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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.

WE ARE X @ ANIME EXPO
SUNDAY, JULY 2
12:00PM
Video 1/JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom
Info: http://bit.ly/WeAreX_AX2017

WE ARE X FILM TRAILER

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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 : http://brokendoll.jp

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: http://udo.jp

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

TOUR DATES
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

YOSHIKI PREMIUM DINNER SHOW 2017

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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Artist:   SMAP  
Source:  press release
The news of SMAP breaking up was a big shock to everyone in Japan. After 31st December 2016, we hadn’t seen the five members act together. Although the fans were eager to know each member’s future plans, nothing had been clarified.

On the 18th June 2017, Jonny & Associates sent an official announcement that three members of SMAP, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori, will end the contracts while the other two, Takuya Kimura and Masahiro Nakai, will stay with the agency. The rumor about this act was always around, yet most fans were uncertain about Nakai’s decision. Apparently, the group leader Nakai was the one who endlessly fought to prevent SMAP to split up. Some media suggested that one of the reasons for Nakai's remaining with Johnny’s is to keep the possibilities for SMAP to reunite again in the future.

The confusion continues. Although Johnny & Associates has released the announcement and sent out a special statement from Johnny Kitagawa, written below, there isn’t any specific directions the members will take.

Johnny Kitagawa’s comment about SMAP:

SMAP broke up on the 31st December last year. I believe we had special fate between us and each member so even after they disbanded, we continued to work together. This time, three of the SMAP members made their decisions to part ways. I will continue thinking about them wherever they are and whatever the relationship we’ll have. They put in a lot of effort and worked with us for a long time. I am certain that they will bring many people true entertainment and happiness in the future as well.
In addition, the name SMAP (SPORTS, MUSIC, ASSEMBLE, PEOPLE) means more to all of us now. I’d like to express it with: S for SUBARASHII (=amazing), M for MEMORIES, A for ARIGATOU(=thank you) and P for POWER.
The SMAP members are extremely talented and their names will be marked in their fans hearts, as well as my heart, forever.
-Johnny Kitagawa

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Artist:   THE SOUND BEE HD  
Source:  press release
Japanese artist THE SOUND BEE HD will be performing for the first time in Mexico at the Animex 2017 in Monterrey city (Nuevo Leon) to be held from July 14th to 16th at Cintermex.


THE SOUND BEE HD is a Visual Kei from Japan formed by vocalist DaISUKE DARK SIDE (ex-Media Youth), guitarist Yuu (lix, ex-SUICIDE ALI), bassist YOU and drummer HIRO. Their music is a mix of hard rock, metal and electro elements blended with a goth and horror atmosphere. The band started as the solo project of former Media Youth vocalist DaISUKE at the end of the 90’s and, after some name changes, they finally established as THE SOUND BEE HD around 2005. They joined the record company Starwave Records in 2010. They have toured outside Japan in the USA (Virginia, 2010 and Maryland, 2013) and China (Shanhgai, 2016). They are currently promoting their latest album “WALKING DEAD”.

THE SOUND BEE HD are scheduled to perform at the anime convention on July 15th (Sat) and signing autographs as well. Other activities at the event will be announced soon.

For further details about their participation at the Animex 2017 and the event itself (in Spanish):
http://royalstage.info/thesoundbeehd
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Artist:   URBANGARDE  
Source:  press release
URBANGARDE frontman and chief provocateur Temma Matsunaga has released the music video for “Love Harassment” from his upcoming self-titled solo album, due for release July 26.
The limited edition of the album will include the music video and a short film.
In addition to his duties as URBANGARDE’s co-lead singer, Matsunaga is the chief songwriter of the group and supervises the band’s artwork as well as the mind-blowing visual style of their stage shows and music videos.

Outside of URBANGARDE, Matsunaga is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and actor. His first book, Jisatsushatachi (“Selfie People”) was published in 2015, followed by Shoujo ka, shousetsu ka (“Girl, or novel?”) in 2016, which was endorsed by Jun Itarihoba of Golden Bomber.

