Sep 23 2013

Tomoyasu Hotei announces support band for Electric Samurai Tour of Europe and America


Fantastically talented and prolific guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei is coming back to the West with his Electric Samurai Tour this November.

Known internationally for his musical work in Japanese rock band BOOWY, Hotei has connected with a new generation of fans through his themes for Kill Bill and Mission: Impossible.

Tour Dates (*updated)
Sat Nov 9, 2013 – Shepherds Bush Empire (London)
Thu Nov 14, 2013 – Highline Ballroom (New York)
(*Berlin show canceled)


Joining Hotei on the Electric Samurai Tour are several accomplished musicians.

Zachary Alford (Drums) – One of the world’s hottest and most in-demand drummers, Zachary will be joining Hotei for the full November tour. Zachary has been recording and performing with David Bowie since the 90s, and was recently featured on the new David Bowie album The Next Day.

Tony Grey (Bass) – A world-class bassist, Tony is now based in New York, and has just released his latest solo album Elevation. Born in Newcastle, England, Tony received a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Upon graduation, he taught clinics and master classes at Berklee, and also spent 7 years working with one of the world’s most gifted pianists, Hiromi, as a member of her Trio Project.

Toshiyuki Kishi (Keyboard/Programming) – Toshiyuki Kishi is a highly acclaimed artist in the Japanese music scene, known and respected for his work as a keyboardist, programmer, arranger, and producer. Based in Tokyo, he currently plays as a member of several bands: abingdon boys school, JUNK FUNK PUNK, TWO TRIBES, and PGP.

Steve Eto (Percussion) – Born in LA to musician parents, Steve was raised in a context of Japan’s most sophisticated traditional music, and is a highly regarded artist in extensive circles. His father, Kimio Eto, is a famous koto player, and one of Japan’s most respected traditional musicians. Steve’s family relocated to their native Japan in the mid 60s, and Steve first began playing with bands such as Pop Gun, PINK, and PUGS in the 80s, and launched his career with Kyoko Koizumi’s debut tour and supporting various artists such as Hotei Tomoyasu, COMPLEX, and Tsuyoshi Domoto.