Japanese ’80s metal band Loudness, who had been set to hit the United States for a tour in support of the 30th anniversary of their album Lightning Strikes, have apparently been denied entrance to the United States due to travel regulations that a club blames on President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Although there’s nothing about the band’s cancelled tour on their Facebook page, Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, where the band had been scheduled to play today (19), posted the following message on their Facebook page:
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. Refunds for Wednesday’s show will be issued at original point of sale. Local bands Hessler, Pipe and Ironfinger will still play a FREE show Wednesday night, so come out and party!
Again, there’s no official confirmation of this, and with the exception of the Chicago show, tickets for all the other shows, including Thursday’s show at The Metal Grill in Mulcahy Wisconsin up to their April 28th show at M3 were still available. It’s unclear why Trump’s travel ban, which has been repeatedly struck down and doesn’t include Japan in the first place, would have to do with a group of metalheads in their 50s, but if you were planning on seeing Loudness at any of the below places, you might want to double check to make sure they’re still playing.
4/20 The Metal Grill — Cudahy, Wisconsin
4/22 Shannan’s — San Juan, Puerto Rico
4/25 B.B. Kings — New York City, New Yorkl
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
[via Sleaze Roxx]