Published Apr 04, 2011The global response to the recent tragedies in Japan has trickled over into the music world, as many acts have set up charities and shared their best wishes for those suffering from the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Radiohead's Thom Yorke is the latest to share his thoughts with the world, expressing his understanding of the situation and his desire to see the country rebuild.
Here's the full statement, taken from Radiohead's official blog:
for a while I have felt the need to write something for our fans, I am very fond of japan and feel awful seeing what has happened since the earthquake and tsunami...
my friends in Tokyo tell me there are now big powercuts and though the city is still functioning there is a lot of re-evaluating going on. Tokyo the temple to light and power is something different now.
that such a fast paced hyperkinetic place can be brought to it's knees is shocking even before the worries over radiation from the reactors.
it is hard to imagine how it must feel
to have witnessed such devastation by mother nature and so many dead .. and. I think a lot about the rest of japan and how it will rebuild itself. how much of a struggle and a leap of faith the Japanese will have to make.
I'm told that in the rest of japan life is carrying on almost normally but rebuilding what has been lost is going to be a massive job.
I hope that the Japanese people we have met over the years are not freaking out, and I like to think the way japan comes out of this will be an inspiration to us all.
The somewhat tardy response to these events, which took place beginning on March 11, is perhaps due to Radiohead's recent busy spell. The group released The King of Limbs digitally on February 18, with the physical version dropping on March 28.