LOUDNESS To Play At MUNETAKA HIGUCHI Memorial Show

Japanese metal veterans LOUDNESS will play at the third memorial show for their former drummer Munetaka Higuchi on Sunday, November 14 at CC Lemon Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

Higuchi passed away on November 30, 2008 following a seven-month battle with liver cancer. He was 49 years old. Higuchi was also the drummer of the rock band LAZY, going by the nickname of Davy. The group disbanded in 1981 and Higuchi co-founded LOUDNESS the same year. LAZY reunited in 1998. Higuchi was also active as a producer, handling artists such as Mari Hamada.

LOUDNESS' current drummer is Masayuki Suzuki, who was "discovered" by the band's guitarist, Akira Takasaki.

LOUDNESS played a headlinining show on July 19, 2010 at the Dynamo Club in Eindhoven, Netherlands as part of their short European tour.

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be viewed below (courtesy of "Mickus1234").

LOUDNESS's new album, "King Of Pain", was released in Japan on May 19 via Tokuma Japan Communications. The CD includes a 32-page booklet, a LOUDNESS original pick, and application card (valid only in Japan).

LOUDNESS released a CD+DVD set entitled "Live Loudest At The Budokan '91" on December 23, 2009 via Warner Music Japan. The album was recorded on May 31, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan and features Mike Vescera (OBSESSION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on vocals.

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