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Date: 2018.01.16
Artist:   Kaya  
Source:  FAKE STAR newsletter
FAKE STAR, USA in partnership with TUNE IN TOKYO present Kaya live at GAMeBoi night at RAGE in West Hollywood on Friday, February 2nd.

This will be Kaya's first return to Los Angeles after 5 years. Kaya will be performing a series of short performances for attendees of the club. Attendance is limited to 18+.

A VIP Meet & Greet is also available, which includes an Instax cheki photo with Kaya and autographs for official merchandise. Merchandise will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, February 4th, Kaya will visit BABY, the Stars Shine Bright San Francisco store for a special Meet & Greet session with local fans. This will be his first visit to San Francisco and first in-store event at BABY, the Stars Shine Bright in the US.

Photo tickets for an Instax cheki photo with Kaya will be available for $20, and Kaya will be signing official merchandise. In addition, the first 25 attendees will receive a limited gift from BABY, the Stars Shine Bright.

Click the links to FAKE STAR USA's Event pages for more information.

GAMeBoi Night: Here

BABY Event: Here
Author: candyfields
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The "big four of the new generation of visual kei," Kiryu, BugLug, R-Shitei and vistlip, are uniting for their 4-band tour "Quadruple Disrupting and Fighting the Symmetry."

Revitalizing the scene in 2015 with their 7-city Japan tour "Quadruple Disruption and Fighting the Symmetry," both Kiryu and vistlip are celebrating their 10th band anniversary in 2017. Also, BugLug's vocalist Issei has miraculously recovered from his injury. Together with R-Shitei, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary in 2018, the drive of the four bands to express their stories and experience has intensified.

This 7-city tour marks the first in roughly 2.5 years and starts at the Factory Hall in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on March 11th, 2018 and culminates in their final show at STUDIO COAST, Shin-Kiba, Tokyo on March 30th, 2018. Opening acts for the local performances were also announced.

Check out the tour promo trailer here:

Tour Details
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

Sendai Rensa
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

Nagoya Diamond Hall
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

Namba Hatch
OPEN 16:15/START 17:00

OPEN 15:45/START 16:30
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Date: 2017.12.01
Artist:   VAMPS  
Source:  VAMPS
VAMPS has just announced their ‘break’ after December 2017 due to their need for a period to chill down. Once they decide to re-start VAMPS, they will let us know but this shocking news surely is going to affect many Japanese music fans all over the world.

Their official website has put the band members’ comment:


Thanks for supporting us all this time. We have to tell you something disappointing today.

VAMPS will have a ‘break’ starting from this December.

The main reason is that we ‘overheated’ ourselves and reckon we need a break for cool things down.

When we are back to normal, we will be back. So please wait and support us then.

Author: Meiko K.
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Artist:   LM.C  
Source:  FAKE STAR newsletter
FAKE STAR, USA is proud to present rock duo LM.C at Tekko 2018. Consisting of maya on vocals and Aiji on guitar, the unit has been a staple in the Japanese rock scene for over a decade.

With hit songs such as “Boys & Girls” for the anime REBORN!, LM.C is no stranger to anime
conventions, having performed at big shows like Anime Expo throughout their long career. LM.C has also performed around the world 3 times, spanning the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The band celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016 at the sold-out Maihama Amphitheater.

LM.C will perform on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at Tekko. In addition, the band will have a panel and autograph sessions throughout the weekend. More information regarding scheduling will be released at a later time.

Tekko is an annual Japanese pop culture convention with a focus on anime, gaming, music, and fashion. The convention has previously hosted musica burgh, PA. For more information, visit
Author: candyfields
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Artist:   Yoshiki   Pikotaro   X Japan  
Source:  press release
Speaking of YOSHIKI, he’s world widely known as member of the band X JAPAN, who have achieved showcases at world’s top 3 holy venues – Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and Wembley Arena. Lately, he was much-talked-about as the first Japanese man to be featured on the cover of VOGUE magazine. PIKOTARO was requested by this international star to collaborate “PPAP” and X JAPAN’s “Forever Love” as an ad-lib during the show. Amazingly, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful PPAP ever presented.

