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Formed: 1981
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Great White Announces More Tour Dates

Great White have added some more tour dates to their schedule. You can catch them on the following dates:

June
5 - Taste of Summer Festival - Waukesha, Wisconsin
6 - Club 208 - Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
7 - Romers at Westlake - Celina, Ohio (Rock Out For Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser)
8 - Dry Bean - Madison, Wisconsin
13 - Camel Rock Casino - Santa Fe, New Mexico
14 - Wet N Wild Water Park - Anthony, Texas
19 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, California
20 - Crash Mansion - Los Angeles, California
21 - Canyon Club - Agoura, California
27 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen

July
10 - Scriba Town Inn - Oswego, New York
11 - Moondance Jam - Walker, Minnesota
12 - Summerfest - Glendale Heights, Illinois
23 - Harris Park - London, Ontario
24 - LCO Casino - Heyward, Wisconsin
25 - High Pines Amphitheater - Eagle River, Wisconsin
26 - Toledo Harley Davidson - Toledo, Ohio

August
15 - The Marquee - Tempe, Arizona
16 - Sky City Casino - Santa Fe, New Mexico
23 - Gait Airport - Greenwood, Illinois

September
12 - The Venue - Boone, Iowa
20 - Penn Peak - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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Great White Announces Tour Dates

Great White have lined up some shows for the summer with more to be confirmed soon.

May
22 - Portland, OR - Roseland
24 - Roseburgh, OR - Douglas Hall
30 - Ogden, UT - Teazers
31 - Twin Falls, ID - Krusers

June
5 - Waukesha, WI - Taste of Minnesota
7 - Celing, OH - Romers at Westlake
13 - Santa Fe, NM - Camel Rock Casino
14 - Anthony, TX - Wet N Wild WaterPark
19 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
20 - Los Angeles, CA - Crash Mansion
21 - Agoura, CA - Canyon Club
27 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival

July
11 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
12 - Glendale Heights, IL - Summerfest
23 - London, ON - Harris Park
24 - Heyward, WI - LCO Casino
25 - Eagle River, WI - High Pines Amp
26 - Toledo, OH - Make A Wish Foundation

August
16 - Santa Fe, NM - Sky City Casino
23 - Greenwood, IL - Galt Airport

September
12 - Boone, IA - The Venue
20 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn Peak

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Great White Manager Released From Prison

According to Eric Tucker from the Associated Press, the band manager whose pyrotechnics display sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 walked out of prison Wednesday, free to return to his home state of Florida after serving less than half of his four-year sentence.

Daniel Biechele, 31, who tearfully apologized to victims' relatives before being sent to prison, kept quiet Wednesday as he left the state's minimum security prison. He got into his lawyer's car, ignoring questions from reporters across the street, and was driven away.

Biechele's lawyer, Thomas Briody, said in a statement that Biechele would not make any public statements "out of respect for those people most affected by the fire."

"He was a private citizen before this tragedy and he wishes to remain so," Briody said.

Briody has declined to discuss Biechele's future plans, but officials in Florida have confirmed that he would serve his parole there.

Biechele, the former tour manager for the 1980s rock group GREAT WHITE, pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, admitting he did not have the required permit when he set off flashy pyrotechnics inside The Station nightclub in West Warwick on Feb. 20, 2003.

Co-owner of The Station nightclub, Michael Derderian, 46, went to prison in September 2006 was recently granted an early release from prison by the state parole board, but will not be freed until October 2009 after serving more than three years of his four-year sentence. Derderian became eligible for parole this month after completing one-third of his sentence, but faced an uphill battle to get released after discipline problems in prison and pleas to keep him behind bars.

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Great White Manager To Be Released Next Year

According to Eric Tucker from the Associated Press, the co-owner of a nightclub where a 2003 fire killed 100 people was granted an early release from prison by the state parole board Wednesday (January 16th), but will not be freed until October 2009 after serving more than three years of his four-year sentence.

Michael Derderian, 46, went to prison in September 2006 for the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick that was sparked by pyrotechnics for the 1980s rock band GREAT WHITE.

