BABYMETAL Announces Los Angeles Show at The Forum

24.April.2019 | MUSIC

BABYMETAL have announced that they will headline their first US arena show at The Forum in Los Angeles, US on October 11 this year.

 

The Forum has been host to a line-up the biggest names in the music industry including Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Jay-Z and will see Ariana Grande perform there next month.

BABYMETAL released their second studio album METAL RESISTANCE worldwide on April 1, 2016. The following day they performed at the legendary Wembley Area in the UK, marking their first ever headline arena show outside Japan. The Forum will be their second.

 

With the recent announcement that they will drop a new album sometime this year together with the revealing of their first US arena show, fans can only speculate what the next chapter of the BABYMETAL saga will tell.

The band will release a new single titled Elevator Girl digitally on May 10 ahead of the album.

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  • BABYMETAL Release Trailer For Live DVD & Blu-ray of Their Performance at The Forum in Los Angeles

    12.March.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL just dropped a trailer on their official YouTube channel for their upcoming live DVD & Blu-ray release LIVE AT THE FORUM which will hit shelves on May 13, 2020.

    LIVE AT THE FORUM features the full set of BABYMETAL’s concert “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR LIVE AT THE FORUM” which took place at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 11, 2019. Their first US arena show to date, the show was part of their METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR to promote their third studio album METAL GALAXY which released three days prior to the show on October 8.

     

    The trailer features scenes and highlights of the exciting “Metal Galaxy” themed night at The Forum, a venue which has welcomed countless rock and pop acts, such as The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, and many more.

     

    BABYMETAL – LIVE AT THE FORUM Trailer

     

    A programme will air on WOWOW Live on March 15 at 21:00 (JST) entitled BABYMETAL Live Selection – Odyssey to the METAL GALAXY – which will feature a compilation of BABYMETAL’s live performances taken from the 8th chapter of the Metal Resistance. Their epic show at Makuhari Messe will also be shown in April and May.

  • Concert Review: BABYMETAL Send 50,000 Fans in Tokyo Into the Metal Galaxy at Makuhari Messe

    28.January.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL’s first solo performance of 2020 took place over the weekend on January 25 and 26 at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in Tokyo. The two concerts were added as extra shows to the Japanese leg of their ongoing “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR.” They performed for close to 50,000 fans across the two nights, which were filled with anticipation and excitement, and were a display to Japanese fans of the band’s honed performance skills as a result of playing around the world.

     

    BABYMETAL released their third studio album METAL GALAXY worldwide simultaneously on October 11, 2019 which they promoted with a US tour, their biggest to date with 20 concerts, which included a performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, USーtheir first arena show in America. They followed the promotion up in November last year with a Japanese leg to the tour, with the Makuhari Messe gigs which took place over the weekend being additions to that leg. Both days sold out all tickets.

     

    Today, we take a look at those two shows, which precede the upcoming European leg of their tour. BABYMETAL threw out the idea of a generic set list with these concerts, instead option for performing both discs from METAL GALAXY, one for each night respectively.

    Photo by Taku Fujii

    Photo by Taku Fujii

    On the first night, Saturday January 25, the theme of the concert was “Power of Light.” BABYMETAL’s set focused on the songs on the first disc of METAL GALAXY. The performance began with the album’s opening track, FUTURE METAL, which at the same time as it begin, the giant LED screens materialised visuals of a metal galaxy, pulling fans space-bound into the galactic world of BABYMETAL.

     

    This was followed by DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto) which saw the members finally step onto stage where they were met with a surge of applause and cheers from fans. They continued with hit tracks Elevator and Shanti Shanti Shanti. And for the first time ever, they performed Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén) live, during which Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén appeared on the LED screens. This was a video made in collaboration with the Sabaton frontman, and served to send the crowd into even greater excitement.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    Other songs played live for the first time included Brand New Day (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage), during which the members’ silhouettes reflected onto screens as they danced, captivating the crowd, as well as Night Night Burn! which featured flamenco and samba-inspired choreography.

     

    As the gig sped towards its climactic conclusion, BABYMETAL performed the epic track THE ONE, which as the name of the song suggests had the band and the fans come together as one. A lore-packed video was shown during the performance which featured the Avengersーthe dancers who tour with BABYMETALーcoupled with the Kami Band and their thrilling sound. This saw the excitement in the room went from a kindled flame to an outright blaze, and subsequently a fiery eruption when they played Road of Resistance.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    For night two, on January 26, the theme was “Power of Darkness,” which saw BABYMETAL perform 12 songs form the second disc of METAL GALAXY. Day one was supported by the “Eastern Kami Band,” but for the second day, fans were greeted by the heavy sound of the “Western Kami Band.” BABYMETAL and the Avengers came onto the stage across the flower-decorated floor, beginning the night with IN THE NAME OF.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    During Distortion (feat. Alissa White-Gluz), the LED screen was dyed a bright-red yellow, and SU-METAL, saying nothing, gazed out into the crowd with a fierce gaze. It was an immersive experience like being in a movie.