PPAP x Forever Love Collaboration:

During the second half of the show, PIKOTARO presented his latest anime, “PIKOTARO’s LULLABY LALA BY” and Japanese festival & dance music fusion track, “Love & Peace ONDO.” Various positive reactions of the anime arouse from the fans, and YOSHIKI also praised PIKOTARO’s talent commenting, “Your idea about the music and anime are both simply amazing!!”


"Love & Peace ONDO"

* ONDO = dance song

This is PIKOTARO's new idea of "Uhhh-ing" Japanese traditional dance, Bon Dance, and dance music... "Bon-Dance Music.” PIKOTARO also fused Robot Dance, choreographed by worldwide famous animation dancer, Koutei Sennin. His dance team, Time Machine, is known for catching the world’s attention when they won the first Golden Buzzer in the history of Asia’s Got Talent in 2015.

PIKOTARO would like to spread the Japanese traditional culture worldwide through this new fusion of Robot Dance + Obon Dance = "Robon-Dance"

* As you may have noticed, the ‘cat’ headphones PIKOTARO is wearing is Ariana Grande’s model! He admires Ariana so much that he personally purchased during his US visit

Author: Sheila
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Date: 2017.11.16
Artist:   HOTEI  
Source:  press release
Hotei has just announced his first London show in three years, returning to the legendary Shepherds Bush Empire on 20th October 2018. Tickets are on sale on Monday 13th November.

Says Hotei:
“It’s such a thrill to be able to play at my favourite venue, Shepherds Bush Empire, my first show in London in three years! I promise I will play my guitar with a delicate, yet cutting edge and powerful sound, with the on stage chemistry completed by performing with my amazing musicians. We have arranged a fully seated venue this time, so you can enjoy my music in a more relaxed environment. I am looking forward to meeting lots of music lovers!”
Author: Meiko K.
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Artist:   X Japan   Yoshiki  
Source:  press release
On October 9, 2017, YOSHIKI donated $100,000.00 to help get immediate aid to hurricane victims in the United States and its territories. YOSHIKI delivered the check in New York to MusiCares®, a charity of the Recording Academy™ via Jennifer Leff, LCSW Senior Director, Health & Human Services. The donation will be funded immediately to MusiCares’s current hurricane relief efforts through Yoshiki Foundation America 501(c)(3). 100% of all donations to Musicares go directly to people in need.

“I’m from Japan but I live in America,” YOSHIKI said. “When Japan got hit by the Tsunami Earthquake in 2011, the people of America supported Japan. I was really moved by that, so I’d like to keep supporting America as much as I can. My heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The donation ceremony followed a Q&A with YOSHIKI and a special screening of WE ARE X, the award-winning documentary about X JAPAN — one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history — at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City.

WE ARE X has been released in a limited edition DVD and Vinyl soundtrack bundle now available worldwide through PledgeMusic:

YOSHIKI is currently touring 10 countries in Europe for WE ARE X theatrical premieres.
Author: Sheila
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Artist:   Manami Konishi  
Source:  press release
One of the Top Actresses in Japan, Manami Konishi has started a musical metamorphosis with her own lyrics and original melody. Although Manami is most recognized for her acting and became a household name, she is going to unleash her musical talent by collaboration with Japan’s #1 Rap Star - KREVA.

From March to April 2016, Manami had performed for KREVA’s Hip Hop Musical, Saikou Wa Hitotsu Jyanai (Your Best is More Than One) 2016 SAKURA and she covered one of KREVA’s master pieces, “Tranquilizer”. She later recorded the song and released it on iTunes as a debut single, where it charted No.1 as a Hip Hop/Rap song.

Following up this surprising chart success, Manami recorded 4 track EP titled “I miss you” with KREVA and will release it worldwide on October 7th (presale for iTunes/Apple Music only on Sept 23rd). It opens with a slow jam and the title track, “I miss you” followed by KREVA’s bouncy EDM signature beat with Manami’s visceral rap flow, “This is love”, a light hearted pop tune, “Tsumetaku Shinaide” (No Cold Shoulder, Please..) and closes with an airy intimate love song, “NO”.

