Hi! So..I am here now. Coz I remember the time when I have no friends to share.. when I have lots of friends to share. Coz I remember when I feel sorrow in life.. when I feel happy to be born. When I feel so much in love with someone, when I feel so much hate and hurt with someone.
I always looking forward in life but never forget to learn from past. This is the part of our journey in life, so I must accompany one of my best friend in virtual life, Kiseno chan, to be part of her journey. And also become an evil whisper to David who to be Kiseno chan's protector. (now you know how crazy I am, so beware!!)
About Hyde, he fills my dream, his voice is always with me when I feel sorrow..when I feel happy..when I feel so dry..when I feel so warm.. ~Pieces of you lying in me inchies deep (Winter Fall, Laruku)~ So I decide to dedicate this blog for Laruku and Hyde
Bah.. after all of that confusing words.. I write this blog..because I'm care.
Honestly, I was kind of shock when I visit one of Indonesia forum and read the news about it! I thought L'arc en Ciel is on hiatus right now and the personels are focus in their solo carrier but it was soo wrong!! They always always productive as a team!
NEW SINGLE "BLESS" Single release from L'Arc-en-Ciel featuring theme song to NHK Vancouver Olympic 2010. Also features P'UNK-EN-CIEL plus orchestra version of "BLESS." Limited edition includes DVD with music video. (subject to change) *Unless otherwise indicated, DVDs are region-2 encoded (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and carry no subtitles. The song "BLESS" was on the air for the first time on Dec 6, 2009 on MUSIC JAPAN show. The Single will be released on January 27, 2010.
And another news, about the new version of HURRY XMAS!! Single 『Hurry Xmas』 versi 2009 (KSCL-1500～1501) which plan to be released on Nov 25, 2009 is delayed until Dec 09, 2009. The cover of this new version will be in gold colour like this :
And the latest news : Tetsu announced that his called name become "Tetsuya" in L'arc en Ciel and also in his solo carrier.
And here is the videoclip for the new single "BLESS". ENJOY GUUYS!! ^^
Today is Hyde's birthday, that's what people believe. Nobody knows exactly since Hyde always keep secrets all of his personal life. In my busy time, I want to celebrate my Hy kun's birthday by writing a little about his personal life which I got from the net..
Name : hyde ( pronounced as haido) Real name : Hideto Takarai (that's what people believe) Nickname : Doi hachirou (by tetchan), also called " hide " when they first started Laruku. Height : ~157 Birthday : Jan 29th 1968 (we're not suppose to know either, but well fans just have their ways) Place of Birth : Wakayama, Osaka ( Kansai ) Family : Mother, father ( only child ) Martial Status : wife = Oishi Megumi Place he's living in right now : The whole 20th Fl in some apartment in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. He's bought a nice house in Wakayama for his parents. Hobby : Collect blue glass products, video games (Biohazard), sketching, writing poems, cooking, scary novels, Rajicon (Radio control cars), Yoyo Favorite Artist/Band : Marilyn Manson, Billy Joel, Radiohead, BAKI(gas tank), Cranberries,David Sylvian & more, but the thing is, he doesn't listen to a lot of music...weird Favorite Food : Curry rice Favorite Anime/manga : Nekojiru, Monster Work experience : Mister Donut, Drum teacher. ex Jersalem Rods, and as a staff in Ramen resto (that what he told in one of episode of Music Station) Illnesses : he is color blind! that's why he couldn't persue his career as an artist. Favorite fashion : he likes JPG a lot, but actally he wears a lot of vintage stuff. His recent styles are quite similar to ken's due to the fact that they have the same stylist..so she probably really likes to wrap them up in vintage leather items ... and hyde just loves wearing furry jackets ^^ and he occasionally just wears a few really cute items Favorite girl type : Bijin.(beautiful lady)
Hyde is writing his daily life (mostly his music activity) for CIEL member in CIEL magazine. He never mention clearly about his love life, but in one of his diary, he stated about his interested in his wife now, Megumi Oishi for long time.
16/01/1998 - 18/03/1998 From LE-CIEL 15 Work, work and work!!! I wonder what gonna happen if we get more work?…….. but when we started, there's a woman in there said [It's very dangerous, please stop it right now!] all we can do is just muttering…. I'm impressed with Oishi Megumi for a long time, she's the number one but there's a time that I prefer Fujisaki Nanako too. [so which one is better??]
Another fact (or just fans creation, who knows..)
