It's been one week since the horrific Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The country is still battling a terrifying nuclear crisis, and on top of the shortage of food and gas...are freezing temperatures and snow impacting all the recovery and clean-up efforts.
The other day, I wrote a post on Noisecreep about one of the guys in X Japan auctioning his piano for the relief efforts. Our own Metalboy! suggested I write a post about Japanese musicians...in an effort to bring attention to the relief efforts and all the need in the area.
Of course, when you talk Japanese rock, you immediately think of Loudness. Can you believe that Loudness are coming back to the states for live shows?! The band will start an American tour in May, hitting cities like Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Nashville, Cleveland and many more.
Here are the dates:
05/06/11 ORANGEVALE, CA THE BOARDWALK
05/07/11 PORTLAND, OR DANTE’S
05/08/11 SEATTLE, WA STUDIO SEVEN
05/10/11 SANTA CLARA, CA THE AVALON
05/11/11 WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA KEY CLUB
05/12/11 TEMPE, AZ CLUB RED
05/13/11 SANTA ANA, CA GALAXY THEATRE
05/14/11 SAN DIEGO, CA 4TH & B
05/15/11 LAS VEGAS, NV THE CHEYENNE SALOON
05/17/11 DENVER, CO SUMMIT MUSIC HALL
05/20/11 WESTLAND, MI TOKEN LOUNGE
05/21/11 CHICAGO, IL REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB
05/22/11 CLEVELAND, OH BEACHLAND BALLROOM
05/23/11 NASHVILLE, TN MERCY LOUNGE
05/26/11 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK SAMURAI’S
05/27/11 DALLAS, TX TREES
05/28/11 SAN ANTONIO, TX BACKSTAGE LIVE
05/29/11 HOUSTON, TX WAREHOUSE LIVE
06/01/11 NEW YORK CITY, NY B.B. KING BLUES CLUB
06/03/11 SPRINGFIELD, VA JAXX
06/05/11 FARMINGDALE, LONG ISLAND, NY CRAZY DONKEY
So, in the spirit of X Japan wanting to help their homeland and in celebration of Loudness returning to America for some live shows this summer...why not make a rocking donation to the Red Cross to help the poor Japanese victims? I donated a few days ago. Alone, my little gift won't do much...but together, we have more buying power. I've learned that metal fans are a generous and caring bunch. Let's do what we can.