On March 25th, rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel performed at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City. MSG is a world renowned venue and L’Arc became the first Japanese act to perform a solo concert there. Tons of fans packed the venue.
MSG is located in central Manhattan and it is a venue Western artists take much pride in performing in, MSG has the nickname of The World’s Most Famous Arena. L’Arc was first scheduled to hold their concert at another venue, but when around 5,000 tickets were sold on the spot, they changed their venue to MSG. Before their performance, leader Tetsuya commented, “It’s a privilege to stand on such a historic stage. We’re looking forward to it.”
Japanese culture is gradually becoming more popular in the United States, with anime being at the forefront. Vocalist Hyde commented on how some of their American fans are even memorizing and learning Japanese through L’Arc’s lyrics.
Dotty Roldan (47) came to the concert with her daughter Jasmine (18), who became a fan through anime. Dotty happily commented while herself and her daughter were buying T-shirts, “I love L’Arc.” In addition, Cat Davis (27) showed her love for the group as she came to the venue all the way from Mississippi; around 2,000 km (1,242 miles) away from MSG. Last November, Cat also got a tattoo of the band’s name on her back. “I like them right after The Beatles. Even though I can’t understand the lyrics, I can feel the emotion in their songs.”