He use to think it sucks to be a vocal, because he likes to play guitar [He is ex guitarist of Jerusarem's Rod] but now he thinks it's not that uncool afterall.
He's the only child, and when he was young, his mom treat him as a daughter coz his mom really wanted one, so he would wear red backpacks [suppose guys wear blue ones] His dad didn't like him to be involved in the band business because he thinks the world out there is dangerous ...
hyde's love life [Guess people are interested in this one] before people say he dated Hinano [But Hinano said their age difference it too big, so it's impossible, and I think that's how we get to know about hyde's age ... just add whatever she said the age diff was to Hinano's age = hyde's age ...] hyde had said that he admires Ooishi Megumi for a few times before. hyde said he have never been involved in a serious relationship [Although he lived with his girlfriend for 4 years before ...] hyde said he never said I LOVE YOU to anyone before ... [ Not even Megumi ? ] =P
hyde's clothes ... hyde always wear his clothes over and over again ... and he always wear furry clothes ...
About hyde's jewelry ... the ring he wears with the star on. It's just like the one Marilyn Manson has. I wonder about hyde's barbed-wire necklace. I don't know where he got that or what it is supposed to be for but he wears it all the time recently.
Hyde kun, Omedeto Otenjoubi! Your voice will always accompany me, day by day. And I certainly always wait your new creation. Keep on your great job!
In June 2003, Laruku came back to play a series of seven concerts in Tokyo called the "Shibuya Seven Days", and announced a new album for release in the following year. So, in February 2004, their first single in more than three years came out, READY STEADY GO! and became the soundtract of anime Full Metal Alchemist followed by another one in early March. Finally, their long-awaited new album, Smile, was released on March 31.
Shortly afterwards, on June 2, 2004, the single "Jiyuu e no Shoutai" and they introduced "P'unk-en-Ciel”
P'unk-en-Ciel (panku an shieru) is an alter ego of L'Arc-en-Ciel. Introduced in 2004, Hyde takes over guitar, Ken the drums, Yukihiro plays the bass, while Tetsu performs the vocals. P'unk-en-Ciel's songs have a more punk sound and their music is usually heavier and faster with a different tone due to Tetsu's vocals. Hyde wears a pirate patch over his left eye in P'unk-en-Ciel performances. Yukihiro is known to wear a gas mask; however, this has only been seen once at a live concert during their Smile tour in 2004.
Each member is called in capital letters Tetsu P'unk, Ken P'unk, Hyde P'unk and Yuki P'unk. Each member produces one song of their choice, and they alternate their productions. P'unk-en-Ciel is the revision of D'ark-en-Ciel, the former being a special event that took place during the early L'Arc-en-Ciel years when Sakura was the drummer. The only material released from them is the 18-minute B-side "D'ark-en-Ciel" found on the (then) unreleased The Fourth Avenue Cafe single. Their songs are recorded and used as B-sides on singles from 2004 and their performances can be found as extras on Live DVDs. They also featured television personality Sayaka Aoki with their song "Round and Round 2005".
Performed songs Their recorded versions are: •"Milky Way" found on the "Jiyuu e no Shoutai" single (Produced by Hyde P'unk). •"Round and Round 2005" found on the "Killing Me" single (Produced by Ken P'unk). •"Kasou Heisei 17 Nen" (Flower Burial 2005) found on the "New World" single (Produced by Hyde P'unk). •"Heaven's Drive 2005" found on the "Jojoushi" single (Produced by Yuki P'unk). •"Promised Land 2005" found on the "Link" single (Produced by Tetsu P'unk). •"Honey 2007" found on the "Seventh Heaven" single (Produced by Ken P'unk). •"Feeling Fine 2007" found on the "My Heart Draws a Dream" single (Produced by Yuki P'unk). •"Natsu no Yuutsu [Sea in Blood 2007]" found on the "Daybreak's Bell" single (Produced by Hyde P'unk). •"I Wish 2007" found on the "Hurry Xmas" single (Produced by Tetsu P'unk - it also has a PV). •"Dune 2008" found on the "Drink it Down" single (Produced by Ken P'unk).
