the GazettE WORLD TOUR13 Documentary – Out Now on DVD Across Europe!

the GazettE WORLD TOUR13 DOCUMENTARY

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Read all about it! For the first times, fans of Japan’s undisputed kings of visual kei, the GazettE, will be given all area access to the act’s long awaited world tour with the release of their debut English-language documentary on 21 April 2014 from London’s JPU Records. See the trailer here.

Crowds upwards of 20,000 packed out venues across Europe and Latin America in anticipation to see the GazettE return after six years of international silence. This 100-minute film captures that tour, from fans ambushing the band at airports, to behind-the-scenes footage both on and off the road, to live clips of the GazettE’s sold out performances in each of the nine cities of the tour, and offers an unparalleled glimpse of the members’ time off as they toured across the world in September 2013.

In the countries in North America, Latin America, Oceania, and Asia, this audio visual work will be available through iTunes store. The DVD will be region 0 and contains English language subtitles, a feature not included in the original Japanese release.

Order your copy from: JPU Records’ Online Shop (World wide shipping)
UK: Amazon.co.uk, Play.comPlastichead, Hive.co.uk, Exertis MSE,
Czech Republic: Audio3,
Denmark: imusic, ivinyl, CDON,
Finland: Super Sounds, Record Shop X, CDON,
France: Amazon.fr,
Germany: Amazon.de, Nippon ShopNeo Tokyo,
Hungary: Sounds of Japan,
Italy: Amazon.it,
Lithuania: imuzika,
Poland: Skelpy24, fan.pl,
Norway: CDON,
Russia: Record Shop X,
Sweden: Bengans, CDON,
Plus many more places!

the GazettE WORLD TOUR13 Documentary includes footage from:
06 September: Jose Cuervo Salon, Mexico City (MEXICO)
08 September: Teatro Caupolican, Santiago (CHILE)
11 September: Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)
14 September: Espaco Victory, Sao Paulo (BRAZIL)
20 September: Le Trianon, Paris (FRANCE)
22 September: Le Phare, Toulouse (FRANCE)
25 September: FZW, Dortmund (GERMANY)
27 September: Tonhalle, Munich (GERMANY)
29 September: The Circus, Helsinki (FINLAND)

the GazettE Line-up:
RUKI – Vocals (Twitter account)
URUHA – Guitar
AOI – Guitar (Twitter account)
REITA – Bass
KAI – Drums

An Cafe Back with New Album and Fourth World Tour!

Time to get the pink fluffy stuff off the shelf and restock on glitter; An Cafe are back, and they may just be playing in a town near you. Between February and March 2014 the man-boys will embark on the European section of their fourth ‘world’ tour, this one entitled ‘LIVE CAFE TOUR 2014 – NYAPPY GO AROUND THE WORLD IV ~kawaii Cafekko AISHITERU~’. BUT! That’s not all! to show all the Cafekko (the name of their fans) out there just how much they AISHITERU you, they’ll be dropping their spanking new album this month; Hikagyaku ZiprocK.

More on that below, for now here are those tour dates:

21.02.2014 Zeche Carl, Essen [Germany]
22.02.2014 LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart [Germany]
25.02.2014 Szene, Vienna [Austria]
26.02.2014 Proxima, Warsaw [Poland]
27.02.2014 Club 202, Budapest [Hungary]
01.03.2014 Backstage Halle, Munich [Germany]
02.03.2014 Lido, Berlin [Germany]
04.03.2014 Ninkasi Kao, Lyon [France]
06.03.2014 Trabendo, Paris [France]
07.03.2014 O2 Islington, London [UK]
09.03.2014 Volta Club, Moscow [Russian]
11.03.2014 Tavastia, Helsinki [Finland]

Hikagyaku ZiprocK is the ‘Harajuku Dance Rock’ act’s fifth full-length album and is due for release across Europe this December courtesy of Gan Shin.
Tracklist:
Hikagyaku ZiprocK An Cafe CD01. Juryoku Scandalous
02. ROMAN ~Let’s make precious love~
03. Hachimitsu+Lemon=?
04. Utsukushi Hito
05. Gendai Soldier Now.
06. O No Saki Ga Ienai
07. Shomi Kigen 2010.01.04
08. Itai Onna ~NO PAIN,NO LOVE ? JAPAIN GIRLS in LOVE~
09. Inazuma no Senritsu
10. Bee Myself Bee Yourself ~Jibun Rashiku Kimi Rashiku Umareta Story wa Hajimattenda
11. Kiminomachi ~5 person sing along ver.~
12. Itsumo no Kiss de / MaT
13. Love Me♡Tender / Paku x2 Pakuchi
14. Merry Making ~Anti-aging ver~

You can order it now on CD from Amazon by clicking here. If you can’t wait until the European release date, the Japanese Limited Edition is also available by clicking here.

In the meantime, here’s Miku as a girl:

VAMPS Rocking Back to Europe This October

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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: 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”
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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.”
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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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