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14 June 2013 @ 02:00 pm
[ HYDE x AMANO Project ]
The VAMPS UK Street Team was kind enough to translate the updated information on the HYDE x Amano website. Here's what they wrote:
"Collaborative exhibition featuring Yoshitaka Amano's illustrations of HYDE as 'Angel and Devil'
HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel, VAMPS) and Yoshitaka Amano are collaborating. The exhibition 'Yoshitaka Amano x HYDE 'Heaven's will and Perversion ~NIPPON EVOLUTION~" will be held in August at the Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo.
Amano, known for his character desings for the Final Fantasy franchise, iconified HYDE as a "Hero of two faces (Angel and Devil) spreading his wings to venture the world". The exhibition will boast a collection of over 100 exhibits including illustrations, figures and holograms. Head to the exhibition in order to discover how the delicate and intricate touch used by Amano expresses HYDE.
Some of his illustrations are on the website:
Go to the INTRODUCTION to see some of his work!
When: August 9th~31st
Where: Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo
Tickets: 1800JPY
Pre-sale ticket holders will receive 'original trading cards'".
BARKS article regarding the event: http://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000091296


VAMPS' website was recently updated to feature a new web background. Check it out:

VAMPS will be featured on the back cover for the August issue of CD&DL. The magazine will also come with a VAMPS sticker. Cover photo is not yet available, however you can pre-order the magazine on Amazon Japan here:
The magazine will be released July 13th.
So it looks like the covers of all 3 versions of VAMPS' new single, "AHEAD/REPLAY" have been created by the illustrator Kimsnake. Kimsnake has worked with VAMPS in the past, having illustrated some of the MONTHLY VAMPS magazines and DVD cover.
+ Limited Edition + DVD JACKET A cover:

+ Limited Edition + DVD JACKET B cover:

+ Regular Edition JACKET C cover:

Current Mood: calmcalm
06 June 2013 @ 01:47 pm
VAMPS' single "REPLAY" will be aired for the first time on TOKYO FM's "やまだひさしのラジアンリミテッドF" on Friday, June 7th from 25:00 - 29:00 (1:00 - 5:00 am)
More info here: http://www7.jfn.co.jp/f/