P'unk-en-Ciel can be seen on live on: •Smile Tour 2004 DVD performing "Milky Way". •Asialive 2005 DVD performing "Round and Round 2005". •Are You Ready? 2007 Mata Heart ni Hi wo Tsukero! •DVD performing "Honey 2007" and "Feeling Fine 2007". •Tour 2007-2008 Theater of Kiss DVD performing "Natsu no Yuutsu [Sea in Blood 2007]" and "I Wish 2007"
On July 31, 2004, L'Arc-en-Ciel made their U.S. concert debut at Otakon 2004. Approximately 12,000 people attended the concert, which was held at a outside venue for the first time in Otakon's musical guests history, the 1st Mariner Arena located near the Baltimore Convention Center.
2005–2006: Asia live tour and solo projects In 2005, the band released various singles, including "Killing Me", "New World", and "Jojoushi". These were later featured on their album, Awake, which was released on June 22 with twelve tracks, including "Lost Heaven", the closing theme of the Fullmetal Alchemist movie.
On May 31, 2005, Tofu Records, Sony Music Japan's U.S. label, released the DVD of the Otakon 2004 concert.
On July 20, 2005 "Link" was released; also known as the opening theme of the film Fullmetal Alchemist, it was the first Laruku single after "Awake". This single also includes a new version of "Promised Land".
In August 2005, the band went on their Awake tour, which was limited to Japan. The tour featured displays of anti-war sentiment, reflecting similar lyrics of the songs of the album. The Japanese Awake tour was followed by the Asia Live 2005 tour, with performances in Seoul and Shanghai, closing with concerts in Japan. Japan's two concerts took place at the Tokyo Dome.
Following the Awake and Asia Live tours, L'Arc-en-Ciel's members turned their attention back to their solo projects.
2006–2008: 15th anniversary and Europe concert debut On November 25th and 26th, 2006, L'Arc-en-Ciel played two shows at the Tokyo Dome to celebrate their 15th anniversary, entitled L'Anniversary. It sold out in two minutes!!!, breaking the Tokyo Dome's former record which they had.A poll was created on the official website during the weeks before the concert which allowed fans to pick which songs they would like to hear at the event.The concert was later shown on the WOWOW channel on December 23, 2006. It was also broadcast on February 8, 2007 on Korea MTV.
L'Arc-en-Ciel later recorded the song "Shine" to be used as the opening song for the NHK anime, Guardian of the Spirit. They kicked-off their Mata Heart Ni Hi Wo Tsukero 2007 tour in Japan.
L'Arc-en-Ciel released the single Seventh Heaven on May 30, 2007, which topped the Oricon charts.The song My Heart Draws a Dream, used in a Subaru commercial, was released as a single on August 29, 2007, and made the #1 spot on the Oricon charts.
The song Daybreak's Bell was used as the first opening for the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00.It was released as a single on October 10, 2007, topping the Oricon weekly charts as well.
From November 14 to December 25, 2007, there was a limited edition single titled Hurry Xmas, along with two new DVDs coming out in September and December, titled 15th L'Anniversary Live and Chronicle 3 respectively.
Their new studio album Kiss, released on November 21, 2007, debuted at the number-one position on the Oricon charts.
L'Arc-en-Ciel performed the Theater of Kiss tour, which was held from December 22, 2007 to February 17, 2008. The song Drink It Down, used as the Japanese opening song for the PS3/Xbox360 game Devil May Cry 4, was released as a single on April 2, 2008, and topped the Oricon weekly charts.
The band went on the Tour 2008 L'7 ~Trans Asia via Paris~ which covered several major Asian cities, as well as Paris, France.
On this tour a definite live show hiatus until 2011 was announced. L'Arc-en-Ciel media continue to be released, a double A-side single, "Nexus 4 / Shine" and a DVD, Tour 2007-2008 Theater of Kiss were released on August 27, 2008.
AND I BELIEVE THE DREAMS WILL STILL CONTINUE.. For Cieler, you can get the update activities of Laruku on their official website l'arc-en-ciel.com. Better if you can read in Japanese language. Me, I will continue my journey in net for searching their current activities in language that I can understand.. (^-^)
After the golden era, L’arc en Ciel member decided to be in hiatus for a while and they started to create the solo projects. These are the details..
