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SHOW-YA is a female hard rock/heavy metal band that briefly enjoyed big popularity in Japan, and made a valiant attempt at making it worldwide. Formed in 1984, the group’s very first gig was in at Dingwall’s in London. The group consisted of vocalist Keiko Terada, guitarist Miki Igarashi, keyboardist Miki Nakamura, bassist Satomi Senba and drummer Miki Tsunoda. Seemingly from the start, the group targeted the international market, early on playing in the USSR and Mexico, and later making a sustained attack on the U.S… The band made their debut album Masquerade Show in 1985 for Toshiba-EMI. It was helped considerably by the fact their debut single “Suteki Ni Dancing” was used in a Coca-Cola commercial. Much of the focus was on the band’s sexy singer Keiko Terada, whose trademark was the fake rose tattoo she wore above her right breast. She adopted the rose mark after being deeply impressed by Bette Midler’s performance in the film The Rose, in which Midler played a Janis Joplin-like character. The tattoo was in fact the focus of the cover of their 1988 live album Turn Over. Having amassed enough hits to release a “best of” in 1988, they increasingly went after the international market.

In 1989 they recorded Outer Limits in LA with Beau Hill (Ratt, Winger, Warrant, Europe) serving as executive producer.


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