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J-Rockers VAMPS to Perform at New York Anime Festival

posted on 2010-06-24 04:41 EDT

The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) has announced J-Rock "super group" VAMPS, consisting of L'Arc-en-Ciel singer HYDE and Oblivion Dust guitarist K.A.Z., as its first announced guest for the 2010 event. The group will host a Q&A session and a concert during the October 8-10 weekend. The event will be part of the group's 2010 world tour, which will include stops in the United States, Spain, France, China, and Chile.

VAMPS was launched in 2008, although HYDE and K.A.Z. have worked together since 2003, in the early years of HYDE's solo career. The duo toured the United States in 2009 and played in 10 venues. Those venues included New York, two Warped Tour shows, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, where the band performed at Otakon 2009.

NYAF, traditionally a standalone event, is taking place alongside the New York Comic Con (NYCC) at the Javits Center in New York City this fall. NYCC had already announced Stan Lee — creator of Heroman, Ultimo, and a wide variety of American comic book characters — as its "spotlight" guest of honor.


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