Asian Kung-Fu Generation to Rock Seoul
By Chung Ah-young
Japanese punk rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation will come to Korea to give a concert on Dec. 22 at the Ghost Theater near Hongik University in Seoul.
This is the group's first concert in Seoul after the band received thunderous applause from the Korean audience at Incheon Penta-port Rock Festival five months ago.
The Yellow 9, the concert organizer, said that it has invited the group to Seoul because many fervent Korean rock fans who visited the festival wanted to see its performance once again.
The band was first created in 1996 by Kensuke Kita, Takahiro Yamada, and Masafumi Goto who met in a musical club at Kanto Gakuin University, with Kiyoshi Ijichi joining the band shortly after.
The band became known to the public as Rookie A Go Go at the Fuji Rock Festival in 2003, and has since held many concerts and released albums rather than appearing on TV shows.
The four-member group plays trendy punk music featuring melodic lines like other New Generation band in Japan and other Asian countries.
Particularly, Masafumi Goto, the singer and guitarist of the band, has a wide fan base because of his natural and charismatic vocals.
The band's first full album, ``Kimi Tsunagi Five M'' sold over 25,000 copies and landed in number five spot on the Oricon charts in its first week.
As their fame grew, fans began calling them simply Ajikan or AKG, the shortened version of their full name.
The band is known for its success in animations including ``Naruto'' and video-game soundtracks, YouTube bootlegs, and fan-subbed cartoons.
Asian Kung-Fu Generation songs are featured in Nintendo and Konami musical games, as movie themes, and half a dozen animation shows, including the second opening for Naruto and the fourth opening for ``Fullmetal Alchemist'' as the Japanese TV animation shows feature new songs as many as four times per season.
Tickets for the Seoul concert cost 55,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3444-9969.