Versailles Leaves Japan for World Tour After All!

Looks like Versailles PQ will be taking their world-tour, y’know, worldwide after all. Their first international dates were announced this morning, along with a hearty promise for more to come.

Versailles International Dates:

-Method of Inheritance- Latin America

June 04  Sao Paulo/BRAZIL

June 06  Santiago/CHILE

June 09  Buenos Aires/ARGENTINA

June 11  Lima/PERU

June 13  Mexico City/MEXICO

-Method of Inheritance- Europe

Period: from late June until the middle of July

To be announced soon!

+Source+

Official Website

+More Info+

Full list of Japan tour dates


Inheriting the World~ Versailles Tour ’10

You heard correctly! Despite 2009 having been a year of hardship for the band, Versailles~PQ is making a strong come-back in these early days of ’10. Despite the passing of Jasmine-You in August, the band persevered and made an appearance at the V-Rock Fest ’09 in October with a guest bassist. On January 20th, ’10, they released their debut major album, Jubilee, and starting February 28th, the band will inherit the world– well, Japan, anyway– with a nationwide tour.

Versailles World Tour 2010 ~ Method of Inheritance -APOSTLES-

2/28 Yokohama Sunphonix Hall
Open: 5:00 / Start: 6:00
SOLD OUT!

3/05 Nagoya Bottom-Line
Open: 6:30 / Start: 7:00


3/07 Okayama IMAGE
Open: 6:00 / Start 6:30


3/09 Kobe VARIT.
Open 6:30 / Start 7:00

3/11 Matsuyama Salon Kitei
Open: 6:30 /Start 7:00

3/13 Fukuoka Drum Be-1
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00


3/14 Kagoshima SR HALL
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00


3/16 Kyoto MUSE
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

3/21 Niigata RIVERST
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

SOLD OUT!

3/22 Kanegawa VanVan V4
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

4/02 Sendai darwin
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

4/04 Sapporo Kraps Hall
Open: 6:00 / Start 6:30

All tickets: Advance purchase, ¥4,500 / Door price (as if!) ¥5,000

Note: A ¥500 drink charge may be applied.

Method of Inheritance -JUBILEE-

■The following 2 performances’ tickets go on sale February 27th. The P and L codes will be announced shortly.
Note: P-codes and L-codes refer to Japanese concert-ticket buying systems.

4/18 Osaka Midou-Kaikan
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

4/30 Tokyo JCB HALL
Open: 6:00 / Start 7:00

Advance booking/ All tickets ¥4,500, At the door: ¥5,000

+JAPANESE INFORMATION+

“Method of Inheritance”-APOSTLES-

2月28日(日) 横浜SUNPHONIX HALL

OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00

SOLD OUT!

3月05日(金) 名古屋ボトムライン

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

*名古屋公演のチケット購入につきましては下記の電話番号にてお問合せくださいますようお願いいたします。

ぴあ: 0570-02-9999(Pコード 342-021)

ローソン: 0570-084-004(Lコード 41384)

サンデーフォークダイレクトセンター: 052-320-9000

3月07日(日) 岡山IMAGE

OPEN 18:00 / START 18:30

Pコード:341-559 / Lコード:66694

3月09日(火) 神戸VARIT.

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:342-510 / Lコード:57854

3月11日(木) 松山サロンキティ

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:342-589/ Lコード:66827

3月13日(土) 福岡Drum Be-1

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-552 / Lコード:86324

3月14日(日) 鹿児島SR HALL

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-552 / Lコード:86325

3月16日(火) 京都MUSE

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:342-510 / Lコード:57854

3月21日(日) 新潟RIVERST

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

SOLD OUT!

3月22日(月) 金沢VanVan V4

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-675 / Lコード:55280

4月02日(金) 仙台darwin

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-821 / Lコード:25088

4月04日(日) 札幌Kraps Hall

OPEN 18:00 / START 18:30

Pコード:341-716 / Lコード:19657

■前売 ¥4,500 当日¥5,000

*入場の際に別途ドリンク代500が必要となります

Method of Inheritance -JUBILEE-

■下記2公演の一般発売日が2月27日に変更となりました!

Pコード Lコードは後日お知らせします。

4月18日(日) 大阪御堂会館

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

4月30日(金) 東京JCB HALL

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

■前売/全席指定 ¥4,500  当日¥5,000

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Official Website

Let’s Celebrate…

Today saw the much-anticipated release of Versailles~Philharmonic Quintet‘s first major-label album, Jubilee.

Jubilee / Versailles

If you didn’t get your copy yet, there are still first- press/ limited editions available with the awesome bonus poster.

CDJapan exclusive poster


Jubilee comes in a regular-version and a limited edition with DVD and external bonus poster. The DVD includes the official PV of ASCENDEAD MASTER, a masked and mysterious other PV, as well as making-of footage.