He became eligible for parole this month after completing one-third of his sentence, but faced an uphill battle to get released after discipline problems in prison and pleas to keep him behind bars.

Derderian appeared before the parole board Wednesday, a week after victims' relatives asked the board to force him to serve his entire sentence, saying he ran a dangerous business and failed to show enough remorse for his role in the disaster.

Parole board Chairwoman Lisa Holley said in a written statement that the board decided to release Derderian next year and not to set another parole hearing because of the "enormity of the loss and trauma suffered by many." All but one member voted to grant parole.

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Great White Schedule Fan Appreciation Show In NYC

MelodicRock.com report that the original GREAT WHITE lineup has announced a very special “Fan Appreciation Show”.

The original band's only New York City performance in over 10 years is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22nd at Don Hill's in New York City, NY.

Doors for the 18+ show open at 7 PM. Tickets are $10. in advance, $15. day of show.

More details at www.donhills.com.

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Twisted Sister To Play Great White Benefit Show

TWISTED SISTER has been confirmed as one of the performers at a benefit concert for the victims of the February 20, 2003 nightclub fire, set to take place on Monday, February 25 at the Dunkin Donut Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Also scheduled to appear are Tom Scholz (BOSTON), Aaron Lewis (STAIND), TESLA and STRYPER.

The show, which will be hosted by TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, marks the fifth anniversary of Station nightclub tragedy in Rhode Island, the fourth largest nightclub fire in U.S. history. 100 lives were lost, 200 others were seriously injured and 65 children lost one or both parents. Five years later, funds available for the survivors are woefully inadequate. Only 15 survivors of the fire qualified for Social Security benefits, and many are still unable to meet their monthly needs.

All proceeds from ticket sales and charity auctions benefit the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded by survivors of the Station nightclub fire. They are committed to providing survivor relief, including costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.

The Station Family Fund, founded by survivors, family members and community members affected by the fire and the Wake Up To Love Foundation founded by TESLA drummer Troy Luccketta are event organizers. While one hundred thousand dollars was raised in 2005 from a benefit concert featuring TESLA, SHINEDOWN, Pat Travers and Carmine Appice, those funds are in desperate need of replenishing.

Additional artists scheduled to perform on February 25 include Carmine Appice's SLAM, Eric Martin, Gary Hoey, CHICAGO drummer Danny Seraphine. Other artists will be announced over the next few weeks.

Organizers would like to acknowledge the incredible generosity of the Dunkin' Donuts Center www.dunkindonutscenter.com who has graciously donated the venue free of charge for the charity event as well as East Coast Lighting, WHJY and the many acts who are donating their time in putting together this event.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 4, 2008 at Ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $41.00 to $61.00.

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Great White Announce More Tour Dates

GREAT WHITE has scheduled the following dates:

Jan. 17 - St. Charles, MO - Ameristar Casion (w/ VINCE NEIL)
Jan. 25 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
Jan. 26 - Helmond, Netherlands - Club Plato
Jan. 28 - Newcastle, England - Carling Academy
Jan. 30 - Glasgow, Scotland - Carling Academy
Jan. 31 - Wolverhampton, England - Robin 2
Feb. 01 - Southampton, UK - The Brook
Feb. 02 - London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire
Feb. 06 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
Feb. 07 - Barcelona, Spain - The Apollo
Feb. 09 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z-7
Feb. 10 - Piacenza, Italy - [to be announced]
Feb. 11 - Treviso, Italy - [to be announced]
Feb. 13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
Feb. 14 - Malmö, Sweden - KB

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Benefit Gig For Great White Fire Victims Announced

TESLA, STRYPER (with a special guest appearance by Tom Scholz of BOSTON), Aaron Lewis (STAIND), Eric Martin (MR. BIG) and Carmine Appice's SLAM (a drum thing) are among the confirmed performers at a benefit concert for the victims of the February 20, 2003 nightclub fire, which claimed 100 lives, seriously injured 200 others, and left 65 children without one or both parents.

The show will take place on Monday, February 25, 2008 at the Dunkin Donut Center in Providence, Rhode Island. All proceeds from ticket sales and charity auctions benefit the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded by survivors of the Station nightclub fire. They are committed to providing survivor relief, including costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.

