Arashi announce largest dome tour ever


Japanese all-guy pop-idol group Arashi has announced plans for a five-dome tour across Japan late this year. It will be the largest dome tour ever.

The group announced their plans at the end of their Arashi Waku Waku School 2014 event on Sunday. Starting on Nov 14 at Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome, the band will perform 18 times, ending the tour on Dec 23 at Tokyo Dome, Sports Nippon reported Monday. Over 840,000 fans are expected to flock to the concerts.

Group member Masaki Aiba, 31, also announced that in the fall, Arashi will release its 13th original studio album.

The upcoming tour is the sixth 5-dome tour the band has performed in the last three years, but compared to previous years, the number of performances is the largest number ever.

Arashi member Kazunari Ninomiya, 31, said, “We’ve been performing for 15 years now, and as always, we are upping the ante with even more appearances."

Satoshi Ono added: "We will be running at full speed until the end of this year. We hope all of our fans will follow us as we make our way on this exciting tour!”

There were six sessions of the Waku Waku event held at Kyocera Dome in Osaka and Tokyo Dome, which were attended by 246,000 fans. The closing event was also broadcast in Japan, Shanghai and Singapore.

Arashi’s upcoming 5-dome tour dates are:

Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome: 11/14, 11/15, 11/16

Kyocera Dome Osaka: 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, 11/30

Nagoya Dome: 12/5, 12/6, 12/7

Sapporo Dome: 12/12, 12/13, 12/14

Tokyo Dome: 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23

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"Over 840,000 fans are expected to flock to the concerts."

Says it all.

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They sing?

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Stretching the concept of "music" to its extreme limits....

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Compared to their SMAP sempai, Arashi are actually pretty good. A Johnnies group harmonizing? Say it ain't so!

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Once the fans are lured in, lock the doors and force them to listen to real music like AKB49 or even One Directions. Ok, forget it...

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