Here’s Babymetal’s Entire Set from the Alternative Press Music Awards

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and if you have, I do not judge!), you knew about Babymetal’s appearance at the APMAs and knew it was going to feature Rob Halford from Judas Priest and guessed that it would probably involve “Karate” and at least one Priest classic like “Breaking the Law” or “Painkiller.” And then we got ’em all!

Thanks to @AshLikeSnow17 for the tip on the YouTube version

A few things:

  • I honestly have no idea why this performance happened other than Amuse paid Alt Press a large sum of money. Across-the-board collaborations aside, it had nothing to do with anything; unless something happened after I switched off, Judas Priest wasn’t involved other than this. Hell, Babymetal was barely involved other than this.
  • And it was still the most interesting part of the show. So much forced edginess!* You guys! They swear a lot!
  • But how good did Su-metal sound with Halford? Ol’ Rob doesn’t move so well anymore, so the physical chemistry was hard to come by, but their voices worked really well together. Su getting a little old-school edge right down to the screams was mega cool.
  • “Well, it isn’t really a Babymetal show unless Yuimetal and Moametal are directly involved” pointed out their parents, and so was born the briefly shocking image of the two of them actually playing actual guitars on stage.
  • “Playing” used rather generously in Yuimetal’s case (I think she was mostly accu-miming) and — correct me if I’m wrong — accurately enough in Moametal’s. Whether she’s able to put in as much time with the instrument as fans might hope is open to speculation, but “Kikuchi Moa plays guitar” is not an inaccurate statement.
  • I’m sorry, who are these Yeemetal and Mometal people? Embarrassing. It really isn’t that hard to at least include all of the letters that the teleprompter shows you. Or, you know, you’re just an asshole.
  • I’ve watched this replay five times and I don’t care. “Karate” is far from my favorite Babymetal song, and I still get seriously jazzed seeing them perform it. YOU GUYS IT’S BABYMETAL! AND ROB HALFORD! AND … LITTLE GUITARS!

*But for real, when the hell did “pop punk” become this thing that you admitted to doing? I’m not knocking the music**, but the sentiment; may as well start bragging about your “easy metal” or “mom ‘n’ roll” band while you’re at it.
**Yes I am. Most of this stuff is butt. I remember when rock music felt dangerous and important. Guns N’ Fuckin’ Roses playing a cash-grab arena tour after 20 years of hating each other is more inspiring than half of this stuff.

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10 thoughts on “Here’s Babymetal’s Entire Set from the Alternative Press Music Awards

  1. I somehow managed to put up with this show for the first painful hour before going to bed (it was 1am UK time by this point) The attempts at comedy and all that fuck yeah swearing was just sad, especially in front of all those empty seats that turning off the arena lights did nothing to hide. I’d just been watching the BiS live video for Nerve where they dry hump and push that old man holding the numbers up into crowd and this show came over as lame in comparison, apart from Babymetal of course.

  2. I don’t think any band has as much fun performing as Babymetal and that was true last night. Su-metal was not in attendance, instead we got dorky Suzuka. One of Su’s real gifts is that she does dance as if no one is watching, and you can see this in the old Sakura Gakuin vids, a bunch of tweens trying to be perfect, and Su, just being Su.

    The legend of Su-metal was born because she became so intense when playing with Babymetal, her whole demeanor and personality changed on stage. Her friends and family talked about the “kourin transformation”, the spirit of the fox god descending into Su. It sounds like a lot of hype, but the people who know Su really struggled with the change in personality when Su-metal hit the stage.

    Now Su is more mature, and if as Mikiko-metal says she can now turn on Su-metal like a light switch, it is also nice to see adorkable Su, and we saw her last night.

    • I am really glad that you pointed out the emergence of Suzuka on a Babymetal stage. I always liked the gawky, kind of awkward DGAF girl from Sakura Gakuin, and that was out in full force last night. And good for her, just having fun as herself.

  3. The APMAs always have collaborations or bands covering other bands or whatever, it’s their thing.
    The excuse for BABYMETAL being there is that they were nominated for Best International Band.

    • Well sure, they were nominated. I’m just saying that Amuse made a calculation for the show — Babymetal to perform, yes, but specifically with Rob Halford in a venue where I’m pretty sure the target audience is at best aware of Judas Priest by name only. If the thought was to connect with another potential fan base, sure, perform. It’s the totality of the thing. I feel like we should be past the point of really questioning Amuse’s business as it pertains to Babymetal, but they every now and again make moves that seem more “because” than well-planned.

      • Well, it certainly has gotten them lots of PR, the videos on YouTube have lots of views and it was written about on most metal sites and a handful of non-metal music sites.
        Besides that though, there is nothing wrong in doing something “just because” and i think it was a really great learning experience for everyone involved! 🙂
        They certainly looked like they enjoyed it!

        • That I can and will completely agree with. And maybe there’s ancillary benefit of just having Halford there — confirmed, live on not-TV — on stage with them to validate the project even more.

          That was also probably the happiest I’ve seen Su’s face in a while. When she breaks Su-metal character a little at the ends of shows or during her little spoken bits, you can see the person inside come out, but the Goddess took about five minutes off and Suzuka came out to play and had a blast.


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