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Queensryche Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGE OF EVIL
AGENT STEEL
BREAKER
CONTRACRASH
ENSIFERUM
FORBIDDEN
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
KORPIKLAANI
LIZZY BORDEN
OBITUARY
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
RAGE
SAXON
SECRECY
TANKARD
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
TYR

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Great White Announce More Tour Dates

California rockers GREAT WHITE have lined up the following dates:

Nov 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Sunset Station Casino
Dec. 01 - San Bernadino, CA - Stingers Grand Openning
Jan. 17 - St Charles, MO - Ameristar Casino (w/ VINCE NEIL)
Jan. 26 - Helmond, NETH - Club Plato
Jan. 28 - Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
Jan. 30 - Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy
Jan. 31 - Wolverhampton, UK - Robin 2
Feb. 02 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

GREAT WHITE released a new album in July, entitled "Back to the Rhythm", via Shrapnel Records. Frontiers Records issued the CD in Europe on August 31 via in a lavish digipack edition. The record — which also marks GREAT WHITE's 25th anniversary — features original members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar/keyboards) and Sean McNabb (bass).

"Back to the Rhythm" was mixed, produced, and engineered by guitarist Michael Lardie with all members contributing to to the final mix.

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Great White Announce UK Tour Dates

California rockers GREAT WHITE have lined up the following UK dates:

Jan. 28 - Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
Jan. 30 - Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy
Jan. 31 - Wolverhampton, UK - Robin 2
Feb. 02 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

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More Bands Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE and FORBIDDEN are the latest acts confirmed for the 2008 edition of Germany's Bang Your Head!!! festival which is scheduled for June 27th - 28th at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany.

Confirmed acts now include: AGENT STEEL, AGE OF EVIL, BREAKER, CONTRACRASH, ENSIFERUM, FORBIDDEN, GRAVE DIGGER, GREAT WHITE, KORPIKLAANI, LIZZY BORDEN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE, ONSLAUGHT, RAGE, SAXON, TANKARD, TYR and WHITE LION.

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Saxon And More Confirmed For Bang Your Head

SAXON, ONSLAUGHT, ENSIFERUM and LIZZY BORDEN have been confirmed for next year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 27-28, 2008 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGENT STEEL
AGE OF EVIL
ENSIFERUM
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
LIZZY BORDEN
ONSLAUGHT
RAGE
SAXON
TANKARD
TYR
WHITE LION

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Former Great White Tour Manager To Be Released

The Associated Press reports that the band manager whose pyrotechnics ignited a nightclub fire that killed 100 people is granted parole. The parole board says Daniel Biechele will be released in March after serving less than half of his four-year sentence.

Board chairwoman Lisa Holley says yesterday's decision was unanimous. Biechele pleaded guilty last year to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 2003 fire in West Warwick. He was working for the rock band GREAT WHITE when he ignited the blaze.

Holley says the board considered things such as risk of reoffending, plans for life after prison and letters received from victims' families. Some relatives of those killed say they think Biechele deserves to get out early, while others are unhappy with the decision.

Attorney General Patrick Lynch says he disagrees with the parole board, but respects the decision.

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Great White Frontman Talks About New Album

Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with GREAT WHITE frontman Jack Russell. Several excerpts follow:

Blasting-Zone.com: Do you feel "Back To The Rhythm" is GREAT WHITE collectively returning to their roots?

Jack: "Absolutely. I really think so, hence us using the song 'Back To The Rhythm' as the title track, ya know? It's like after twenty five years, we've finally come full circle. We didn't want it to be unproduced, but we also didn't want it to be overproduced, either. We wanted the record to sound to sound as good as it possible could without sounding overly-polished. I like the spontaneity and the live sound that it has to it, ya know? There's certain stuff that if you overdo it, you lose it. How many brushstrokes do you put on a painting? When do you finally put the last brushstroke on? You never really finish a painting, you just kinda abandon it, ya know? It's the same thing with a mix or a song. You can always add more, but you gotta get to that point where you're like, 'Okay, this is enough…' where you don't need to add any more."

