Why: Cracker’s second album was released 20 years ago and proved to be the band’s breakthrough, thanks to the hit “Low.” Much of the album was recorded at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown.
Before Feb. 20 2003, Great White was best known for their late-’80s hits “Rock Me” and ”Once Bitten, Twice Shy.” When the veteran hard rock group took the stage that night at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, RI., they had no way of knowing things would never be the same.
A smoke machine caused a fire that killed 100 people, and injured 230. Singer Jack Russell was a part-time Palm Desert resident at the time.
A decade later the band is still touring — albeit in two factions — and talked to Rolling Stone about the tragedy that has become part of their legacy.