Japanese guitarist MIYAVI kicked off his “DAY 2” World Tour 2018 at the Liquidroom in Tokyo on Monday (Mar. 5).

He performed a string of hits in front of a sold-out crowd, including “Flashback,” the theme song of the ongoing anime series Kokkoku, and “Dancing With My Fingers,” his recent collaboration with Daichi Miura. He also performed a cover of “Pink Spider” by the rock guitarist hide of X Japan. MIYAVI told the audience that he respected and was influenced by the late icon, “a Japanese artist who opened many great avenues.” He closed the set with one of his most well-known hits, “What’s My Name 2017” for the encore.

For his seventh world tour he’ll hit several Asian cities after the opening domestic leg and go on to play in Europe and North America before finishing at the Irving Plaza in New York City on May 20.

MIYAVI celebrated his 15th anniversary since his debut in 2017 and kept himself busy throughout the year. While performing a slew of concerts both domestically and abroad, he released a greatest hits album ALL TIME BEST “DAY 2” in April and a collaborative studio album Samurai Sessions vol. 2 in November. He also became the first Japanese person to be appointed as the official Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR after volunteering for the UN refugee program for years. In January he made his runway debut in Paris for the Yohji Yamamoto 2018-19 Fall/Winter menswear collection.


“DAY 2” World Tour 2018 International Dates

March 30, 2018 -- Seoul, Muv Hall

April 01, 2018 -- Singapore, Zepp BIGBOX Singapore

April 03, 2018 -- Taipei, Clapper Studio

April 05, 2018 -- Shanghai, MODERN SKY LAB

April 07, 2018 -- Beijing, M-Space

April 09, 2018 -- Hong Kong, Music Zone@E-Max

April 19, 2018 -- Paris, YOYO

April 21, 2018 -- London, ULU Live

April 24, 2018 -- Berlin, Kesselhaus

April 26, 2018 -- Warsaw, Klub Proxima

April 27, 2018 -- Moscow, Izvestia Hall

May 8, 2018 -- El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

May 11, 2018 -- Slim’s, San Francisco, CA

May 13, 2018 -- The Crocodile, Seattle, WA

May 16, 2018 -- The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON

May 18, 2018 -- Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

May 20, 2018 -- Irving Plaza, New York, NY


Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: cazrowAoki