Blasting-Zone.com: Taking everything into consideration, do you honestly feel this is the definitive GREAT WHITE line-up?

Jack: "I think this is the version of the band that most people know. The original line-up, if you wanna go back to 1982, was myself, (guitarist) Mark (Kendall), (drummer) Gary Holland and (bassist) Lorne Black. But nobody knows that band, ya know? Very few people even know that band existed and most people discovered us through our 'Once Bitten…' album, ya know? Sean McNabb, our bass player, has been playing with us longer than (bassist) Tony (Montana) was in the band. He's been through more of the ups and downs and feels more like a member to me. To me, this is the band that defined GREAT WHITE's sound."

Blasting-Zone.com: What was the main catalyst behind the original line-up reuniting?

Jack: "It was comin' up on twenty five years and I was thinking, 'You know, how do I wanna spend this? Do I wanna spend this with me, Mark and a couple of guys that nobody knows or…do I wanna do this with my old dear friends?' ya know? So I got on the phone and started making some calls. We had some issues so we said our apologies and that was it, ya know? It's funny how little stupid things can get blown out of proportion over the years and a simple conversation that's literally forty five seconds will clear everything up and put everything back on a straight course. I just feel real fortunate and blessed to have my dear friends with me again, ya know?"

Blasting-Zone.com: In hindsight, how would you describe the time the group spent signed to Capitol Records?

Jack: "Capitol, unfortunately, for us was not a rock label, ya know? I think we would have done better on a different label, honestly, but life is life… We had gone through so many changes in presidents there that by the time we left the company, we didn't know who anyone was. Every other year or so there was a new president and they'd be like, 'Well, I don't wanna deal with these guys. I wanna sign my own bands. I don't want anyone's hand-me-downs…' So we kinda got lost in the shuffle. And it was unfortunate because a lot of the better stuff was coming out later. 'Psycho City' was a very underrated record, ya know? It was good album...there was some good stuff on it and it could done well, but the president at the time wanted to work on Bonnie Raitt because that was his fantasy girlfriend, ya know? We got our gold records in the mail. That's how hands-off they were with us at that point, ya know? Of course he had pictures taken with us for the double platinum awards for '….Twice Shy', a record he had nothing to do with, but when it came to the gold records for 'Hooked', he was nowhere to be found. It is what it is, ya know?"

Blasting-Zone.com: To what do you attribute the group's survival when so many of your contemporaries have fallen by the wayside?

Jack: "I don't know. We have a very loyal fan base for whatever reason, thank goodness. I don't wanna say we're a better band than those bands…but we've never really given up. I've always said to myself, 'When this is finally over, it's gonna be over because I say it's over…' I'm not going to let circumstance or life dictate the death of GREAT WHITE, ya know? It's gonna be on our own terms… The fact that I still wanna do this and it's still fun is a big reason why we're still here, ya know? The fact that we were able to get all the original guys back together again makes it something different. This is the line-up people wanna see. They wanna see Michael Lardie, they wanna see Audie Desbrow, they wanna see Mark Kendall, ya know? They don't wanna see Jack Russell, Mark Kendall and a couple of guys they've never heard of, ya know? I think that's a big thing as well. I just feel very fortunate that after twenty five years, people still give a damn."

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Great White Announce More Tour Dates

Southern California hard rockers GREAT WHITE have lined up the following tour dates:

Jul. 06 - Lucky Monkey at Altman - Trinidad, CO
Jul. 08 - Village at Copper Mountain, The Copper Mountain, CO
Jul. 13 - Bricktown Event Center - Oklahoma City, OK
Jul. 14 - Rock Yard - Ft. Worth, TX
Jul. 15 - Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
Jul. 20 - Comstock Music Festival – Comstock, NE
Jul. 27 - Badger Music Theater – Reedsburg, WI
Jul. 28 - Ham N Jam – Peoria, IL
Aug. 04 - Boneyard Saloon Ampitheater – Sturgis, ND
Aug. 11 - Chevrolet Centre – Yongstown, OH
Aug. 13 – Seacrets - Ocean City, MD
Aug. 16 - DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Aug. 24 - Clay Peak Motorcycle Park – Payette, ID
Aug. 25 - West Gate Plaza – Glendale, AZ
Sep. 08 - Gaslight Tavern – Ellsworth, WI
Oct. 04 - Feather Falls Casino – Oroville, CA

