Earthquake Diverts Iron Maiden’s Flight; Dir En Grey Are OK

Dir En Grey

One of the largest earthquakes in recorded history has struck Japan, killing hundreds and presumably injuring thousands more. Recovering efforts in Japan will dominate headlines for months to come, as the nation recovers from the damage wrought by the resultant tsunami. Gun Shy Assassin had to reach out to Japanese metal band Dir En Grey, to make sure they were OK. And they are.

In an email to Gun Shy from Dir En Grey’s manager, “the band were in the studio working on their next record in Tokyo when the earthquake struck” and “all members [of the group] are alright and safe. But we still have aftershocks.”

Meanwhile, Iron Maiden’s Ed Force One was diverted by the earthquake, leading to the cancellation of at least one live gig on the band’s schedule, set for Tokyo.

The British heavy metal legends had flown in from Seoul in South Korea, where they played a concert the previous night. A live show at Saitama Super Arena has now been cancelled as the venue undergoes safety checks in the wake of the quake.

In a message posted on Iron Maiden’s Web site, “Ed Force One, heading to Tokyo for shows this weekend, was diverted to Nagoya and the band and crew are safe. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.”

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