TETSU 69 ~ Tetsuya Ogawa’s solo project
Tetsu is the first L’arc member who started the solo project, under label of Warner Music Japan. The Discography : 1. July 18, 2001 1st single Wonderful World (c/w Tightrope) 2. August 28, 2002 2nd single Shinkirou 3. October 23, 2002 3rd single 15 ½ 4. November 20, 2002 1st album, Suite November
ACID ANDROID ~ Yukihiro Awaji’s solo project (taken from jmusicamerica.com)
Member : Yukihiro (Guitar, Vocal, Programming), Antz (Guitar, support member), Tomo (Guitar, support member), Yasuo (Drums, support member), Kishi (Guitar, support member). Acid android performed for the very first time at the Shibuya Club Asia on May 23rd, 2001, as part of the special event entitled acid android in an alcove. The band’s founder and leader, yukihiro, performed guitar and vocals. A few months later on the 27th of September, acid android's first CD, Ring the Noise, was released on the major label Ki/oon Records. After the release of the band’s first single, there was little activity on their part until the following January, when they performed a concert as a guest for the band crow.
Exactly a year after the release of Ring the Noise came the highly anticipated album acid android. The album was originally only available for order over the internet, until its full commercial release in March 2003. The self-titled album was a dark and brooding affair, that contained a heady mix of minimalist programmed drum tracks and heavy guitar blasts, electronic noise and industrial style strangled vocals. A week after the commercial release of acid android came its follow up mini-album, Faults, which featured the vocal talents of the British singer Tony Halliday. A promotional tour followed that lasted until May of '03. After the tour, Yukihiro hooked up with his fellow bandmate Ken from L’Arc~en~Ciel to work on his project Sons Of All Pussys.
SON OF ALL PUSSYS (S.O.A.P) ~ Ken Kitamura’s solo project
The project started in 2002. Members : Ken Kitamura - Vocals and guitars; Yasunori Sakurazawa – Drums , he is ex L’arc drummer, Sakura !; Ein – Bass (a half Japanese/German model who appears in a few L'Arc PVs). Each member contributed songs based on themes; Ken with love, Ein with Desire, and Sakura with his experiences in jail, and together they shelled out four albums; Grace, Gimme A Guitar, High! and Paradise. All S.O.A.P. activities have ceased since 2004. On August 23, 2006, Ken released a solo album titled "Speed", referring to himself as just Ken and has taken a new, "clean" appearance similar to his early days with L'Arc~en~Ciel.
Discography : 1. Mini Album ~ Grace 2. Mini Album ~ Gimme a guitar! 3. Mini Album ~ High Single : Paradise DVD : Live DVD Bubble Festival 2003, PV Collection DVD ~ Ichiban Blow, Live DVD S.S.J.B.F in ?? (Japanese kanji character)
HYDE ( CURRENTLY CHANGED NAME : VAMPS) ~ Hyde’s solo project (taken from Wikipedia)
Hyde started his solo project on 2001 under the name HYDE (all in capital letters). He gets big success in solo carrier, here are the details :
HYDE's support band Guitar: K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) Drums: Ali Bass: Ju-ken
Former support members Drums: Furuton (ex.Oblivion Dust, ex.Nil) Bass: Hiroki (ex.media youth, KILLERS) Keyboard: JIN
In October 2001, Hyde released his first solo single, "Evergreen" After two more singles, "Angel's Tale" and "Shallow Sleep", Hyde released his first solo album, Roentgen, on March 27, 2002. An overseas edition featuring English lyrics was released in July the same year. Hyde's next two singles, "Hello" and "Horizon", were released June and November 2003 respectively, and second solo album, 666, was released on December 3, 2003. In 2003, Hyde starred alongside Gackt in the Japanese film Moon Child. In a duet as part of the project, Hyde and Gackt sang "Orenji no taiyou", and when sang live, Hyde could not be there because he was on a music tour. The song was also released on Gackt's fourth full-length album, Crescent. In December 2003, Hyde's song "Shining Over You" from his 666 album was used as the commercial song for Namco's Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. In 2004, Hyde took on the role of the guitarist Adam in the movie Kagen no tsuki(Last Quarter), a movie based on the manga by Ai Yazawa. The movie's theme song, "The Cape of Storms", came from Roentgen. In the summer of 2005, Hyde composed the music for the song "Glamorous Sky". The song was used in the movie Nana, another film based on a manga by Ai Yazawa. The song was sung by fellow Japanese artist Mika Nakashima and the lyrics were written by Ai Yazawa. In August, Hyde and his solo band performed the song on Music Station with Mika Nakashima, Hyde being on guitar.
The single "Countdown" was released on October 5th 2005, with a track list including Japanese & English versions of the song "Countdown" made for the Japanese release of the movie Stealth and also a special rock version of "Evergreen" (originally from Roentgen). A cover of the single "Countdown" was used as the "semifinal" stage in the Nintendo DS rhythm game Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2.