Frontiers Records has set an August 31 European release date for the new album from the reunited original lineup of GREAT WHITE, entitled "Back to the Rhythm". The CD will be issued in a lavish digipack edition on with the following track listing:

01. Back to the Rhythm
02. Here Goes My Head Again
03. Take Me Down
04. Play On
05. Was It the Night
06. I'm Alive
07. Still Hungry
08. Standin' on the Edge
09. How Far is Heaven
10. Neighborhood
11. 30 Days in the Hole (European bonus track)
12. Just Yesterday

Shrapnel will release the album in the U.S. More...

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Rocklahoma Expects 50,000 People Per Day

Rob Rogers, director of productions for Catch the Fever Music Festivals, cannot say enough about Rocklahoma, an 80s rock festival coming July 13-15.

Although Country Fever will happen first, June 7-10, at the facility between Adair and Pryor, Rogers talked almost exclusively about Rocklahoma when he visited Adair.

“These people do have money and they will put it into the community,” Rogers said. “The first week of sales outsold Country Fever and the VIP sold out first.”

VIP seats are up front and include non-alcoholic drinks, beer, parking, lunch and dinner. To make sure enough VIP seats will be available, Rogers said, a $1 million renovation is being completed at Catch the Fever’s facility.

Rocklahoma is happening in Oklahoma, but it was announced at a press conference in Los Angeles. Since then, Rogers said tickets have been sold to people in 15 countries, four Canadian provinces and all 50 states.

“We expect 50,000 to 60,000 people each day,” Rogers said. “Every hotel room is booked in a 50- to 70-mile radius. People are thinking about renting their houses.

“This isn’t a four-state area thing. This is worldwide. The numbers just keep going daily.”

Rogers said some of the bands in the line up hope their career will be restarted with this exposure. “This is different than Country Fever where the acts come in and out. The bands will be staying here,” Rogers said.

Rogers said the festival will be broadcast on world-wide pay for view television and the VH-1 music channel.

Rocklahoma will feature hard rock bands popular in the 80s such as Great White, Quiet Riot, Poison, Ratt and White Lion.

Read the full article at Weatherford Democrat.

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Great White Announce Upcoming Tour Dates

GREAT WHITE has confirmed the following upcoming tour dates:

April
20 - Maplewood, MN at Myth
21 - Fort Yates, ND at Prairie Knights Casino & Resort

June
2 - Redding, CA at Win River Casino
23 - Green River, WY at Flaming Gorge Days

July
8 - Copper Mountain, CO at The Villages At Copper Mountain
14 - Fort Worth, TX at Rock Yard
15 - Pryor, OK at Rocklahoma
21 - Comstock, NE at Comstock Rock Festival
28 - Peoria, IL at TBA

September
8 - Ellsworth, WI at Gaslight Bar

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Club Owners To Plead No Contest To Manslaughter

The Associated Press reports that the owners of Rhode Island nightclub, The Station, where a 2003 fire killed 100 people during a Great White concert will plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges, and only one will have to serve prison time, their lawyer said last week. Victims' relatives were outraged.

Kathleen Hagerty said brothers Jeffrey and Michael Derderian will enter the pleas more than 3 1/2 years after pyrotechnics ignited foam soundproofing while Great White was playing at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I.

Hagerty confirmed that Michael Derderian will serve 4 years in a minimum security prison, with eligibility for a work release program, and that Jeffrey Derderian will receive a suspended 10-year sentence.

Relatives of those killed were furious about what they considered to be light punishments for the brothers' role in the fourth-deadliest fire in U.S. history, a tragedy that touched untold thousands of people in the nation's smallest state.

In May, former Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele was sentenced to four years in prison for igniting the pyrotechnics without the required permit. He pleaded guilty in February to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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