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Great White, the band whose pyrotechnics set off the disastrous fire at The Station nightclub in 2003, has agreed to pay the victims $1 million, in a tentative settlement agreement announced this afternoon in a federal court filing.
Covered by the settlement agreement are band members Jack Russell, Mark Kendall, David Filice and Eric Powers; its former tour manager, Daniel M. Biechele; the band's manager; the agent who booked the band, and the band's record company, Knight Records.
The $1 million being offered to settle the victims' federal lawsuit claims is the amount of insurance held by the parties, according to John P. Barylick, one of the lawyers who represents the victims. The band and its members apparently have no other assets.
One hundred people died from the blaze, including band member Ty Longley, and more than 200 were injured.
Biechele, who lit the pyrotechnics that ignited flammable foam used as soundproofing around the stage, pleaded guilty to 100 counts of manslaughter. He is on parole after being released from prison earlier this year.
The settlement agreement -- the latest in a series -- is premised on a number of conditions. It must be approved by all of the victims and the court, and the court's approval of an allocation plan being developed by a special master.