Sunday, March 13, 2011

Iron Maiden cancel Japanese shows

With the devastating earthquake and damage in Japan this week, Iron Maiden announced that they would cancel their scheduled shows in that country.

Maiden's promoter, Creativeman, has issued the following update:

"Following the cancellation of Saturday, March 12 show, Iron Maiden show scheduled at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, March 13 is now cancelled as well, due to obvious safety concerns towards the audience, the artist, and the venue, caused by the earthquake of Friday, March 11.

Your ticket for Sunday, March 13 will be refunded. Please contact Creativeman after Monday, March 14 on the refund process. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

TEL: 03-3462-6969 (12pm-6pm weekdays)

On Friday, Iron Maiden were flying into Tokyo from Seoul, South Korea following their show there; on approaching Narita Airport in Tokyo, Ed Force One was advised to reroute to Nagoya, as the earthquake/tsunami had just become apparent. The band stayed the night in Nagoya and, following the announcement of the cancellation, are preparing to fly out.

Steve Harris has the following message, on behalf of the band, to fans in Japan and all who have been affected by this terrible disaster:

"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."

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