Report from Japan Matt Sorum Rocks Tokyo
By Mark J. Palmer
International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
Ric O’Barry and the Dolphin Project Team began the weekend’s events in Japan, marking the beginning of the dolphin slaughter on Sept. 1st, with a party at the Pink Cow, the eclectic bar and restaurant.
Matt Sorum, the legendary drummer and founding member of both Guns & Roses and the Kings of Chaos, joined the popular Tokyo band The Watanabes in a musical set that included a rocking version of Rod Stewart’s Maggie Mae and the Watanabes’ own composition about the Cove, Whales Can Sing.
Ric is traveling with activists from South Africa, Australia, the US, Bolivia, Belgium and other countries, and has been joined by dozens of Japanese activists working to stop the killing of dolphins in their country.
In this video clip, by our volunteer Cove Monitor Tim Burns, Matt Sorum leads the singing of the classic Maggie Mae, backed by The Watanabes and other local muscians:
Next up, The Watanabes sing their song Whales Can Sing, about the Cove, backed by Matt on drums:
Finally, Matt sings one of his songs, The Sea, with The Watanabes, and talks about his support for Japan and the need to end the dolphin hunts:
Ric, Matt, and the activists from near and far will be running quite a gauntlet of dolphin hunters, police, and angry extreme nationalists on their way to Taiji.
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Videos by Tim Burns; Photograph of Ric in Taiji surrounded by Police (2011) by Mark J. Palmer/Earth Island Institute.