9 Years Ago: Remembering Our FriendsTESLA CURRENTS - It's hard to believe but today marks the 9th anniversary of the tragedy at the Station Night Club in West Warwick, RI. The Station nightclub fire was the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in American history, killing 100 people. The fire began at 11:07 PM EST, on Thursday, February 20, 2003, at The Station, a glam metal and rock n roll themed nightclub located at 211 Cowesett Avenue in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
Among the 100 that lost their lives that night was TESLA roadie and beloved friend Jeff Rader. Jeff had worked with TESLA on several tours and was considered part of the family. While TESLA was not touring and in the studio. He decided he had time to visit his girlfriend in Rhode Island. Jeff had known the members of Great White and since he was in the same town he would stop by and see the show. Tragically do to a pyrotechnic display gone horribly wrong the stage and ceiling caught fire. As the flames grew Jeff began directing people out of the club towards the exits, he got out but when he could not find his girlfriend he went back in to look for her, neither of them were able to make it out.
Many of us that have been to concerts in smaller towns could easily relate to how small the clubs are have few exists. Jeff was a dear friend and touched the lives of so many of us, and I personally owe so much to him that it's impossible to put into words. Simply put, if not for Jeff Rader, I would not have had the honor of working with and becoming part of the TESLA family that he so much loved.
There were many survivors however, left with painful life long injuries and scars. The Station Family Fund, which was founded in May of 2003 by survivors and family members affected by The Station Nightclub fire, was formed to meet the immediate needs of those most affected by this tragedy. They are proud to announce that their goal of filling the immediate needs of those impacted by the fire have been met.
PHOENIX RISING - ARTISTS UNITED
In February 2008 Dee Snider, John Rich and Troy Luccketta joined forces to put on one of the most impressive benefit concerts remembered. Held in downtown Providence, RI the show featured an incredible mix of talent gathered together for one cause. Artist included were John Rich, Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Whiskey Falls, Aaron Lewis, TESLA, Twisted Sister, Kevin Max, Stryper, Marc Bonilla Carmine Appice’s, Tom Scholz & Gary Pihl of Boston, Eric Martin, Danny Seraphine with CTA, Facing Forward, Pete Fish, Travis Davis, Eric Cole, Brandon Allen Read, and Gary Hoey.
Please take moment today and remember those we lost.
~ Duane Serfass