Tag Archive: L’Arc-en-Ciel

Sep 19

[live report] L’Arc-en-Ciel Makes “XXX”

Being an enormously popular band has its perks. For one, you can afford the massive screens, pyrotechnics, and an 18-piece string ensemble necessary for your epic cinematic live performances. For another, you may be able to single-handedly take back a sequence of letters that is synonymous with the porn industry. While I don’t think the …

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Jun 10

[live report] L’Arc-en-Ciel or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Japanese Music (Part 2)

The second show brought us the 1999 to 2011 songs, a noticeably different atmosphere from the first half of their career. Gone was the need to bare their souls and in came the desire to please a general audience. Granted, this pop-music switch wasn’t out of nowhere; L’Arc-en-Ciel was selling albums in the millions well …

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Jun 09

[live report] L’Arc-en-Ciel or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Japanese Music (Part 1)

What can I say about L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 20th L’Anniversary Lives? For starters, all the proceeds are going to relief for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which is beyond charitable and they should be worshipped for that alone. Also, it rained. Hard. The band sounded great. Vocalist hyde’s eyeliner and cornrows made him look …

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Aug 22

[lifestyle] All 90's Visual Kei Karaoke

Live shows are fun. I guess. Watching a group of musicians standing up high on a stage, surrounded by giant, altar-like speakers, inhaling waves upon waves of screams from the adoring public, going home with a sense that you made a difference in the lives of more people than the average person meets in his …

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