Dee Snider Responds To Accusations Of Blaming Great White For 100 Fans’ Tragic Death
The Great White witnessed one of the biggest tragedies in rock and roll history in one of their concerts in 2003. They recently made a documentary about it in which Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider also contributed. However, the media twisted Snider’s words and made him look like he blamed Great White for the incident.
In 2003, the pyrotechnics in a Great White concert caused the entire ceiling to catch fire and surrounded the small venue. Unfortunately, it made many people unable to escape and caused a hundred deaths, including the band’s guitarist Ty Longley. Two hundred people were left injured, and the event became unforgettable for the lost ones’ friends and families, and the band, as it scarred them for life.
The band was blamed for the entire incident, and the Great White members have felt a massive weight on their shoulders since then. They tried to support the families of the victims and injured ones through financial support and by organizing fundraising events. The incident was recently a subject of a documentary called ‘The Guest List: America’s Deadliest Concert,’ and Dee Snider contributed to its production.
In an interview about the movie, Dee Snider talked about how big the tragedy was and stressed that the band has felt guilty for far too long. He stated that the documentary gives voice to the band’s frontman and who has been a ‘broken man‘ ever since. Even though he comprehended that it wasn’t wise to use pyros in a small club, there was nothing intentional, and people should understand that.
Here is what he said in the interview:
“It’s hard to remember and listen to, but a hundred people burned to death, over two hundred were injured, and 65 kids lost one or both parents in a fire in a nightclub. Great White was playing. And yeah, Great White, they were vilified. Their pyro ignited the building, and wrong or right, they’ve been shouldering the blame for a long time.
One of the things I like about this documentary is it’s very well-rounded, and it actually allows Jack Russell to speak. I remember Jack from back when, and we toured together back in the heyday, and now he’s a broken man. And people may say, and rightfully so. But let me just say, was it stupid, was it foolish to set off pyro in a small club? Yes. Was it malicious? Not on your life. They would never, ever intentionally hurt any of their fans.”
However, his words were twisted by some media outlets. There emerged headlines about Snider ‘blaming’ the band for the death of hundreds of people. This caught Dee’s attention and made him angry to the point he exposed the media outlets on Twitter and clarified the situation. He tweeted that Jack Russell thanked him for his words and support throughout the documentary.
Here is how Snider reacted to the media:
“Anyone who watches the doc or reads what I say won’t think that. Jack Russell thanked me at the screening for this doc for the things I’ve said and the support I’ve shown. It’s all about grabbing attention with the headlines, right?”
You can see his tweet below.
Anyone who watches the doc or reads what I say won't think that. @JacksGreatWhite thanked me at the screening for this doc for the things I've said and the support I've shown. It's all about grabbing attention with the headlines, right @StevieTuff @MetalSludge? https://t.co/BiLzbleUWy
— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) February 22, 2022