     

    PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO) followed, which incorporated the use of a moving stage, sending the band towards the audience as fans swung their towels overhead. The Kami Band slowed things down with the flowing, chill groove of Kagerou, after which BABYMETAL performed BxMxC live for the first time which featured rapping parts, combining to create a metal-rap amalgamation.

     

    After playing Syncopation and Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!, BABYMETAL sent the crowd into quiet captivation with Starlight and some enchanting stage lights, as well as the beautiful ShineArkadia marked the move towards the final act of the show, just as the song serves as the final track of METAL GALAXY.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    Some time was set aside to show the same story video as in day one featuring the three Avengers and the two Kami Bands. It was then that the intro to Ijime, Dame, Zettai rang in, and the crowd split into wall of death formation. Moa-metal and the Adventures performed their iconic dash, and then all five of them, with Su-metal included, took to the centre stage to jump together with the fans. Thus concluded the two light and dark-themed concerts performed over the course of two days, and the fans’ journey into the Metal Galaxy.

    Photo by Taku Fujii

    2020 marks the 10th anniversary since the band formed. Be sure to catch them on the road in a city near you as the European leg of the METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR begins in early February. Check the dates below.

  • BABYMETAL To Release Their First Arena Performance in North America on Blu-Ray and DVD

    27.January.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL’s first one-band world tour of 2020 is sky-rocketing onwards. They just performed at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26, which were extra performances added to the Japan leg of their tour. BABYMETAL have now surprised fans with the announcement of a full live video of their performance METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR LIVE AT THE FORUM at Los Angeles which took place on October 11, 2019. The concert took place at the same time as the release of their third album METAL GALAXY and marked their first ever arena performance in North America.

    The sound of rock and pop music has been resonating through the walls of The Forum for many years. With a capacity of approximately 17,500 people, it is here that the metal sound waves of BABYMETAL’s sold out live performance broke the sound barrier.

     

    BABYMETAL reigned over the stage before the excited audience, performing a total of 15 songs starting with DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto), for which the music video was released just last year. They also performed other big hits such as Shanti Shanti Shanti and PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO). BABYMETAL are making history. If you’re a fan who couldn’t see them live, this is your chance.

  • BABYMETAL Release ‘DA DA DANCE’ Music Video Compiling World Tour Footage

    17.December.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL just dropped a music video for DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto) which is taken from their third studio album METAL GALAXY.

     

    The video features live footage taken from two concerts: their first US arena show at The Forum in Los Angelesーwhich took place on the same day that METAL GALAXY hit shelves on October 11, 2019ーand their live shows in Japan this month for the Japan leg of their world tour.

     

    BABYMETAL – DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto) (OFFICIAL)

    METAL GALAXY dominated the international music charts when it was released. It made it to 13th place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US, and on the same day, BABYMETAL also reached No. 1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, making them the first Japanese act to do so. METAL GALAXY also stands as the band’s second album to make it into the Top 20 of the UK’s Official Charts for Rock & Metal Albums, coming in at No. 1, beating their own record and setting the record for Japanese artists. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in Japan and dominated the iTunes charts in Japan, the UK, US, and elsewhere around the world.

    BABYMETAL are knee-deep in their world tour, with two shows entitled “LEGEND – METAL GALAXY / METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR EXTRA SHOW” also planned in Japan to take place at the famous Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.

     

    They will embark on the Asia and European legs of their tour in February which will include appearances at multiple rock festivals. The full tour schedule can be found below.

  • Concert Review: BABYMETAL Return to Japan After US Tour With an Exhilarating Show

    18.November.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL returned to Japan for two nights on November 16 and 17 at Saitama Super Arena after their 20-date US tour which included their first-ever arena show in the States at The Forum in Los Angeles. Joining them for the Japan leg of their world tour, entitled “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN,” were British rock band Bring Me The Horizon, who served to make the show that much more electrifying.

    BABYMETAL kicked off their set with FUTURE METAL, the lead track to their latest album, METAL GALAXY. Su-metal, Moametal, and one of their Avengersーthe name given to a trio of backup dancers rotating in place of Yuimetal who departed from the band last yearーstood atop a triangular stage, with a giant LED screen behind them and drowned in mesmerising lighting. With each song, the members pulled fans further and further into the Metal Galaxy.

    It was clear for Japanese fans to see how much Su-metal and Moametal have grown in strength and confidence in their performances, having just completed their biggest US tour to date. The crowd in turn reacted with a surging excitement at the band’s behemoth performance.

    They continued with more songs from the new record, including DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto) and PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO), for a thrilling set that lasted an hour and a half.

