Thought the band has not yet made an official statement about the matter, it appears as though the Japanese Heavy Metal band Loudness was denied entry into the USA and that all scheduled appearances have been cancelled. The Reggie’s Rock Club Facebook posted the notice below the logo and so far only one website seemed to have the story.
“Due to the new strict policies the US government has placed on foreigners entering the country, Loudness was denied entry into the United States and sent back home this morning. All shows on the US tour are canceled”
Since the news “broke” several other websites have cited the first one that said anything (which is Sleaze Rocks) but there has still been NO official statement from the band regarding the issue or a proposed resolution to it and rescheduled dates. Some of the venues have removed the bands gig from their schedules while others appear to remain on sale at the time of this update but I have given the “delete” to the whole bunch down below since its probably a big sayonara for this go round. Sorry about the terrible pun because I wanted to see them too. It’s been too long since our nation has had some “Rock and Roll Crazy Nights”.
The Cancelled Shows:
4/19: Reggie’s Rock Club
4/20: The Metal Grill — Cudahy, Wisconsin
4/22: Shannan’s — San Juan, Puerto Rico
4/25: B.B. Kings — New York City, New York
4/27: The Revolution — Amityville, New York
4/28: The Chance Theater — Poughkeepsie, New York< 4/29: M3 Rock Festival — Merriweather Post Pavilion — Columbia, Maryland
PiercingMetal Thoughts: If this is really resultant of President Trump’s travel ban then I can firmly say that this sucks and it will likely be something that Metal fans should get used to with numerous foreign musical visitors. I am not too sure if this ban currently includes Japan but there is definitely something up here. Refunds are available at the point of purchase so get on that before you risk missing out on getting your money back. Good luck to Loudness on their return. Whenever that can actually happen.
UPDATE: 4/20/2017: It’s about 11pm by the watch and it seems as though the band has made a statement on the matter. It’s rather vague but here it is.
It is with deep regret that we had to cancel our U.S. Tour for reasons which you are all aware of by now. Thank you to all the promoters and venues, and especially to YOU our fans for your understanding and support. ROCK! “LOUDNESS deeply apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause our fans. We plan to learn from this experience, prepare more accordingly, and we promise to put on a U.S. tour again in the near future. Please wait a little while longer until that is possible.”
Additionally it appears as though the record company stated that in the past how the band just came over to tour based on invitation letters as opposed to working visas. When one considers how this is the third time that their touring has been halted before it began, the fault lies on the band as opposed to any administration (since this would have happened under President Obama before the newly elected Trump). I’ll speak honestly here and shake my head at the bands lack of realizing how travel here always requires a visa for working purposes ESPECIALLY after the 9-11 attack. They are not new to the process of global touring so this really should have been understood and properly addressed. What do you readers think about all this?
Official Website: http://loudnessjp.com/