Babymetal: See You in the U.S. in April!

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:

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Did You Want to See Babymetal’s Tokyo Dome Black Night?

Can I admit to having almost forgotten that the Black Night stream was going to be on WOWOW on Jan. 1? It wasn’t even on my radar until this showed up in my Facebook feed:

Oh, did anybody record that, I asked nobody. OF COURSE somebody recorded it and immediately uploaded it. Never doubt the power of the Fox God. Or Babymetal fans with modern technology, at least: Continue reading

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Monday Match Game: Who Is Best Metal?

Welcome back to the Monday Match Game! We took off last week to allow the Best of 2016 voting process to kick off, but I wanted to bring the game back in time to honor a truly momentous occasion in the history of idol metal.

For the past several weeks, Babymetal has been in the UK, touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What started off as something of a tepid reaction from fairly unfamiliar crowds has since turned into a bizarre carnival as rock veterans take time out of their own headlining show to incorporate the relative newcomers and … yep, even wish their leader a happy birthday:

This means that thousands of new souls are being converted to the faith of the Fox God, which means that they’ll inevitably find their way online, which means that they too will soon become embroiled in the ultimate question: Who is best metal? Continue reading

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Tomorrow: Watch the Stream from Babymetal’s Tokyo Dome Red Night

Details here. Basically, WOWOW is broadcasting Red Night and Black Night two weeks apart, beginning on Sunday. These folks in the UK are going to be (ahem) legally acquiring that stream and making it available via Dailymotion. You can watch it here. See exactly when here. Continue reading

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Adorkable Things Happened When Su-Metal Joined the Chili Peppers on Stage

Just think — it’s Thursday, winter is blowing in with a vengeance and the holidays loom. What better way to start your day than this short clip of Su-Metal jamming out sans an ounce of care with the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

The clip ends, I’m told, because the sudden appearance of Yuimetal and Moametal caused space-time to fold in on itself; unverified

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Best of 2016 Voting Closes Soon — Last Call!

Voting’s Closed!

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Mina’s Staying Loose, Just Waiting for the Bullpen Phone to Ring

I wondered if we’d get another chance to revisit the Greatest Conspiracy in Human History again before the year was over, and the Babymetal Illuminati allowed another sign of their intentions to slip through.

Via the Idolmetal group

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And Now Babymetal’s Supporting Metallica on Tour

In Korea, no less!

Like, forget the Chili Peppers. That’s nice and all, but to pretty much nail Kobametal’s dream?

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Anybody Want to See Babymetal’s RHCP Set?

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

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There Will Be a New Babymetal Album After All

Kind of!

The pending existence of a Live from Wembley DVD (great show!) has been known for some time (to be released just in time for the holiday season!), but now they’re doing us all one better and putting out a CD version of the same.

Management would like for you to be very excited about this

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