Most Saturday nights in the summer, Bob Rager can be found behind the soundboard at Warren Community Amphitheatre for the River Rock at the Amp concert series.
Ten years ago Wednesday, he was behind the soundboard when Great White took the stage at The Station, a West Warwick, R.I., club. The band's pyrotechnics ignited the flammable packing foam the club used for soundproofing. A hundred people were killed, including Great White's guitar player, Brookfield native Ty Longley.
"He was a fun guy, really nice," Rager said. "He'd give the shirt off his back to anybody."
Rager, who lives in Kent, only had been working for the band for three weeks when the fire occurred, but he was apprehensive about the use of the pyrotechnics in the small venues where the band was playing.
"I've seen enough accidents to know when things just don't look right," he said. "I expressed my concerns."
Those concerns were ignored.
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