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Artist:   X Japan  
Source:  Press release
WE ARE X, the award-winning rock-n-roll documentary about one of the most successful bands in history, arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD on April 25 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under The Magnet Label.

From director and acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile), WE ARE X profiles the blockbuster Japanese rock band X Japan and its enigmatic frontman Yoshiki – composer, classically trained pianist, drummer and the creative force behind the band's wild success.
Featuring interviews with Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Stan Lee and more, WE ARE X dives into Yoshiki's life and X Japan's attempt to break into the American music industry. Supported by concert footage, band interviews and fan photos, the compelling film takes a look at X Japan's hardships and conflicts including suicide and cultism. Also spotlighting the band's triumphs, WE ARE X explores the group's phenomenal success, boasting more than 30 million albums and singles sold, countless sold-out concerts around the world, and fans in North America, Europe, Latin America and South East Asia.

Special features for WE ARE X include deleted scenes featuring Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and clips from Kitty Con, the New Economy Summit, Tateyama and the X Museum, as well as deleted interviews with members of X Japan. Extras also include seven interview vignettes with Yoshiki about WE ARE X, and two live performances, "Forever Love" and "Kurenai," from X Japan's 1997 "The Last Live" concert at the Tokyo Dome. A tribute to the band with the "Born to be Free" Fan Video featuring concert footage and global fan interviews is also included.

The documentary will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $26.98, and on Digital HD via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and additional digital retailers on April 25.

"If We Are X proves anything, it’s that rock bands can experience similar trials: acrimony and fatalities, but also, sometimes, glorious comebacks." – The New York Times
"It succeeds as an examination of why we turn to escapist art and what we do when it's no longer there." – The Wrap
"Invoking the spirit of an epic rock show, We Are X expresses all the energy, joy and sadness of X Japan's music." – Los Angeles Times

From the producers of the Oscar-winning film Searching for Sugar Man, comes WE ARE X, a transcendent rock and roll story about one of the biggest and most successful bands the world's never heard of...yet. Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined––captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor. An astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted––but truly unstoppable––virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world's most devoted fans.

Deleted Scenes
Deleted Interviews:
• Yoshiki
• Toshl
• Pata
• Heath
• Sugizo
Yoshiki on We Are X
"Forever Love" (From 1997's "The Last Live" Concert at Tokyo Dome)
"Kurenai" (From 1997's "The Last Live" Concert at Tokyo Dome)
"Born to be Free" Fan Video


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Artist:   GreeΣ  
Source:  Press release
Ex-MeteoroiD members Mikado, Machi, Raru, and Tomoya have come together with vocalist Tsukishiro to form a new visual kei band called GreeΣ, pronounced Greem. GreeΣ's theme is "A small light desperately struggling in dim places."

Additionally, their songs which are played with a monochromatic world view carry duality.

GreeΣ has officially began performing shows starting in March, and their first oneman show, titled "Good Morning, Morning Has Come," will take place at Ikebukuro EDGE on June 17, 2017.

GreeΣ's first single, "GreeM," has been released on March 1, 2017 and will be available for free at live venues and visual kei specialty stores in Japan.

1. GreeM
2. despair's ray

The music video spot for "GreeM" can be watched at the following link:

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Artist:   MeteoroiD   Genki  
Source:  Press release
Following MeteoroiD's dissolution on February 11, 2017, vocalist Genki has finally announced his return with a series of 3 month consecutive acoustic shows. These monthly shows will be performed very simply with just vocals and acoustic guitar.

Genki will face this challenge head-on, so he wants everyone to take this opportunity to experience his songs.

Live Schedule:

4.22.17 – Takadanobaba Live Café mono
Genki Mini Acoustic Live "Ice World"
Doors Open/Start: 12:00/12:30
Tickets (At the Door): ¥2,500 (+ Drink)

5.20.17 – Ikebukuro Ruido K3
Genki Mini Acoustic Live "Forest of Sleep"
Doors Open/Start: 11:00/11:30
Tickets (Advance Purchase/At the Door): ¥2,500/¥3,500 (+ Drink)

6.4.17 – Ikebukuro Ruido K3
Genki Mini Acoustic Live "Garden of Eden"
Doors Open/Start: 11:00/11:30
Tickets (Advance Purchase/At the Door): ¥2,500/¥3,500 (+ Drink)

For more information about Genki and how to purchase tickets, fans can see his newly opened homepage here.

