Industry Regrets: Munetaka Higuchi, 1959-2008
Munetaka Higuchi, the drummer and co-founder of the Japanese heavy metal band Loudness passed away on Sunday Nov. 30th at about 10:00 a.m. in a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49. Loudness, a Japanese heavy metal band formed in 1981 by Higuchi and guitarist Akira Takasaki, were the first Japanese heavy metal act to sign a recording contract in the United States. The official website for Loudness had announced in April that Higuchi had been diagnosed with liver cancer, and later reported in September that Higuchi went through two rounds of chemotherapy. Higuchi left a message on the website on October 16 that acknowledged that his condition had gotten worse, despite an advanced operation. Everyone at Pearl Drums sends our condolences to the Higuchi family and friends. Munetaka Higuchi was a very inspirational drummer and was loved by many people and fans all over the world. He will be truly missed, but his spirit will live on forever.