The Press Release:
Iconic Osaka, Japan rock band SCANDAL has announced new dates and additional cities for their upcoming North American tour, which was rescheduled last year due to COVID-19. The summer trek kicks off in Toronto on July 9th and coincides with the band’s 15th anniversary and the release of their highly anticipated 10th LP “MIRROR”, which will be available worldwide on January 26.
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SCANDAL says, “Finally! We are coming to see you with our new album “MIRROR”!
It was very sad and painful for us to postpone our US tour due to the pandemic. However, even during this difficult time, we have received so many messages to our radio show and social media. We are very touched and saved by all your love. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts! Now is our turn to share our love and support you though our music! We are looking forward to seeing everyone – Let’s have amazing time together!
The band adds, “Our 10th album “MIRROR” was made during the pandemic, and it was also our 15th anniversary year.
Like everyone else, it wasn’t easy for us to be apart from each other, but we all had a chance to think about who we are as a band and as individuals.
We titled this album “MIRROR” because we feel it is a reflection of all of our different personalities and shows who SCANDAL has become.
Each of us wrote music, lyrics, and also sing main vocals, so each song has a different personality to allow listeners to enjoy different genres through our music. Our lead track “AI Ni Narana Katta No Sa” is a sentimental love song and for the music video, we created a story based on lyrics so that you can feel just like you are living in the world of this song. Enjoy!
Watch the new “Ai ni Narana Katta No Sa” video HERE: https://youtu.be/KdGRgxYYLas
SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2022 “MIRROR”
7/9 (Sat) Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto, ON
7/11 (Mon) Sony Hall, New York, NY
7/13 (Wed) Big Night Live, Boston, MA
7/15 (Fri) The Masquarade, Atlanta, GA
7/16 (Sat) House of Blues , Chicago, IL
7/18 (Mon) The Imperial, Vancouver, BC
7/20 (Wed) The Neptune, Seattle, WA
7/22 (Fri) House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
7/26 (Tue) Legacy Hall, Dallas, TX (New Venue)
Formed in 2006 in Kyobashi, Osaka, SCANDAL made its major debut in 2008 with “DOLL” on indie label Kitty Records. The following year, they won the Best New Artist category at the Japan Record Awards with “Shojo S.” In 2008, the band made its major-label debut on Epic Records, Japan (Sony Music Entertainment, Japan). With massive support radio and media support (Billboard, CNN, ABC, etc), and an energized international fanbase behind them, the band went on to perform the theme songs for several successful anime series, including “Shōjo S” and “Harukaze” for Bleach, “Shunkan Sentimental” for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, “Pride” for “Star Driver” and “A.M.D.K.J.” for “GeGeGe no Kitarō”. The band’s 9th studio album ‘Kiss From The Darkness’ was released in February 2020. The album peaked at number five on the Oricon weekly charts, extending Scandal’s streak of having all nine of their albums reach the top 5 of the charts upon release.
The band’s digital single “Spice” (a collaboration with Xflag for their animated film “Xpice”) followed in July 2020. 2021 saw the release of the single “Eternal” and the documentary series “her” Diary 2021 on YouTube. The group has a massive herd of followers at home and abroad, and performs shows throughout the world. In recent years they have also attracted attention as fashion icons, and as producers of their own clothing line “Feedback!” In 2019 they founded their own label “her” (under Japanese label Victor Entertainment) where they continue to release a steady stream of chart-topping singles and albums while bringing their music to venues all across the globe. Although all four members have provided lead vocals, their primary roles are Haruna on vocals and rhythm guitar, Mami on lead guitar, Tomomi on bass guitar, and Rina on drums.
HARUNA – Vocal & Guitar
TOMOMI – Bass & Vocal
MAMI – Guitar & Vocal
RINA – Drum & Vocal
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I had pointed out in my first news about the band, I am still a bit in the dark about them but hope to catch that NYC show in July when it happens since I am quite familiar with the venue. I also would love the chance to experience something new as we slowly but surely return from a fully pandemic mindset. I will most likely be sporting a mask and not shaking any hands since I am quite cautious in big crowds these days and I am sure these ladies will be packing it in on all of their dates. What do you all think about this updated news? Are you back to seeing shows and attending conventions and the like? Chime in down below in the comments section so we know what you all think. I’m going to close up with my usual stance of please keep safe out there and if you haven’t gotten the jab yet please consider doing this. I have three of the shots and am fine and dandy. See you next time.