Matsunaga has also collaborated with popular Japanese photographer Yuki Aoyama, known internationally for his provocative “Schoolgirl Complex” photobook series, for a special collection of photos and poems titled “Schoolgirl Trauma”. Last year, Matsunaga starred alongside Hikari Mitsushima (Gomen ne Seishun!, Moteki, Woman) in an episode of NHK BS Premium’s Edogawa Rampo Tanpenshu, an anthology series featuring the works of noted Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo.

URBANGARDE will headline UTSU FES 2017 in September with guests A9 (Alice Nine), Kenji Ohtsuki, Kinoco Hotel, Mio Yamazaki, Akito Matsumoto (Vacuum Hollow), and BRATS.

URBANGARDE website: http://urbangarde.net
URBANGARDE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbangarde

Temma Matsunaga (self-titled)
07.26.2017
Track List
1. Kiss Mark / Kuchibiru
2. Blood, Semen, and Death
3. Love Harassment
4. Temma no Kazoeuta
5. Bokura no Nanokakan Renai
6. Heart Mark / Shinzou
7. Karada to uta dake no kankei
DVD
1. Chi, seieki, soshite shi (short film)
2. Love Harassment (music video)
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Artist:   JAM Project  
Source:  press release
JAM Project, composed of Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama, has announced information about their new album, tour, and their first live album digital release. Tour tickets can be registered in advance at the JAM Project fan app “MOTTO! MOTTO!! App” starting June 21.

Their original album TOKYO DIVE will be released on September 27th. The group also announced their next tour will kick off on November 2nd at Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, and will include 10 shows running through February 11, 2018. Advance registration for tickets will be available for their app members starting at June 21 12:00 through July 3 23:59 (JST). Members in Taiwan can register as well.
Also, in commemoration of the tour, the group’s first live album AREA Z Live Edition will receive a digital release in Japan. The digital release will include 6 live tracks from last year’s “JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 ~AREA Z~” performance held on November 23.

Tour Information
JAM Project Tour 2017

November 2, 2017 – Kawasaki City Sports and Culture Center, Kanagawa
November 5, 2017 – OSAKA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER, Osaka
November 23, 2017 – TOHKnet HALL SENDAI SENDAI CIVIC AUDITORIUM, Miyagi
November 25, 2017 – Zepp Sapporo, Hokkaido
January 6, 2018 – Kishiwada City NAMIKIRI HALL, Osaka
January 13, 2018 – Clea Konosu, Saitama
January 14, 2018 – MISHIMA Citizens Cultural Hall, Shizuoka
January 21, 2018 – FUKUOKA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS CENTER, Fukuoka
February 3, 2018 – MUSIC TOWN OTO-ICHIBA, Okinawa
February 11, 2018 – Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Main Theater, Aichi
The smartphone fan app “MOTTO! MOTTO!! App” was released for iOS/Android last November in Japan, and was also released in Taiwan last April. The app includes members-only videos, concert videos, unlimited music playback, “fan feed” and exclusive content featuring JAM Project members.
The “MOTTO ! MOTTO !! Radio Episode 1” was streamed on May 19, and more episodes will be scheduled in the future.

VIDEO: JAM Project - Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017


JAM Project will perform live in Washington, D.C., at Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017 on August 11.

Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017
Tickets and Info: https://www.otakon.com/concerts/anisong/

JAM Project
AREA Z Live Edition
June 27, 2017
Track List
1. AREA Z ~Song for J-Riders~ (AREA Z Live Edition)
2. The Brave (AREA Z Live Edition)
3. GEKKA (AREA Z Live Edition)
4. Treasure in the sky (AREA Z Live Edition)
5. Shining Storm -ka no gotoku- (AREA Z Live Edition)
6. Genkai Battle (AREA Z Live Edition)

AREA Z Live Edition will be available on iTunes US starting June 27: https://itunes.apple.com/artist/jam-project/id266646521
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Artist:   ALI PROJECT  
Source:  press release
ALI PROJECT has revealed the elegant photography of their 25th Anniversary Best Album, Chi to Mitsu – Anthology of Gothic Lolita & Horror, which will be released on June 21, 2017, on two discs with Blu-ray bonus.

