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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:   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:   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:   SuG  
Source:  press release
Tickets for SuG’s 10 year anniversary live performance of their show “HEAVY POSITIVE ROCK” at the Nippon Budokan are now available for sale worldwide.

Furthermore, a special fan meeting for those coming all the way to Japan is scheduled for September 1st.

The tickets are currently on sale and additional information will be published on SuG’s Official Facebook page.

◆SuG Fan meeting
DATE:2017.9.1
◆HEAVY POSITIVE ROCK
DATE:2017.9.2
OPEN 16:00/ START17:00
VENUE: Nippon Budokan
Ticket:https://ticket.tickebo.jp/pc/en/1704-sug07/
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Yoshiki of X Japan underwent surgery for cervical artificial disc replacement on Tuesday (USA time), May 16th, 2017, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The operation was concluded successfully.

Diagnosed as having “cervical foraminal stenosis” (radiculopathy of the left arm and herniated discs at the C5-C6 levels) due to his intense drumming style, his artificial disc replacement surgery required several hours of highly intricate skills by Dr. Neel Anand. Yoshiki is currently in stable condition. According to the doctor, he will have difficulty using his voice for a while after the surgery. He should regain his regular voice within the coming months as recovery progresses.

The incision is expected to heal partially over the next 6 weeks, and 90% recovery is expected over the next 6 months. However, the length of time it will take for Yoshiki to see improvement on the nerve pain that runs down his left arm is still unknown.

Ordinarily Yoshiki should remain in the hospital for at least a few days after the surgery. After waking up from general anesthesia and under heavy analgesics, he expressed that he wants to record a song he was writing from last night till right before surgery. Persuading his doctor into releasing him from the hospital a few hours after surgery, he headed for the studio and stayed there for half an hour. However, since his condition after surgery was too extreme, his staff and the accompanying nurse managed to get him back home to rest under his physician’s care.

In regards to the “X Japan World Tour 2017 We are X” scheduled in July, the Yoshiki Premium Dinner Show dates in August and September, and other X JAPAN world tour dates, decisions will be made based on his recovery. We hope to make announcements as soon as possible.

We thank everyone for the well wishes from all over the world. At the same time, Yoshiki deeply apologizes for any inconvenience caused by his health. 

- MANAGEMENT

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Artist:   X Japan   Yoshiki  
Source:  RMMS Newsletter
Emergency surgery for Yoshiki of X Japan scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on May 16, 2017.

It has been determined by multiple doctors that Yoshiki of X JAPAN will undergo an emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery on Tuesday, May 16th in Los Angeles.


Full statement has been released by Yoshiki's management Team:

As a result of YOSHIKI's intense drumming style and its impact on his physical health, he was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis in July 2009, and then underwent a cervical laminectomy and a cervical foraminotomy.

After suffering from a herniated disc that has worsened over the past six months, YOSHIKI has experienced symptoms including numbness and severe paralysis of the left hand and arm, which have since affected his musical performances. Upon receiving a complete examination by his doctors in both Japan and the U.S., YOSHIKI was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis (radiculopathy of the left arm and herniation of intervertebral disc C5-C6). After thorough consultation, YOSHIKI has no choice but to undergo surgery at this time.

YOSHIKI has been informed by a neurosurgeon in Japan that his neck has experienced severe damage that would force a professional rugby player to retire. It has been medically determined that he is approaching his limit, both physically and mentally. The intense schedule has taken its toll on his already damaged nervous system. With performances at Visual Japan Summit Festival, Yoshiki Classical Special in Japan, Hong Kong, Carnegie Hall in New York and Wembley Arena in London, he has continued to play around the world with X JAPAN and solo. In addition to adopting an intensive travel schedule to over 20 film festivals globally to promote the documentary WE ARE X, contributed to his health condition.

"I had the pleasure of seeing Yoshiki, who has a C5-6 disc herniation with left arm radiculopathy. He has been recommended to have a cervical artificial disc replacement," explains Neel Anand, M.D., YOSHIKI's Orthopedic Spine surgeon in the U.S.

