Continuing their meteoric rise to international stardom, BABYMETAL has checked off another box on their world conquest to-do list: Playing a headline show in the US!
The show this weekend has even made waves in Japan thanks to a fan video uploaded to YouTube shortly after the group’s LA tour. Check it out below!
Coinciding with the release of their first full album earlier this year, BABYMETAL released a live video for “Gimme Chocolate!!” in February. In the months since then, the video has racked up well over twelve million views and been reposted by numerous major news outlets. While BABYMETAL isn’t quite yet a household name like, for example, Anthrax, they’re not the relatively unknown group we interviewed last year either–and if the July 27 show in LA is any indication, they’re doing something very right.
Sadly, we still haven’t gotten a chance to see the group perform live–the damn tickets keep selling out too fast. And being based in Tokyo, we certainly weren’t able to make it to the LA show. Fortunately, the Internet provides for those in need: Two videos from the Fonda Theater show over the weekend were captured and uploaded to YouTube. Taken close to the stage, the videos are packed with the raw energy of a metal show and the joyful dancing of a pop show. Whether you’re a headbanger or a teenybopper, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. We really have to commend the videographer for doing such a good job!
But if you missed BABYMETAL in California over the weekend, you might still have a chance to see them in the United States–if you’re in the right city. Starting this week, the group will be on the road with none other than Lady Gaga, playing the opening slot for the five dates below. You can get more information on Ms. Gaga’s website–and it looks like tickets are still available!
7/30 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Arena
8/01 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/02 Stateline, NV Harveys Lake Tahoe
8/04 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
8/06 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Once the mini-tour with the Fame Monster is finished, the group will play at Heavy Montreal before returning to Japan for Summer Sonic and two special dates at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex. Those of you in Tokyo should keep an eye on their schedule page for up-to-date information and ticket info.
Finally, in case you missed the video in May, here is their world tour promotion video featuring live footage of the girls and the band.
We might be a bit biased, but holy crap, that looks like an amazing show. Time to book some tickets for September!
▼We also had to share this poster with you. It’s just so cool!