Famous People in Japan


Name Date of Birth Place of Birth
Ryuichi May 20, 1970 Kanagawa
Sugizo July 8, 1969 Kanagawa
J August 12, 1970 Tokyo
Inoran September 29, 1970 Kanagawa
Shinya January 13, 1970 Kanagawa

LUNA SEA is Japanese famous visual rock band. Visual rock is the liveliest music style in Japan. Visual rock was originated by X JAPAN. LUNA SEA started as LUNACY, and later changed their name to LUNA SEA. They released their first album from Ecstasy record in 1991. The album was produced by YOSHIKI, the leader of X JAPAN.

In 1992, they released their second album from MCA VICTOR. This album was their major debut. Sales of it reached ninth on the Orikon chart. In 1993, their fan club SLAVE had been set up, and they released their long awaited first single. At last, they did a concert at Nihon Budoukan. In 1994, their third single went to No.1 on the Orikon chart for the first time. In 1995, they did the largest scale concert tour in history. Live in Tokyo Dome had 50,000 in the audience. In 1996, they did Christmas live in YOKOHAMA STADIUM.

In 1997, the members started solo action as well. Last winter, they released their first "best album". In April 1998, the band reformed and their first single was released. Immediately, it got Orikon chart No.1 the first week. This summer, they released their sixth album. August 9 and 10, they did a live concert Manatsunoyagai.

Now they are doing concert tour until September, 1999. We hope for more activity from them in the future.

References: http://member.nifty.ne.jp/slave/

This article compliments of Michael Shawback's Internet class at Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Reported by: Mochizuki Tadaharu
Data verified by: Morikawa Tatsuya
Date of Report: October 1998

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