Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Combining the roots of ska and a borderless sound to create Tokyo Ska", Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra has earned its reputation as one of the biggest names in live bands around the world. With a history that spans more than 20 years and 14 albums, the band has performed countless live shows throughout Asia, Europe and America, drawing fans from around the world.
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra uses HERCULES band instrument stands DS410B, DS420B, DS432B, DS460B, DS510BB, DS530BB, DS531B, DS535B and DS602B; guitar stands GS414B and GS432B; guitar stand bag GSB001; keyboard stand KS110B; and music stand BS301B.
In the late 1980s, there was a band exciting countless lives on streets and clubs of Tokyo… their name is Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. Their dynamic performance drew growing audiences, and in 1989 they released their first album "Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra" on an indie labe. The following year they gained more and more fans and made a major debut with the single "Monster Rock," and its recorded album "Sukapara Tou-Jyo."
In 1991, the band drew over 10,000 listeners to Japan's most prestigious venue, Nippon Budokan. Performing in major venues as well as in small houses, the band has done over 2,000 live performances both in and out of Japan and has released 14 original albums.
After the European release of the album "Full-Tension Beaters" in December 2000, the band toured 5 European countries and performed 11 shows in 12 days. Until the tour's final countdown in Berlin, they made European skinheads hustle, inspiring the rock maniacs with their sound.
Starting from August 2001, the band releases 3 singles, all featuring guest vocalists. The recorded album "Stompin' On Down Beat Alley" (2002.5) aced the Japanese chart on its first appearance. The band then performed in numerous open air festivals, like Japan's massive summer event, Fuji Rock Festivals. In July 2002, the group performed in front of 15,000 fans at another giant venue, Yokohama Arena.
In March 2003, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra released their 11th original album "High Numbers." Like the last record, this was well acclaimed and entered the Japanese chart in second place. After touring Japan (27 cities/ 34 stages), the band set off for a 90 day European tour. This was an enriching experience for the band; in 26 days they visited 8 countries and performed on 18 stages, some of which were the stages in massive festivals like the Glastonbury Festival in England and Eurockeennes in France.
In June 2004, the band executes their first US tour (7 cities/ 10 stages.)
They performed at the "Bonnaroo Music Festival" as the first foreign artist,
and from late August, took off for their third European Tour (11 cities/ 12 stages.)
Mostly playing at live houses, and also performing in Netherland's Lowlands
Festival, the band returned to Japan with solid feedback. Returning home,
the band played a live gig at Yoyogi Daiichi Taikukan on October 22nd, drawing an
audience of over 10,000. After, they toured Japan, across 23 cities and performing
on 38 stages.
On June 7th, 2005 the band released the album "Wild Peace" and set off on a tour which included stages in Vietnam and Europe, numbering 70 live shows in 5 months. This was one of the largest and longest tours ever in the band's history.
On March 21st, 2007, a best album was released which recorded the tracks after transferring to Avex. "Smile," a documentary movie of the tour of latter 2006, was out on March 31st. A European tour started in late June is scheduled with appearances at giant events like the Montreux Jazz Festival and Eurockeennes.
On March 26th, 2008, the band’s 13th original album “Perfect Future” is released. After a national “Perfect Future Tour”, alto sax player Tatsuyuki Hiyamuta left the band because of medical treatments for his leg. After June 2008, the band started with its new formation of 9 members.
The band never stops. 2009 was the 20th year anniversary and on February 14th they released their 14th album “Paradise Blue”. On August 8th 2009, the band hosted their festival “Tokyo Ska Jamboree” for the first time at Yamanaka lake. The New York Ska-Jazz ensemble, See Spot and others gathered from all over the world. 8,000 ska fans gathered at Yamanaka lake and for the last session, all the performers got on stage with almost 80 performers playing together, making it a legendry music event.
Starting from a live show at Tokyo NHK hall on September 28th 2009, the band goes on a national tour titled “and PARADISE goes on...TOUR”. On October 7th, their first single in 3 years “KinouKyouAshita” is released. The drummer Kin-ichi Motegi sings as the lead vocalist. The lyrics by Atsushi Yanaka shows the band’s attitutude towards yesterday, today and the future.
On January 27th 2010, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra collaborate on a single with Tamio Okuda. “Ryusei to Ballad” is released and their memorial album is released in March. On March 27th 2010, the band performed a 20th year anniversary live show at the center stage of Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan followed by the live show on Tokyo Taiikukan on April 24th as a kick off performance for their 21st year anniversary. Not ending at their 20th year anniversary, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra will keep running to a 21st year, 22nd year and so on.
They will host the festival Tokyo Ska Jamboree vol.2 on August 7th 2010. Like last year, ska bands from all over the world will gather and it will be a day for ska music for the whole day long.
Visit www.tokyoska.net to find out more.
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