Kuwata belted out more than 20 songs in a 2 1/2-hour show in front of about 8,000 fans at the Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Rifu, Miyagi prefecture. The site was chosen deliberately as it had been used as a temporary morgue for victims of the March 11 disasters.
Kuwata visited Miyagi prefecture in late May to inspect the damage caused by the disasters and promised to put on a show for the Tohoku region as thanks for the support it has given him over his decades-long, highly successful career.
Saturday’s concert was Kuwata’s first since playing Tokyo’s Budokan in March last year. He announced four months after the show that he was putting performances on hold to undergo treatment for esophageal cancer.
Kuwata will donate part of the proceeds from Saturday’s concert to a fund for recovery from the disasters.
The Southern All Stars is widely regarded as Japan’s greatest-ever rock band. The band has been on hiatus since 2009.