Drummer Munetaka Higuchi of veteran Japanese metallers Loudness passed away today (Sunday, November 30) around 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) at a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49 years old.
Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008. He had reportedly undergone two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove part of his liver.
In an October 18, 2008 statement released via the band’s official web site, Munetaka wrote about his condition (translated from Japanese), “It has been half a year since I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am really sorry that the fans are worried. The cancer has become worse despite the fact that I have been taking care of my health, and I will need more time for my treatment. [Even after undergoing the] big operation to remove half of my liver, I still need more treatment. There are various risks and dangers involved with my condition, but I’ll do my best to keep my spirits up and maintain my physical strength to fight this illness. I know it is still the middle of my treatment, but I just wanted inform you about my progress since the operation. Thank you very much for all the support.”
Rest In Peace Munetaka, you will be missed!
Bryn Terfel, Shan Cothi and Tigertailz release a a new single today Monday 22nd September available from iTunes as a digital download only.
This is being used to launch a Cancer Charity in memory of Tigertailz Bass player Pepsi Tate (Justin Smith) who tragically died from Pancreatic cancer last year.
The song only costs 79p so if you could buy/download the single this week we would be very grateful.
To find the song on iTunes navigate as follows:
Search on ‘tigertailz’
when the results are shown there will be a panel on the left saying ‘ARTISTS AND MORE’
Click on ‘Pop’ in there and the single should be displayed
The single is one of our Tigertailz songs called ‘I Believe’ and is sung by the Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel and Justin’s wife Shan Cothi (also an Opera singer).
All sales of the single will go to raise money for the new charity – http://www. amserjustintime. org/