The landmark shows take place this month with plenty of Covid 19 restrictions in place to ensure the safety of fans.
Japanese pop-metal titans Babymetal have announced a run of 10-historic shows happening at Tokyo’s famed Budokan Arena happening this month.
The run of live dates mark the 10th anniversary of the band and offer a global beckon of hope that normalcy might be something achievable in 2021.
The first six dates of the 10-day engagement have already been announced with the fist pair of events set for January 19th and 20th. The other four events have been confirmed for February 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th. The remaining dates are set to be announced shortly.
The shows seemingly punctuate a series of events marking the milestone for the band. In October, they released a book, Bessatsu Kadokawa Souryoku Tokushuu, documenting the history of the band with rare photos and exclusives interviews. In December, the band unveiled the anniversary album 10 Years Babymetal which featured 10-tracks and came in ten various LPs. There was also a Su-metal Edition, Moametal Edition, and Kobametal Edition, each of which contained ten songs chosen respectively by each member as their personal favorites.
The anniversary celebration follows the continued ascension of the band that is still enjoying the success of their 2019 LP, Metal Galaxy. The album included international hits with singles like “Pa Pa Ya!!”, “Starlight”, “Distortion” and “Elevator Girl” and featured special guest appearances from the likes of Vocalist Joakim Brodén of Sabaton on “Oh! Tim Henson and Scott LePage of Polyphia featured turn up on “Brand New Day” and frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy joins the band on, “Distortion”.
While much is being made of the celebration of the band’s longevity, the shows also serve as a glimmer of hope that some sense of normalcy might come of 2021. While the world continues to remain on pause as the pandemic ravages various corners of the world, Japan has managed to keep their case count to just 230,000 for the duration of the pandemic.
These shows will certainly gain the attention of the international community as the people look to Japan to see how their practices and protocols might be used in the future to bring fans back to venues to experience live music.
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