Later that month, Hyde hosted Halloween of the Living Dead, a three-night event held at Club Citta on October 29th, 30th & 31st. Each night featured performances by Hyde himself, a guest artist/band and Jack-O-Latern. Artists/bands who took part in the Halloween performances are Monoral, UVERworld, Olivia Lufkin, HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, Yasu (of Janne Da Arc), & Mika Nakashima. The group Jack-O-Latern consisted of Hyde and the group Monoral playing many Halloween favorites such as the Ghostbusters theme.
Starting in January 2006, Hyde's single "Season's Call" was used as the second opening theme to the anime show Blood+. This single was released on February 2, 2006. Hyde's album, Faith, was released on April 26th, 2006. Faith was accompanied by a five-month tour with many locations in Japan, some exclusively open to members of his fanclub.
After signing on with Tofu Records as a solo artist, a US debut concert was scheduled as part of the Faith tour, which was held at Slim's in San Francisco, California on July 5, 2006. Tickets for the event went on sale online at 1 p.m. EST on April 2, 2006 and sold out in an three minutes!. The second round of sales was held April 9, also online, and also sold out.
A second concert, held at House of Blues in Anaheim, California, on July 2 was added and tickets were sold out, as were two more US concerts (the Fillmore, San Francisco and House of Blues, Hollywood). The overseas version of Faith was released on June 27, 2006 and included a bonus DVD featuring music videos for both "Countdown" and "Season's Call". In Faith, Hyde uses a Fender Mustang as his main guitar; contrary to 666 album version, where he uses Gretsch guitars. Hyde also made a brief appearance at the Tofu Records booth at Anime Expo 2006 in Anaheim, California on July 1 for a question and answer panel. Following the completion of the FAITH tour, a DVD of the concerts was announced and was released November 8th, 2006.
HYDEIST, Hyde's official website announced that Hyde would be having a live tour around certain parts of Japan, which included Sendai, Sapporo and Fukuoka, starting from 1 August to 25 October 2008. It has been announced that Hyde and K.A.Z will be performing together during the concert and they would be called VAMPS.They have also announced a single, titled "Love Addict" scheduled to release July 2.
Discography DVDs • Roentgen Stories (2004) • FAITH Live (2006) • Moon Child • Kagen no tsuki (Last Quarter) Albums 1. Roentgen, released on March 27, 2002 with 206,000 copies sold. 2. 666, released on December 2003, with 139,000 copies sold 3. Roentgen (English version), released on October 14, 2004 with 54,000 copies sold 4. Faith, released on April 6, 2006 with 130,000 copies sold Overseas Album Releases • Roentgen Overseas Version (2002) • FAITH , U.S. Version (2006) Singles 1. Evergreen, sold in 331,000 copies 2. Angel’s Tale, sold in 186,000 copies 3. Shallow Sleep, sold in 134,000 copies 4. Hello, sold in 146,000 copies 5. Horizon, sold in 74,000 copies 6. Countdown, sold in 92,000 copies 7. Season’s Call, sold in 130,000 copies 8. Love Addict ( under the name VAMPS), sold in 89,636 copies
And for the closing, the PV of Season’s Call (^-^)
1998 – 2001 (Recovery Tours, Debut Album & Singles released, and Awards)
Reincarnation concer was the beginning of L’arc en Ciel great name band recovery. The 56,000 tickets were sold in only 4 minutes, the world record !
On January 1, 1998, Yukihiro was officially become Laruku’s Drummer. In the beginning, there was pro and contra with Yukihiro’s joint because many Sakura’s fans still could not accept that Sakura was not Laruku member anymore. Sakura became part of Laruku with his drummer style. With Yukihiro Joining, the appearance of Laruku slowly change from girly become masculine. With his new style, Yukihiro was success to give Laruku the new colour of music. 1998 was a golden year for Laruku after bad case in 1997. Every singles and albums made in this year reached top ten chart and got many awards.
Starting in the beginning of 1998, they released the 8th single, Winter Fall (one of my fave Laruku song) and straight to post first position in Oricon Chart.
On February 25, 1998, the 5th Album HEART was released. This amazing album was on top of Oricon Chart and had been sold in 1 million copies in first week!
On March 25, 1998, the 9th Single DIVE TO BLUE was released and also got no 1 position in Oricon Chart.
