One of these days, I’m going to make Q’ulle converts of more of you guys; between their slick-dancing live shows, world of individual talent and diverse songwriting, they’re one of the groups that can turn in a killer rock song and then follow it up with a clubby idol ballad sweet enough to rot your teeth.
Anyway, while you’re in the process of coming around and understanding why I encourage everybody to download “ALIVE/SAISEIRON,” you can prep for Q’ulle’s next big step forward. Building on last year’s massive OVER THE HOPE Asia tour and epic finale that saw them announce a new, major label (Avex sub avex rhythmzone), they have their next single coming in April:
Content warning: You may be about to hate Phillter’s guts. And who can blame you! All four parts of the Phillterlogue are like a horrible tease. Go look at Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV if you need to.
December 28, 2016. This was the second show I had been eagerly awaiting. Passcode’s MISS UNLIMITED Tour Final at Studio Coast. As the final show of their major label debut tour, this show was not one for a Passcode fan to miss. Continue reading →
Babymetal’s at-times hilarious performance partnership with Red Hot Chili Peppers continues unabated: The Peppers are coming to North America beginning today and running into July, and their idol metal pals will be part of the fun:
Do you guys remember when Yurumerumo was going to wrap up their WE ARE A ROCK FESTIVAL tour by playing their own instruments at the finale (inadvertently previewed here)? Like, Younapi with the hilarious Moog synthesizer and Chiffon on bass (of course) and you felt pretty confident about Ano on guitar and, sure, Kechon can probably handle drums?
The final nail in The Great Zenkimi Scandal of 2016 was hammered in a few hours ago tonight (ha) at Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s year-ending one-man at LIQUID. Any hope for a respite for idol’s tiny, tiny blue angel were dashed, but Zenkimi’s shape of things to come is an attractive one, anyway.
So while it seems that Red Hot Chili Peppers fans (at least in the UK) may not be Babymetal’s target audience after all, this late-year run of British tour stops is still something that we — as Babymetal fans and/or heavy idol fans who may/be not have an interest in the phenomenon spreading more broadly outside of Japan — probably needed to see and get used to.
Yes, Babymetal is somebody else’s support band getting a lukewarm reception.
That’s good, though! At some point, this whole thing actually needs to become kind of mundane, just another way for musical performance to be done. Not everybody’s going to like it, but when it’s accepted as a part of the show anyway? Right on. I couldn’t be happier for Babymetal in particular and for the all of us in general. Continue reading →