The band that was responsible for 100 deaths and 230 injured in the Station Nightclub fire in 2003 is back at it 17 years later not caring about its fans once again. The simpletons that makeup Great White played an outdoor show this past Thursday night (July 9) in Dickinson, North Dakota as part of “First On First: Dickinson Summer Nights”. No social distancing, masks, nor protocols were in place.
While numerous events have been imposing restrictions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, “First On First” has no such rules in place.
“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any,” April Getz, an event coordinator for Odd Fellows, which organizes, runs, and comes up with the funding for the events, told The Dickinson Press. “It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.” One would figure with cases spiking up all over the country, one of these brain surgeons should’ve thought, hey, let’s follow others and impose masks and social distancing so we don’t infect anybody. You don’t need someone to put restrictions on something to follow common sense.
As of Saturday (July 11), there have been a total of 4,243 confirmed coronavirus cases in North Dakota. A total of 87 people have died so far in the state as a result of COVID-19. 83 percent of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota to date have recovered from the virus.
An average of around 3,700 tests is being conducted daily in North Dakota, where the positivity rate has remained relatively low. 4,327 tests were conducted Friday, yielding a 2% positivity rate.
North Dakota’s pandemic-high number of active cases came May 21, when 670 residents were infected.
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of concerts and festivals have either been postponed or canceled, as social distancing and self-quarantining make performing live music and attending live shows all but impossible.
You’d figure a band with such a checkered past would’ve thought long and hard before doing this gig.
Great White’s publicist sent out this response to people going WTF were they thinking:
“We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time. We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws.
“We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement.
“The Promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions.
“We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community.
“We are far from perfect.”
Yes, you’re far from perfect and have 100 people’s blood on your hands from the Station Night Club Fire. Now, you decide to act like dumbasses again and do a concert with no safety precautions while this country is under siege with COVID risking your fans’ health in a new way.
Former Great White singer Jack Russell has some sense and is for wearing a mask and has said that in a couple of recent interviews.