Iron Maiden Cancels Japanese Shows Due To Safety Concerns Following Earthquake
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British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced that they have canceled their planned concerts in Japan this weekend, following the natural disasters which occurred in the country yesterday. A message from Japanese promoter Creativeman reads as follows:
"Following the cancellation of Saturday, March 12 show, Iron Maiden's show scheduled at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, March 13 is now canceled 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)."
Speaking on the tragic events of yesterday, founding member and bassist Steve Harris commented:
"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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