X Japan Documentary ‘WE ARE X’ from the producers of ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ celebrates its selection to the 60th BFI London Film Festival

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Passion Pictures is delighted to announce that their critically acclaimed documentary We Are X a new film about Japan’s most iconic rock band X JAPAN, will celebrate its UK Premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festivalon the 8th & 9th October 2016. Continue reading

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

The Greatest BABYMETAL Tracks Since The Beginning Of The Universe

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Recently Mental Hamster ran a top ten BABYMETAL tracks OF ALL TIME!!!!!!! and over here at Najinsan I was all like “Eh? That looks like they’ve cobbled together ten tracks at random as a simple exercise in clickbait” and then I was all like “I bet I can make a better list simply by putting in one extra song and suffixing with MORE HYPERBOLE!

Which I totally did. Continue reading

While Wandering Around

I ran into this album on Youtube by obscure American rockers, The Rods. The album cover features two metal monkeys and the Silver Surfer in the middle pointing a sword at a plate.

I recall enjoying this album where it was tagged onto the end of a Vow Wow bootleg my school mate brought over from Dubai. If you like Dio, AC/DC, Anvil, Cobra etc then you will enjoy this.

Additional enjoyment features include daft lyrics like “I was born to raaawk!” etc.

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!

What’s The Difference Between Band-Maid and BABYMETAL?

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In a recent interview with Teamrock, Miku Kobato from Bandmaid explained rather succinctly “we play our own instruments”.

Of course, depending on how one views BABYMETAL this isn’t strictly true: BABYMETAL’s Kami band has some of the best metal musicians on the planet right now (FACT). Is Miku being a little disingenuous?

Anyway, Band-Maid tour Europe this autumn and headline The Underworld, London, UK on October 12.

For more information visit JPU Records.

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).