Over The L’Arc en Ciel Documentary Recieves London Screening

Over The L'Arc en CielA documentary film of L’Arc-en-Ciel‘s latest world tour will come to London this March with a screening at East London’s Rich Mix cinema on Sunday 8 March.

In 2012, L’Arc-en-Ciel, the prestigious Japanese rock band, celebrated its 20th anniversary with an international excursion which included the headlining gig at Madison Square Garden, rock’s most hallowed cathedral. It was the first ever for a Japanese act and during the tour, they played 17 shows for a total audience of half a million people across 14 cities, including a show at London’s Indigo at the O2.

The gigantic world tours is now turned into a documentary film, “Over The L’Arc-en-Ciel” which will be shown in a limited release for 8 days in select cinemas.

The Japanese-American director Ray Yoshimoto filmed the backstage scenes of the Madison Square Garden performance, a momentous occasion for Japanese music as a whole, and the band’s unknown aspect along with their overwhelming live performances.

After the announcement of releasing this film in Japan, many enthusiastic fans around the world raised their voices for international release of the film. To respond to the requests, it is now confirmed that the documentary will be shown in London as well as Indonesia, Thai, Singapore and Hong Kong where L’Arc-en-Ciel visited during their WORLD TOUR in 2012.

Tickets for the London screening are on sale now with a face value of £12.20.

VAMPS Rocking Back to Europe This October


Hard rocking, hard rolling and hard touring; VAMPS have announced that they will once again tour Europe!

VAMPS, a unit of two members; hyde from legendary rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel, and K.A.Z from Oblivion Dust, will be returning to Europe this October. They will play at London’s O2 Academy Islington on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th October. Tickets for Monday’s show have now sold out. The remaining tickets for Sunday’s performance are available from TicketWeb by clicking here.

Since 2008 VAMPS have been rocking live houses all over the world with their mixture of rhythmic rock and sexy vocals. Not only do they love it live, they also make an intoxicating mix in the studio with a string of singles, every one of which has been in the Japanese charts.

London has played host to hyde once before for a legendary show by L’Arc~en~Ciel in 2012, we can’t wait to have him back with VAMPS. European tour dates are as follows:

28 September: Barcelona, Sala Apolo
1 October: Paris, L’Olympia
3 October: Berlin, Kesselhaus
6 October: London, O2 Academy Islington
7 October: London, O2 Academy Islington

As well as announcing this tour, VAMPS have also revealed a new album, SEX BLOOD ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, which will contain re-recordings of all their hit singles to date. There is not yet a date for release. We can’t fault their classic choice of album title.

For more information on the London show:
London O2 Academy Islington
Ticketmaster ticketing for this event

L’Arc en Ciel: Returning to London?

Japanese pop-rock group L’Arc en Ciel could be returning to London for their next world tour – the power is in your hands. The band has opened up a voting system from their homepage (click here for access), asking fans which city the unit should hit for their second world tour. The past tour included a sold out show at London’s indigO2 in April 2012, and marked the first UK performance for hyde and the band. Let’s make sure they return!

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L’Arc en Ciel: The World Tour 2012 Interview

L'Arc en Ciel: yukihiro, tetsuya, hyde and ken (l-r)

With tickets for L’Arc en Ciel‘s first London show going on sale from 9am today (click here to purchase yours), we were lucky enough to get some time with the group’s iconic vocalist hyde, as well as its leader and bass-player tetsuya (both names intentionally stylised in lowercase), for a chat about their 20 years in rock, their upcoming world tour, and good old England ahead of their first ever UK performance, taking place at indig02 on 11 April 2012.

This interview has since been translated by fans into Japanese and can be read here. (←日本語)

Thank you for including England on this tour! Do you still get nervous when you play in a new country?

hyde says:
“The shows are really exciting when it’s our first time playing there, so I’m looking forward to it. England is especially one of the roots of our sound, so I can’t wait to play there.”

tetsuya says:
“More than ‘nervous’.
I’d say I’m really excited to be able to see our fans.”

Our readers will kill us if we don’t ask this question: Have you visited England before? Will you get any time off to sightsee and be a tourist? Where would you like to go, see or experience in London?

hyde says:
“All of my solo album ROENTGEN was recorded there so I stay there often. I went to Stonehenge and Brighton beach. At the time go-karts were really in so I did that a lot, and I went to Chinatown often and got to know the restaurant workers pretty well. The towns are beautiful so I want to take walks through them again.”

tetsuya says:
“I’ve been to London three times, but the last time was over ten years ago, so I want to see how it’s changed.”

