In 2013, the band had a successful tour that included the main stage at Coachella Music Festival, a packed venue in New York City and an explosive finale in Mexico. This year TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA commemorates their 25th anniversary year with an album release, national tour and an overseas tour!
As part of their overseas tour, they have announced 5 shows, kicking it off with 3 cities in the U.S, that includes Los Angeles and New York City. The band will then descend to South America, where their popularity is heating up, with shows in Costa Rica and Mexico!
Oct.09. 2014 (Thurs) The Observatory in CA
Venue: The Observatory (3503 South Harbor Boulevard Santa Ana, CA 92704 )
Oct.11. 2014 (Sat) Supersonico Festival in CA
Venue: Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds, Los Angeles, CA
Oct.14. 2014 (Tues) Irving Plaza in NY
Venue: Irving Plaza (17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003)
Oct.16. 2014 (Thurs) CLUB VERTIGO in Costa Rica
Venue: CLUB VERTIGO (Edificio Centro Colón, Paseo Colón – Planta Principal, San José, Costa Rica)
Oct.17. 2014 (Fri) Pepsi Center in Mexico
Venue: Pepsi Center WTC (Dakota,03810,Mexico City, Mexico)
Back in the late 1980s, a group of musicians rose from the Tokyo street/club scene, and called themselves, “Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.” It was not long after that their overwhelming live performances attracted significant attention from Tokyo audiences, and their first independent release, the vinyl only “TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA” with its now-famous yellow jacket, was released in 1989.
The following year, they made their major debut with the single, “MONSTER ROCK,” followed by the album, “Sukapara Tojo.” Ever since, the band’s popularity has grown exponentially with fans and fellow musicians alike, having earned credibility and the reputation for their one and only Tokyo-flavored ska music, which puts a playful and diverse spin on traditional ska tunes.
In 1991, a mere year after their major debut, they performed a sold-out show to over 10,000 people at the legendary Nippon Budokan. That was the perfect kick-off for what would become an illustrious musical journey where they’ve gone on to perform all around Japan and in over 26 countries. Their profile increased even further with the 2002 album, “Stompin’ On DOWN BEAT ALLEY,” which sold half a million copies in Japan and topped all the local charts. Ever since 2000, they not only began touring internationally but also became an icon at various world-famous festivals such as; Glastonbury, Eurockeennes, Bonnaroo, and were the first Japanese acts to perform on the main stages of Coachella and Vive Latino in recent years.
2014 sees the band celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special nationwide tour and their 19th studio album, “SKA ME FOREVER”, marking a significant milestone for this iconic, yet ever-evolving band that continues to challenge and surprise audiences with their music.
L’Arc~en~Ciel is a Japanese rock band that was formed in 1991 in Osaka by tetsuya. They made their debut in 1993 with the album “DUNE,” which hit number one on the Indies charts. Next they made their major label in 1994 by releasing the video single “Nemuri ni Yosete” (Ki/oon Records). Over the years, they have released 36 singles and 11 albums. Their first million-seller was the album “True,” released in 1996. In December, 1997, they set a record by selling out their show at Tokyo Dome (capacity of 50,000) in four minutes. In 1999, the double album release of “ark” and “ray” sold 6 million copies (sold simultaneously in seven countries across Asia) and their “1999 GRAND CROSS TOUR” was viewed by 650,000 people (at 12 shows), while being broadcast to various countries across Asia.
In 2003, L’Arc~en~Ciel took to the skies and had their first overseas show at Baltimore in the USA, playing to 12,000 people. The next year, they played shows in Seoul and Shanghai to 10,000 people each and were a massive success. They played their 9th show at Tokyo Dome in November, 2006 with the “15th L’Anniversary Live” which was broadcast to 25 countries across the world. In celebration of their 15th anniversary, they re-released fifteen of their early singles, and all of them entered the Top 30 in the singles rankings. This was a new record for most singles in a Top 30 at the same time.
In April 2008 they started their “TOUR 2008 L’7〜Trans ASIA via PARIS〜” and played 10 shows in 7 cities across the world, including a tenth show at Tokyo Dome, to a total of 320,000 people. The Paris show was not only shown in Japan, but also broadcast on French national TV, and was a memorable event.
They became a part of history when their single “BLESS” was used as the NHK Vancouver 2010 Olympics theme song. And at midnight on December 31 2010 they played their first show in two and a half years, with the “20th L‘Anniversary Starting Live ‘L’A HAPPY NEW YEAR !’ ” show at Makuhari Messe. 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the formation of the band.
This year L’Arc~en~Ciel played a historical two-day concert at the iconic National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, which was also live streamed across the world in the U.S., UK, France, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong and Taiwan. On the first day 80,000 fans packed the stadium with a total attendance of 160,000 people in a span of two days, which was the largest recorded attendance at the National Stadium.
On September 17, they released their new single “EVERLASTING” in 35 countries worldwide.
L’Arc~en~Ciel continues to be a “Monster Band” that is known across Asia and other regions across the world.
In May of this year, LiSA released her 5th single “Rising Hope” for her fans worldwide and it went on to capture #4 on the Oricon Music Charts in Japan.
This double A-side single showcases LiSA’s talents as a multifaceted artist; the first song “BRiGHT FLiGHT” is a pop track that exhibits her cute side with an image of the color “pink”, while “L. Miranic” reveals her heavy rock side with an image color of “black”.
Furthermore, the coupling track titled “Tokyo Love Song” is LiSA’s first ever song in which she wrote the lyrics and composed the music. This latest single packs 3 unique tracks that will surely pull fans into LiSA’s World!
“BRiGHT FLiGHT / L. Miranic” is available today!
1. BRiGHT FLiGHT
2. L. Miranic
2. Tokyo Love Song
LiSA first came to prominence through the hit anime TV series, “Angel Beats!” in 2010 where her vocal abilities shone through her role as the 2nd generation vocalist for the band within the series, “Girls Dead Monster.” Subsequent releases under the band’s name ranked high on the Oricon charts, steadily growing in popularity and fame.
The following year, LiSA made her debut as a solo artist with a mini-album in 2011 and enjoyed further success in chart performance. Her next releases included major tie-ups with anime series, including the iconic “oath sign” for the series “Fate/Zero” and “crossing field” for the hugely popular “Sword Art Online” series, strengthening her popularity in both the anime and pop rock world.
LiSA’s fanbase continues to grow exponentially in and outside of Japan, thanks to her infectious, energetic live performances, friendly, down-to-earth disposition, and cute sense of fashion. All eyes are on this definite artist to watch!
【LiSA Official Website】 http://www.lxixsxa.com
【LiSA Official English Website】http://www.aniplexusa.com/lisa