Russell admits Station fire trashed his life
Former Great White singer Jack Russell says the Station nightclub fire, which took place 10 years ago tomorrow, left him shattered.
But despite pleas from victims of the 2003 disaster which killed 100 people including guitarist Ty Longley, Russell stops short of making a public apology or accepting any responsibility.
He played a controversial benefit show on February 7, which he admits was a disappointment after only 30 people attended, raising just $180 for a charity run by Longley’s son.
Russell tells the Boston Globe: “It’s been almost 10 years and no matter what I say it’s never going to make anybody feel any better about it, and sometimes it might make them feel worse. So I really would rather not say too much.
“After the Station I was really down – I was taking anything I could take. I would just sit for hours and cry. All I ever wanted to do was be a singer. I just hope that I put more into this world than I took out of it.”
Fire victim Gina Russo, who sustained sever burns and lost her fiance, tells the Globe: “He never even apologised – everyone would look at this differently if Jack Russell would stand up and say, ‘I’m sorry’.”
But the singer, who split with Great White in 2011 after a year on the sidelines caused by near-fatal health issues, simply says: “I never meant to hurt anybody.”