Following its recent U.K. support-slot announcement for RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, which kicks off next Monday at London's O2 Arena, Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL has announced it will open for Los Angeles rock legends GUNS N' ROSES on a four-date tour of Japan in January 2017. These Japanese dates are an extension of GUNS N' ROSES' current "Not In This Lifetime" tour — the first to feature Slash and Duff McKagan reunited with singer Axl Rose since 1993.
Says BABYMETAL's Su-Metal: "I am really happy that we’ve been confirmed as support on the upcoming GUNS N' ROSES tour. And it's happening in Japan!! We're going to create a live performance that shows how wonderful Japan is together with everyone in the audience on that tour."
The tour dates are as follows:
Jan. 21 - Kyocero Dome Osaka
Jan. 22 - Kobe World Memorial Hall
Jan. 25 - Yokohama Arena
Jan. 29 - Saitama Super Arena
BABYMETAL will release a new 13-track live album, "Live At Wembley", on December 9 via earMUSIC/Edel. A digital version will be made available on December 30. With a carefully selected track listing, the CD captures the spectacular performance recorded at BABYMETAL's first-ever U.K. arena show, "Babymetal World Tour 2016 Kicks Off At The SSE Arena, Wembley", which took place in London on April 2. The show saw BABYMETAL become the first Japanese artist in history to perform a headline show at The SSE Arena, Wembley. This concert garnered an attendance of 12,000 people, where BABYMETAL also broke the merchandise sales record of the venue, creating history once again.
The breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group features 18-year-old Su-Metal and 17-year-olds Yuimetal and Moametal, backed by a four-piece band,
BABYMETAL's new album "Metal Resistance", released simultaneously worldwide on April 1, ranked No.15 on the U.K. official chart, the highest rank in the history of Japanese artists, as well as charting in the Top 40 on the U.S. Billboard chart, being the first Japanese artist in 53 years to have made the charts since Kyu Sakamoto. The 12-track second full-length CD, featuring tracks "Road Of Resistance", "Karate" and "The One", is available as a standalone CD, vinyl and limited-edition bundle package.
Following the release of the official video for the new album's lead single "Karate", BABYMETAL unveiled the second video for the new album, for the song "The One". The seven-minute live video features singer/dancers Su-Metal, Moametal and Yuimetal performing within a triangular enclosure that's suspended above an arena-size crowd at Yokohama Arena in Japan on the final date of the 2015 world tour.
BABYMETAL made its U.S. late-night TV debut on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" in April, performing "Gimme Chocolate" off their debut album.