A sample of Genki's acoustic sound can be found at the YouTube link below:

About Genki: Genki was the vocalist for the visual kei band MeteoroiD, whom officially disbanded on February 11, 2017 after 5 years of activity. Now embarking on a career as a soloist, he will begin his activities on April 22 with a series of acoustic performances.

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Artist:   exist†trace  
Source:  Press release
exist†trace members Jyou (vo.) and miko (vo./gt.) appear as models for the Japanese fashion brand CIVARIZE 2017 Spring Season Collection, with limited in-store flyers available through the end of March.

More info here.

The band recently announced a series of monthly one-man shows in Japan on the 19th day of each month (the 19th, "IGU DAY", is the band's special day for events, based on the katakana spelling of "exist trace"). The next concert event, titled "chain resonance", is scheduled for April 19th at Tokyo’s club aim.

exist†trace live show information can be found here.
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Artist:   URBANGARDE  
Source:  Press release
URBANGARDE will release their first live album Urbangarde 2016 Xmas Special Hall Live Tenshi De Akuma ("Angel and Devil") on April 12, 2017. The regular CD version will contain the complete concert audio and a live performance DVD, while a limited-press lower-price version will showcase selected concert tracks.

URBANGARDE's one-man holiday concert, recorded at Shibuya Ward Culture Center on December 17, 2016, was divided into "devil" and "angel" segments, culminating in an audience vote to see which side won the night. When the devils were announced as victorious, the hall was bathed in red lights for the final songs. Their single "Akumade Akuma" ("Devils Forever"), the band's first non-album music release in over four years, was released the following month in January 2017.

Both editions of Urbangarde 2016 Xmas Special Hall Live Tenshi De Akuma feature the band's trademark polka-dot symbols, connecting to their upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration coming up this May.

URBANGARDE leader, songwriter, and frontman Temma Matsunaga also recently announced his first solo live concert titled "Blood, Semen, and Death" scheduled for June 18 at Shinjuku JAM.


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Artist:   Avanchick  
Source:  Press release
In addition to their live performance Tokyo in Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Avanchick will be holding an Otake-Za acoustic performance. Otake-Za are shows which Avanchick holds regularly in Japan, which feature a skit and a live performance.
Avanchick will be bringing these unique shows to America for the first time. Entrance to their Otake-Za acoustic set will be free with the attendee's badge.

Additionally, Avanchick will also be participating in Tokyo in Tulsa's charity ball on Thursday night. There will be a small entrance fee for the ball, and all the proceeds will benefit the Tokyo in Tulsa Foundation. The Tokyo in Tulsa Foundation supports numerous charities that benefit Tulsa and greater Oklahoma communities. Some of these charities include Openarms Youth Project, Greenwood Cultural Center, Bikers Against Child Abuse, and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

An official event page for Avanchick at Tokyo in Tulsa has also been opened and can be found here.
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Artist:   RAINDIA  
Source:  Press release
On February 25, 2017, RAINDIA held their first successful oneman. To commemorate the show, RAINDIA released a live digest video featuring short clips of each of the songs performed.

The digest video can be viewed on YouTube here:

Additionally, RAINDIA announced two new releases due to come out in May of 2017. The first of which will be a single called "Ame ni, Speaker." This single will feature entirely new songs.

The second will be their petite album vol. 2, "Ningen Shikkaku," and will include both re-recordings and new songs. More information about these two new releases will come soon.

About RAINDIA: RAINDIA is a 5 piece visual kei band with roots from the 90's music scene and entirely self-produced music. Beauty is a feature of both the lyrics and melodies and the lyrics are written in a literary way and involve feelings of anger, conflict, and doubt about situations that many can relate to. The story created by the composition is strong, and similarly, their live performances include both intensity and melancholy emotion. The five member's individual characters are strong with each person's different hair color, but they skillfully become entwined on stage, expressing a world through their musical performance.

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Artist:   MIREI (Mirei Touyama)   Dancing Dolls R.  
Source:  press release
The Niconico sensation turned Jpop Idol group, Dancing Dolls R. brings their love for otaku and vocaloid culture to American fans, and will make their 3rd US live appearance since last summer with their label mate and a new breed of J-POP sensation, MIREI (Mirei Touyama) on SonyMusic at Anime Matsuri in Houston, TX this April. They will headline the main music concert on Friday, April 7 and will guest judge K-POP Dance Battle the following day with a special live performance. Earlier in January, both Dancing Dolls R. and MIREI rocked the crowd at SacAnime in Sacramento, California performing original songs and vocaloid covers, as well as a controversial remake of Beyoncé’s FORMATION and the dance floor anthem, Porter Robinson’s “SHELTER”.