And don't forget, VAMPS' message will be aired on June 10th on FM802's "REDNIQS" from 24:00 - 27:00 (12:00 - 3:00 am)
Current Mood: calmcalm
06 June 2013 @ 01:44 pm
2013年7月6日(土)・7日(日)に行われる「VAMPS LIVE 2013」東京公演
VAMPS’ show in Tokyo on July 6th, part of the “VAMPS LIVE 2013″ tour, will be streamed live in theaters all across the world!
6月6日(木)10:00 ~ 6月9日(日)23:59
6/6/13 at 10:00 am – 6/9/13 at 11:59 pm
Tickets will be sold on E Plus.
6月15日(木)12:00 ~ 7月5日(金)11:59
[General Release]
6/15/13 at 12 pm – 7/5/13 at 11:59 pm
Tickets will be sold on E Plus.
Tickets will also be sold at Fami stores nationwide. Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.
イープラス 0570-07-5050(10:00~18:00)
Check your country’s viewing location here:
*Info. subject to change!
22 May 2013 @ 07:42 am
I will delete the previous post containing the download link for "AHEAD." In addition to his message, J commented that the song will be released in iTunes stores overseas. Read what he had to say:
"VAMPS just signed with Universal Music, so you can expect things will be a bit different for distribution. They have international divisions though, so VAMPS new songs should be available world-wide on iTunes. We did this (in part) to make things easier for international fans to have access... honestly, we're trying to get the music to you as quickly as possible in the formats you want. I appreciate everyone who is waiting for VAMPS songs on the iTunes store in their country."
Like I mentioned in the post that contained the download link, I do not promote the illegal downloading of VAMPS' music/DVDs without fans ever purchasing the materials. I just felt that we should all have the opportunity to listen to the song, just like everyone in Japan can. At any rate, the post will be removed today from all my social media sites. :3
Let's keep checking iTunes to see whether or not the song is available to be purchased. ;)
J's message to fans:
"VAMPS, 'AHEAD', is out on Japanese iTunes! Since it is not yet May 22nd on other parts of the world though, you have to wait a bit longer.
-start serious message-
On that note, I must mention that it makes me sad to see people sharing the song illegally. We can see who you are, what country you're from, and how you seem so proud of your actions. So many fans understand that if they buy the music, the number of international sales increases, and then it is easier for the band to travel overseas and do concerts in your area. A few people don't seem to understand or care about that relationship though, and it is just unfortunate for everyone involved. We're talking about a song that costs less than the price of a cup of coffee, but that you will own forever (unlike coffee I hope). Please consider this before writing, 'Come to Chile', or 'Come to France', or 'Come to (your country here)', on my comments if you've been sharing the song, downloaded the song illegally, or got it without paying.
For those of you paid, or are waiting to pay... I salute you. You make my job of helping to get VAMPS music out to the world easier. Thank you.
-end serious message-
'AHEAD'... VAMPS-tastic!"
21 May 2013 @ 07:18 am
Sony has created a special site for the Xperia UL featuring VAMPS. Check it out:
The description says that the first 666 persons to buy the Sony Xperia UL will receive the special VAMPS cover for it. Winners will be notified via e-mail and the release date of the phone is Tuesday, July 23rd!
Kinda' makes you wish you hadn't bought that iPhone, huh? Just kidding.
And while on the subject, here's a much longer version of the making of the Xperia commercial:
"AHEAD" is currently being used as the commercial theme song for Sony's Xperia UL smartphone. "REPLAY" will be used as the theme song for the smartphone game app, "Dark Summoner." "AHEAD" will be released on iTunes (Japan) beginning May 22nd via "Chaku-Uta." The single will be released in physical format on July 3rd.
"AHEAD / REPLAY" [Regular Edition]
"AHEAD / REPLAY" [Limited Edition + DVD - JACKET A]
"AHEAD / REPLAY" [Limited Edition + DVD - Jacket B]
3. AHEAD (Instrumental)
4. REPLAY (Instrumental)
* Both limited edition versions come with bonus DVDs that include the music video for "AHEAD."
** All versions come with VAMPS CHANCE tickets.
20 May 2013 @ 04:39 pm
VAMPS are set to release their first single in nearly 2 1/2 years called, "AHEAD / REPLAY," "REPLAY" being the single's B-side track. "REPLAY" will also be featured in the "Dark" series of the Xperia smartphone. AND! The single is set to be released on July 3rd (Note: all information subject to change).
After you've finished marking your calendars, check out the making of the Xperia CM here:
AND, after you've finished watching the videos, jumping for joy, and whatnot, check out HYDE's comment on the radio program "REDNIQS": http://selfportrait7.blog.fc2.com/
The comment just aired today (Pacific Standard Time).

*Many thanks to Hideto Suzuki for the updates!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
20 May 2013 @ 07:00 am
Natalie report regarding the "BEACH PARTY" lives.
*Thanks to Hideto Suzuki for the info.!
19 May 2013 @ 10:50 pm
A clip of VAMPS' new single "AHEAD" is now being used in the Xperia SOL22 commercial! Check it out:

Version 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utt3d-PqSRM&sns=em

Version 2: http://youtu.be/Mb0XtkdeiqQ
19 May 2013 @ 09:41 pm
VAMPS are to bring back their awesome summer lives! Last year, "BEAST ON THE BEACH" was held on the beach. This year, "BEAST PARTY" will be held lakeside at Lake Yamanaka!
"VAMPS LIVE 2013 BEAST PARTY" will be held on August 10th & 11th. Event opens at 16:00 and the live begins at 17:30!
VAMPADDICT members-only tickets go on sale from May 23rd - 28th.
More details to come, including general public tickets!
Original text:
昨年行った夏の最強野外ライヴ「BEAST ON THE BEACH」が今年はレイクサイドで「BEAST PARTY」として開催決定!!真夏の山中湖でVAMPSの熱狂LIVEで騒ぎ踊れ!!!
会場 山梨県 山中湖交流プラザきらら
開場 16:00/開演 17:30