Category: live show

Yoshiki Announces New York Concert with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

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Yoshiki — songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X Japan — has announced a special concert event presented by Knitting Factory, “Yoshiki Classical Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra”.

The special classical performance will take place on January 12 and 13, 2017, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in New York City. Tickets, priced at $105/ $85/ $75/ $65/ $55/ $40, will be available at 11am (EST) onSeptember 29th at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 and Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org. Continue reading

Anvil Are Touring Europe!!

As many readers of my Japanese-flavoured rock blog know I am a fan of old school rock and the first band I ever got into was a band called *Vow Wow. This has absolutely nothing to do with Anvil touring Europe but tangentially Anvil are touring Japan very soon. Erm.

Anyway, Lips from the band is plugging the tour so I thought I’d share the dates:

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I’m totally going to the Edinburgh show where I hope to chat with the band and if YOU have any questions leave ’em in the comments or hook me up on Twitterererrerrrrr.

*Vow Wow yeaahhhhhhhh!

VISUAL JAPAN SUMMIT 2016 Powered by Rakuten is officially confirmed!

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Japanese Visual-Kei rock music has captured the hearts of rock fans worldwide.

Amidst the glut of festivals across the country comes the announcement of an enormous event to top them all: VISUAL JAPAN SUMMIT 2016 Powered by Rakuten.

The first artists to be announced are X JAPAN, LUNA SEA, GLAY, hide with Spread Beaver, and Golden Bomber. Dozens more will be announced soon.

It’s been nearly thirty years since the birth of Visual-Kei in Japan, and the event will be Japan’s biggest-ever Visual-Kei festival, bringing together bands from across the country for an estimated audience of 100,000 people.

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X JAPAN, who have been on hiatus since the sudden hospitalization of their guitarist PATA, will make a full return at the festival. The festival will also incorporate a revival 24 years later of Extasy Summit, the legendary event that began in 1988, and was last held in 1992 at the Osaka Castle Hall and Nippon Budokan. And plans are being made for live viewing abroad, with details to be announced later.

VISUAL JAPAN SUMMIT 2016 Powered by Rakuten October 14th (Fri), 15th (Sat), and 16th (Sun), 2016 at the Makuhari Messe Hall halls 9-11

Official websites
Japanese: http://visual-japan.com English: http://visual-japan.com/en

Tickets 
Tickets available from August 10. Ticket inquiries call Rakuten ticket customer support
Phone:050-5817-9070 (weekdays 10:00-17:00).

BAND-MAID Announce First European Tour

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BAND-MAID went viral all over the world when their music video for “Thrill” was uploaded on Facebook, the video hitting over 2,000,000 plays in only two weeks. Ever since the band has been receiving offers from events all over the world, including SAKURA-CON in Seattle, America, and MCM LONDON COMIC CON in the UK.

BAND-MAID’s cute authentic maid looks combined with their hardcore rock sound with kick-ass guitar solos and double-bass drums has gathered fans all over the world, and the band is now proud to announce their first ever Europe Tour this October! Combined with their already announced headlining show in Mexico, “BAND MAID “Brand New MAID” Release Tour World Series” includes 6 shows in 5 countries.

Don’t miss this chance to see the one-of-a-kind sensation from Japan live!

BAND-MAID “Brand New MAID” Release Tour World Series:
9 OctoberSALA – Mexico City, Mexico 🇲🇽
12 OctoberThe Underworld – London, UK 🇬🇧
13 OctoberMTC – Cologne, Germany 🇩🇪
15 OctoberHeadcrash – Hamburg, Germany 🇩🇪
16 OctoberLa Boule Noire – Paris, France 🇫🇷
19 OctoberHydrozagadka – Warsaw, Poland 🇵🇱

Ticket sales begin on Friday 29 July 2016.

Via JPU Records

Watching BABYMETAL Play With Rob Halford Is The Very Worst And Very Best Thing You Will Ever See

BABYMETAL broke heavy metal once and for all when they played the APMAs on Monday night, Ohio.

Awkward, bizarre, hilarious, joyful, messy, adorable all at once and in your face, the wee scamps tore through latest single Karate and joined what can only be described as an inflatable version of Rob Halford for ‘Priest classics Painkiller and Breakin’ The Law.

Mow and Yee Metal (as they shall forever be styled from this point) even played guitar towards the end of the batshit insane mini-set; a sight which will no doubt depress law abiding (hahhaha erm, lol) trv kvlt metal fans everywhere. But so what? BABYMETAL are utterly unstoppable now.

Momoiro Clover Z Reveals Tour Posters and Venues for USA Tour

Momoiro Clover Z will return to America for a 3-city “Trans-America Ultra Live Tour” November 15th-19th, with stops in Hawaii, New York, and Los Angeles. The 5-girl Japanese pop idol unit made their last appearance on U.S. shores at Anime Expo 2015, joined on stage by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS celebrating their hit single “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina”, which topped the Oricon Japanese Singles chart and Amazon’s Japanese Pop chart, the highest-charting single ever by a Japanese artist and international artist.

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