A “Sonic Boom” will hit Japan

27 Feb

First of all, as I mentioned in this comment, the “2011 Tokyo International Marathon” was held today.

30,000 people from Japan and other countries ran the 42.195 KM (over 26 miles) course through the streets of Tokyo.
For the past five years now, the Tokyo Marathon has been an annual event held at the end of February.

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Anyways, my friend has just informed me that the American rock band KISS will be coming to Japan this April to play seven shows around Japan to support their “Sonic Boom” album.

(I did an interview with the artist who designed this album cover, by the way.)

The dates of the shows that KISS are scheduled to play in Japan are:

2011 April 13 – Nagoya, Japan at the Aichi Prefecture Gymnasium
2011 April 14 – Yokohama, Japan at the Pacifico Yokohama
2011 April 17 – Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena
2011 April 18 – Kobe, Japan at the World Hall
2011 April 20 – Tokyo, Japan at the Nippon Budokan
2011 April 21 – Tokyo, Japan at the Nippon Budokan
2011 April 23 – Sapporo, Japan at the Makomanai Indoor Stadium

Tickets for the shows in the Tokyo area (which are Yokohama, Saitama and Tokyo) will go on sale on 2011 March 12th.

I have seen KISS play in Japan in both Yokohama and Tokyo before. In Yokohama, I saw them at the “Yokohama Arena” (not the “Pacifico”, where they’ll being playing this time). In Tokyo, I saw them at both the “Tokyo Dome” and the “Nippon Budokan”.

An interesting thing about this tour is that KISS will play a show in Sapporo, Japan. KISS has played many shows in Japan since their first time here in the 1970’s and they’ve never played northern Japan before. I’m sure that KISS fans in Hokkaido are happy to hear that there will finally be a KISS concert in their area!

The name of the 「日本武道館」 (Nippon Budokan) in Tokyo means “Japan Martial-arts Hall”.
Traditionalists don’t really like the idea of musicians playing pop music in this “sacred” hall. The first pop band to play there were The Beatles when they first came to Japan. The traditionalists protested their concerts. But The Beatles drew huge crowds to the Budokan…and they held the record for the most consecutive sell-out shows there. They played four sold-out shows in a row at the Budokan.
But KISS beat The Beatles‘s record when they played five sold-out shows at the Budokan on their first Japan tour in the late ’70s.

Since then it’s become quite normal for musicians to perform at the Nippon Budokan. Even with the bigger and newer “Tokyo Dome” not far from the Budokan, upcoming Japanese pop stars still consider it a sign of success to play at the Nippon Budokan…not unlike American musicians playing at the “Madison Square Garden”.

The famous "Nippon Budokan"; Tokyo, Japan

Have you ever seen a KISS concert? If not, you’re missing out on the best live show by any band. Their shows are quite exciting…fire-breathing, blood, flying guitars, flying musicians, outrageous costumes, kabuki-style face paint.

To get an idea, watch this music promotion video for the single “Modern Day Delilah” from their most recent album “Sonic Boom”:

And, in a more good news for us KISS fans…the band has announced that a new KISS studio album of brand-new songs is due out later this year (2011)!

A number of newspapers in Japan had articles about the upcoming KISS tour here.
I bought today’s copy of 「夕刊フジ」 (“Yuukan-Fuji“) evening paper:

Here’s a close-up of the article about KISS:

 

The headline says: "Hell's group" KISS return for a Japan tour after four-and-a-half years!

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19 Responses to “A “Sonic Boom” will hit Japan”

  1. Seance March 21, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Cool to see photo of the outside of the legendary budokan from the outside. Looking forward to the new KISS album.Great blog btw.

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    • tokyo5 March 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

      >Cool to see…the legendary budokan from the outside.

      You should see the Budokan in person. The photo doesn’t do it justice!

      >Looking forward to the new KISS album.

      Me, too.

      >Great blog btw.

      Thank you. Please feel free to comment often.

      Your blog looks cool too…unfortunately I can’t read any of it. 😦

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  2. chosuncoreano1 March 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    No Rock or Metal band has every best album. Even the Beatles had best and worst albums. So stop exaggerating it makes you guys look stupid and funny.

    KISS ” Lick it Up” isn’t the best album. Probably the worst.

    All Time best KISS album ( If your really really KISS fan).
    1) KISS Alive with Peter and Ace.
    2) Destroyer with Peter and Ace.
    3) Love Gun with Peter and Ace.
    4) KISS Alive II with Peter and Ace.

    Rest KISS albums are garbage.

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    • tokyo5 March 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

      >No Rock or Metal band has every best album.

      Except for KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath… 😉

      >So stop exaggerating it makes you guys look stupid and funny.

      Stop insulting people who disagree with you…it makes you look childish and immature.

      >KISS ” Lick it Up” isn’t the best album. Probably the worst.

      That statement is “stupid and funny”. 😉

      >If your really really KISS fan

      Do you think I’ll get upset if you imply that I’m not “really really (a) KISS fan”?
      It doesn’t bother me at all. And I’m not going to change my opinions just so you’ll approve and dub me “a KISS fan”.

      >Rest KISS albums are garbage.

      In your opinion.

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  3. chosuncoreano1 March 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Worst KISS album is ” Lick it up”.

