From DMBQ (posted on myspace in Feb 2006)
Ladies and gents, As you know, we lost a great drummer "China", by horrible car accident while we were on the last US tour. China always gave us wonderful musical inspirations, big smiles, and lots of love. She took us higher stage of our music adventure. We can't find any words still for this big loss, and we can not believe we can not see her again. We feel like she is around here still, and feel like she may open the studio's door suddenly and say hi with big smile. But, at the same time, we know she is not here. It's sad, very sad. We thought what we should do after this, and decided we should keep strong. We think China hopes DMBQ keeps rockin' even if she can not play with us. So we decided we never stop DMBQ. We talked what we should do first, and we decided we should come over to the US again as soon as we can. Because China loves the US and so many American people helped us when the accident happened, and gave us a lot of love. So we want to say thank you and show you guys we are OK. We start the new music adventure with new drummer "Shinji Wada" . China was special, but New DMBQ can not disappoint you guys, and Mr.Shinji wada knows it well. But, don't worry, now we are powerful more and we have full motivation now. Come see and check us up! - DMBQ
From Fake Chapter (posted at fakechapter.com on November 2005)
By now most of you have heard the horrible news. I'm no longer involved with the band in any day to day fashion so I have not been in contact with them since the accident. Therefore the information I have is from friends and others sources I can find.
Please direct any donations to help cover DMBQs and Michelles travel and medical expenses to the following address via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The band is currently home in Japan and Michelle is out of the hospital and recovering. However, obviously, the effects are long term for everybody and please check back for possible benefit shows and other information and ways to help. THANKS
The accident happened on friday 11/4, as DMBQs van crashed on I-95 en route from Baltimore to Brooklyn. Mana China Nishiura (DMBQ's drummer) did not survive the accident. All the other band members were hospitalized but released shortly after. Michelle Cable (DMBQ's tour manager) suffered injury to her head, back and neck and remained hospitalized but is expected to recovery completely. She was treated in The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, NJ was without health insurance.
Please join me and help in any way you can.