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Great White to play benefit for fire victims

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Great White, the band whose pyrotechnic display set off a deadly blaze at a Rhode Island nightclub, will perform a benefit concert in Bay City, Mich.

Profits from the concert, scheduled for Monday at the Westown nightclub in Bay City's Midland Street Historic District, will go to victims of the Feb. 20 fire and their families.

Since July, Great White has held nine concerts that have raised about $25,000 for victims and survivors of the fire.

The blaze killed 100 people, including four club employees and Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and injured nearly 200 others.

"Initially, I think the same thought crossed everybody's mind — 'Oh, boy! How could you do that and book them?"' said Jay Samborn of Knights Entertainment Agency in Bay City, who booked Great White for its first appearance at the Westown since 1997. "But on the other hand, they were trying to have something positive come out of something very negative."

Besides profits from the tour, 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of a memorial T-shirt and 10 percent of the promoter's and artists' merchandise revenues will go to the fund.