If you are planning to attend Anime Matsuri, don’t miss their performances. If you won’t be around Texas this time, don’t worry and stay tuned for more US and international dates on its way!

Dancing Dolls R.

Following 10 million plus social video views,Dancing Dolls made their major record debut from Sony Music with “Touch-A.S.A.P.-/Shanghai Darling” in Sept, 2012. Choreographed by Misaki, the leader of the group, their sharp dance moves and powerful vocal skills distinguish them from other idol groups, but still hold the J-POP essence and sensibilities. Their EPs including “monochrome”, “Ring Dong” and their major debut singe “Touch- A.S.A.P.-/Shanghai Darling” are available at iTunes Store worldwide and the music video for each title tracks are also available at Vevo!

MIREI (Mirei Touyama)

The new breed of 18 year old pop star representing her own SNS generation is definitely an artist to watch out even for the international music fans.
She won Japan’s biggest dance competition, being featured in one of the top Gospel Choirs in America, and also released a commercial US single, Tattoo when she was only 14. Last summer, she made her major debut with the 12 song album set, titled “My Way” from Sony Music Japan and charted #1 on iTunes. She was also featured by Radio Fish for their summer smash, “Golden Tower” that is being viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube between the live version and the official MV. Her music videos are also available on Vevo.
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Artist:   MUCC  
Source:  Maverick
MUCC fans will likely already be aware that the band will be playing Budokan on 6/20 and 6/21 as part of their celebratory 20th anniversary tour.

For those who live overseas and are hoping to attend, tickets specifically for fans abroad can be purchased at the following URL:

Get them while they last, and don't miss this historic show!
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L'Arc~en~Ciel released information for the overseas fans who are interested in buying tickets for their 25th L'Anniversary Live, which will be taking place at Tokyo Dome on April 8 and April 9.

You can order your ticket from March 10th at 12:00pm (Japan time) to March 14 at 6:00pm (Japan time) on Live Pocket (in English) at the following address:

The cost of a ticket is 11,000 JPY (tax incl.) and includes an L'ed band (wristband).

Tickets will be assigned through a lottery, the result of which is scheduled to be announced on March 16th at 3:00pm (JST).
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Artist:   VAMPS  
VAMPS announced that they will be touring USA with I Prevail and Starset this May.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 24, at 12 pm EST, including VAMPS exclusive VIP upgrades, at this link, where you also can check the dates and venues:

You can check out an exclusive preview for some new music from their upcoming album on VAMPS official Facebook page:
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Date: 2017.02.22
Source:  Universal Music Newsletter
Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in April 2017 with live dates scheduled in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, playing in many cities for the very first time.

This is a message from the man himself:

"My career started from playing in small clubs in Japan, and we built it up to the level where I was able to play in front of stadiums full of screaming fans.

And now, I'm opening the door to the world, starting again from playing small clubs in new, unfamiliar places. Back to basics, never lose your ambition even in your success―that's my philosophy. One step at a time with your own steps, that's the only way to achieve your dreams.

I can guarantee you that you will be up on your feet dancing once you hear me play live with my amazing band, even if you are not familiar with me. Those who are bored with experiencing live performances with no soul will be surprised at how refreshing it is to see a real 'live' performance!

I am really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible on this Euro tour! If you can't connect with the soul of the audience in front of you, there's no chance to grab the hearts of thousands!"

Hotei celebrated his 35th anniversary in music in 2016 with a new "Best of" album release and an extensive touring schedule in Japan, with 57 dates across the country. The shows ranged from intimate club shows, to a free open-air concert in his hometown in front of 25,000 fans and finishing the year with his 40th performance at the Budokan in Tokyo on December 30th, where Hotei performed 35 songs to celebrate his 35 years in music.

Hotei also found time in 2016 to continue building his international profile, striking up a personal and professional relationship with Italian superstar Zucchero and performing on his latest, platinum selling, album "Black Cat". Hotei and Zuccchero performed live together several times in 2016, including Zucchero's first ever performance in Japan at a special event in Tokyo, and at headline shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Arena Di Verona in Italy.