The double-album includes two new tracks and music videos produced exclusively for this release, “Royal Academy Gothic Lolita”, and “Shojo Misso Le sang et le miel”.
ALI PROJECT will perform many of their anime theme hits live at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 on July 1st in Los Angeles. Tickets and info are available at http://bit.ly/AWMAX2017

ALI PROJECT vocalist Arika commented, “ALI PROJECT will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. In commemoration, we will release a 2-disc best album including tracks from our past releases with 2 themes; “Gothic Lolita” theme with tracks such as “Kinjirareta Asobi” and “Seishojoryoiki” from the anime Rozen Maiden, and “Gothic Horror” theme with tracks such as “Kyoumu Densen” from the anime Another.

“The CD jacket and music videos of the 2 new tracks were shot at the Fontainebleau Palace in France. We chartered the Palace and wore different costumes for Gothic Lolita and Gothic Horror, using the day and night scene at the Palace to draw the world of light and darkness. It is a gorgeous album that brings you fully into our Gothic ALI PROJECT world with sound, images and visuals!”

ALI PROJECT 25th Anniversary Best Album
Chi to Mitsu – Anthology of Gothic Lolita & Horror

TRACK LIST
Disc 1 / Gothic Lolita
01. Watashi no Bara wo Kaminasai (from the anime “Rozen Maiden 2013″)
02. ALICE Dozai Innocent
03. Rose ke no Futago
04. Yuri no Hibi wa Tuioku no Naka ni Hisomikaoru
05. Otome no Aganai
06. Reijo Bara Zukan
07. Barami to Yurine no Fushigi na Hotel
08. Lolicate
09. à la cuisine
10. Shojo to Suimitsuto
11. Royal Academy Gothic Lolita
12. Kinjirareta Asobi (strings version) (from the anime “Rozen Maiden”)
13. Seishoujo Ryouiki (orchestra version) (from the anime “Rozen Maiden: Träumend”)
14. Baragoku Otome (strings version) (from the anime “Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre”)
15. Fräulein Rose
16. Koyoi Aoi Mori Fukaku
Disc 2 / Gothic Horror
01. Kyoumu Densen (from the anime “Another”)
02. Sekka Zange Shinju
03. Yomi no Tasogare no Utsuronaru Aoki Hiromi no
04. Chi no Dansho
05. Rokudo Rinne Survival
06. Kinsho
07. Shojo Misso Le sang et le miel
08. Beijing LOVERS
09. Abiyo Shindai
10. Renka Yuren
11. Gantai Usagi to Hotai Hitsuji no March
12. Rodoku suru Jochu to Chisana Reijo
13. Onnakasei Bugakuzu
14. Akai Rosoku to Kingyo
15. Himitsu no Hanazono

Blu-ray
Shojo Misso Le sang et le miel Music Video
Royal Academy of Gothic Lolita Music Video
Chi to Mitsu – Anthology of Gothic Lolita & Horror – Shooting in France –
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Artist:   ONE OK ROCK  
Source:  press release
Fueled By Ramen recording group ONE OK ROCK has announced details of a massive North American headline tour. The “AMBITIONS U.S. TOUR 2017,” which will also feature a series of stops throughout Canada, is set to kick off July 6th at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Brooklyn Bowl. The coast-to-coast tour will feature support from special guests Set It Off and Palisades, and will continue through mid-August.

Furthermore, the band has been announced to perform at the 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy where they are also nominated for “Best Breakthrough Band.” The awards are set take place July 17th at Cleveland, Ohio’s Quicken Loans Arena. Fans can visit www.altpress.com/vote up until the deadline of June 30th to cast their vote.

Earlier this year, ONE OK ROCK returned with their widely acclaimed Fueled By Ramen debut, “AMBITIONS.” The album, which features “We Are,” “Taking Off,” “Bedroom Warfare,” and “I Was King,” arrived atop the “Global Album Chart” with 315,000 equivalent sales making it the best-selling album on the planet in its first week. “AMBITIONS” is available now at all DSPs as well as via the official Fueled By Ramen store.

