News Segment


May 23, 2006

PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 23 (UPI) — Two members of Great White have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the trial of a Rhode Island nightclub owner charged with 200 counts of manslaughter.

Great White guitarist Ty Longley was among 100 people killed when pyrotechnics ignited flammable soundproofing foam during a February 2003 concert at The Station nightclub in East Warwick, R.I.

Great White bassist David Filice and drummer Eric Powers were named as material witnesses Monday for the trial of Michael Derderian, who owned the club along with his brother Jeffery, the Providence (R.I.) Journal reported. Michael Derderian’s trial starts July 31 while a date has not been set for his brother’s trial.

Great White’s tour manager, Daniel Biechele, pleaded guilty to 100 counts of manslaughter for setting off the fireworks without a permit and is currently serving a four-year prison term.

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