L'Arc~en~Ciel History - Road to Glory

1991 Febuary, Osaka, Tetsu formed L'Arc~en~Ciel with hyde on vocal, hiro on guitar,tetsu on bass, and pero on drums.  The name L'Arc~en~Ciel was chosen by leaderTetsu, and this name means "an ark in the sky " in french, which literally means rainbow.  This was a name of a french movie that tetsu watched, and he thought that the name sounds nice ( and yeah no other paticular reason ) he chose it
for their band name. And of course he wouldn't now how much this name actaully can reflect their band right now, and now they've also realized other than just the sound, the name actaully meant much more.  In that year's May 30th, they had their first LIVE in Nanba Rockets, they became very popularinside the indies circle and from that point on they've started a lot of activities around Osaka. They have had live in a million times in Nanba Rockets.. and also other live houses.  In 1992, guitarist Hiro left the band and tetsu called his childhood friend Ken right away, since they desperately need a guitarist for a LIVE that's upcoming.  At that time Ken's still in University in Nagoya studying architecture, and under Tetsu's pushing and persuading..Ken decided in 3 days that he'll stop his studies and return to Osaka to join L'Arc~en~Ciel.  Of course Ken's parents are extremely pissed about this... (haha thanks to tetchan!) and i heard that ken still haven't talked to his parents
SINCE THEN !(@_@)After that they continued their activity, and in October 1st they recorded "Voice"for the Omnibus CD "Gimmick" And 1 motnh later, Nov 25th, they released their 1st single " Flood of Tears" (c/w Yasouka) and it was only 1000 limited. (it's like impossible to find that single now..since there were only 1000 copies!and it's seen in Japan for 60,000 yen! ( original price 971 yen!!!!) However, in Dec 30th, drummer Pero left the band after a LIVE performance at Osaka Music Hall.  Tetsu then called up Sakura and asked him to be their drummer. However, they don't even know Sakura, and Sakura is in Tokyo. Tetsu have seen himin some LIVE before and thought of calling him up.  Sakura doesn't even know L'Arc~en~Ciel..but he still travelled from Tokyo to Osaka to see who they are.In 1993 Jan 16th, Sakura joined Laruku.  That year April, they released their1st album "DUNE".  However some songs were written by Hiro (i'm in pain and no truth), and they can't useit in their album so they got in quite a lot of trouble.  (I think Claustrophobia was written by hiro? but then they changed it to Shutting From the Sky in DUNE)During the recording of DUNE laruku members had to live in the weekly mansions
in Tokyo ^^; ( except Sakura coz he was originally from Tokyo anyways) And the album " DUNE " got #1 in Oricon Indies Chart in May ^_^Then following they had the tour ' Close to DUNE", " Feel of DUNE" from June to the endof that year. It had been a lot of trouble for them since they live in Osaka, they always have to drive back and forth from Tokyo to Osaka in ther " laruku car" Tetsu was the driver because hyde drives so extremely slow that everyone couldn't stand him. (Although he claim that he drives so slow because it's not his car)and Sakura doesn't know the road very well and he always end up going in big circles (and wasting gas) and Ken's such a reckless driver that although Tetsu always falls asleep, he can't even sleep when Ken's driving cozhe have to pay attention for him, and ending up not sleeping which made no difference..so hedecided to drive. In Sept 93, all members of Laruku slowly moved to Tokyo to persue their career. But haido didn't really want to move to Tokyo..because he can't meet his friends and parents anymore,and Tokyo just seemed like a metropolis with cold people..litte trees..dirty streets.In 1994 Feb, there was a TV Special " L'Arc~en~Ciel Valentine TV Special" called " Nostalgic no Yokan" (haha i have that video but it's a total blur -_-")and in Sept, hyde started in an Axia tape CM.  Their success continue till 1997with release of videos, singles, and tours and with their 1st million seller album "True".  Unfortunately, in 1997, Sakura was arrested for some drug related problem, and he officially left L'Arc~en~Ciel on 1997 Nov 4th. The single "the Fourth Avenue Cafe" was also cancelled. Laruku then stopped their activities for a few months, and they came backin their Reincarnation 97 Live in Tokyo Dome with new drummer Yukihiro (ex DIE IN CRIES),breaking the ticket sales record of Tokyo Dome with a sold out in 4 min. They then released the album " Heart" and continued to release big hit singles like Winterfall, Dive to Blue, and they made it to the Kohaku of 1998 for theirfirst time with their million seller single HONEY.  In July 1st 99 they released 2 albums at once "Ark" and "Ray" and sold a 5 hundred million.  They then had their Grand Cross Tour 99 with over 650,000 fans.  They then continue to spread their music to other parts of the world,
and had a promotion trip to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand in Sept 99.  They crossedthe year 2000 with 55,000 fans in Tokyo Big Sight in Reset Live and also making their2nd apperance in Kohaku, also releasing their 1st single in the new millenium NEO UNIVERSE/finale on Jan 19th 00.  After so many years, of ups and downs,L'Arc~en~Ciel is now one of the top bands in the Jrock scene, and their legendis to be continued with their colors shining above us...

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