“AMBITIONS” – which follows ONE OK ROCK’s chart-topping seventh album, 2015’s “35xxxv (Deluxe Edition)” – is the iconic hard rock band’s milestone second all English language release. Comprised of vocalist Taka, guitarist Toru, drummer Tomoya, and bassist Ryota, ONE OK ROCK is among Japan’s most popular and beloved rock outfits, with each of their last five releases debuting in the nation’s Top 5, including the #1 blockbusters “AMBITIONS” and “35xxxv.” “35xxxv (Deluxe Edition)” marked the band’s official U.S. debut and first all-English language release which features the worldwide hit single/video “Mighty Long Fall,” now boasting over 40 million views at YouTube alone.

Known for their thrilling live shows, the band recently completed a sold-out headline run in the United States and also performed two massive concerts at Shizuoka, Japan’s Nagisaen before a cumulative audience of more than 110,000. The colossal performances were captured in the official live video for their single “Taking Off.” No strangers to the road, ONE OK ROCK have also toured extensively in the U.S., teaming with such like-minded acts as All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, and 5 Seconds of Summer. As if that weren’t enough, ONE OK ROCK has made explosive main stage appearances at rock festivals in Europe, South America, Australia, and the U.S., including a well-received run on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour.

VIDEO: ONE OK ROCK - Taking Off [Official Video from Nagisaen]




2017 AMBITIONS U.S. TOUR
With Special Guests Set It Off & Palisades

** Tickets available now: http://bit.ly/2rsziGP **

*ONE OK ROCK Supporting Linkin Park, without Set If Off & Palisades
# Festival Appearance, without Set It Off & Palisades
** With Palisades only

JULY
6 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
7 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
8 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
10 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
11 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12 Houston, TX House of Blues
14 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
15 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
17 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena – Alternative Press Music Awards#
19 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
21 Ottawa, ON Algonquin College Theatre
22 London, ON London Music Hall
24 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
27 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center*
28 New York, NY PlayStation Theater
29 New York, NY PlayStation Theater

AUGUST
1 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion*
2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live*
4 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena*
6 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
8 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
9 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
12 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
14 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
15 San Jose, CA City National Civic
17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater**
18 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo**
19 Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theatre**
28 New York, NY PlayStation Theater
29 New York, NY PlayStation Theater

AUGUST
1 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion*
2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live*
4 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena*
6 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
8 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
9 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
12 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
14 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
15 San Jose, CA City National Civic
17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater**
18 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo**
19 Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theatre**

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Artist:   Masami Okui  
Source:  press release
Masami Okui celebrates the beginning of her 25th anniversary with a new single “Innocent Bubble”, to be released August 30.
Okui’s amazing career began in 1993 singing backing vocals for superstars such as Yumi Matsutoya, and since has amassed numerous solo anime credits, including Revolutionary Girl Utena, Slayers, Sorcerer Hunters, Di Gi Charat, Magic User’s Club, Ray the Animation, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II.

In 2003, she joined the super anisong unit JAM Project, adding to her worldwide fan base with hits from One Punch Man, Bakuman, Cardfight!! Vanguard, Super Robot Wars, and many others.

Masami Okui will return to the United States with JAM Project for Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017 in Washington, D.C., on August 11.

https://www.otakon.com/concerts/anisong
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Artist:   YOUSEI TEIKOKU  
Source:  Press release
Japanese gothic metal band YOUSEI TEIKOKU has announced a series of stunning, limited-edition "tarot cards" for fans who purchase their 20th anniversary single, flamma idola, at selected stores in Japan.


Store details on the Lantis official website (Japanese):
http://lantis.jp/artist/dasfeenreich/news_1495069200.html

The band revealed the mysterious cover art for flamma idola earlier this month, depicting a beautiful but strangely-transformed portrait of YOUSEI TEIKOKU's lead singer, Empress Yui.

