Great White is a polarizing band for a number of reasons, the most notable of which is their responsibility for causing the death of 100 people due to pyrotechnics inside a small space they were performing in. This band of legend—or infamy—played a concert in Dickinson, North Dakota, this past Thursday, with no social distancing whatsoever. The performance was part of the group's "First on First," and it lords the total lack of safety precautions amid the coronavirus epidemic.
The group issued a statement reposted by Consequence of Sound as follows:
"We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show during this trying time. We assure you that we worked with the promoter. North Dakota's government recommends masks be worn; however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws. We have had the luxury of hindsight, and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement. The promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions. Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming small town. We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community. We are far from perfect."
According to reporting by Consequence of Sound, there are currently two different groups known as Great White. There is the band known just as Great White—the one that played in North Dakota, and Jack Russel's Great White, which is led by the singer of the original band. The magazine advises you to stay safe and to wear masks whenever out in public.