    BABYMETAL dropped their third studio album METAL GALAXY on October 11 and made it to 13th place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US. On the same day, BABYMETAL also reached No. 1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, making them the first Japanese act to do so. METAL GALAXY also stands as the band’s second album to make it into the Top 20 of the UK’s Official Charts for Rock & Metal Albums, coming in at No. 1, beating their own record and setting the record for Japanese artists. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in Japan and dominated the iTunes charts in Japan, the UK, US, and elsewhere around the world.

    BABYMETAL recently added extra shows to the Japan leg of the tour. The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.

     

    Credit: Taku Fujii

  • BABYMETAL Collaborates On Fashion Designer Yohji Yamamoto’s Ground Y Collection

    08.November.2019 | FASHION / MUSIC / Uncategorized

    2019 is the year of BABYMETAL, with their latest album METAL GALAXY having dropped in October and making them the highest Japanese group/artist to place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US in 56 years. As they continue knee-deep in their ongoing world tour, you might be wondering what else they have in the pipeline.

     

    Well, we can confirm that for you right here and now: they have teamed up with internationally-lauded Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto on his revolutionary Ground Y collection which boasts a genderless and ageless style.

    Pre-sales of the collection will take place at the new Shibuya PARCO which is set to open on November 22. This will be followed by sales at GINZA SIX, Laforet Harajuku, and the online store THE SHOP YOHJI YAMAMOTO.

    The collection will bring together the unique world of BABYMETALーa band which has won love the world over and has featured as guest acts on many tours of international artistsーand Yohji Yamamoto, a rebel and innovator in the fashion industry whose DNA is woven into the Ground Y line. The inspiration for this jet black collaborative collection is “galaxy,” an homage to BABYMETAL’s latest record METAL GALAXY.

    There are numerous items in the collection, including a jumbo cut and sewn embroidered with both the BMD FOX APPAREL logoーBABYMETAL’s official apparel brandーand the Ground Y logo. There’s also a big hoodie featuring a 360° print and BABYMETAL’s logo, a draped silk satin long shirt, and more.

     

    MASATOSHI YAMASHIRO snapped the photos in this photoshoot, a Tokyo-based photographer who started his career in LA and New York and works with fashion magazines, advertisements, and more.

  • BABYMETAL’s ‘METAL GALAXY’ Dominates International Music Charts

    25.October.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL dropped their third studio album METAL GALAXY on October 11, which it was revealed on Monday to have made it to 13th place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US. The ranking marks BABYMETAL as the highest Japanese group/artist to place on the charts in 56 years, beating Kyu Sakamoto’s 14th place back in 1969, and also makes them the highest-ever charting Japanese female group/artist on the list. On the same day, BABYMETAL also reached No. 1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, making them the first Japanese act to do so. 

    BABYMETAL’s great charting success dates back to 2016 when they dropped their second album METAL RESISTANCE, which placed No. 39 on Billboard’s year-end US Top Hard Rock Albums charts, again marking 53 years since Ryu Sakamoto made it into the Top 40. But METAL GALAXY has beaten that record by a mile.

    METAL GALAXY also stands as the band’s second album to make it into the Top 20 of the UK’s Official Charts for Rock & Metal Albums, coming in at No. 1, beating their own record and setting the record for Japanese artists. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in Japan and dominated the iTunes charts in Japan, the UK, US, and elsewhere around the world.

    BABYMETAL recently performed an electrifying show at The Forum in Los Angeles on the day the album was released, their first-ever US arena concert.

    BABYMETAL will perform in Japan this November as part of the Metal Galaxy World Tour, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. They will be joined by British rock act Bring Me The Horizon who will perform as special guests at the already sold-out shows.

     

    BABYMETAL recently added extra shows to the Japan leg of the tour. The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.

  • BABYMETAL Thrill Los Angeles at The Forum With Their New Album ‘METAL GALAXY’

    15.October.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL released their long-awaited third album METAL GALAXY worldwide on October 11, following up from their hit 2016 record Metal Resistance. On this same very day, the band performed their first ever highly-anticipated US arena show at The Forum in Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles.

    A slew of artists, from the pop world to the rock world, have performed at the acclaimed venue The Forum. BABYMETAL hail as the first Japanese act to headline the area. The sold-out show saw an electrifying set list of 15 tracks, including songs from their new album such as Shanti Shanti Shanti and PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO).

    The arena was equipped with a giant wide screen and moving centre stage, all of which BABYMETAL made full use off to pull fans into their Metal Galaxy. Every song was welcomed with cries of cheers and a thundering applause followed by plenty of moshing and fist pumping. It was a monumental night for both the band and their American fans due to the hype leading up to the show.

    When METAL GALAXY launched last Friday, it show up to No. 1 on the iTunes metal chart and rock chart around the world, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Japan. It also made it to No. 2 on several album charts in the US, UK and Japan.

