Loudness – Japanese Heavy-Metal Giants
One of the first Japanese metal bands to make an impression in the West, Loudness has been living up to its name since the early ’80s. You can buy and sell Loudness tickets on StubHub.
East meets West for head-banging sounds
Formed in 1981, the original Loudness line-up consisted of front man Minoru Niihara, bassist Masayoshi Yamashita, drummer Munetaka Higuchi, and guitarist Akira Takasaki, the latter two who had first played together in the commercial rock group Lazy. Inspired both by Japan’s pioneering head-bangers Bow Wow and by the American metal of Van Halen, the quartet achieved success in their homeland with their debut album "The Birthday Eve" and follow-ups "Devil Soldier" and "The Law of Devil’s Land." They began to attract attention in the United States with an English-language version of 1984’s "Disillusion" and subsequently signed a deal with Atlantic Records. Loudness continued to embrace the Western market with "Lightning Strikes" and "Hurricane Eyes," and in 1988 replaced Niihara with former Obsession front man and future Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Mike Vescera. The group went through several line-up changes in the ’90s but continued to enjoy success with the likes of "Heavy Metal Hippies" and "Ghetto Machines." In 2001 the original line-up reunited and went on to record a further seven studio albums together. Following the untimely death of Higuchi in 2008, Masayuki Suzuki took over drumming duties, and the group has since remained a prolific act in both the studio and on the road. Take a look at the various Loudness tickets available on StubHub.
Killer riffs and booming beats
As you’d expect from their name, Loudness always delivers a thundering pedal-to-the-metal live show that truly pumps up the volume. Fans of full-throttle Japanese metal should be right in their element as guitar hero Takasaki powers through an array of killer riffs, drummer Suzuki makes the room shake with his booming beats, and front man Niihara showcases his signature yelping tones. Performances of ’80s classics such as "Heavy Chains," "Like Hell," and "In the Mirror" prove why Loudness managed to cross over to a Western audience previously unaware of the Japanese metal scene. But more recent material, including "I’m Still Alive" and "Soul on Fire," shows that the quartet is still very much capable of producing an anthem to head-bangers everywhere, while ballads like "So Lonely" and "In My Dreams" prove that they’re just as compelling when they slow things down. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see one of the Far East’s premier metal acts, and check out the selection of Loudness tickets now available at StubHub.