That special relationship has continued into 2017 with Hotei joining Zucchero on stage at the prestigious San Remo Festival in Italy in February, a major TV performance viewed by millions.

Also in 2016, Hotei released singles with godfather of punk Iggy Pop and Richard Z. Kruspe (from Emigrate/Rammstein) from his critically acclaimed debut international album, "Strangers", and performed his first-ever LA show at the legendary Troubador, returned to the Highline Ballroom in New York, and performed headline dates in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

Hotei released his debut international album, Strangers, in 2015 through Spinefarm Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music. The album features an array of guests including the godfather of punk Iggy Pop singing on two songs, Emigrate/Rammstein's Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For My Valentine's Matt Tuck, Noko from UK electronic band pioneers Apollo 440, and acclaimed Texan singer Shea Seger.

Heralded by Time Out as "iconic", and a genuine superstar in his native Japan where he has sold more than 40 million records, Hotei is best known internationally for his Kill Bill theme 'Battle Without Honor or Humanity' and is sought-after as a collaborator both in the studio and on stage.

I hope you are as excited for the tour as we are!

Please have a look at these awesome HOTEI / HOTEI featured music videos in the meantime:

Zucchero - Ti Voglio Sposare ft. Tomoyasu Hotei

Move It (Featuring Richard Z. Kruspe)

Walking Through The Night (featuring Iggy Pop) (Single Version)
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Date: 2017.02.21
Artist:   Miyavi  
Source:  Universal Music Newsletter
Just a little while ago Miyavi released the dates of the "Fire Bird" World Tour, that kicked off in Seoul, Korea February 19th.

This week, he will be heading to Hong Kong, then Taiwan~

Ticket info hasn't been listed for every US or EU show yet, but here are the dates thus far:

April 1st Vancouver, Canada @ Venue Nightclub
April 4th Seattle, USA @ The Neptune Theater
April 6th SanFrancisco, USA @ The Filmore
April 7th Anaheim, USA @ HOB Parish Room
April 9th Los Angeles, USA @ Belasco Theater
April 11th SanDiego, USA @ HOB Vodoo
April 14th Dallas, USA @ HOB Cambridge Room
April 15th Houston, USA @ HOB Bronze Peacock Room
April 18th Atlanta, USA @ Variety Playhouse
April 21st Philadelphia, USA @ The Foundry at The Filmore
April 22nd Boston, USA @ Brighton Music Hall
April 23rd New York, USA @ Irving Plaza
April 25th Chicago, USA @ HOB
April 26th Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 28th Vienna, Austria @ Chaya Fuera
April 29th Budapest, Hungary @ A38 Boatclub
May 1st Munich, Germany @ Theaterfabrik
May 2nd Milan, Italy @ Milan Alcatraz
May 4th Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
May 5th Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
May 7th London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington
May 9th Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
May 10th Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue Welt

~stay tuned for ticket purchase information~
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Artist:   VAMPS  
VAMPS announced a new album, "UNDERWORLD", and the Live Tour "VAMPS LIVE 2017 UNDERWORLD".

April 26th, 2017 New Album "UNDERWORLD”
VAMPS’ new album, featuring an 11-song track list, will be available in 4 versions.

◆First Press Limited Edition Type A (CD & Blu-ray): ¥5,000 (w/o tax) 

CD and Blu-ray with footage of the September 17th, 2016 show at ZEPP TOKYO

◆First Press Limited Edition Type B (CD & DVD): ¥4,000 (w/o tax)

CD and DVD featuring music videos for "CALLING" and "INSIDE OF ME” as well as VAMPS LIVE 2016 Tour Documentary

◆Special BOX Type First Press Limited Edition Type C (CD & Blu-ray & DVD & Skajyan (jumper jacket)): ¥17,000 (w/o tax)
・CD & First Press Limited Edition Type A's Blu-ray & First Press Limited Edition Type B's DVD & Rockin' Jelly Bean×VAMPS Original Skajyan (jumper jacket)
・Skajyan (jumper jacket) is One Size Only( L size: Length 75cm / Width 60cm / Sleeve Length 77cm)

◆Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥3,000(w/o tax) *UICV-1082

▼CD Track List (for all types)
M7. INSIDE OF ME feat. Chris Motionless of Motionless In White
M8. RISE OR DIE feat. Richard Z.Kruspe of Emigrate / Rammstein

▼Special Bonus Included with the First Shipment (For all Types)
“VAMPS CHANCE” Serial Number
VAMPS show, Meet & Greet Invitation Course, scheduled to take place at three venues, with Meet & Greet limited to 100 people!
June 28th (Wed) ZEPP TOKYO
July 12th (Wed) ZEPP NAGOYA
*Show tickets included
VAMPS Original Rubber Ring Course
200 people will receive VAMPS Original Rubber Ring as a gift!

