Babymetal are a Japanese group who, as their name implies, fuse soaring power-metal to super-cute J-pop “idol” music. They wear matching outfits, put their hair in pigtails, and, by design, don’t include anyone past a certain age. (One girl was kicked out when she graduated junior high.) Pretty good gimmick! You will probably not be surprised to learn that the internet loves them. This past weekend, they played the UK’s massive metal-centric Sonisphere festival, their first European show, which offered the rare spectacle of a live show that included both headset mics and a corpsepainted backing band. And later this month, the group will come to North America to play one headlining show in L.A. and to open a few Lady Gaga shows. Below, watch fan-made video of them playing their hit “Gimme Chocolate” at Sonisphere, as well as a translator-assisted interview, the original “Gimme Chocolate” video, and the group’s tour dates.

7/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
7/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Arena *
8/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena *
8/02 – Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe *
8/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena *
8/06 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center *

Comments (9)
  1. So weird and Japanese yet so hilarious and awesome.

  2. Do they play with a live band, or do they just sing over prerecorded music?

  3. “don’t include anyone past a certain age. (One girl was kicked out when she graduated junior high.)” – that is an outright falsehood. You are confusing BABYMETAL with the idol group Sakura Gakuin. Check your facts, please! #eyeroll

  4. Got tix to the LA show here in a few weeks. No idea what to expect but I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

  5. Damn… I’m taking my sister to see Gaga on the Chicago date and was hoping I’d get to witness Baby Metal first-hand. Alas, they aren’t on our date… instead we get the group Crayon Pop, who I’m sure you’re familiar with Tom considering your knowledge on the K-Pop scene. I’m sure it’ll be interesting nonetheless.

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