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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
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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.

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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
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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!”
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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.
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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:   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 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
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:

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:
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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
OPEN 16:00/ START17:00
VENUE: Nippon Budokan
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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. 


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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.


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.

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
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)
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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