Babymetal announce first world tour since guitarist’s death

Japanese metal sensations Babymetal have announced a world tour for 2018.

The run will be the first since their guitarist Mikio Fujioka passed away in January.  According to Fujioka’s wife, the musician fell from an observation deck on December 30 and later passed away on January 5.  Fujioka was known to fans by his nicknames ‘Ko-Gami’ and ‘The Little God’.

Babymetal’s upcoming world tour includes a number of dates across North America, before they head over to Europe for a series of festival appearances and headline shoes alike.

Check out Babymetal’s full touring run below.

08 — Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
10 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
13 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
15 — Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle Atlanta
17 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
18 — Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
20 — Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range

01 — Nürburg, DE @ Rock am Ring
02 — Nuremberg, DE @ Rock im Park
04 — Innsbruck, AT @ Music Hall Innsbruck
05 — Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
09 — Derby, UK @ Download UK

Babymetal were recently confirmed for Download Festival 2018.

Speaking to NME in 2016, Babymetal member Moametal discussed being in the band, saying: “Being involved with BABYMETAL has allowed me to acquire more chances to really become involved with music. As a result, I find myself noticing each individual instrument the band plays and I feel that I have found a new way of enjoying music on a deeper level.”