We understand you’ll be the first Japanese artist to perform at Madison Square Gardens – congratulations! When you first started, did you ever imagine you’d play such a prestigious American venue?

hyde says:
“If we hadn’t been successful in Japan first, this would have been unimaginable. If L’Arc en Ciel is going to play overseas, we want to play in as larger venue as possible.”

tetsuya says:
“Well I guess we are the first Japanese only in terms of a ‘solo’ show. I remember how excited I was when Loudness opened for Motley Crue at MSG, when I was in middle school. It’s a real honor to be able to get up there on the same stage.”

Where would you like to be the first Japanese artist to perform in London? On top of Buckingham Palace? On the Abbey Road zebra crossing? A guerrilla live in Camden Town?

hyde says:
“Those all sound great. :)
Okay, how about the London Dungeon?”

tetsuya says:
“The Royal…
Albert Hall!”

You recently celebrated your 20th anniversary – that’s older than a large proportion of our readers! What’s your secret to such a long and respectable career?

hyde says:
“A generous heart.
It’s important.”

tetsuya says:
“A little bit of talent.
And hard work and luck.”

You have a number of side projects, some involving exactly the same members of L’Arc en Ciel – do you feel that being able to express different sides of your personalities in such a way has helped you remain as a unit for so long? And which side do you think represents you best?

tetsuya says:
“For me it’s fun because I get discover all kinds of new perspectives that I wouldn’t have noticed on my own. Also there’s a world view I can only express through my solo work as TETSUYA, and I want to spread that message.”

Despite there being many L’Arc en Ciel fans in the UK, your band is still very underground – even amongst rock fans. So, how would you introduce L’Arc en Ciel to people who haven’t heard of you before? How would you describe L’Arc en Ciel’s style?

hyde says:
“We are a band that is ‘too’ free.
We use all kinds of genres without being bound to one.”

tetsuya says:
“Japanese Rock Band”

If you could sum up the last 20 years of your career with a single word (English or Japanese), which word would you use? And please could you explain why this word is appropriate?

tetsuya says:
“‘Roller Coaster’.
The reason is just what it sounds like!”

Which songs did you especially request to be included and why?

hyde says:
“It’s not decided yet.
What songs would the fans from England like to hear?”

When planning the world tour, what were some of the ideas and thoughts that went through your mind? What was crucial to be included?

hyde says:
“I wanted to make it the biggest world tour ever put on by a Japanese group.”

tetsuya says:
“I’d be happy if we can recreate as best as possible the shows that we usually put on in Japan.”

Your single X X X is released now in the UK. What’s the most X X X thing you’ve ever done? Is L’Arc en Ciel a typical X X X style rock band?

tetsuya says:
“Really? It’s been released?
I never knew!”

Your 20th L’Anniversary Concert was simply awe-inspiring, and we understand all proceeds were given to charity too. Amazing. Can you please tell us in your own words how it felt to (a) be celebrating your 20th anniversary in such a way and (b) to help your country in the process?

hyde says:
“I think one good thing about Japanese people is that they care for their neighbours. It looks like L’Arc en Ciel has a conscience after all!”

tetsuya says:
“I felt like…
we were being tested.”

Do you have (a) any words of advice to musicians who aspire to be as big as L’Arc en Ciel? And (b) and final comments you’d like to leave with our readers in the UK?

hyde says:
“To continue is a powerful thing. If we had split up we would never have been able to come to England. We want to put on a show that will be remembered. I’m already looking forward to it!”

And so are we, hyde. So are we!

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Tickets on Sale Now for L’Arc en Ciel in London 2012

The date has been confirmed. L’Arc en Ciel will perform at the London indigO2 on Wednesday 11 April 2012, and tickets for the group’s first ever UK performance are on sale now for fanclub members, and will be on general sale from Thursday 17 November!

Tickets have two price points; £55 will get you a place in the venue’s centre balcony, side balcony, rear balcony standing or downstairs standing; where as £111 will get you a place in the King’s Row VIP or downstairs standing VIP areas. All tickets are subject to an additional 10 per cent handling fee. Accessible seating is also available, though customers are advised to call 020 8463 3359 or email access@theo2.co.uk for tickets.

VIP tickets holders will receive a special souvenir ticket, laminated programme and a towel to wipe up excess fan juices with.

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