As promised, here is Part 2 of the interview with ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D at Fanime! In this later half of the long interview, the band shared their future, their background and what happened when they tried a pick up line in English on an unsuspecting Asuka cosplayer at the con. After the interview, you'll see gorgeous live shots from the show and the set list. Enjoy after the jump!
Special event broadcasting service Live Viewing Japan will host a series of live-viewing events featuring J-Rock artists, including the live broadcast of a VAMPS concert in Tokyo at Regal Cinema L.A. during Anime Expo 2013. The event is titled J-Music Live Viewing 2013 and it will showcase 7 popular J-rock artists including VAMPS, JAM Project and BREAKERZ. More about the event plus the result of the HYDE 48 poll after the jump!
One of the most beautiful men over 40 in Japan, HYDE, the lead singer of L'Arc〜en〜Ciel and VAMPS, is known to change his style drastically in his music videos and in events. His style varies from a traditional bishie rocker to cyber punk to a better-than-female cosplay of Suigintou from Rosen Maiden. Although he looks amazing in pretty much everything he does, what are the fans' favorites? There is an unofficial fansite collecting votes to choose "HYDE48" images. Jump to read more!
YOHIO is a 17 year old guitar sensation who rocked the Land of the Rising Sun recently with a mini-LP full of songs sung in Japanese. Now, the self-described “beautiful boy” has a new tune, this time in English, and a slightly new image. Check out the video for YOHIO's “Our Story” after the jump!
Live Viewing Japan has announced that the first in a series of movie theater screenings of Glay: Stadium Live 2012 The Suite Room In Osaka Nagai Stadium will be presented in New York this Friday. Following the NYC premiere, the 3-hour film of J-rock band Glay will be making the next stops on its tour in California this November.
Another unfortunate passing has occurred, this time concerning the world of J-Rock. Isshi, vocalist for rock band Kagrra, died in his home on July 18, though it was just announced yesterday. He was only 32. More after the jump.
It's been a whopping 30 years since legendary rocker Tomoyasu Hotei started his career as a musician. Even if you haven't listened to any of his singles or albums, you've likely heard "Battle Without Honor or Humanity"—at this point it's even been used in Hotel for Dogs. In celebration of the anniversary, Hotei is gearing up to release a new single, as well as some collaborations with fellow artists.