The Associated Press with contributions from Liz Burke
A foundation working to build a memorial at the site of a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people has asked the lead singer of the band that played that night to take the foundation's name off a benefit concert he's planning.
“These families are so hurt by so much that has happened because of the Station fire that they are our 100% priority and if it means not taking money from someone to help build this memorial, we will do it. We don’t need the money that badly,” says Gina Russo, President of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation
The fire at The Station nightclub was started by pyrotechnics for the band, Great White. The 10th anniversary is Feb. 20.
Jack Russell announced Tuesday that he would play a Feb. 7 benefit for the Station Fire Memorial Foundation near Los Angeles.
The foundation learned of the show Wednesday. It says it doesn't want to be associated with it because of the animosity many survivors and families of those killed feel toward Russell.
“My heart still aches for all the families and friends of the victims whose lives will forever be changed due to this terrible tragedy. I too lost many friends that night but I cannot begin to equate that to the loss of a family member. For what it's worth, you all have been in my prayers and always will be.” Russell said in a written statement.
Russell says he will give the money to a different charity.
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