy Man; Have Mercy; Watching Over You; Miracle Man; Turn Left At California; Love Sucks; One Bullet; Honey
A new 30 second audio clip of the new songs will go up on http://www.thunderonline.com every week between this week and the release date.
Today is the beginning of Tesla Tuesday’s. I will be posting Tesla video’s every Tuesday, until the release of the new Tesla CD, Forever More, in October.
Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out) is on Tesla’s 2nd studio disc, The Great Radio Controversy.
A couple of weeks ago, Rolling Stone put out the following article:
We don’t know who the next singer of Velvet Revolver will be, but he or she may want to avoid putting the Contraband song “Dirty Little Thing” on future set lists. The band has reportedly settled a plagiarism case with U.K. rocker Tony Newton, bassist of the band Voodoo Six, that alleged VR stole the riff and melody of “Dirty Little Thing” from Newton’s own “Cyber Babe,” which he wrote for his previous band Dirty Deeds.
“A couple of years back, a mate of mine in L.A. called me to say he’d heard what he thought was my song on the radio, and that he had been a bit shocked when he realized it was Velvet Revolver,” says Newton. “When I checked it out myself, I genuinely couldn’t believe it, because it wasn’t as if it was close… it was basically the same riff. Anyway, I called my publishers to check whether they knew anything — which, of course, they didn’t — and then basically left it with them. I never really expected to hear any more about it and was as surprised as anyone when I heard that Universal had settled with Velvet Revolver.”
And what a settlement it was: Newton will receive 20 percent of all royalties from Contraband and the single dating back to 2004, plus all future royalties on the song from commercial uses, live performances, digital sales, etc. He’s essentially being paid like he’s a member of the band, even though he never picked up an instrument for them.
Here is Velvet Revolver’s Dirty Little Thing released in 2004.
Here is a Dirty Deed’s Cyber Babe on their 1999 CD, Real World.
Hear the similarities?! This makes me wonder how many bands out there could file the same lawsuit.
Tragic Orange is Phill Skiba (VX), Christina Vitucci (D), Jimmy Pavlis (B), Steve Valdez (G) and Victor Fakhoury (G). The 5 piece rock band hails from Long Island, New York, portraying a very strong international phenomenon with each member’s different ethnic background and North American upbringing; they have brought the missing link in the sound for today’s modern music.
The band was formed in 2005, and after many auditions and a very solid self titled album under their belt, the line up was finalized with the joining of Jimmy Pavlis on bass and Victor Fakhoury on guitar. The band quickly grew musically as the 5 members made sure to mold themselves on to one another’s inspirations and musical taste. With an endless amount of hours in the rehearsal studio, the band’s sound has grown and developed dramatically. Their melodic and haunting verses and brightly open hard hitting catchy choruses as well as their mind invading sing along vocals won’t stop ringing in the listeners head.
They have captured the hearts of many fans through their unique musicianship. Christina’s power drumming reminiscent of John Bonham, keeps the strong back bone timing of the band in check. Jimmy’s hard thumping bass patterns and driving rhythms keeps you locked into the music, with Steve’s guitar playing creating a landscape of sound typically not heard out of a guitar. Vik’s rhythmic playing and worldly trippy effects makes you feel the trance within. Tying it all together are Phill’s soaring melodies and lucid poetic lyrics that reaches out, grabs you by the throat, and intensely shakes your subconscious until it feels every last word that is uttered from his voice.
The stage presence of Tragic Orange is known to be one of the most energetic experiences crowds have witnessed. The band has performed on numerous stages ending 2007 with over a 100 shows played in and out of state in front of many fans that remain loyal to the music, the madness, and the method behind the Tragic…
Tragic Orange’s musical and lyrical journey consists of all walks of life, the ups and downs the bright and dark, spiritual and sexual, aggression and confusion; examining what’s on the minds of the youth of this generation but light hearted enough to enjoy this chaotic party. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground for Tragic Orange’s accelerating momentum towards success, exploding on to the scene soon for the world to hear.
You can download Tragic Orange’s new song Greylight at this link!
Music Star Productions is set to
release “All Stars of Rock Guitar,” a 2-Disc DVD that features over 3
hours of lessons from four guitar masters including George Lynch
(Dokken, Lynch Mob), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Jennifer
Batten (Solo Artist, Michael Jackson Band, Jeff Beck Band), and Darrell
Roberts (W.A.S.P, Five Finger Death Punch).
Each artist discusses their influences and demonstrates some
of their signature techniques along with cool lead and songwriting
methods. Learn advanced chordal structures and tapping with Jennifer,
lead guitar and song structures with Bruce and metal licks and rhythm
techniques with Darrell. You will also watch George lay down lead
tracks for his upcoming solo release.
This DVD set is packed with exciting extra features including a
segment from the Seymour Duncan Guide To Pickups and bonus videos
featuring the “Next Generation of Rock Guitar” with Dario Lorina, Jack Ripper, and Yayo Sanchez.
All Stars of Rock Guitar will be available August 2008 through Alfred distribution.
For additional information on All Stars of Rock Guitar contact Tony Williams or visit http://www.livetojam.com/allstar/
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