I recently spoke with Minoru Niihara from LOUDNESS ahead of their upcoming Australian tour.
Check it all out below.
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Formed in 1981; LOUDNESS released their first album The Birthday Eve and it created a huge stir on the Japanese Metal scene. In 1983 LOUDNESS hit the west and toured the U.S. their stunning energetic live show caught the attention of Atlantic Records and became the first Japanese metal band to sign a multiple album deal with a major label.
Their defining album Thunder In The East exploded and hit the Billboard charts at # 74 and staying there for 19 weeks as they embarked on a nation-wide tour with Motley Crue. The following album Lightning Strikes hit the Billboard charts at # 64 and firmly entrenching the band as International superstars. Akira Takasaki also became a true guitar god in the West.
Now some 33 years, numerous line-up changes and 28 studio albums later LOUDNESS are still at the top of their game and still charting every album in their homeland. In 2018 LOUNDESS released their latest album ‘Rise To Glory. The good news is that original members Akira Takasaki (Guitar), Masayoshi Yamashita (Bass), Minoru Niihara (vocals) are heading our way along with Masayuki Suzuki (Drums). They may be almost 40 years into their distinguished career but LOUDNESS remains one of the hottest live acts out there and now Australia gets the chance to witness LOUDNESS for the very first time.
LOUDNESS May 2019 Australian Tour Dates:
Thursday 9th May - Melbourne / Max Watts
Friday 10th May - Sydney / Crow Bar
Saturday 11th May - Brisbane / Woolly Mammoth
Metalhead who hates bad parking.