With the rap legend KREVA on her side, Manami will be a force to be reckoned with and bring a fresh breeze to her fans all over the world.

“I made these songs with straight forward feeling” says Manami and it shows her unique character that is so pure and innocent, but sometimes mysterious.

EP Title: “I miss you”

Track 1: “I miss you”

Track 2: “This is love”

Track 3: “Tsumetaku Shinaide” (No Cold Shoulder, Please..)

Track 4: “No”

iTunes Presale started on Sept 23rd:

Video Teaser on YouTube:

Official Website:

Official Blog:
Author: Sheila
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Artist:   VAMPS  
Source:  Universal Music
The rock duo VAMPS are coming back to the US and Latin America for live shows! Here is the complete list of stops on the tour:


(DANZIG Dates = * Headline Dates = **)

9/22* San Francisco, CA The Warfield

9/23* Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl

9/25* Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater

9/26** Los Angeles, CA The Roxy

9/28** Seattle, WA El Corazon

10/3** Guadalajara, Mexico Teatro Estudio Cavaret

10/5** Mexico City, Mexico Sala Corona (Japan Live)

10/8** Santiago, Chile Movistar Arena (Super Japan Expo)

10/10** Buenos Aires, Argentina Teatro Vorterix

Ticket info
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Author: M. Minikhiem
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Date: 2017.08.30
Artist:   VAMPS  
VAMPS announced that they will be holding a 4-date mini tour in Latin America in the first half of October!

Here's their schedule:

October 3, 2017 - 9:00 PM
Teatro Estudio Cavaret - Zapopan, Mexico

October 5, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Sala Corona - Mexico City, Mexico

October 8, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Movistar Arena - Santiago, Chile

October 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Teatro Vorterix - Buenos Aires, Argentina

You can buy tickets here:
Author: Stefania
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Date: 2017.07.21
Artist:   VAMPS  
At the end of September, VAMPS will be back in USA for some shows with Danzig and Deafhaven.

Here are the dates:

9/22 - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
9/23 - Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
9/24 - The Marquee, Tempe, AZ

Tickets are on sale at the following link:
Author: Stefania
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Artist:   BAND-MAID  
Source:  press release
BAND-MAID is a rock band known for their maid looks and hard rock sound. With the charming gap in their cute looks and hardcore sound, they have gained strong following all over the world. Last year they toured the world with overseas event performances and full-blown World Tour, which included 9 cities in 8 countries and left the crowds wanting for more.

Now the waiting is finally over. Together with the release of their music video for “Choose Me”, BAND-MAID has just announced the dates for their up-coming Europe Tour, which includes 6 cities in 4 different countries.

■ BAND-MAID Europe Tour Dates

2017/11/03 (Fri) O₂ Academy Islington, London, United Kingdom
2017/11/04 (Sat) La Boule Noire, Paris, France
2017/11/05 (Sun) Zeche, Bochum, Germany
2017/11/08 (Wed) Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
2017/11/09 (Thu) Backstage, Munich, Germany
2017/11/12 (Sun) Salamandra, Barcelona, Spain

*Ticket details will be announced later.

“Choose Me” MV
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Artist:   X Japan   Yoshiki  
Source:  press release
X Japan leader Yoshiki will host a special screening of the documentary film We Are X at Anime Expo on July 2. In his first USA public appearance since his surgery last month, Yoshiki will participate in a live Q&A with fans to discuss the award-winning film and the past, present, and future of X Japan.

As a special gift to fans, Yoshiki will also present the first-ever public screening of the We Are X featurette, “The Birth of Yoshikitty", which includes:
- video interview with Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi
- inside look at the creation and design process explained by Yuko Yamaguchi herself
- behind-the-scenes with Yoshiki working on the “Hello Kitty Theme Song”
- Yoshiki speaking about his relationship with the founder of Sanrio

“Yoshikitty” is the first Hello Kitty character to be based on a living person. Fans who attend the We Are X screening at Anime Expo will be the first to see this in-depth featurette on the big screen with live commentary by Yoshiki himself.
Yoshiki and X Japan have contributed music to several historic anime titles, including X, X – X2 Double X, Buddha: The Great Departure, and Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary. Yoshiki also served as the inspiration for the Blood Red Dragon comic book created by Stan Lee, with creative direction from Todd McFarlane.

