Monthly Archive: July 2018

Jul 29 2018

YOSHIKI makes surprise Fuji Rock appearance with Skrillex

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On Saturday, July 28, YOSHIKI made a surprise appearance on stage with internationally famous DJ and producer Skrillex at one of Japan’s biggest outdoor music events, Fuji Rock Festival ’18, held at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan. The 40,000 fans at the main stage were shocked by YOSHIKI’s arrival, but soon began cheering and …

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Jul 28 2018

LUNATIC FEST. 2018 (Live Report Pt. 3) – ACE OF SPADES, back number, GLIM SPANKY

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LUNATIC FEST. 2018 June 23, 2018 Live report by Meiko Kikuta ACE OF SPADES ACE OF SPADES definitely brought a new crowd to this year’s LUNATIC FEST. The collaboration between EXILE (feat. vocalist TAKAHIRO) and GLAY happened on TV in 2005, so the band’s appearance was a welcome surprise for both EXILE fans and GLAY …

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Jul 27 2018

URBANGARDE – Interview (2018)

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URBANGARDE Interview by David Cirone July 26, 2018 Japanese “trauma techno-pop” band URBANGARDE has been pushing the envelope for a decade, and they recently marked their 10-year anniversary with a knockout celebration in Tokyo, “KEKKON SHIKI”. With years of experience behind them and increasing support from fans worldwide, their visual concepts and challenging ideas remain …

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Jul 26 2018

BAND-MAID turn the page with “start over” single

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Where do you go after you’ve released an album entitled WORLD DOMINATION? Release a single called “start over,” of course, which is just what metal mavens BAND-MAID did on July 25th. This is their third single, a follow-up to last year’s “Daydreaming,” and the accompanying video was released on July 3rd.

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Jul 26 2018

LUNATIC FEST. 2018 (Live Report Pt. 2) – ZIYOOU-VACHI & The BONEZ

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LUNATIC FEST. 2018 June 23, 2018 Live report by Meiko Kikuta ZIYOOU-VACHI ZIYOOU-VACHI was one of the bands new to the event. Just like coldrain, they also did a full length song for soundcheck. Joining in with the test, fans pulled out their iconic colorful Juliana fans. The band name appeared on the side screens …

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Jul 25 2018

HYDE – Interview (July 2018)

HYDE Interview by Michelle Minikhiem July 24, 2018 In the midst of a whirlwind tour, HYDE took some time to talk to JRock247 about performing solo again and working together with YOSHIKI to create the recently-debuted “Red Swan”.

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Jul 23 2018

LUNATIC FEST. 2018 (Live Report Pt. 1) – LUNACY & coldrain

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LUNATIC FEST. 2018 June 23, 2018 Live report by Meiko Kikuta LUNATIC FEST. returned to Makuhari Messe for the second time. LUNA SEA hosted this all-day long rock festival about three years ago with its official concept “The band’s maddest rock festival”. The first event included some of the most popular rock bands in Japan: …

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Jul 23 2018

BABYMETAL reveals A!SMART variant cover for APOCRYPHA graphic novel

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This fall, BABYMETAL will release the original graphic novel APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL, which will explore the unknown mythology of the group. To coincide with Comic-Con International, the first of four variant covers has been revealed by Amuse Group USA – a subsidiary of BABYMETAL’s management company Amuse, Inc. – and independent publisher Z2 …

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Jul 22 2018

Hotei to return to Europe in the autumn of 2018

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Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in October with live dates scheduled in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and UK.

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Jul 22 2018

YOSHIKI releases Instagram preview of new Attack on Titan theme

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YOSHIKI gave fans a special preview of his new theme song for the anime series Attack on Titan on his official Instagram page, revealing the clip of “Red Swan” by “YOSHIKI feat. HYDE” along with a montage of imagery from the anime’s third season which begins July 22 on NHK in Japan.

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