I actually saw Shonen Knife open for Nirvana back in 1993. Very sad news:
RIP DMBQ/Shonen Knife drummer Mana Nishiura
"I'm merely the messenger. Keep her, her bandmates and their families in your thoughts.
It is with a lot of grief and weariness that I announce that tonite's DMBQ and friends show @ Club Exit has been cancelled following a tragic car accident today.
DMBQ's van rolled from I-95 in Delaware en route from Baltimore to Brooklyn this
afternoon. All members of the band have been hospitalized, as well as Michelle Cable from Panache Magazine and booking, who has been managing their tour.
Mana "China" Nishiura did not survive the accident. China was DMBQ's drummer,
as well as the drummer in Shonen Knife. China will be missed.
Michelle Cable is conscious following surgery for a head injury. The other members
of DMBQ are stable but sedated and are expected to recover.
That's all the information I have.
None of the bands tonite nor I felt up to a rock show following the news.
We are tentatively planning to continue with tomorrow's show @ Kingsland Tavern
as a benefit to cover DMBQ's travel and medical expenses. If the bands and I decide we can't go through with the show, I'll send out a cancellation.
Thank you for you support and your understanding."