Dr. Tommy Tomizawa, M.D., adds "It was decided upon consultation that he will undergo emergency surgery as the condition of his neck at present will interfere not only with his career as an artist, but also with everyday life. From viewing the results of the MRI and CT scans, the damage is so severe that it is apparent that he has experienced considerable pain while performing. As this would be his second such procedure, we eliminated the option of a cervical foraminotomy, an operation in which a portion of bone is removed. Yoshiki's symptoms reappeared at the Visual Japan Summit festival, which was held last October in Japan. By the time he performed in January of this year at New York's Carnegie Hall, he had already lost the sensation in his left hand. The symptoms worsened this March following the U.K. Wembley performance, but he continued recording. Even in his condition at that state, Yoshiki stated that he wanted to see things through to the end. However, due to the worsening of his symptoms, doctors, determined that if the situation continued he would have gone beyond the point of surgery and recovery."

The operation is to be performed on May 16th at a Los Angeles hospital. Unfortunately, the cancellation of all scheduled activity in May could not be avoided. In addition, July's X Japan World Tour 2017, 'We Are X' concert dates in Japan, 'the Yoshiki Premium Dinner Show' dates in August and September, as well as yet-to-be-announced dates for the summer world tour that was to start in Los Angeles, are now undergoing rescheduling with his U.S. agency William Morris Endeavor.

Following YOSHIKI's operation, a discussion whether to cancel, postpone or move forward as scheduled will be held amongst the agent, promoter and management.

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience this will cause to fans and everyone involved.

-MANAGEMENT

Let's every keep our thoughts with YOSHIKI and his family as we await news of a safe recovery
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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.

Tracklisting:
1. GreeM
2. despair's ray

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


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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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Date: 2017.02.22
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Artist:   TOMOYASU HOTEI  
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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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)
M1. UNDERWORLD
M2. CALLING
M3. BREAK FREE
M4. DON’T HOLD BACK
M5. BLEED FOR ME
M6. IN THIS HELL
M7. INSIDE OF ME feat. Chris Motionless of Motionless In White
M8. RISE OR DIE feat. Richard Z.Kruspe of Emigrate / Rammstein
M9. SIN IN JUSTICE
M10. B.Y.O.B (BRING YOUR OWN BLOOD)
M11. RISE UP

▼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
July 26th (Wed) ZEPP OSAKA BAYSIDE
*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:

VAMPS LIVE 2017 UNDERWORLD

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

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

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

ZEPP SAPPORO
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]
■VAMPS Official Fan Club VAMPADDICT
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:   ViViD   SHIN  
Source:  Press release
SHIN, formerly the vocalist of ViViD, held his first come-back performance in Tokyo at EX THEATER ROPPONGI on Christmas Eve. His first oneman show was a success, with tickets completely selling out. The venue was filled with fans who gathered at
there to take in the experience. With the conclusion of this performance, his goods will be made available for mail order to fans all over the world.
Following SHIN's come-back show, he released a statement written in his own words. Since most of his social media hadn't been made public before the show, he hopes that he can
convey what he thought after the performance.

For now, it hasn't been announced what type of activities SHIN will continue to do, but fans should definitely expect more news.

SHIN 1st Oneman Live Merch Purchase Page
http://ptix.co/2id20Dt

SHIN Official Website
http://www.shin-project.tokyo/



A message from SHIN from his official blog:
20161224
I want time to stop.
It was a time that I thought like that from my heart.
Many thanks to everyone who couldn't come but supported me anyway.

This is the beginning of SHIN.

There are many scary things,
and there are many painful things but
when I think that from here on out there will be many days which are deeply moving like yesterday was, I feel as though I can overcome things no matter how painful they are.

I want time to stop.
I thought like that but
However
If time were to stop I'd never be able to advance further from before.

Beginning today, I'm moving one step at a time towards the day I can meet all of you again.

It's a promise.
It's okay.

We can meet soon.

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers.

And, I just want to say over and over again.

Thank you for coming to meet SHIN.
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Artist:   Avanchick  
Source:  Press release
Avanchick have announced that they will disband in fall of 2017, following a performance in Tokyo. Details of this performance, including the date, have yet to be released.

Fans planning to attend Tokyo in Tulsa in July also have nothing to worry about, as the band will perform as planned. To their American fans, vocalist NOAH tweeted, "To everyone in America, I'm sorry to worry you. Avanchick is definitely going to Tulsa. Please come see our final form."