On April 22, 1998, video of A PIECE OF REINCARNATION was released and again, became no 1 in Oricon Chart for 2 weeks.
On May 1, 1998, the beginning of tour Heart ni hi wo Tsukero ~Light My Fire~ and became the longest tour of L’arc en Ciel with 56 appearance in 43 cities of Japan, ending on November 21, 1998.
On July 8, 1998, L’arc en Ciel was recorded as the first band in Japan history who released 3 Singles in the same time ( Honey, Shinshoku ~Lose Control~ and Kasou). These three singles were sold about 1 million copies in short time. And on July 27, 1998, Honey and Shinsoku~Lose Control~ were posted in 1st and 2nd position in Oricon Chart. Shinshoku ~Lose Control~ was one of the original soundtract for movie GODZILLA for OST Album sold in Asian only.
After finished Light My Fire tour, Laruku released another 2 singles, Snow Drop on November 7, 1998 and Forbidden Lover (one of beautiful Laruku’s slow song) a week later. Again, with this 2 singles, Laruku was recorded as the first musician in Japan History who got first and 2nd position in the same time in twice because on November 26, 1998, Forbidden Lover got 1st position and Snow Drop got runner up position in Oricon Chart!!
In the beginning of December 1998, they launched the first official Laruku goodies in entire Japan. On December 23, 1998, the final activities in 1998 was ended with launching of Video Concer Light My Fire.
February 20, 1999, Laruku released the Photobook LIFE, contain pictures and photos from their concer in 1998.
March 1, 1999, Laruku got 36th Golden Arrow Award from Asahi TV. 2 days later, they got 13th Japanese Gold Disk Award from NHK for their 3 singles Kasou, Honey and Snow Drop were stated as “song of the year”. The Album HEART was stated as “rock album of the year”
April 21, 1999, they released the 15th single, Heaven’s Drive and June 2, 1999, the Single Pieces was released.
On July 1, 1999, L’arc En Ciel was released 2 Albums in the same time, ARK and RAY in 7 countries (Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong, Thailand, Malaysia, Phillipine and Singapore). They become the only band who released 2 Albums in the same time and both were success! ARK were sold in 2.275.000 pieces, RAY were sold in 2.138.000 pieces.
On July 17, 1999, they started Grand Cross Tour 1999 (I have watched the DVD and totally awesome!!) and this is their biggest tour with 650.000 total audiences. One of their concer in Tokyo was performed live in 7 countries!
On September 1999, Tetsu and Hyde represented L’arc En Ciel were traveling to 3 Asian countries (Taiwan, Hongkong and Thailand) for album promo.
On October 27, 1999, they released the single Love Flies and launched the Grand Cross Conclusion video.
At the end of 1999, they performed RESET, live concer for celebrating the new millennium.
Starting year of 2000, they released double maxi single Neo Universe/Finale on January 19, 2000 and Stay Away.
On June 28, 2000, the album Ectomorphed Work was released. This album contain several L’arc en Ciel songs that remix by Yukihiro.
On August 20, 2000, they released the album REAL.
From October until December 2000, they performed live concer Realive which separate in 2 session, Realive Club Circuit 2000 and Realive Dome Tour 2000. The difference is the first session, they performed in little club with little audiences. The second session, they performed in big stage with many audiences.
In 2001, starting with releasing the album Clicked Singles Best 13th on March 14. This is the compilation of the Best songs from L’arc En Ciel based on voting from million of fans around the world by internet, plus one new single, Anemone (people believed that this song was created by Hyde for his beautiful wife, Megumi Oishi..pfft.. I envy!). And suprisingly, the first song of the Album is BLURRY EYES!! Yes, after 7 years, Laruku’s fans still like this song very much (including me.. ^^)
On May 9, 2001 they released the new single Spirit Dream Inside (this is an English version, theme of my blog) and insert song is Spirit Dream Inside ~ Another Dream (mixed English and Japanese language). This is the soundtract of Final Fantasy The Movie (Spirit Within).
The PV of Spirit Dream Inside ~ Final Fantasy The Move, Spirit Within
1995 – 1997 (DEBUT TOUR AND ALBUM/SINGLE RELEASED)
In the beginning of 1995, they performed a special tour for fans club member with the title CIEL/Winter.
On May 21, 1995, the video for single “And She Said” was released and also the first day of their tour in 19 cities in Japan with the title “In Club’95”.
