Metal condolences to Japan

14 Mar

A number of heavy metal, rock and pop bands have written messages of condolences and concern to the people in Japan who were affected by last Friday’s terrible earthquake and tsunami in the Sendai area.

Japanese flag and sakura image from the KISSOnline.com website.

KISS, who recently postponed their Japan tour, wrote on their official website:

To all our loyal fans, friends and their families devastated by the effects of the earthquake in Japan: We stand side by side with you in support and you will remain in our prayers through this time of tragedy.

(Signed) Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer

Iron Maiden, who had concerts scheduled near Tokyo on March 12th and 13th (one and two days after the earthquake) and had their flight to Tokyo diverted to Nagoya, Japan and their concerts canceled, had this to say on their website:

We are extremely saddened by the calamitous events of the last day or so which led to the cancellation or our two shows in Tokyo. Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected by this disaster — our fans in Japan, the people of Japan and those in many other places suffering from the Tsunami. We are also aware that a number of fans flew into Tokyo from various parts of the world to see a Maiden show there and we hope you guys are safe and sound. We have had a long relationship with this wonderful country and have always been made to feel most welcome – this would have been something like our 16th tour. Our sincerest condolences to all those who have suffered and to the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives.

– Iron Maiden

 

Mr. Big are very popular in Japan…maybe even more so than even in their home country of America.
They have a number of “Live In Japan” albums, their lead singer has two solo albums on which he sings remakes of Japanese pop songs in English, and their guitarist moved to Tokyo a while back for a year or so with his Japanese wife.

They wrote a message to the people of Japan in Japanese on their website:

To our brothers and sisters in Japan:
この大地震で被害を受けている皆様へ:どうか気を強く持って下さい。皆様が助け合って、立ち直られますことを僕たちも心から願っています。
-Mr. Big

(I’d translate it as:
“To our brothers and sisters in Japan:
To the victims of the giant earthquake: Please have a strong mind. With everyone’s help, we hope you will be back on your feet again.”)

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6 Responses to “Metal condolences to Japan”

  1. MikeC March 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    My heart goes out to your wonderful people.

    – a fellow metalhead from Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

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    • tokyo5 March 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      >My heart goes out to your wonderful people.

      Thanks. Very kind.

      >a fellow metalhead

      Alright! Please comment often.

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  2. tokyo5 March 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    >Thought of you and your family as soon as we heard the news. Thankful that you are ok.

    Thanks.

    >people will provide help in whatever capacity they are able.

    I wrote a comment about how people can help if they’re able to.

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  3. Atlanta Roofing March 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    We are praying for Japan! Thought of you and your family as soon as we heard the news. Thankful that you are ok. Our hearts are aching for those who were not as fortunate. Praying that people will provide help in whatever capacity they are able. Our pastor set aside time for a special prayer for Japan at our church service last night.

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  4. metalodyssey March 14, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    That is Metal “class” all around for these bands. Each moment of footage I view of this horrific Japan event, I shudder. I can only hope and pray that as each day passes, the people of Japan and those directly affected by the earthquake, tsunami and other hazards can find the peace and comfort from their fellow neighbors, citizens and whatever faith they may hold dear.

    Long Live Japan. Long Live Metal.

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    • tokyo5 March 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      >I can only hope…those directly affected by the earthquake…can find the peace and comfort

      Thanks. Yes, hopefully the aftershocks will end soon and the recovery will be swift.

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