GREAT WHITE Plan Charitable U.S. Tour

April 30, 2003

GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall and lead singer Jack Russell have announced plans for a nationwide tour to raise money for victims' families, according to the Associated Press.

Attorney Ed McPherson, who represents the group, said Tuesday that GREAT WHITE would perform with other rock bands and donate their percentage of the profits to existing charities in Rhode Island.

"Their thoughts from the beginning have been, 'What are we going to do to help the victims?' And the only thing they do do is perform." McPherson said.

Plans for the tour were being worked out, McPherson said, but he added that two groups that may take part are WARRANT and L.A. GUNS.

The attorney made the announcement outside West Hollywood's Key Club, before the first public performance by Kendall and Russell since the deadly February 20 fire at The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Investigators suspect the band's pyrotechnics ignited foam that had been placed on the club's walls for soundproofing. A grand jury is investigating.

Along with several other Los Angeles rock bands, the pair agreed to perform in honor of GREAT WHITE guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire. Concert organizers said proceeds would be donated to a charity supervised by Longley's family and earmarked for a scholarship assistance program and trust fund for the 31-year-old musician's unborn child.

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