Legendary Japanese rock band to hold concert in Seoul

SEOUL - The legendary Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel will meet long-waiting Korean fans at a concert on Saturday in Seoul, making the city the 10th stop on their grand world tour.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the band embarked on a 14-city world tour, expecting to attract a total of 450,000 fans.

"I really thank our fans. Their love and cheers have driven us to keep doing what we have been doing," said the bassist Tetsuya at a news conference on Friday in Seoul.

"I feel so lucky because there are few bands in the world that have lasted more than 20 years. I am really grateful that our fans and staff have been always supportive," said the band's front man Hyde.

The tour started in Hong Kong on March 3 and continued through several Asian cities ? Bangkok, Shanghai and Taipei.

On March 25 the band became the first Japanese artist to perform at New York's Madison Square Garden.

After performing in London, Paris, Singapore and Jakarta, they are meeting Korean fans at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Saturday.

"We are really happy to meet our Korean fans as we are in our best condition," said Hyde, adding that the style and concept of the show will not be much different from those they held in Japan.

The members of the band recently drew local media attention with their comment on Girls' Generation as one of their favorite K-pop groups.

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