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L'Arc~en~Ciel

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Japan (1991 – present)

Formed in 1991, L’Arc~en~Ciel is one of the most popular bands from Japan. The band consists of vocalist hyde, leader and bassist tetsuya, guitarist ken, and drummer yukihiro, who replaced drummer sakura in 1997. From their beginnings in Osaka, Japan, they previously included guitarist hiro and drummer pero. All four members are established composers which adds variety to their catalog of songs. Their music ranges from ballads, to , to light tunes.

Their debut single Blurry Eyes released in 1994 was used as the opening theme for the animated TV show DNA². In late 1996, L’Arc~en~Ciel gained worldwide attention for the first time after the release of their fourth album, True. This album includes the single the Fourth Avenue Cafe, which was used as an ending theme for the popular animated TV show Rurouni Kenshin. However, drummer sakura was arrested for drug possession and consequently all L’Arc~en~Ciel merchandise was removed from store shelves. The release of their single the Fourth Avenue Cafe was canceled and the song was immediately removed from the TV series.

sakura left the band in 1997, and former die in cries drummer yukihiro replaced him for the REINCARNATION tour that year, subsequently serving as a support member for their first single after the incident, 虹 (Niji). Eventually, yukihiro officially joined the band and released the album HEART in 1998.

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  • edelgrace

    I hope Canadian fans are voting for a stop in either Vancouver or Toronto. Broke university student is broke but not so broke that she can't go to either side of the country. It's been my dream for seven years to see this band live in concert and I feel like I'm running out of time to make my dream a reality. :((

    2 Apr 12:08am Reply
  • Tierra_xiami

    The only band that can make me soooo excited!

    30 Mar 1:26am Reply
  • Cleverek

    EVERLASTING ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ [2] but releasing it in august is sick x.x

    24 Mar 10:24pm Reply
  • betsu_betsu

    EVERLASTING ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    24 Mar 8:37pm Reply
  • SykesRUs

    FULL FUCKING METAL ALCHEMIST x3333333333

    21 Mar 5:13pm Reply
  • dhantez

    Not even a single song from their latest album listed on the top track list above.. 10 out of 15 top tracks coming from post hiatus era.. They should stop doing solo / concerts and start thinking about new, fresh materials..

    19 Mar 7:31pm Reply
  • sbirkoff

    Vote for new picture :) http://www.last.fm/music/L%27Arc~en~Ciel/+images/97432559

    10 Mar 1:56pm Reply
  • HW-DiEnd

    I got myself listening to DAYBREAK'S BELL to record my old time Gundam moments,and remembered how awesome their music was.I got addicted again.

    25 Feb 1:39pm Reply
  • nadiarck

    Irreplaceable :) <3

    9 Feb 5:18pm Reply
  • xclaimation

    in case you guys missed it out, there's a pre-order for the march national stadium live specially for overseas fans.

    8 Feb 3:59am Reply
  • leonardosilvab_

    tierra is an absolute classic

    5 Feb 7:42pm Reply
  • Pretsy

    @tribuzy: they will have another 2-day stadium live this March I suppose?

    29 Jan 6:56pm Reply
  • Pequitass

    this band changed my life :) ♥ ♥

    23 Jan 6:35pm Reply
  • tribuzy

    are they still activy ? a long time I don't see notices from this guys

    9 Jan 5:18pm Reply
  • saidbousak

    Saudades!! Bateu uma nostalgia eterna aqui ouvindo "Secret Signs" no shuffle hehe

    8 Jan 2:45pm Reply
  • Siesta-00

    I seriously forgot how good you guys were...

    8 Jan 12:13am Reply
  • makoenergy

    L'Aive Blu-ray BOX Limited Edition: 18 Blu-rays and 31 CDs. Unfortunately I'm not crazy enough to buy such an expensive box set, especially one that contains no new material. This is getting ridiculous. On the bright side, we finally get I'm in pain on CD! :P

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Pretsy

    No "A piece of Reincarnation" nor "Carnival of True", no interest. (yup, another case of...Hyde-ous milking, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!)

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ynessa

    I'd like to buy it, mostly because I don't have any of their live DVDs at home and this offer was an opportunity to get the entire collection of their lives but unfortunately it's too expensive! (T_T)

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Cleverek

    another useless best-of-like crap. are they desperately squeezing money out of everything they've ever released before they officially disband, or what? x.x

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
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