- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2003

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) Two members of the rock band Great White have booked their first public performance since 99 persons died during the group's concert in Rhode Island two months ago.
Guitarist Mark Kendall and singer Jack Russell planned to perform an acoustic set at the Key Club last night as part of a benefit to honor the memory of their guitarist Ty Longley.
Mr. Longley, 31, was among the scores who perished Feb. 20 at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Investigators suspect the band's pyrotechnics ignited foam that had been placed on the club's walls for soundproofing. A grand jury is investigating.
Great White representatives said proceeds from the pair's performance will be donated to a charity overseen by Mr. Longley's parents and earmarked for a scholarship assistance program and trust fund for his unborn child, due Aug. 3. Tickets are $20 each.
Patrick Longley, the guitarist's father, said he has raised about $10,000 so far. "I don't care what they make," he said. "In my heart, all I care about is keeping my son's memory alive."
Great White has performed mainly as a nostalgia act at small venues in recent years, after reaching the peak of its fame with the 1990 hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." The other members of the group are bass player Dave Filice and drummer Eric Powers.

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