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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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Artist:   Rei  
Source:  press release
Rei, an up-and-coming, singer-guitarist from Japan. Gaining prominence with her impressive guitar skills and voice, making a charming contrasted with her young age and doe-like looks.

She will be performing at one of France's largest rock music festivals, Les Eurockéennes de Belfort on Saturday, July 8th, which marks her debut in Europe.

About Rei:

Born in 1993 in Hyogo, Japan, Rei spent her childhood years in New York, making her fully bilingual in English and Japanese, which she incorporates into her self-penned lyrics. Having started classic guitar at the age of 4, she became fascinated with blues music at 5, and still lists Johnny Winter, Blind Blake, JB Lenoir, Jeff Land, BECK, tUnE-yArDs, HIATUS KAIYOTE, etc., as some of her favorite musicians and inspirations. For more artiste information: http://en.guitarei.com/
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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:   ALI PROJECT   Minori Chihara   AQUORS   THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS   
Source:  Press release
Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 has announced the performers for the special concert event coming this June 30 and July 1, 2017, to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Ticket details for Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 are now available here.

ALI PROJECT is Arika Takarano (lyrics and vocals) and Mikiya Katakura (composer and arranger). Since 1992, the pair has charmed audiences with their unique melodies, poetic lyrics and strong visuals. They have performed many anime theme songs such as “Seishoujo Ryouiki” for Rozen Maiden and “Yuukyou Seishunka” for CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion. ALI PROJECT is a one of a kind duo who takes control of all aspects of their performance, including visual arts, design, costumes, and stage design, in addition to the music. ALI PROJECT will release their 25th Anniversary Best album in June.

Official Website: http://aliproject.jp



Minori Chihara is a voice actress who has performed roles in various popular anime series such as Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Mitsuki Nase from Beyond the Boundary, and Kaori Nakaseto from Sound! Euphonium. She is also a singer who has successfully performed at huge venues such as Nippon Budokan and Saitama Super Arena. She is a singer who can represent the anisong industry while also being a voice actress. Her signature songs include but are not limited to: “Paradise Lost,” “TERMINATED,” “ZONE//ALONE,” and “Kyokai no Kanata.”

Official Website: http://chiharaminori.net



Aqours (pronounced “aqua”) is the school idol group formed in Uchiura, Shizuoka, for the multimedia project “Love Live! Sunshine!!”. The project started in April 2015 and spread across various media including CDs, live events, magazines, and mobile apps. The first single “Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?” was released in October 2015. The TV anime aired in summer 2016, and they had their first live shows at Yokohama Arena on February 25 and 26, 2017, which attracted 12,000 fans each day. Their future project “”Aqours Next Step! Project”” includes a second anime season, tour, and CD releases. Aquors will perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 with all 9 members of the team!


Official Website: http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/uranohoshi/worldwide/




THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS are from the mobile game series THE IDOLM@STER, launched in 2011. There are more than 190 idols in the group. The anime series aired in January 2015, and the rhythm game THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Starlight Stage was released in September 2015. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS will perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 with a special selection of performers: Asami Takano, Haruka Yoshimura, Hiromi Igarashi, Rei Matsuzaki, Tomoyo Kurosawa, and Yuko Iida.

Official Website: http://cinderella.idolmaster.jp


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Artist:   NIA  
Source:  Press release
Back in 2016, visual kei band NIA (ex-AUNCIA/Ansia) visited Europe on a tour thanks to Realive, and now Realive is also distributing their new live DVD “ANSHIA”, shot at NIA’s last oneman show before their hiatus, in December 2016 in Tokyo (Tsutaya O-West).

The DVD includes the whole show (24 tracks).

Japanese pre-release: April 23
International release: May 15

Worldwide shipment

Available from May 15th on REALive online shop
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Artist:   SUGIZO   INORAN   LUNA SEA  
Source:  Press release
After the successful collaboration “SUGIZO vs INORAN PRESENTS BEST BOUT L2/5“ last year, the two star guitarists from LUNA SEA, SUGIZO and INORAN are proudly expanding their highly anticipated tour. Apart from performing two shows in their home country, Japan. They will also be touring other cities in Asia.

SUGIZO vs INORAN PRESENTS
BEST BOUT 2017 L2/5

Japan Leg
2017/6/9(Fri) Namba Hatch
[INFO] Sogo Osaka 06-6344-3326
2017/6/11(Sun) Zepp Tokyo
[INFO] HOT STUFF PROMOTION 03-5720-9999

Asia Leg
2017/6/17(Sat) Hong Kong
2017/6/24(Sat) Singapore

*Further details to be announced later.
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Artist:   G.L.A.M.S.  
Source:  Press release
Mikaru is coming back to Europe in 2017 with the project G.L.A.M.S.
Gathering some ex-members of DIO and Black Line around Mikaru as the producer and leader, G.L.A.M.S is releasing a brand new album titled "A Queen of the Night" , which will also be the title of the tour.

This album will be pre-released exclusively for the upcoming European Tour and available at each show. The release party will take place in Lille, France, on May 24th. Free admission!

Tour dates :
WED May 24: Lille (FR), Album release party | Tetsuto’s birthday, DIY Cafe
SAT May 27 KRAKOW (PL), Magnificon
SUN May 28 BERLIN (DE), Marie-Antoinette
THU June 1 PRAGUE (CZ), Chapeau Rouge
FRI June 2 MUNICH (DE), Garage DeLuxe
SAT June 3 LYON (FR), La Marquise
SUN June 4 PARIS (FR), Le Klub
THU June 8 POZNAN (PL), Alligator
FRI June 9 COLOGNE (DE), MTC
SAT June 10 DEN HAAG (NL), Animecon
SUN June 11 LIEGE (BE), Le Garage

Tickets (Credit card / Paypal): highfeel.jp/events/
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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

SYNOPSIS
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.

BONUS FEATURES
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


AMAZON USA
ITUNES USA

WE ARE X Official Website: http://www.wearexfilm.com



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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:   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.

Official Website: https://genkipanman.wixsite.com/genki
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/GENKIPANMAN
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMYgcrxq3VE7PnTk3hIdusQ
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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.

Official Website: http://raindia.info/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRSL2Want8utImzukzDR7bw
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