Seventeen years following a deadly fire during one of these performances, rock band Great White has once again found themselves at the center of controversy after playing a concert where there have been no rules for social distancing or wearing face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In footage from the North Dakota concert, which was section of an outdoor summer concert series, a jam-packed crowd is seen without face masks since the band performs on stage.
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The concert happens as nationwide guidelines remain in place suggesting no less than 6 feet between people, as well as the utilization of face masks in an endeavor to contain coronavirus and minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
In a statement obtained by Fox News, the band explained which they “are not in a position to enforce the laws” regarding social distancing recommendations.
“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,” they said.
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The message said: “We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community.”
“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any. I guess it’s one of the first events this year that didn’t get canceled and was approved by the city; we’re all very, very excited about it…” event coordinator April Getz told the Dickinson Press. “It’s one particular things where if people feel comfortable decreasing and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it as much as everybody that chooses to go to.”
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Great White can also be known because of their 2003 performance at a Rhode Island nightclub called The Station, where their pyrotechnics began a fire that killed 100 — like the band’s guitarist Ty Longley — and left more than 200 others injured.