The statement regarding their disbandment along with individual member statements to their fans, whom they call "Moumoku Shojo," have been translated below:


*Important Announcement*

We are truly thankful to those who have supported Avanchick in the past.
Unfortunately, Avanchick will disband in the fall of 2017 following a Tokyo performance.
We apologize deeply to all of the fans and staff whom we've caused a great worry and trouble to with this sudden announcement.

*****

Member Comments

I'm sorry for the abrupt announcement regarding our disbandment.
We thought about it again and again, and this is the answer we came to.
After our performance at Akasaka BLITZ ended, I felt like I wanted time to reconsider once more what it was I really wanted to do as I came back to Tokyo from Kumamoto.
While I've been gaining experience through my activities in Avanchick, I started to feel as though I'm out of step with the musical activities I personally have been striving for.
I'm struggling to put an end to something personal that I created myself, but I'm very proud of the songs I made with this band and the time I spent with the Moumoku Shojo.
I think what I can and should do is to keep singing with all my power, conveying the emotions I want to express, and reach out to the lonely as Avanchick's Noah until the moment we disband.
Please continue on with me until that very last day.
NOAH

*****

First of all, I'm sorry to all of the Moumoku Shojo that have trusted us so far. And, thank you. If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't have made it this far. Even now, I love this band. My true feelings are that I wanted to continue with it. I'm sorry for such a sudden announcement. I love all of you. I want to always look over you.
Rey

*****

First of all, I'm so sorry it's come to snatching away something that you all like.
NOAH, Rey, Otake, kagari, and Hyu-ga.
I feel with all my heart that it's all thanks to the fans and the industry people we worked with that the five of us were able to stand on stage and be an active part of the world of music.
Avanchick had been trying to get through a rough time so I can't really say that things were going well for us, and now it's come to this point...
Even with the current outcome, I think a "miracle" was produced, born of the mixing of relationships between various things and people.
It's difficult for miracles like that to continue on forever. That miracle comes to an end, and the gears that were intertwined so intricately have come to a stop.
As the one who started Avanchick and its leader, I feel so apologetic that I couldn't keep the miracle going. I feel incredibly disappointed in myself.
But while it may just be my opinion, I believe that the feelings and songs created by Avanchick will go on forever, and I'm going to keep working hard all the way until the very end, so I hope I can count on all of your support until then.
Otake

*****

First of all, I'm really sorry for such a sudden announcement.
It's been about 3 years since Avanchick's formation. It was short, but it was a very rich 3 years.
I was able to live because of all of the smiles every Moumoku Shojo. I truly have nothing but thanks. Thank you.
But, we also have things that we have yet to announce, and until the end of this current stage I am "Avanchick's Kagari."
My attitude isn't that of "Well, we're breaking up anyway." Rather, I feel more than ever that I want to move forward and give you everything I have, encompassing all of the emotions I've gotten from everyone and the gratitude I have toward those feelings at each and every performance until the moment we disband.
I'd like you to support me all the way up until the moment I'm not longer "Avanchick's Kagari." I want you to stand by me.
Please indulge my selfishness one last time.
-kagari-

*****

I'm sorry to make this announcement so suddenly.
This was the outcome we decided on after talking together with the members again and again.
In the 2 and a half years since we began, we rushed forward frantically with our own style.
Since doing this band there have been things which were very fun, but there have been just as many painful and difficult things too. The other members, the staff, and without a doubt, the Moumoku Shojo are the reasons that I, a brat like me that didn't know left from right regarding bands, was able to come this far. Thank you.
Being able to play the drums and piano for Avanchick were an irreplaceable treasure within my own life.
Hyu-ga
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Artist:   Pentagon  
Source:  FAKE STAR Official Newsletter
Pentagon, the viral Visual Kei sensation, will headline their first overseas live performance at Texas-based event A-Kon, ranked #2 in largest anime conventions of 2016 in North America by animecons.com. In addition, the band has announced a new name to signify their expansion to include overseas activities: “Pentagon Japan.” A new English logo was also created for the new band name.

Pentagon Japan will headline a musical performance on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas.