The leader of the Fairy Empire cryptically explained, "Humans adore dolls, dolls adore humans. This deep, hidden longing to transform each other's essence has persisted since ancient times. Elevating our existence to become both human and doll is our goal with the image of this CD. True subjects of the Fairy Empire will sense the message of the clothing and design displayed herein."

YOUSEI TEIKOKU returns to the United States for Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® in Washington, D.C, on August 12.
https://www.otakon.com/concerts/anisong/


YOUSEI TEIKOKU
flamma idola
Rel. 05.31.2017
Track List:
1. flamma idola
2. Veludo Papilio
3. Naikan Uchu Shisha no Yurikago
4. flamma idola (Instrumental)
5. Veludo Papilio (Instrumental)
6. Naikan Uchu Shisha no Yurikago (Instrumental)


VIDEO Preview:
https://youtu.be/NXKCNy0Y7wE


YOUSEI TEIKOKU on iTunes (USA):
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/yousei-teikoku/id266647368
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Artist:   X Japan  
Source:  Press release
"We are X", the critically acclaimed documentary film about the rock group X JAPAN from the production team behind the Oscar-winning "Searching for Sugar Man"-- will receive a special screening at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 2 (12:00PM-2:00PM at JW Marriott, L.A. Live). The screening of WE ARE X will be followed by a live Q&A with X JAPAN's YOSHIKI. Later that night, WE ARE X will be sponsoring the Anime Expo Masquerade & World Cosplay Summit U.S. Finals (8:00PM-10:00PM at LACC Main Events-Hall B).
The Anime Expo Masquerade has been a longstanding tradition at the festival-- running for over 20 years-- and is a cosplay and performance competition, with one of the largest cash prizes in the country. A sight to behold, people from all around the world compete in the masquerade which is a grand showcase of cosplay and performance.

The largest event in North America for Anime culture, the Anime Expo (AX) runs July 1-July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, brings together fans and industry from Japan, the U.S., and all over the world for the biggest celebration of Japanese pop culture, anime and cosplay in North America. Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games.

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 Blood Red Dragon comic created by Stan Lee, with creative direction from Todd McFarlane.

ANIME EXPO-- ‘WE ARE X’--EVENT DETAILS:

WE ARE X screening + Q&A with YOSHIKI
Date: Sunday, July 2
Time: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Video 1 Room/JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom

Anime Expo Masquerade
Time: 8:00PM-10:00PM
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center-Man Events-Hall B

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Artist:   JAM Project  
Source:  Press release
Anisong super unit JAM Project (Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama) appeared together on the live broadcast "MOTTO! MOTTO!! Radio Vol. 1" on May 19 to promote the upcoming release "JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 AREA" Blu-ray and DVD, due for release May 24.

The first edition of "MOTTO! MOTTO!! Radi"” on Niconico was also broadcast on JAM Project’s mobile fan app "MOTTO! MOTTO!! App", achieving more than 10,000 views. The app was released in Japan last year on November 23 for iOS/Android users, followed by its Taiwan release on April 1. The app includes members-only videos, concert videos, unlimited music playback, "fan feed" and more, providing many services for users to enjoy.

The broadcast also previewed live video of songs "The Hero!! -Ikareru Kobushini Hiwo Tsukero-", and "Rescue Fire" from "JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 AREA Z". In the middle of the program, JAM Project revealed several announcements, including an upcoming performance at World Cosplay Summit, a new album to be released this fall, and a tour in November, with tickets available first via the fan app. After the broadcast, app users were the first to view the premiere of the commercial for "JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 AREA Z" Blu-ray/DVD release.


JAM Project will perform live in Washington, D.C., at Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017 on August 11.

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Artist:   X Japan  
Source:  Press release
​"I Can Only Live by Moving Forward. I Want a Goal to Live"

During a press conference held in Tokyo on June 9th, X Japan members Toshl, Pata, and Heath, along with host Udo Artists, Inc., announced that the "X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X" concerts in Japan at Osaka-jo Hall (July 11 and 12) and Yokohama Arena (July 14, 15, 16, and 17) will be performed as acoustic concerts. The title of the tour will be changed to "X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS".

