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L’Arc~en~ciel (らるく~あん~しえる) history


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 leader Tetsu, 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. Of course he wouldn’t have known how much this name actaully can reflect their band right now, and probably become one of the most significant words in the late 90s of Japanese rock history… In that year’s May 30th, they had their first LIVE in Nanba Rockets, they became very popular inside the indies circle and from that point on they’ve started a lot of activities around Osaka. They had many mor elives in Nanba Rockets.. and also other live houses for that time. 

In 1992, guitarist Hiro left the band and tetsu called his childhood friend Ken right away, since they desperately needed 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 month later, Nov 25th, they released their 1st single ” Flood of Tears” (c/w Yasouka) and it was only a limit of 1000. (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 didn’t even know Sakura, and Sakura was in Tokyo. Tetsu had just seen him in some lives before and thought of calling him up.  Sakura doesn’t even know L’Arc~en~Ciel either..but he still travelled from Tokyo to Osaka to see who they are. (and there goes the unmei no deai between hyde and sakura i guess? ^^;)

In 1993 Jan 16th, Sakura joined Laruku.  That year April, they released their 1st album “DUNE”.  However some songs were written by Hiro (i’m in pain and no truth), and they couldn’t use it 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 (like an old man) 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 coz he’d have to pay attention for him, and ending up not sleeping which made no difference..so he decided 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 that would mean that he would not be able to meet his friends and parents very often,and Tokyo just seemed like a metropolis with not very friendly people..litte trees..dirty streets to him.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 -_-” but it was kinda funny how they did it for valentines…why Laruku right? no idea..) and in Sept, hyde stared in an Axia tape CM.  Their success continued till 1997 with 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 release of the single “the Fourth Avenue Cafe” was also cancelled. Laruku then stopped their activities for a few months, and they came back in 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 their first 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 national 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 crossed the year 2000 with 55,000 fans in Tokyo Big Sight in Reset Live and also making their 2nd apperance in Kohaku, also releasing their 1st single in the new millenium NEO UNIVERSE/finale on Jan 19th 00.  In the summer of 00, they released their album REAL, which again proved their talents as muscians. After REAL and REALIVE, they released their first best album Best Clicked Singles 13 with 13 songs all voted by fans across asia online. Their promotion even went over asia into the US and started a whole L’Arc America campaign. On top of that, their new single “spirit dreams inside” was used as an ending theme song for the movie Final Fantasy (spirits within) all across the world. Since then, each member began to indulge in their own solo work, and had not been releasing anything as a band for more than a year. But … 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 legend is to be continued with their colors shining above us…always. People always ask me, are they gonna disband? Well, even if they do, I think they will always shine above me. What I like them for is their music and everything that has made up L’Arc~en~Ciel, and these things will not go away even if they disband. I can still always listen to their music and remember them, therefore, I’m not even concerned of their disband at all, VIVA LARUKU!




Name: hyde ( pronounced as haido) 
Real name: Hideto Takarai (we’re not supposed to know but we just do..haha)
Nickname: Doi hachirou (by tetchan), also called ” hide ” when they first started Laruku. 
Height: ~157 
Birthday: Jan 29th 1968 (we’re not suppose to know either, but well fans just have their ways) 
Place of Birth: Wakayama, Osaka ( Kansai ) 
Family : Mother, father ( only child ) 
Martial Status: married oishi megumi 
Place he’s living in right now : what i heard is … the whole 20th Fl in some apartment in  Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. I guess he moves around though, or he’s got a lot of investments..I dunno. He’s bought a nice house in Wakayama for his parents.  
Hobby: Collect blue glass products, video games (Biohazard), sketching, 
writing poems, cooking, scary novels, Rajicon (Radio control cars), Yoyo 
Favorite Artist/Band: Marilyn Manson, Billy Joel, Radiohead, BAKI(gas tank), Cranberries,David Sylvian & more, but the thing is, he doesn’t listen to a lot of music…weird 
Favorite Food: Curry rice 
Favorite Anime/manga: Nekojiru, Monster
Work experience: Mister Donut, Drum teacher. ex Jersalem Rods.
Illnesses: poor haido sama is color blind! that’s why he couldn’t persue his career as an artist.
Favorite fashion: he likes JPG a lot, but actally he wears a lot of vintage stuff. His recent styles are quite similar to ken’s due to the fact that they have the same stylist..so she probably really likes to wrap them up in vintage leather items … and hyde just loves wearing furry jackets ^^ and he occasionally just wears a few really cute items 😛
Favorite girl type : Bijin.(beautiful lady)



Name: Ken
Nickname: Kenchan
Real name: Kitamura Ken
Position: guitar ( and composer )
Bday: Nov 28 1968
Height:178 ~ tallest in Laruku
From: Osaka
Marital Status: People said he’s married with an elevator girl~ but some say they already divorced *_*
Hobby: Shopping, driving…
Fave color: Silver, Black
Fave Animal: Dolphin and Cat~ Ken has a grey cat called Elizabeth Slick.
Fave food: Japanese food ( Ramen, Sushi), hamburger
Fave alcohol: Jack Daniels
Fave cigarette: Marlboro Light Menthol
Fave clothes: Jun, Y’s for men, Domon ,Crazy Under Wear, 5351
Dream (when he was a kid): Detective or Hard Rock Guitarist ( Well so it means your dream came true ken-chan?)



Name: tetsu
Nickname: tet-chan ( kawaii ~~)
Real name: Ogawa Tetsuya
Position: Bass ( also leader of Laruku)
Bday: 10/3/69
Height: ..he look pretty tall with platforms..but actually he’s kinda short….like..~167?
From: Osaka
Family: dad, mom and 2 younger sisters
Marital Status: going out with Kaori Mochida from ELT ( such a good match!! Go go go Tet-chan!)
Hobby: Cars,plastic models, Anime (Gundam, Evangelion…he likes Asuka from EVA), shopping shopping and shopping!
Fave color: Pink ? I always see him wear pink clothes! But he say he like most colors….
Fave food: Japanese food..melon?
Fave clothes: shorts, with super cute buffalo platform shoes, brand name clothes…
Dream (when he was a kid): Become F1-Racer, open a hobby store
Favorite Actress: Sophie Marceau



Name: Yukihiro
Nickname: Yukkie
Real name: Awaji Yukihiro
Position: Drums ( also remixing )
Bday: 11/24/68
Height: 165 cm
From: Osaka
Hobby: video games, remixing, Evangelion…(Ayanami Rei)
Fave cigarette: seven stars
Fave color: Black & red
Fave food: Chocolate and..um..more of a drink.. Coke ( but he always has toothache…), Japanese food.
Fave brand: Hysteric Glamour (he has same stylist as tetchan)