    Best/ classic KISS album is
    1) Alive
    2) Destroyer
    3) Love Gun
    4) Alive II

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    • tokyo5 March 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      >Worst KISS album is ” Lick it up”.

      Are you familiar with the KISS catalog? Have you actually listened to the “Lick It Up” album?
      It is far from their worst. It’s not their best either, in my opinion…but certainly not their worst.

      I said in my comment above that the “Lick It Up” era was KISS’s best…meaning the line-up of members.

      >Best/ classic KISS album is
      1) Alive 2) Destroyer 3) Love Gun 4) Alive II

      Those choices are obvious, if you don’t mind my saying.
      You forgot their album “Revenge”…it’s excellent! And so is their newest—“Sonic Boom”.

      Every KISS album is a masterpiece!

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      • metalodyssey March 5, 2011 at 12:59 am #

        “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose” from “Lick It Up” is “probably” one of my favorite KISS songs ever! That song is HEAVY! Whoa it’s a KISS Klassic! 😉

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      • tokyo5 March 5, 2011 at 10:38 am #

        >“All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose” from “Lick It Up” is “probably” one of my favorite KISS songs ever!

        Yeah, it’s great. And one of the few KISS songs on which every band member is credited in writing.

        I also like “Not For The Innocent” and “Dance All Over Your Face” from that album (I like Gene’s songs best).

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      • metalodyssey March 5, 2011 at 11:23 am #

        Thanks for clarifying the “Hells Group” scenario for me. (from above comment) “Dance All Over Your Face” is one Heavy-Groove laden KISS Klassic! (from below comment)

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      • tokyo5 March 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

        >“Dance All Over Your Face” is one Heavy-Groove laden KISS Klassic!

        Yes. Very under-rated.

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  4. chosuncoreano1 March 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Without Ace and Peter it isn’t KISS.

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    • tokyo5 March 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      Without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, it isn’t the original KISS…but KISS has been a band for more years without Ace and Peter than with.

      Personally I think their best line-up was the “Lick It Up” era…Gene, Paul, Vinnie and Eric (Carr).

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      • metalodyssey March 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

        That “Lick It Up” lineup was a classic. 😉

        KISS is a “franchise”. Regardless of which KISS lineup is looked upon, each version of this band is a celebration of their music and a celebration of loud and colorful Rock ‘n’ Roll! Plus, Paul and Gene have been the vocalists on 99% of the KISS song catalog.

        Once, (God forbid), Paul or Gene is gone from the band, then that’s when I’ll declare they are no longer KISS.

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      • tokyo5 March 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

        >Paul and Gene have been the vocalists on 99% of the KISS song catalog.

        Not only did they sing most KISS songs…they wrote most of them too.

        >Once, (God forbid), Paul or Gene is gone from the band, then that’s when I’ll declare they are no longer KISS.

        Yeah, then it would be hard to think of the band as KISS still.

        Like The Beatles…if they were still together (and John Lennon were still alive), many would still consider it still “The Beatles” if they had to replace George or Ringo. Without John or Paul though, it would be a different story.

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  5. tokyo5 March 1, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    I just updated this post with a scan of an article about KISS from a newspaper that I bought today.

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    • metalodyssey March 1, 2011 at 12:22 am #

      That is cool. “Hells Group”… sounds like something that the PMRC would be saying about KISS! (chuckle, chuckle).

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      • tokyo5 March 1, 2011 at 12:47 am #

        As you surely know…on the cover of KISS’s second album “Hotter Than Hell” there is a lot of Japanese writing.

        It was obviously done by someone in the U.S. record company who could read / write Japanese “pretty good” but not perfectly…because, although it’s generally correct, there are many errors in the Japanese writing on that cover.

        And for some reason the title is translated as 「地獄のさけび」 (“Screams From Hell”).
        From this, the Japanese record company began to give almost all of KISS’s records in the ’70s (and some afterwards as well) titles in Japanese with the word 「地獄」 (“Hell”) in it.
        (The Japanese titles of KISS’s albums translate to things like: “Messengers Of Hell”, “Escape From Hell”, “Army Of Hell”, etc)

        So that’s why the newspaper called them the “Hell’s Group”.

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  6. metalodyssey February 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    KISS RULES!! That is the first outdoor picture of the historical Budokan that I’ve ever seen. Granted, I’ve never googled Budokan to find any pictures of it. I’m going to read your interview with the artist who created “Sonic Boom”. 😉

    Cheap Trick “At Budokan” really launched that legendary band… there must be something truly magical about Budokan indeed.

    You must be psyched-out to see KISS again… this article has gotten me all fired up about KISS and I usually am fired up about this band to begin with! Whoa.

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    • tokyo5 February 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      >KISS RULES!!

      That’s a fact.

      >That is the first outdoor picture of the historical Budokan that I’ve ever seen.

      The Nippon Budokan and the surrounding area is beautiful…especially when the sakura are in bloom.

      >I’m going to read your interview with the artist who created “Sonic Boom”.

      Michael Doret made that cover and the iconic “Rock And Roll Over” cover as well. I did two interviews with him.

      >Cheap Trick “At Budokan” really launched that legendary band…

      Yes. And many bands, such as Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, etc, released a “Live At The Budokan” album in their catalogs.

      >You must be psyched-out to see KISS again…

      Yeah! And the fact that four newspapers here ran ads for the concert today and I got some チラシ (flyers) for the tour just adds to the anticipation!

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