Well if this wasn’t a fun surprise for the afternoon:
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) March 6, 2017
I’m taking the dates listed in this Natalie.mu article to be the definitive ones, a bunch of stuff out West but none of Korn’s shows elsewhere in the country.
Still, that’s good news! Guns N Roses, Metallica and RHCP already this year, and now some of the great innovators of modern heavy music all in a single tour. Even though it’s pretty much the nail in the coffin of Babymetal doing standalone dates (not worrying about festival season) for this year, barring some Western activity in the late summer and autumn, it’s a good thing. They’ll have a chance to get deeper with another base of fans, possibly join Korn onstage for … actually, I hope that doesn’t happen, just for their sake, but definitely broaden their base and continue to grow.
Last year, as the Metal Resistance lead-up was ongoing, I thought the sum total of Amuse’s strategy looked a lot like a long-term commitment beginning to unfold. And goofy conspiratorial musings aside, that just keeps being confirmed. Babymetal is becoming an entity that’s here to stay.
I was just talking about this with my brother; a round of support dates for some of the biggest heavy bands on the planet (plus hip-hop!) is a great way to develop a full-on headliner tour to coincide with the release of the next album, which I’ll guess would come in spring 2018. That’s headliner, not standalone or support, but leading other acts, the way it’s usually done. No, I’m not guessing that any other idols will be included — idol will always idol, after all — but it could be a great entry point for other bands in Amuse’s portfolio or up-and-coming innovators who aren’t afraid to break away from what can be a pretty staid way of performing.