Rapper Gnash, sing-songwriter Marc E. Bassy set to tour US bases in Japan this month
By CHRISTIAN LOPEZ | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 9, 2019
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A pair of chart-topping musicians are bringing their talents on a tour of U.S. military bases in Japan, according to Armed Forces Entertainment.
Gnash — whose 2016 song “I Hate U, I Love U” featuring Olivia O’Brien peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 — will join forces with singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy for a series of free shows sponsored by AFE, a Defense Department agency.
The mini tour is scheduled to kick off at Naval Air Facility Atsugi on Oct. 21, followed by performances at Yokota Air Base on Oct. 22, Yokosuka on Oct. 23, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Oct. 24 and at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, on Oct. 26.
The musicians will be available at scheduled meet-and-greets with servicemembers, according to the tour announcement. The performances are free and open to servicemembers, their families and guests with base access.
“I am really excited to come overseas and play songs in Japan,” Gnash said in the announcement. “I’m feeling extremely grateful to be given this opportunity for my first time in Japan to be with our amazing troops and their families!”
Bassy — best known for 2016’s platinum-selling “You & Me” featuring rapper G-Eazy — said he’s looking forward to bringing a sense of home to those serving overseas.
“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to support our troops overseas and to offer them a little piece of home through my music,” he said in the statement.