Interview with Minoru Niihara (LOUDNESS)

The Rising Sun heads Down Under as legendary Japanese Metallers LOUDNESS hit Australia for the very first time thanks to Silverback Touring and STM’s Sarah Minazzo Had a killer chat with frontman Minoru Niihara about what to expect.

Formed in 1981; LOUDNESS released their first album The Birthday Eve and it created a huge stir on the Japanese Metal scene. In 1983 LOUDNESS hit the west and toured the U.S. their stunning energetic live show caught the attention of Atlantic Records and became the first Japanese metal band to sign a multiple album deals with a major label.

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Their defining album Thunder In The East exploded and hit the Billboard charts at # 74 and staying there for 19 weeks as they embarked on a nation-wide tour with Motley Crue. The following album Lightning Strikes hit the Billboard charts at # 64 and firmly entrenching the band as International superstars. Akira Takasaki also became a true guitar god in the West.

“the audience was won over from the moment the group took the stage”- Zrockr

Now some 33 years, numerous line-up changes and 28 studio albums later LOUDNESS is still at the top of their game and still charting every album in their homeland. In 2018 LOUDNESS released their latest album ‘Rise To Glory. The good news is that original members Akira Takasaki (Guitar), Masayoshi Yamashita (Bass), Minoru Niihara (vocals) are heading our way along with Masayuki Suzuki (Drums). They may be almost 40 years into their distinguished career but LOUDNESS remains one of the hottest live acts out there and now Australia gets the chance to witness LOUDNESS for the very first time.

LOUDNESS May 2019 Australian Tour Dates:

Thursday 9th May – Melbourne / Max Watts

Friday 10th May – Sydney / Crow Bar

Saturday 11th May – Brisbane / Woolly Mammoth