Live House: Mikaru (G.L.A.M.S.)


Singer/songwriter MIKARU (G.L.A.M.S), well-known for having been the leader and vocalist of the bands DIO – Distraught Overlord and BLACK LINE, will perform on the Saturday afternoon at the Amazon stage to celebrate the release of the album A Queen Of The Night.

MIKARU started his career as a vocalist in the Visual Kei band DIO-Distraught Overlord, started in 2006 in the area of Tokyo, Japan, by the label Red-List Entertainment. It was only a few months before DIO’s dazzling breakthrough show at Japan Expo, Paris, France, in July 2007, and several successful international tours. DIO-Distraught Overlord became one of the very first Japanese visual-kei bands to play all over Europe, and they were able to quickly reach a very special status among the J-Rock fans everywhere. Even now, they remain a symbol of this very active and exuberant era for Japanese music in Europe. They came back for an ultimate revival tour in 2016.

After the break-up of DIO and the final show in 2009, MIKARU and DENKA (DIO’s drummer) gathered to create a new project, BLACK LINE, with new members. MIKARU strayed from the dark, vampiric visual of DIO, to drift onto a new pop, glam style. He started to paint and design CD artwork. When BLACK LINE came to an end, the roots of MIKARU’s long-prepared project, G.L.A.M.S, had already begun to grow.

MIKARU announced the birth of G.L.A.M.S in December 2013 at BLACK LINE’s last live. G.L.A.M.S made their official debut as a multidisciplinary project at an art exhibition in Paris, Paris 7 Days, where Mikaru exhibited his paintings and sang G.L.A.M.S first single, Under the Moon.

Besides MIKARU, G.L.A.M.S is composed of several ex-members of DIO and BLACK LINE: Syu, Tetsuto and Erina. In 2014 and 2015, G.L.A.M.S toured in Europe, while in 2016, they got their first tour in Latin America.

They released a mini-album, Under the Moon in 2014 and in July 2017 the album A Queen Of The Night will be released. But the pre-release is available during the day at the merchandise stand at Anime 2017!

The performance is part of an European Tour organized by REALive where G.L.A.M.S will perform in several countries such as Germany, France, Poland and Belgium. The show at Animecon is in collaboration with AVO Events & Promotion, who organizes concerts of Japanese (indie) artists since 2012.

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Anime Open Stage


Saturday 15:00 - 16:00


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