    BABYMETAL will perform in Japan this November as part of the Metal Galaxy World Tour, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. They will be joined by British rock act Bring Me The Horizon who will perform as special guests at the already sold-out shows.

     

    BABYMETAL recently added extra shows to the Japan leg of the tour. The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.

     

    Photos by Taku Fujii

  • BABYMETAL Add More Japan Dates to METAL GALAXY World Tour

    30.September.2019 | MUSIC

    Extra shows have been added to the Japan leg of BABYMETAL’s METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR in response to dates in Saitama and Osaka selling out on the same day.

     

    The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.

    A visual teaser was posted in promotion of the two concerts, featuring the sun and moon artwork for the Japan Complete Edition of their new album, possibly hinting at different themes at both shows.

    The world tour is being held in promotion of their third studio album METAL GALAXY which will be released simultaneously worldwide on October 11, 2019. BABYMETAL are set to perform at The Forum in Los Angeles on the same day, marking their first ever area show in the US. In the run up to the show and release, the band are currently on the US leg of their tour.

     

    BABYMETAL dropped their new music video for Shanti Shanti Shanti last Friday.

  • BABYMETAL Drop ‘Shanti Shanti Shanti’ Music Video From New Album METAL GALAXY

    27.September.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL just released a new music for for their song Shanti Shanti Shanti taken from their upcoming third album METAL GALAXY which will hit shelves on October 11, 2019.

     

    The music video features footage taken from the band’s solo concert “BABYMETAL ARISES – BEYOND THE MOON – LEGEND – M -” held in Nagoya in July. You can now purchase the song digitally before the album is released.

    The international release of METAL GALAXY will feature 14 tracks, but the Japan Complete Edition will include an additional 2 songs. This is the first time they have released a Japan-only CD with two discs. The album welcomes on board five international guest artists: Tak Matsumoto of B’z joins the band on DA DA DANCE, Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén is on board for Oh! MAJINAI, Polyphia guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage step up to Brand New Day, Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz features on Distortion, and F.HERO on PA PA YA!!

     

    BABYMETAL are currently on the US leg of their world tour. They will perform in Japan this November as part of the tour, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. British rock band Bring Me The Horizon will join them as special guests at the four shows.

  • BABYMETAL’s Show at The Forum in Los Angeles to be Screened Live Across Japan

    05.September.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL are gearing up for their headline show at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 11. It’s just been announced that the concert will be screened live at theatres across Japan on October 12 (JST).

     

    2019 has been a very busy year for BABYMETAL so far. They performed at Yokohama Arena in Japan and Glastonbury in the UK in June, Port Messe Nagoya in July, and music festivals SUPER SLIPPA in Taiwan and Summer Sonic 2019 in Japan last month. The 20-date North American leg of their world tour began yesterday at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida.

     

    BABYMETAL’s third studio album METAL GALAXY will drop on October 11, the same day as their show at The Forum in LA.

    The album welcomes on board five international guest artists: Tak Matsumoto of B’z joins the band on DA DA DANCE, Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén is on board for Oh! MAJINAI, Polyphia guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage step up to Brand New Day, Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz features on Distortion, and F.HERO on PA PA YA!!

     

    This marks the second time that BABYMETAL have premiered a new album overseas straight after its release, following their second album Metal Resistance which dropped on March 29, 2016 and was quickly followed by BABYMETAL’s performance at the Wembley Arena on April 2.

     

    Fans in Japan can look forward to viewing BABYMETAL’s concert in LA live at the special live viewings. They will also be able to pick up exclusive merchandise to the event.

     

    It was revealed on Tuesday that British rock act Bring Me The Horizon will join BABYMETAL at four shows in Japan later this November. This incldues Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st.

  • Bring Me The Horizon Join BABYMETAL as Special Guests On Japan Leg Of World Tour

    03.September.2019 | MUSIC

    With their third studio album METAL GALAXY set to drop worldwide on October 11, the North American leg of BABYMETAL’s upcoming world tour to promote the new record is right around the corner.

    BABYMETAL will perform in Japan on the tour this November, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. It has just been revealed that British rock band Bring Me The Horizon, who dropped their sixth studio album Amo back in January, will join them as special guests at the four shows.

     

    Like BABYMETAL, BMTH also performed at Summer Sonic Festival 2019 recently as an extra show to their Japan concert. BABYMETAL were in contact with BMTH at UK shows and award ceremonies and shared a mutual musicianship and respect for one another, leading to this collaboration.

    On the same day that the album drops on October 11, BABYMETAL will perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. BABYMETAL will begin their US tour tomorrow at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida. They will head to in Japan in November and their European leg will follow shortly after in February 2020.

     

    We look forward to seeing what kind of show BMTH put on for Japanese fans at BABYMETAL’s shows.

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