Continuing their meteoric rise to international stardom, BABYMETAL has checked off another box on their world conquest to-do list: Playing a headline show in the US!
The show this weekend has even made waves in Japan thanks to a fan video uploaded to YouTube shortly after the group’s LA tour.
Coinciding with the release of their first full album earlier this year, BABYMETAL released a live video for “Gimme Chocolate!!” in February. In the months since then, the video has racked up well over twelve million views and been reposted by numerous major news outlets.
While BABYMETAL isn’t quite yet a household name like, for example, Anthrax, they’re not the relatively unknown group we interviewed last year either–and if the July 27 show in LA is any indication, they’re doing something very right.
Sadly, we still haven’t gotten a chance to see the group perform live–the damn tickets keep selling out too fast. And being based in Tokyo, we certainly weren’t able to make it to the LA show.
But if you missed BABYMETAL in California over the weekend, you might still have a chance to see them in the United States–if you’re in the right city. Starting this week, the group will be on the road with none other than Lady Gaga, playing the opening slot for the five dates below. You can get more information on Ms. Gaga’s website–and it looks like tickets are still available!
7/30 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Arena
8/01 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/02 Stateline, NV Harveys Lake Tahoe
8/04 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
8/06 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Once the mini-tour with the Fame Monster is finished, the group will play at Heavy Montreal before returning to Japan for Summer Sonic and two special dates at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex. Those of you in Tokyo should keep an eye on their schedule page for up-to-date information and ticket info.
Thank you for coming to see us!! The first ever in the USA show was amazing!!#BABYMETAL #LosAngeles http://t.co/azw6ZZlFMB—
BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) July 28, 2014
Sure, metal’s alright – but do you ever look at all the beards and lank hair and inexplicable cargo pants and wish it was, you know, heaps cuter? If so, as usual, Japan (the global epicentre for all things adorable) has your answer.
Babymetal, a pre-teen fusion of metal and J-pop, burst onto the scene with the global mission of making the genre more kawaii. You might be wondering how two vastly different musical and cultural movements fit together. Well, Babymetal’s music carries elements of J-pop in that it is full of super-choreographed dance routines, puffy gothic Lolita-style costumes and chirpy vocals. But it is also metal, in that all the band’s members (Su-metal, 16; Moametal, 14; Yuimetal 14) have the word ‘metal‘ in their names.
Backed either by Babybone, a band of skeletons playing imaginary instruments, or the Kami Band, a group of musicians whose aesthetic is probably more familiar to fans of the genre, Babymetal kicked off their first world tour on July 1, which will see them play dates in the US, UK and Europe.
Japanese group Babymetal has been described as an “adorable apocalypse,” and I’ll be darned if that’s not just what they are. This week coverage was everywhere from Gawker to USA Today. It’s now been viewed over 2.8 million times.
The break out week also saw their self titled album hit the top of the iTunes Metal chart in the US (34 overall), UK, Canada and beyond. In the US, it also topped the Rock album chart. It got to No.20 on Billboard “Heatseekers Albums” chart.
That song, called “Give Me Chocolate,” includes such lyrics as “I can have a bit of chocolate, can’t I? But my weight worries me a bit these days. However, chocolate.”