Japan's earthquake diverts Iron Maiden's tour, Ed Force One
Iron Maiden's 2011 world tour was sweeping through the Pacific region when the world turned upside down after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Here's a photo of the band's plane, Ed Force One, in Hawaii, as spotted on Facebook, along with the explanation by Stuck in the '80s correspondent Darrin Carlson:
"When the great quake struck, Iron Maiden were flying Seoul-Tokyo aboard 'Ed Force One,' booked to play in Japan the 12th and 13th before a Latin American tour leg starting the17th . They were diverted to Nagoya, and spent the night before flying out. Of course, when you're a band flying from Japan to Mexico, and get a couple extra days off, you stop in... Hawaii! (Didn't see them - just the plane.)"
The Tokyo dates are obviously canceled now. Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris issued this statement on behalf of the band on their official website:
"We are extremely saddened by the calamitous events of the last day or so which led to the cancellation or our two shows in Tokyo. Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected by this disaster -- our fans in Japan, the people of Japan and those in many other places suffering from the Tsunami. We are also aware that a number of fans flew into Tokyo from various parts of the world to see a Maiden show there and we hope you guys are safe and sound. We have had a long relationship with this wonderful country and have always been made to feel most welcome - this would have been something like our 16th tour. Our sincerest condolences to all those who have suffered and to the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives."