The electrifying sounds of world-renowned girl band BAND-MAID took the stage at this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago, leaving a lasting mark on the iconic music festival. The powerhouse hard rockers have made waves across the globe, and their performance at one of the biggest music festivals in the United States only solidified their status as a force to be reckoned with.

Making history as the first Japanese band to grace the Lollapalooza stage since X JAPAN 13 years ago, BAND-MAID captured the hearts of the festival’s massive crowd, drawing over 20,000 fans during its captivating hour-long set on August 4, the second day of the festival. Dressed in signature maid outfits, the petite yet powerful lineup comprising MIKU Kobato (guitar and vocals), KANAMI (guitar), MISA (bass), and AKANE (drums) took to the Coinbase Stage with the explosive opening instrumental song from now on. The crowd was delighted and astonished at the disconnect between the band’s adorable appearance and its heavy sound.

The performance continued to build momentum as SAIKI (lead vocals) joined the stage for the next song DOMINATION, her powerful voice resonating with lyrics that echoed the band’s ambitions for world domination. One of the show’s highlights came during the interludes of Don’t you tell ME and HATE?, during which KANAMI and MISA engaged in a musical dialogue, a back-and-forth showcasing their instrumental prowess and impressing fans both new and old.

BAND-MAID’s energy remained relentless as it effortlessly shifted between brutal hard rock pieces and softer melodies like Daydreaming, which displayed SAIKI’s versatility as a vocalist. The performance reached its zenith with the crowd uniting in a sing-along during the finale, endless Story, the perfect ending to a festival performance.

After the final notes resonated through the audience, SAIKI addressed the crowd with a huge smile, expressing her gratitude, “Thank you Lollapalooza! We’re BAND-MAID from Japan! Thank you so much!” This triumphant moment marked the culmination of the band’s relentless efforts and emblematized its unity after ten years of music together.

But BAND-MAID’s quest for world domination is far from over. It’s currently embarking on a tour of the United States and Mexico, while also gearing up for the upcoming tour in Japan, which will include a grand finale at Kanagawa’s Yokohama Arena in November to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

BAND-MAID’s new single Shambles, the ending theme for the second season of the anime Kengan Ashura, released on the same day as the Lollapalooza performance. The song has already generated a global wave of enthusiasm, adding to BAND-MAID’s growing list of accomplishments.

With over 170 million YouTube views and a massive international fanbase, BAND-MAID’s unique blend of sweetness and intensity has struck a chord with music lovers worldwide. From its impressive U.S. tours to collaborations with industry legends, the band’s relentless pursuit of world domination shows no signs of waning.

As BAND-MAID continues to conquer stages around the world, one thing is certain: The powerful melodies and captivating performances will continue to leave audiences spellbound, solidifying its place as true rock icons in the global music scene.

Be sure to check out BAND-MAID touring North America right now! And keep visiting JROCK NEWS for the latest updates!

BAND-MAID 10th Anniversary North American Tour Poster

BAND-MAID at Lollapalooza, Chicago, Friday, August 4, 2023


  1. from now on
  3. Choose me
  4. Don’t you tell ME -session-
  5. alone
  6. After Life
  7. NO GOD
  8. Daydreaming
  9. DICE
  10. HATE?-session-
  12. Manners
  13. endless Story
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