Other activities at the convention will include autograph sessions, a Q&A panel, and a special
fashion event to be announced.

More information regarding scheduling will be released on the A-kon website: Click Here

You can register for tickets Here

Pentagon Japan's appearance is coordinated by FAKE STAR, USA
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Artist:   Yoshiki  
Source:  RMMS Newsletter
A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, "Here & Now" reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

"Here and Now" airs on NPR stations across America.
(*broadcast times will vary depending on location)

Find a station or listen online:
http://legacy.wbur.org/syndication?program=hereandnow


YOSHIKI Classical Special featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
January 12 & 13 at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Tickets and Info: http://www.yoshiki.net/classical.html
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Date: 2016.12.21
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Artist:   MIZTAVLA  
Source:  press release
MIZTAVLA has just announced that their 2nd Mini Album "零"(Rei) will be released in January. Now is the time to reveal their forthcoming album.

MIZTAVLA is taking a chance and performing at O-EAST within a year of forming the band.
Their 1st mini album, "Adramelech", consisted of five unique tracks. So now, how they express and improve themselves for the 2nd album "零"(Rei) is the question.

"The retrospective of Visual kei" is the concept of MIZTAVLA.
The release of this album is a great opportunity for us to peak into their mind before their first solo show “Genten Kaiki" at O-EAST in September.

One of the five songs from the new album, "LOVE666", has been pre-released which can be found online.
"零" is a step ahead of their previous album and their concept of "retrospective of Visual-Kei".

It will surely bring us the impact it had when we first heard Visuak-kei music in the past.


------------Live info------------
2016.12.19 mon Koenji Niman Denatsu
MIZTAVLA Christmas Party
"Yadorigi no Kinosita, Akaku Somaru Kimito"

2017.09.19 tue TSUTAYA O-EAST
MIZTAVLA 1 Year Anniversary Solo gig
"Genten Kaiki"

2017.01.03 tue Shinjuku club SCIENCE
2017.01.07 sat ShibuyaREX
2017.01.13 fri IkebukuroEDGE
2017.01.16 mon TakadanobanaAREA
2017.01.23 mon IkebukuroEDGE
2017.01.25 wed IkebukuroEDGE
2017.01.27 fri IkebukuroEDGE
2017.02.03 fri IkebukuroEDGE
2017.02.11 sat Sibuya club asia 4MAN LIVE
2017.03.15 wed IkebukuroEDGE

------------Release info------------

2nd Mini Album "零"(Rei)
2017. 1.11(wed) release
order number: MIZT-002
2,100yen + tax
5 songs including "LOVE666"

Stockists & Shop limited editions
Extra film footage
MIZTAVLA radio(Kari) #2 - Each member of MIZTAVLA will become a radio personality and interview other members about behind scenes and process of making their 2nd album.

fiveStars : DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
little HEARTS. : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 v(Hiryu) disc
SKULLROSE: DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
ZEAL LINK: Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 Kou disc
PURE SOUND : DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
BRAND X : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 yuri disc
LIKE AN EDISON : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 fumiya disc
ONDOKO : DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
JISHUBANCLUB : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 Riuki disc

In store event info

*check official website for info on how to attend the events
2017. 1.15(Sun)
OPEN 12:30 / START 13:00
at little HEARTS. Shinjuku
members' outfit : Hakama
contents: Talk & 6shot

2017. 1.15(Sun)
OPEN/START 16:30
at BRAND X
member's outfit : MIZTAVLA Original Big Hoodie
contents: Talk & autograph session

2017. 1.21(Sat)
OPEN 13:30 / START 14:00
JISHUBANCLUB
members' outfit : Suits
contents: Talk & 6shot

2017. 1.21(Sat)
OPEN 16:30 / START 17:00
LIKE AN EDISON TOKYO
members' outfit : Live/Stage outfit
Contents: Talk & autograph session

2017. 1.28(Sat)
OPEN 15:30 / START 16:00
TAKADANOBABA ZEAL LINK
member's outfit : MIZTAVLA Original Big Hoodie
contents: Talk & 6shot

MIZTAVLA OFFICIAL WEBSITE
http://www.miztavla.jp/
Author: Meiko K.
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