~JUBILEE (1.20.10) Track listing~

1. God Palace -Method of Inheritance-
2. Ascendead Master
3. Rosen Schwert
4. Ai to Kanashimi no Nocturne
5. Amorphous
6. Reminiscence
7. Catharsis
8. The Umbrella of Glass
9. Gakkoka
10. PRINCESS -Revival of church-
11. Serenade
12. Sound in Gate

Have a Ball January 20th…

Get out your finery and throw a ball, because on January 20th, to put it (fittingly) in the words of Marie Antoinette, Versailles ~Philharmonic Quintet is going to “let them eat cake” by serving up a slice of Renaissance VK.

"Let them eat cake..."

Let them eat cake...

Following the extremely unfortunate death of bassist Jasmine-You, and the resulting announcement of a suspension of activities, there was a lot of speculation and concern over just how much activity would be suspended, exactly. It seems like the band has pulled together, though, and is carrying on with the release of their first major-label album, appropriately named JUBILEE.

The album is available for pre-order now (pre-order now and receive an exclusive CDJapan only poster), and will be released on January 20th. Jubilee features a satisfying 12 tracks:

Track listing~ JUBILEE~

1. God Palace -Method of Inheritance-
2. Ascendead Master
3. Rosen Schwert
4. Ai to Kanashimi no Nocturne
5. Amorphous
6. Reminiscence
7. Catharsis
8. The Umbrella of Glass
9. Gakkoka
10. PRINCESS -Revival of church-
11. Serenade
12. Sound in Gate

This long-awaited major debut will surely come as a great delight to Versailles fans, despite the melancholy of the loss of an excellent member.

Get your copy (and your poster…of course) now~
Jubilee / Versailles

~Welcome….to Versailles ~


Sayounara

If anyone else is becoming scared of 2009– join the club. 2009 has so far seen the passing of several major pop-stars and idols– including Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett (totally irrelevant to this blog, but hey, they died, they get added…), and  Koakuma Ageha top-model Sumire passed away of a cerebral hemorrhage in June, and now, as of August 9th, Visual Kei band Versaille~ Philharmonic Quintet‘s bass player, Jasmine You, has passed away.

Not to focus on the negative, or anything, but hey, I’m just sayin’….doesn’t do to pretend it doesn’t happen.

0154c3c8e47aa0_fullOn August 3rd, Versailles~ Philharmonic Quintet‘s official website stated that bassist Jasmine You would be taking an indefinite break due to poor physical health. It was announced that the band would continue without Jasmine You in the production of their up-coming album.

On August 9th, it was announced that Jasmine You had passed away. The band stated that they had known nothing about any serious illness or condition that would have warranted such an abrupt passing. Few details are known, and the band is waiting for approval from Jasmine You’s immediate family before they can release information.

In the meantime, the band has asked that their fans kindly support them in their decision to indefinitely suspend all further activities, including the release of the album in production.

Jasmine You

Jasmine You

Known in Japan as Versailles, the symphonic-rock project of vocalist Kamijo (ex-Lareine), guitarist Hizaki (of Hizaki Grace Project [solo]) and bassist Jasmine You (ex-Jyakura) may be better known to non-motherland-fans by its American dub, Versailles~Philharmonic Quintet. The band took on this “alias” due to the prior existence of singer Versailles (it gets majorly confusing when you try and listen to Versailles radio on last.fm, I’ll tell you that much).

Although Versailles is a young band, having only kicked off in early 2007, it met with success world-wide, and is a promising facet of Visual Kei culture. The band carries on the proud tradition of powerful opera-rock as laid down by Visual Kei prince Mana, from the days of Malice Mizer. Following in the footsteps of MM, who popularized the style of VK called “youshikibi” (beauty of form), Versailles seemed intent on taking it all one, two, three, or ten steps further.

Let’s put it this way– at least Mana looks kind of, well, androgynous. 1st guitarist Hizaki looks anything but androgynous– the only reason we know it’s a man is because everyone says so (presumably he does, or has at one point as well). But you sure wouldn’t guess it by looking. Hizaki has perfected the “hime-gyaru” (princess girl) style with rose-colored lace panache, crowning it with a headful of creamy blond ringlets and a face to make ageha-ites weep.

Hizaki

Hizaki

Versailles made their western-world debut in 2008 with a tour in Europe and the US with Visual Kei band Matenrou Opera. 2nd guitarist Teru remarked that a performance at A-Kon in Texas drew a crowd of 3000, and a performance in L.A. sold out completely. Quite an international debut for such a young band. However, they have what fans want, it would seem. Their perfect visual appeal and symphonic heavy sound are aesthetically pleasing and aurally exciting– how could you resist?

In June, 2009 the band signed with a major label and on June 24th released their first major album, Ascended Master. To say sayounara to their indie days (which were shockingly short-lived), Versailles performed a nationwide Last Indies tour called The Fragment Collectors.

Although I hate to have to draw attention to the band under the shadow of Jasmine You’s tragic death, now is a good moment to feel excitement and anticipation for this band~ surely its members and their families will be comforted by the good feeling of support their fans send to them on rose-scented airways.


Versailles official website

Versailles official Myspace (English)