Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Aerosmith cancel Istanbul concert following Turkish mining disaster

Aerosmith have cancelled Wednesday night’s concert in Istanbul following Tuesday's coal mine disaster in Soma.

At press time, news reports indicate a fire at a mine in the western Turkish city has resulted in the death of 245 miners in what is expected to be the country’s worst industrial disaster. 120 miners remain trapped while 450 were rescued after the fire.

Turkey has declared a three-day mourning for the victims of the incident while rescue efforts continue.

Aerosmith members released statements sharing their condolences and prayers for those affected in the incident and for the nation as a whole.

"I woke up this morning to the horrific news of the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey,” said singer Steven Tyler. “My heartfelt prayers go out to those who have died, those who are still trapped, and their families. We are holding the people of Turkey close to our hearts and respecting the three days of mourning for a saddened nation."

"I feel deep profound sorrow for the workers and their families who have been killed or injured in this terrible disaster,” said Joe Perry. “As soon as I heard the news, I called my wife in America and me and my families hearts and prayers go out to the families and workers who were killed or injured. Words can't express the sorrow that we feel."

"I extend my deepest condolences to those who have been affected by the tragedy here in Turkey,” said drummer Joey Kramer. “My thoughts and prayers are with all of you"

"All of the members of Aerosmith are saddened by the loss of the miners in Soma,” said bassist Tom Hamilton. “Our thoughts will be with the families of those killed and injured. We will hope for the survival of as many of the trapped miners as possible”

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones, and to the co-workers and to the people of Turkey," said guitarist Brad Whitford.

“We wish mercy from God to the miners we’ve lost, condolences and patience to their families and loved ones,” added the band. “We hope that the miners who are still trapped underground will be saved soon and be safe and sound. “

Wednesday’s show was to be Aerosmith’s first-ever concert in Turkey and the start of the latest leg of their world tour in support of “Music From Another Dimension.”

Aerosmith’s next show is scheduled for Saturday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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