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    Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:22:07

    Japan's L'Arc-en-Ciel to Play Theatre at NYC's MSG in March - You gotta check them out!

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    L'Arc-en-Ciel, one of Japan's most celebrated bands, heads west on their world tour in 2012, making their long overdue US debut in March, turning New York into J Rock central at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. That's the world's most famous arena! Fuck yeah for L'Arc-en-Ciel, who are rock royalty in their native land.

    L'Arc-en-Ciel are: hyde - tetsuya - ken - yukihiro.

    Here's what you need to know about the band. With a fanatical following, L'Arc tend to roll deep, taking their fans along with them on tour. They will bring some of their most passionate supporters from around the world to brighten up New York in March, turning MSG into an authentic J Rock pilgrimage for fans of the genre hungry to see the real thing!

    L'Arc En Ciel are Japanese rock royalty, returning in May 2011 from a three-year hiatus with sell out shows in aid of Japanese Tsunami relief. The band celebrated their 20th anniversary with the two-night show "20th L'Anniversary LIVE" at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium to 100,000 fans, proving their position at the center of Japanese Music.

    L'Arc are now currently out on their 20th anniversary tour and as ever are proving themselves one of J Rock's more controversial groups. New shots to promote the single "XXX" ("Kiss, Kiss, Kiss") shows the all-male four-piece doing just that, with each other, in keeping with a tradition that has kept fans guessing for two decades. Ah! So it's one of those "are they or aren't they?" situations!

    That includes their occasional sojourns as "PUNK_EN_CIEL," hen members swap instruments and become a punk band, releasing a string of singles as their alter egos. I love that they are pop and punk! And Japanese.

    Formed in 1991 in Osaka, they have since sold 30 million records and set many Japanese concert records. Specializing in epic pop rock, the band count Nirvana, Radiohead, Ozzy Osbourne and David Sylvian among their diverse influences. Released earlier this year, their recent spectacular box set Twenty runs the full gamut, from early work to their most recent offerings, taking in goth rock, to jangly guitar pop reminiscent of The Cure's lighter moments and U2-esque stadium anthems.

    L'Arc-en-Ciel WORLD TOUR 2012

    March 3 Asia World EXPO ARENA Hong Kong
    March 7 IMPACT ARENA Bangkok
    March 10 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA Shanghai
    March 17 TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall Taipei
    March 23 The Theater at Madison Square Garden New York
    April 11 indigO2 London
    April 14 Le Zenith Paris

    Do you want to check out L'Arc-en-ciel, based on that whole guessing thing? Or because they are one of the biggest global bands out there? Or a combo of both?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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