On January 19, Filipino fans of Japanese band One OK Rock (OOR) are set to head over to the SM Mall of Asia as their beloved band commands the Arena stage. The concert is part of the band’s ongoing Asian tour promoting their latest album 35xxxv.
Touted as one of the hottest Japanese acts in the world today, One OK Rock will make history as the very first mainstream rock band from the Asian country to hold a major concert in the Philippines. The band, comprised of Taka, Toru, Ryota, and Tomoya, is expected to deliver powerful performances they are best known for.
The concert is a triumph for the band’s Filipino fans who have made it the result of consistent efforts to convince promoters, producers, and One OK Rock’s management Amuse Inc. to include Manila in their Asian tour.
Amuse Inc., one of the top artist management companies in Japan, manages popular actors, musicians, and models like Babymetal, Perfume, Flow, Haruma Miura (Attack on Titans), and Takeru Sato (Rurouni Kenshin), among others.
As early as 2011, One OK Rockers’ fanpage has been up on Facebook and has kept Filipinos updated with the band’s international activities. In return, their local fans have also been able to send their messages to their Japanese idols through the social networking site.
By 2012, One OK Rockers paved the way for the screening of Rurouni Kenshin (RK) live action movie in the Philippines, which carried their song “The Beginning” in the film’s original soundtrack.
As Rurouni Kenshin became the most watched Japanese movie by Filipino moviegoers, its sequels were also shown locally, likewise featuring One OK Rockerer’s tracks, “Mighty Long Fall” and “Heartache.”
While all these exposures resulted to a bigger Filipino fanbase for the band, Manila was still excluded from their Asian tour in 2013 to the disappointment of their followers.
What ensued next was a petition for One OK Rock to come to local shores.
“We started another petition to bring OOR to Manila with at least 4,000 respondents,” said Michelle D., the spokesman of the group.
Armed with numbers, the Filipino fans presented the petition to concert producers and promoters as proof that there is a growing market for Japanese acts, both in the rock and pop genres.
“When the 35xxxv album was finally released, we expected another international concert tour from OOR and our hopes were renewed. Finally, in August last year, we got our wish,” added Michelle D.
Fresh from their concerts in Europe, the band kicked off its Asian tour in Hong Kong and Taiwan before they perform in Manila on January 19. This will be followed by concerts in Thailand on January 21, and finally Singapore on January 23. Their Manila concert date is co-presented by Pulp Live World and 28 Black.
One OK Rock started producing tracks with emo, rock and heavy metal sound in 2005. Their first album, Zeitakubyou, ranked second in the Japanese music charts, and was followed by six more releases, all reaching the Top 5 spots in Japan.
35xxxv is the band’s first mainstream album released in September 2015 and produced by Warner Bros. music label.