March 27, 2012


Japanese Rockers L'Arc-en-Ciel Talk Influences, Fashion

Sunday night, L'Arc-en-Ciel became the first Japanese rock band to headline New York City's hallowed rock cathedral, Madison Square Garden. And rock they did: "This was a giant rock spectacle," Fuse's William Goodman wrote in a live review, complete with pyrotechnics and glow sticks galore, crazy outfits (on both the band and their fans) and a visual show that was like opening an interactive Anime comic book.

"One word," Goodman wrote. "Wow."

Fuse caught up with frontman Hyde and bassist Tetsuya before the show, and with help from a Japanese translator, chatted with the duo about their musical and fashion influences (heavy metal and Slash, respectively), and their history-making gig at MSG: "It's a dream come true," Hyde said. "It's such an honor to be the first Japanese artist to perform at Madison Square Garden, which has a huge history." 

Watch the full video interview above, and then tell us what you think in the comment section below.