Fuji Rock organizers remove Keigo Oyamada from the festival lineup

Promoter Smash Japan announced today that Keigo Oyamada will not be performing at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival, one of the largest annual music events in Japan.

Oyamada was originally scheduled to perform as part of Metafive on August 20th and as Cornelius – his solo alias – on August 21st. The latter act should take place on the Saturday of the event in front of the headliner King Gnu on the Green Stage of Fuji Rock. After being postponed last year, this year’s line-up includes domestic acts only as Japan’s borders are largely closed to international travel.

The news comes after a wave of public outrage over Oyamada after an interview with music magazine Rockin’On Japan surfaced in 1994 describing his involvement in the abuse of classmates with disabilities. The musician apologized for his “heartless actions and words” that did little to suppress anger and subsequently resigned from his position on the creative team for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

The aftermath of the interview – which has long been public – has spread beyond Fuji Rock. Warner Music Japan announced last week that a planned August 11 album release from Metafive – a Japanese supergroup starring Yukihiro Takahashi, Towa Tei, Yoshinori Sunahara, Tomohiko Gondo and Leo Imai – would be canceled completely.

Fuji Rock takes place August 20-22 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture. Guitarist Seiichi Nagai and drummer Kenichi Shirane will be special guests alongside Metafive members Sunahara and Imai, and rock band The Cro-Magnons will take the stage in front of King Gnu.

For more information, visit de.fujirockfestival.com.

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