Also, more blatant wrong information being posted here – whether or not your Country is part of the visa waiver program, if you're coming here to work and earn money you need the appropriate working visa. There's no way loudness of the board in an airplane for the United States had that night already gone through all the proper procedures to secure working visas (either P or O class visas for performers/entertainers/sports figures etc).
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Honestly people, I'm not trying to be a jerk but a lot of the comments in this thread are so stupid. Americans don't really understand their own immigration system at all. Anyway we are talking about Loudness here, a band that is been around for 35+ years, and believe me they know the protocol for touring/visas etc. Akira was just in Los Angeles and in fact visited with me in my studio about six months ago. These are people that are accustomed to traveling to the United States and they understand the visa process. Better than probably 99% of Americans, who don't really understand their own immigration system, like I stated before. To be fair, why would they, they are American. But Americans don't really understand that much about international travel and work visas as a whole-Americans don't travel that much internationally. Statistically thats just a fact. Anyway my point is – something is amiss. Because as I just stated, the guitarist was just in my studio six months ago, this is a band with 35 years of experience, proper management, booking agencies, etc. that know what they're doing. They're not going to show up in America willy-nilly with the "wrong visas". now I'm speculating –One or more of the band members was probably asked a question, and a border agent probably didn't like the answer.
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