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Rock Band Radwimps Cancels World Tour Due to COVID-19

posted on by Alex Mateo
Tour was scheduled for July with stops in U.S., Canada, Mexico

Rock band RADWIMPS announced on Thursday that they are canceling their world tour this year due to concerns about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The tour was scheduled to have stops in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The canceled tour dates and venues are as follows:

  • Los Angeles (The Wiltern): July 15
  • Dallas (Canton Hall): July 18
  • Toronto (The Phoenix): July 20
  • New York (Sony Hall): July 22
  • Mexico City (Blackberry Theater): July 25

The band also canceled shows in Europe and Asia that would been part of the world tour. Customers who purchased tickets for the canceled dates can get a full refund.

The members of RADWIMPS include vocalist and guitarist Yōjirō Noda, guitarist Akira Kuwahara, bassist Yūsuke Takeda, and drummer Satoshi Yamaguchi. The band formed in 2001, although three of the original members left the band in 2004 (to be replaced by Takeda and Yamaguchi). The band released their first single "Moshi mo" independently in 2003 during their third year of high school, and also released their first self-titled album independently during the same year. The band made their major professional debut with their fourth single "Nijūgoko-me no Senshokutai" in 2005 under Toshiba EMI.

RADWIMPS are notable for providing the complete soundtrack to Makoto Shinkai's your name. film, which opened in Japan in 2016 to major box office success. RADWIMPS composed over 22 tracks for your name.'s soundtrack, as well as the film's theme songs "Zen Zen Zense (movie ver.)," "Sparkle," "Yume Tōrō (movie ver.)," and "Nandemo Ii ya (movie edit/movie ver.)." The soundtrack is the first RADWIMPS album to top Oricon's weekly album chart, where it stayed for two weeks. The soundtrack earned the Special Award in the 58th Japan Record Awards, as well as the Soundtrack Album of the Year award for the Japan Gold Disc Awards for 2017. Additionally, the soundtrack won Outstanding Achievement in Music at the 40th annual Japan Academy Prizes in March 2017. RADWIMPS produced English versions of the film's theme songs.

Similarly, the rock band provided the soundtrack for Shinkai's latest film Weathering With You.

Source: RADWIMPS' website and Instagram page

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