Live Tour "VAMPS LIVE 2017 UNDERWORLD" will be starting in June in Japan:


June 21st (Wed)/June 22nd (Thu)/June 24th (Sat)/June 25th (Sun)/June 27th (Tue)/June 28th (Wed)

July 8th (Sat)/July 9th (Sun)/July 11th (Tue)/July 12th (Wed)

July 22nd (Sat)/July 23rd (Sun)/July 25th (Tue)/July 26th (Wed)

September 2nd (Sat)/September 3rd (Sun)

[Doors Open/Show Start Times]
On Weekdays OPEN 6:00pm/START 7:06pm
On Weekends OPEN 4:00pm/START 5:06pm

[Ticket Prices (w/o tax/drinks not included)]
Pre-sale 6,660yen (1F All Standing/ 2F Reserved Seats)

[General Ticket Sale]
Starting on May 13th (Sat) at 10:00am

[Ticket Pre-Sale]
March 7th (Tue) 6:00pm - March 12th (Sun) 11:59pm
■HYDE Official Mobile Site HYDERoom
March 16th (Thu) 6:00pm - March 21st (Tue) 11:59pm
■Ticket Pre-Sale with Purchase of Single "CALLING"
March 22nd (Wed) 12:00pm - April 3rd (Mon) 11:59pm
■Ticket Box Office Pre-Sale via Ticket Pia
April 7th (Fri) 12:00pm - April 11th (Tue) 11:59 pm
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Artist:   Miyavi  
Source:  Universal Music Newsletter
Miyavi's ALL TIME BEST "DAY 2" will release on April 5, 2017. New song, "Live to Die Another Day" will be featured on the movie, "Mugen no Juunin" starring Takuya Kimura.

Release Details
~Limited Edition (2CD+DVD) *special packaging with sleeve case
Retail Price: 7,800JPY(excl. tax)
UPC: 00602557432176
[2CD] DISC 1 (20 tracks including 5 re-recorded songs and a new song) / DISC 2 (13 tracks) = 33 TRACKS IN TOTAL
[DVD] MIYAVI Japan Tour 2016 "NEW BEAT, NEW FUTURE" Tour Final @ Makuhari Messe LIVEfootage (aprox. 90min)
[Special Booklet]
-newly shot photos
-collection of behind-the-scene photos from MIYAVI Japan Tour 2016 "NEW BEAT, NEW FUTURE"

DISC 1 -DAY 1-
(01) What's My Name? - Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(02) Universe - Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(03) Ahead Of The Light - Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(04) What A Wonderful World - Day2 Mix (re-recorded)
(05) Guard You- Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(06) Live to Die Another Day (New song) (Theme song for the movie 'Mugen no Juunin'
(07) What's My Name?
(08) Survive
(09) Torture
(10) Strong
(11) Day 1
(12) Ahead Of The Light
(13) Horizon
(14) Secret
(15) Real?
(16) Let Go
(17) The Others
(18) Afraid To Be Cool
(19) Fire Bird
(20) Long Nights

DISC 2 -DAY 0-
(1) Rock No Gyakusyuu Superstar No Zyouken
(2) Freedom Fighters
(3) Wedding March With Band Ver.
(4) Senor Senora Senorita
(5) Itoshii Hito (Beta De Suman.)-2006 ver.-
(6) Dear My Friend -Tegami Wo Kakuyo--
(7) Kimi Ni Negai Wo
(8) We Love You
(9) Selfish Love -Aishitekure,Aishiterukara-
(10) Sakihokoru Hana No Youni -Neo Visyualism-
(11) Subarashikikana, Kono Sekai -What A Wonderful Word-
(12) Hi No Hikarisae Todokanai Kono Basyo De feat. SUGIZO
(13) Girls, be ambitious.(previously released from Indies label)

~Standard Edition (CD)
Retail Price: 2,500JPY (excl. tax) 
[CD] same as DISC 1 of Limited Edition =20 tracks in total

~Digital (worldwide/All BPs)
Standard Edition plus "Mission: Impossible Theme" (as a bundle bonus)
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