Wednesday, December 17, 2008

LOUDNESS drummer, Munetaka Higuchi is dead

The below report is from the official LOUDNESS website. I've been a fan of this band since 1981 and feel great sorrow reading the words below. I can remember the first time I saw a picture of LOUDNESS in Record Review Magazine and, not even having heard them, could tell from just looking at the live pics of them that they were heavy as hell. I hope that the other 3 guys continue on with their vision but right now, that's not the most important thing. My heart goes out to Munetaka's family & friends and I hope they can all find an inner strength and peace at this time. Again, from the official LOUDNESS website,

Munetaka Higuchi passed away from liver cancer at a hospital in Osaka city in the morning of Nov. 30, 2008.
With permission from his family, we are officially announcing his passing. We realize this announcement came late and we apologize for that.
With his and his family's request, a wake and funeral will be held privately. For the press and the fans, we will make sure that you have an opportunity to say your goodbyes to him at later time.
For the last eight months since he was diagnosed with liver cancer, he had been in and out of the hospital several times for the treatment. For the entire time, he was very positive and bravely fighting this disease. He had this strong desire to come back to the stage to play for the fans again.
His death came very suddenly and was a very immature one.He lived his life to the fullest as a rock drummer who always gave us hopes and dreams. His heart and soul for music will be succeeded for a long time to come.Munetaka, we are grateful for all your hard work and the great 49 years you lived with us here in this world.
We would like to express our appreciation for all your condolences sent here for him.
With our deepest sympathy,
Soul Bread Ltd.

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