On July 1995, they released the 2nd Single, Vivid Colors. This song became ending theme Guru Guru 99 and another song from the single, Brilliant Years became ending theme for Shin Dora at Nippon TV (NTV) show.
On September 1, 1995, They released the 3rd Album, HEAVENLY. For the first time, their Album got into Oricon Chart (Major Label Band) and post in 3rd position. In this album, they explored and tried to be different and coloured their music with something new.
On September 9, 1995 they started to perform Heavenly’95 Tour. The tickets were sold out in 9 days. In the last day of the tour, tickets were sold out only in 28 minutes!
On September 22, 1995, the first appearance of L’arc En Ciel in MUSIC STATION, a wellknown music show in Japan.
In October 25, 1995, they released the 3rd Single, Natsu No Yuutsu (one of my favourite Laruku’s song). This song became ending theme TBS show named M-Navi.
On December 27, 1995, they performed a live concer in Nippon Budokan, the place where Japanese musician have dream to get concer there.
On Beginning 1996, they released the first live video, Heavenly ~films~ together with 2 Photo Album “Heavenly X’mas and “Heavenly ~films~”.
On April 1996, they started Kiss Me Deadly’96 tour. In the same month, they tried something new with building an alter ego band, named D’Ark En Ciel with members : Dark Tetsu (vocal), HYDE Dark (guitar), Suck –D’Ark La (Bass) and Ken D’Ark (drum). They played dark songs like Minagoroshi, Dark in My Life, Dark Song, Insanity, Banana Mask, etc.
On July 8, 1996, they released the 4th Single, Kaze ni Kienaide (I’m So Happy) and in first week of Oricon Chart posted in 4th position. End of July 1996, the summer winter Big City Nights Round Around’96 was started in 3 big city in Japan (Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo).
On September 20, 1996 (Kyaaa! My b’day) they released a documenter book named Artist Fact “IS”. This book contained the information and facts of L’arc en Ciel completely.. (Oooh..I wish I can have this.. >.<)
On October 1996, the released the 5th Single named Flower (c/w Sayonara) and posted in top ten Oricon Chart in first week. The 6th Single released in the same month, Lies and Truth (c/w Sai Wa Nagerareta), also posted in top ten Oricon Chart in first week of released.
On December 12, 1996, the 4th album TRUE was released. This album was the most success album in the last 5 years of their carrier because in first week, this album reach the runner up position in Oricon Chart and in 6th week, became no 1. This Album was on Top ten Oricon Chart in 9 weeks. On December 23, 1996, they started tour with title Carnival of True in 10 places in Japan, started in Osaka Jyo Hall.
On April 1997, this is the month which will always be remembered as the worst history in L’arc en Ciel carrier. In this month, Sakura the drummer, got caught by the police when using drugs. All of L’arc en Ciel members got interrogation and inspection by the police. Their popularity got drop, all of their activities were cancelled and their single The Fourth Avenue Café could not be released and at first, this song was opening theme song of Rurouni Kenshin anime, but after the case, it changed. All of Laruku goodies were pulled out of the market. Although the other members didn’t want Sakura to go, but the producer of recording company insisted Sakura to leave the band. “I am very sorry that I made something very stupid and unforgiven. I have no right to stay any longer in band and all are my faults. I just wanna pray for the best of L’arc En Ciel and I wish they keep fight and hope getting more successs in the future” this is what Sakura told when he decided to leave the band on October 1997, after 5 years together. Hyde is the most disappointed with this situation because he is the closed friend with Sakura. The L’arc en Ciel members became 3 person only.
One day, Tetsu heard about Yukihiro Awaji, eks drummer band Zi:Kill and Die in Cries which had disbanded. Tetsu was interested with Yuki’s style and tried to know him closer. Tetsu and Yuki are both gamer, one day Tetsu asked Yuki for teach him Evangelion game. There, Tetsu told Yuki about what happened with Laruku, and Yuki said he would like to help, especially in recording the single, NIJI.
October 17, 1997, the 7th single, NIJI was released and posted in 3rd rank in Oricon Chart at first week. Niji has the same meaning with L’arc En Ciel, Rainbow. Regarding with the title, Hyde explained that the song title described about their carrier which many people were worried about their existances because of the bad case lately, but later they came back like the beautiful rainbow was raised after heavy rain in bad weather. This song became the soundtrack of the anime Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) The Movie.
L’ar en Ciel was back officially on December 13, 1997 with performed a live concer in title Reincarnation in Tokyo Dome. There, Yukihiro still stated as additional/supported player.
