The Fox God has spoken!! In the past 24 hours we have received (official) word of major U.S. and U.K. shows plus the release of BABYMETAL’s first new music of 2019.
BABYMETAL will be playing their first headlining U.S. arena show at The Forum in Los Angeles this coming October. The kitsune faithful were given all of 24 hours to prepare their wallets for VIP pre-sale tickets which are available this morning at 10:00 am PDT.
First ever US arena headline show is confirmed!
BABYMETAL "LIVE AT THE FORUM"
Oct 11th, 2019 : The Forum（LA）
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) April 22, 2019
If simply being present wasn’t enough of a draw for you, every online ticket purchase for the L.A. Forum appearance comes with a CD copy of BABYMETAL’s forthcoming 2019 album which still doesn’t have an exact release date. This method of driving album sales is probably something they picked up while touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and/or Metallica who often do they same thing. It seemed a bit tricksy to me until I remembered the twelve copies of BiSH’s PAiNT it BLACK I had to buy to get checki tickets (worth it!)
BABYMETAL have played the L.A. Forum once before over the summer of 2017 while opening for Korn and Stone Sour. While this October performance will mark their first time headlining an arena show in the United States, they have headlined an arena outside of Japan once before. That was, of course, 2016’s record-setting appearance at Wembley arena in the U.K. to launch their last album, Metal Resistance.
Speaking of the U.K., they will be getting their own show this June:
Special Show In London With Two Guests At O2 Brixton Academy Confirmed!
Jul 2nd : O2 Brixton Academy, UK
Guest : AMARANTHE / SLEEP TOKEN
General On Sale: 10am Apr 26th
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) April 23, 2019
Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
BABYMETAL also officially announced the worldwide digital release of the single, “Elevator Girl” on May 10th.
The song debuted almost exactly a year ago on the U.S. leg of their 2018 World Tour. It is an upbeat prog-rock meets groove metal tune (think Toto meets Five Finger Death Punch) with ample English in the lyrics for folks to sing along to.
This will be the first new music from the group since the criminally underrated “Starlight” was released last October.