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Artist:   Broken Doll  
Source:  press release
Broken Doll has announced the release of their new album “Broken doll”. It will include 13 songs and it will be released worldwide on July 1st. The album will be available on Itunes and also on Broken Doll's online shop :

The band will also tour Europe this summer:

July 7th: NIHON NO OTO – Paris (France)
July 14th : The George Tavern – London (UK)
July 14th : HYPER JAPAN – London (UK)
July 15th: HYPER JAPAN – London (UK)
July 16th: HYPER JAPAN – London (UK)

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Artist:   X Japan   Yoshiki  
Source:  press release
Yoshiki reveals details of the upcoming tour and discusses his state of mind following his operation.

“This was Hide and Taiji’s dream… a comeback was the only choice.”

Yoshiki made a sudden return to Japan on June 20th (Tuesday), and held a press conference in Tokyo. During the press conference, Yoshiki personally revealed details of his upcoming tour.
Despite the last-minute notice, hundreds of fans selected from the fan club attended the press conference. When Yoshiki, who had landed in Japan that morning, appeared wearing a protective neck brace, the fans cheered and screamed and some had tears in their eyes.

Yoshiki announced that the upcoming X Japan tour would feature a screening of the special, 60-minute edition of the film We Are X which debuted at the Wembley Arena show in March earlier this year. Screenings will begin one hour before the concert, and the concert itself is scheduled to last over two hours. Yoshiki personally disclosed ongoing discussions about whether to include old songs such as “Rose of Pain” and “Unfinished” in the set list as well as the fact that a string section will accompany him on stage.

Physiotherapist Carl Dunstan also arrived in Japan from the UK and will be accompanying the band throughout the tour to ensure that Yoshiki, who is only a few weeks post-surgery, will be able to complete the performances.

Mr. Dunstan belongs to the physiotherapist organization Atherapy, which counts numerous renowned artists and actors such as U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers among its clients, and is himself an accomplished professional who was Daniel Craig’s exclusive physiotherapist during production of the 007 film Spectre and has treated many other famous actors and musicians. He was able to accompany the tour thanks to an introduction from Larry Mullen, Jr., the drummer for U2, with whom Yoshiki is acquainted.

​Furthermore, it was revealed that the plans for the Yoshiki Premium Dinner Show 2017, which begins August 26th, had designated from its inception that 150,000 dollars (approximately 18 million yen) of the sales would be donated to charity, and that the staging of the show itself was decided upon with these plans in mind. The donations will go to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, which is one of the top two music schools in the U.S. Shelly Berg, the school’s dean, is also responsible for the string arrangement for the X Japan tour and the quartet arrangement for the Dinner Show. The donation will be used to help musicians of the future create the next era of music.

There were also moments in the press conference where Yoshiki described his experience of going through rehabilitation. “I don’t know if I will be able to play the drums again. Even if I am able to do so, it may be impossible to perform with the same intensity as before. I can’t even say for sure, at this point, whether I would do so if I could.” These words clearly express his turbulent emotions following a major surgery.

“If there were no X Japan reunion, I would not have had surgery twice. But the time put into the reunion and the challenge of taking on the world are worthwhile. I do not regret it. And I will not stop until I break down the wall.” As a result of the dangerous surgery, Yoshiki said he often thought about the direction of his life.

Yet, having overcome that surgery with the support of myriad members and fans, and with the goal of completing the Japan tour serving as a kind of fuel, he has decided to “show the best of myself on stage.” No doubt Yoshiki’s resolve will be engraved into history by six miraculous nights.

Due to changes in the style of the X Japan tour performances, those who wish to do so can apply for a refund of their ticket purchase at the Udo Music Office website:

X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS

July 11 – Osaka-jo Hall
July 12 – Osaka-jo Hall
July 14 – Yokohama Arena
July 15 – Yokohama Arena
July 16 – Yokohama Arena
July 17 – Yokohama Arena


August 26 – Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
August 27 – Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
August 29 – The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
August 30 – The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
September 1 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo
September 2 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo
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