BABYMETAL — the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal — played its first-ever U.S. show last night (Sunday, July 27) at the sold-out Fonda Theatre (capacity: 1,200) in Los Angeles, California.
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert is available below. Photos of the performance courtesy of Ian Irizarry can be found at this location.
Fan postings on Reddit indicate that "one of the girls [from BABYMETAL] wasn't feeling well" after the concert and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. It should be noted, however, that these reports have not yet been corroborated by an official source.
**UPDATE**: According to OC Weekly, a spokeswoman for the L.A. City Fire Department confirmed that paramedics responded to a call for a 15-year-old female unconscious at the venue shortly before 10 p.m. The girl — who is believed to be Moametal — was transported to an area hospital for observation and is said be resting and feeling better. The incident is not expected to affect any of the other dates on the band's tour.
BABYMETAL kicked off its world tour with a headlining show on July 1 at La Cigale in Paris, France.
The band will support pop superstar Lady Gaga on five shows in July and August:
Jul. 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Arena
Aug. 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 02 - Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe
Aug. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
Aug. 06 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
BABYMETAL became the youngest artists to ever appear at Tokyo Nippon Budokan when they took the stage at the famed venue on March 1 and March 2.
Sayuri Iwai, previous holder of the title, made her Budokan debut at 15 years old and one month. She was usurped by Suzuka Nakamoto (16), Moa Kikuchi (14) and Yui Mizono (14), who hold a mean age of 14.6 years.
BABYMETAL released its debut album on February 26 via Toy's Factory. The effort was made available in regular and limited editions. The CD includes five of BABYMETAL's singles that were released in 2011 - 2013, from "Doki Doki Morning" (digital single) to "Megitsune", their B-sides and three new songs.
"Babymetal" made it to No 3 on iTunes' U.S. rock chart and was in the Top 10 in six other countries, including the U.K. The band's video for the song "Gimme Chocolate" has received nearly 10 million views on YouTube, and BABYMETAL was featured on the cover of the U.K. weekly rock magazine Kerrang!
The band's first major single, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai", sold 19,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 6 in the Japanese Orion weekly singles chart.
BABYMETAL released its first-ever concert Blu-ray, "Live ～Legend I, D, Z Apocalypse～", on November 20, 2013 (the limited-edition DVD box was issued on October 19). The set contains footage of the band's performances at Shibuya O-East (October 2012), Akasaka Blitz (December 2012) and Zepp Tokyo (February 2013).
Su-Metal - Vocals and Dance
Moametal - Screamer and Dance
Yuimetal - Screamer and Dance
Photos by Ian Irizarry. More pictures can be found at this location.