Although Yoshiki successfully underwent cervical artificial disk replacement surgery and has already started the rehabilitation process, doctors cannot say with certainty that he will be able to drum like he used to. Since doctors have instructed him to stay away from vigorous exercise for at least 6 months, he cannot play the drums for the time being. However, since Yoshiki himself does not want these scheduled concerts to be canceled due to his surgery, he asked whether there would be any way to make the concerts happen, and the band members sided with him when he reached out.

X Japan members explained during today's press conference that these performances will happen as "acoustic" concerts with Yoshiki only playing the piano, a decision based on Yoshiki's rehabilitation schedule, projected recovery timeframe, advice from doctors, and his current state, after multiple discussions with promoters and WME, Yoshiki’s U.S. agency.

During the conference, there was also a phone call from Yoshiki, who is currently going through recovery in Los Angeles. After conveying his message, saying “I want to move forward. I’d love to be given a chance to do the shows”, Yoshiki also revealed, in response to the emcee’s question, that the “EVENING WITH YOSHIKI 2017 IN NAGOYA & OSAKA & TOKYO JAPAN” premium dinner shows scheduled for this summer will also happen.

Regarding his decision to go on with these performances in Japan, Yoshiki had already made up his mind prior to the procedure that he will make the tour his goal to overcome the surgery. The fact that fans from around the world were so concerned for Yoshiki was such a blessing, however, he stated "I want to accomplish this goal I promised to myself by any means." In other words, the goal of doing this tour helped him overcome his surgery. His message implied that, even though there are concerns for his physical ability, he is ready to address the challenge to make the July shows a success.

Based on what we know about Yoshiki's current state after surgery, we cannot say that his rehabilitation, which is very painful, is going smoothly. Shortly after surgery, he was not able to walk on his own, and even breathing normally was difficult. This is why he became worried if his fingers would move normally and headed to his recording studio after getting out of the hospital. Currently, he is feeling numb from his mouth to neck, and a pain that feels like electricity is running through his left arm. Under doctor's supervision, Yoshiki has been advised to "move around as much as possible" and he is following his doctor's instructions in order to get himself ready for the upcoming shows.

26 years ago, X Japan performed a single acoustic show in 1991, when the band was called “X”. During the show titled "Silent X", Yoshiki did not drum and the band members came on stage with their acoustic guitars. Their long-time fans called it the "X never to be seen again".

Yoshiki’s surgery struck people as a shocking news, but because it has transpired, a legendary concert will come to life which people thought would never happen again. The July concerts may very well be called "Elegant X Japan", which has evolved from "Silent X", something beyond the realm of acoustic, with beautiful strings, that people can indeed call a “Miracle Night” as the title reads.

Yoshiki said before the closing of the press conference, "I am very sorry to the fans who have worried for me. As long as I stand on stage, I want to inspire people."

Statement from Udo Artists, Inc.

As this X Japan tour of Japan was flooded with demand, all performances were sold out immediately. We unfortunately caused concern for many fans and related companies due to the emergency surgery on Yoshiki, the leader, drummer, and pianist, but we sincerely appreciate the countless words of encouragement and support from inside and outside Japan. Since the content of the performances will be changed from the original plans to an acoustic format, with the addition of strings and other aspects as announced today, we will be providing refunds to those who desire one. Refunds will be processed through the ticketing agency you used. Please visit the Udo Artists, Inc. homepage for details.

Toshl Statement:

We will support Yoshiki with everything we have, and we will fight with him. For the upcoming shows, I want to share the X Japan that an audience can only see in a moment like this and be inspired together.

PATA Statement:
I'm sure I'll see you soon, Yoshiki, but good luck! I'm looking forward to the July shows.

HEATH Statement:

The July shows will be our first acoustic concerts. We will do out best to make it an inspiring evening. We appreciate your support.

SUGIZO Statement:

Under the circumstances, I will do my best. I will give my heart and soul under any situation. That is my responsibility.



UDO ARTISTS, INC.

Tour information (Japanese): http://udo.jp/concert/Xjapan


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

TOUR DATES

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


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