Iron Maiden To The Rescue
The band were flying into Tokyo from Seoul, South Korea following a show there; on approaching Narita Airport in Tokyo, Ed Force One was advised to reroute to Nagoya, as the earthquake/tsunami had just become apparent. The band stayed the night in Nagoya and left the following day.
In an effort to help the battered country at the time, Maiden announced that they would donate the proceeds from sales of the Japanese event shirt available from the band's official shop (i.e. the shirt without tour dates on) to a charity assisting victims of the earthquake. The band did the same with the stock of event shirts in Tokyo, which were due to be sold onsite at the Tokyo venue (i.e. the shirt with tour dates on). Now, the band has announced the results of their campaign. "The terrific support from our fans has resulted in over £36,000 [approximately $57,000 US] being raised in proceeds from the sales of the Japanese event shirt through the Iron Maiden shop and a retail version of the shirt which was sold in the USA," Maiden announced in a statement. "The band have channeled all their profits and royalties into the fund, which has been donated to the Japanese Red Cross charity."
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