JAM Project, Animetal USA unite for Japan tour

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

JAM Project, a five-member group specializing in “anison” (anime songs), will embark on a joint tour with Japan-based U.S. heavy metal band Animetal USA, the group announced.

The “Animetal USA x JAM Project: Japan-U.S. ANI-SON Yuko Summit Tour 2012,” will kick off June 12 with a two-day residence at the Zepp DiverCity concert hall in Tokyo. It will then travel to Zepp Nagoya on June 15, before winding up at Zepp Namba in Osaka on June 16.

Both general seating and standing-room-only tickets will cost 6,800 yen ($88), with an additional 500 yen for a drink.

JAM Project was formed in 2000 by top-ranking anime song vocalists in a bid to create music to encourage Japanese animation.

The group has released about 100 songs full of anime spirit, and has also been aggressively hitting foreign shores.

Animetal USA specializes in heavy metal covers of anime songs.

The main members of Animetal USA are former Loudness vocalist Mike Vescera and former Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, who is also a 3-D animation creator.

Vescera became fascinated with Japanese anime and anime songs when he was a Loudness member. He was inspired to form the band after he learned about Animetal, a now-defunct Japanese metal band, over the Internet.

The other members include ex-Impellitteri leader Chris Impellitteri and former Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis.

Visit the official websites of JAM Project at (jamjamsite.com/index.html) and Animetal USA at (animetalusa.com/).

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