Big names are coming to Japan one after another over the next few months with something for everyone. Look at this lineup – Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, Il Divo, John Mayer and the Rolling Stones.
Bob Dylan will make his 7th tour of Japan, playing 14 concerts in five cities in March and April. Dylan, 72, last toured Japan in 2010. This time, he will perform in Zepp live houses in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo. The schedule is March 21, April 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo; April 13, 14 at Zepp Sapporo; April 17, 18 at Zepp Nagoya; April 19 at Zepp Fukuoka; and April 21, 22, 23 at Zepp Namba in Osaka. Tickets are 13,000 yen for the first floor and 22,000 yen for the second floor.
Eric Clapton, who will be making his 20th tour of Japan, will play in Tokyo at the Budokan on Feb 18, 20, 21 and 28; Yokahama Arena on Feb 23; at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on Feb 25; and Osaka-jo Hall on Feb 26. Tickets cost 12,000 yen and 11,000 yen.
Clapton, who is believed to have a special fondness for Japan, has played in front of 1.7 million Japanese fans since his first visit in October 1974. In a recent British magazine interview, 68-year-old Clapton, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his musical debut, said, “I’ll quit when I reach 70,” leading some pundits to conclude that February’s shows will be his last live performances in Japan.
Six-time Grammy-winning instrumental guitarist Jeff Beck will perform at Tokyo Dome City Hall on April 7, 8, 9; at Nitori Culture Hall in Sapporo on April 11; at Iwate Prefectural Hall on April 13; at Pacifico Yokohama on April 14; at Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall on April 15; and at Festival Hall in Osaka on April 16. Tickets cost 10,500 yen and 9,500 yen.
Four-man operatic pop vocal group Il Divo (French, Spanish, Swiss and American) have legions of women fans in Japan. They’ll sing for them in Tokyo at the Budokan on Feb 26, 27 and March 10; at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on Feb 28; at Osaka-jo Hall on March 3 and Osaka’s Festival Hall on March 4 and 5; at Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall on March 6; and at Ishikawa Sports Center on March 8. Tickets cost 11,000 yen and 10,000 yen.
American guitarist, singer-songwriter John Mayer will be back in Japan after four years. He’ll perform at Osaka-jo Hall on April 30; and at the Budokan in Tokyo on May 2. Tickets cost 9,000 yen and 8,000 yen.
American rock band Toto, still going strong after 37 years, play at Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall on April 23; Festival Hall in Osaka on April 24; the Budokan in Tokyo on April 28; and Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi in Sendai on April 30. Tickets cost 10,500 yen and 9,500 yen.
English heavy metal band Deep Purple, celebrate their 46th year with performances at the Aichi Arts Center on April 9; Osaka’s Orix Theater on April 10; and the Budokan in Tokyo on April 12. Tickets cost 10,000 yen and 9,000 yen.
And last but not least, the Rolling Stones will play three concerts at Tokyo Dome on Feb 26, March 4 and March 6. They were last here eight years ago. Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor (1969-1974) will be a special guest player with the band. Tickets cost 18,000 yen, 16,000 yen and 14,000 yen.© Japan Today