On June 12, 1992, Hiro decided to resign from the band with no specific reason. Without guitarist, Tetsu suddenly remember his childhood friend, Ken Kitamura (Ken) who was studying Architecture in a university in Nagoya. He asked Ken for helping them to make demo music. Ken must memorize all of the songs in 5 days but he did it shorter. They finished the musics only in 3 days. First, he did both as guitarist in band and also university student. But at the end, the band activities were wasting most of his time and after thinking in 3 days, he decided to end his study at university. His parents were so angry with this decision and had very bad argue with him and they didn’t talk to each other. In picture, Ken in his early style
On October 1, 1992, they recorded “Voice” for Omnibus CD Album with title “Gimmick”
On November 25, 1992, L’arc en Ciel released their first single named “Flood of Tears”. This time, this single will be a very rare goodies because it released only 1000 pieces, very limited edition and getting more expensive (approx. 60.000 yen)!
On December 30,1992, after their live concer in Osaka Music Hall, Pero decided to follow Hiro by resigning from the band. Tetsu decided to find another drummer in Tokyo because he thought that they will have a great carrier in Tokyo at the end.
One day, Tetsu watched Sakura in a concer performance and interested to ask him to join the band. He sent the demo tape and Sakura interested and went to Osaka to have a jam session. He officially became L’arc en Ciel drummer on January 16, 1993.
On April 10, 1993, they released their first album Dune, under indies label Danger Crue and became no 1 in Oricon Indies Chart on May. In only 3 months, the album was sold in 20,000 pc. The opportunities were opened to them for playing in live indies concer Karei Naru Masho in Shibuya Kokaido with 2000 audiences. Their popularity was not only in Osaka now, but starting to reach Tokyo. Major labels started to get interested with their performances and music.
On September 1993, they increased their carrier and moving in Tokyo (although Hyde didn’t like this idea at first).
On July 1, 1994, they released their first video single, Nemuri Ni Yosete and 2 weeks later on July 14, 1994, they released the second Album, TIERRA under major labels Sony Ki/oon records. This date was also become their first tour Sense of Time. In picture, starting top left: Hyde, Ken, Sakura & Tetsu
On September 1994, L’arc en Ciel was going for trip abroad for the first time, to Maroko for the making of Siesta ~ film of dream~ video. This experience was really challenging and fun for them and the film was released at the end of 1994.
On October 21, 1994, their first single under Sony Ki/oon record was released under the title “BLURRY EYES”. This song became theme song for anime DNA2 and become their best songs ever. In December 1, 1994, the official fans club was founded under the name “CIEL”.
1991 On Februari 1991, two young men from Osaka named Tetsuya Ogawa (Tetsu) and Hiro formatted a group band. Tetsu acted as bass player, leader and temporary vocalist. Hiro acted as guitarist. That time, Hyde (still using the name Hide, people believe his name is Hideto Takarai, even Hyde himself never mentioned about his real name) was still a guitarist in a group band named Kiddies Bomb. This band changed the name become Jerusalem's Rod, and Hyde changed his part as a vocalist, even he did not really like it.
One day, Tetsu and Hiro watched their performance in a cafe. They were interested and asked him to joint their group. Tetsu showed him the recorded music which will be sent to studio recorder and after he allowed for Hyde to bring along his band member friend Pero, he joint the group
So the very first configuration was Tetsu (Bass, the leader), Hyde (vocalist), Hiro (guitarist) and Pero (Drummer)
The name L'arc en Ciel (Raruku An Shieru, people usually called Laruku) was given by Tetsu after he watched France movies. L'arc en Ciel means Rainbow in English or Niji in Japanese. After introducing the name to other members, they agreed to use it until now.
Their first performance was conducted on May 30, 1991 in Nanba Rocket and was succesful. They started to make their first album Dune in June 1992 but something happened (to be continued in part2)
The summary of 1991
February Formatted by Tetsu as a leader April Performed as secret band section in YANTA MEGURO Shikamekan live house May 30 First live performance in Nanba Rocket, Osaka September 14 Performed in Osaka live event special September 27 First single live concer in Nanba Rocket, Osaka
I write this Biography at least for my own property if there is no one read it. I collect several articles from the internets and lots of pictures and bought lots of goodies of L'arc En Ciel, so I must record their history too. I will update the Biography at least once a week. Please correct me if I put wrong information, I really appreaciate it..