Posted in music | venues on February 14, 2008

"While Clear Channel had no role in causing or contributing to the fire, we are pleased to resolve these claims and, hopefully, contribute in some way to a sense of resolution for the affected victims and their families," Clear Channel said. [NY Times]

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Comments (7)

First of all, this was a horrible tragedy and I truly feel awful for the victims. Secondly, I have no love for Clear Channel, Great White, corporate radio, etc.
However, the only people responsible for this are the venue's management (for running a tinder box as a rock club), the fire inspector (for signing off the venue as safe) and MOST OF ALL the idiot pyrotechnic and sound guys who had no regard for anyone's safety.
The defendents (Budweiser, Clear Channel, etc.)in these lawsuits are most likely guilty of plenty of other evil things, but they obiously played no role in this fire. The victims' families need to stand up to the ambulance-chasing, blood-sucking attorneys (who stand to make $millions) that have them all riled up and stop the money grabbing. The litigation in this country has gotten out of hand, this isn't justice.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2008 11:15 AM

A promoter SHOULD make an effort to check that a venue is safe. But IMO, it's sufficient to verify that the venue has been OK'd by the appropriate agencies of the local government.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2008 11:23 AM

Anon. 11:15, how was it the sound guys' fault?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2008 11:24 AM

clear channel are a terrible force in the culture of this country, but they didn't contribute at all to this tragedy. they should have been dropped form the lawsuit. why is everything a money grab?

if anyone should be punished here, it should be the fire inspector who put his stamp of approval on extremely flammable soundproofing. yet he walks free, retired, with no lawsuits against him.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2008 1:07 PM

this is pathetic and ridiculous. Clear Channel and this radio station played no part in this fire

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2008 1:18 PM

wait a minute guys, I think the radio station guy knew about the insulation issue, if I remember right he even expressed concern about it or something like that. Youd have to do a news search at ny times or google. So if they were aware of the problems there you have it

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2008 2:23 PM

Anon. 1:07:

"The West Warwick fire inspector who failed to cite the foam that covered the club’s ceiling and walls in an inspection before the fire retired on disability this month. The inspector, Denis Larocque, who joined the department in 1977, has not faced criminal charges but is named in suits."

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2008 7:45 PM

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