GLAY （グレイ） is a popular rock/pop band from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan formed by guitarist Takuro and vocalist Teru during high school in 1988. Takuro was heavily influenced by bands such as BOOWY and The Beatles, and took a great interest in composing original songs and lyrics at a young age. Although GLAY primarily composes songs in the rock and pop genres, they have also composed songs in everything ranging from reggae to gospel. They are an extensively successful an...
GLAY （グレイ） is a popular rock/pop band from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan formed by guitarist Takuro and vocalist Teru during high school in 1988. Takuro was heavily influenced by bands such as BOOWY and The Beatles, and took a great interest in composing original songs and lyrics at a young age. Although GLAY primarily composes songs in the rock and pop genres, they have also composed songs in everything ranging from reggae to gospel. They are an extensively successful and well known band in Japan and other parts of Asia.
Officially, the name "GLAY" is a deliberate misspelling of the word "gray", representing the style of music they wanted to play; a mixture between rock (black) and pop (white).
"We know it's not how you spell the color in English, but it's our way of being different." - GLAY
It is thought by some English speakers that the misspelling of the band's name may actually have been due to a genuine grammatical error, and the official reason was only decided in retrospect. In support of this, they point out the R and L is a very common mistake amongst Japanese speakers of English and on English signage in Japan, as there is no differing pronounciation between them in words containing these letters.
During GLAY's early years in high school, members (particularly drummers) were constantly joining and leaving the band. Upon the unexpected resignition of their vocalist, drummer Teru made a tape of his singing to give to Takuro and was immediately recruited as the new vocalist. On the search for another guitarist, Hisashi was asked to join but turned down the offer, as he was already part of a locally well-known heavy punk/rock band called Ari, which better suited his taste in music. When Ari disbanded, Hisashi accepted Takuro's offer and became the lead guitarist of GLAY.
By the time of Takuro and Teru's graduation, GLAY had become quite popular in their hometown of Hakodate and were playing in full live houses. Following Hisashi's high school graduation in 1990, the three of them moved to Tokyo to try and further expand their musical career. However things did not seem to improve for them in Tokyo. Their gigs only attracted a few people, and sometimes none at all. When their bassist quit, Takuro had heard that Jiro, who was also from Hakodate and had played with the indies band Pierrot (different from the now disbanded Japanese rock band PIERROT, that enjoyed mainstream popularity), had moved to Tokyo and invited him to join GLAY. He too declined the offer, insisting that he was already heading in the right direction for himself. It wasn't until Takuro asked him to play at just one show to fill in for their missing bassist that he decided to go. Following that show Jiro continued to receive invitations to play with GLAY, and in 1991 he had become GLAY's official bass player, finalizing the official four member lineup.
They promoted the band by handing out flyers on the street and giving out demo tapes. Eventually they became more and more well known on the Tokyo live house circuit, and began drawing larger crowds. During one of these shows in October 1993, Yoshiki, the former drummer for X JAPAN, saw their show and offered them a contract to his label Extasy Records. In 1994 their debut single "RAIN" was produced.
From the time of their debut GLAY steadily became more widely recognized by people all over the country. Their 4th single "Freeze My Love" made it onto the Oricon, debuting at #19. Two months later their first album "SPEED POP" debuted at #8. Their first #1 hit was in 1996 with their second album "BEAT out!" which was marked as a major turning point in GLAY's career. From then on they became increasingly popular at an extremely rapid rate, and in August 1997 they released the hit single "HOWEVER" becoming their most well-known song to date. The next two years to follow were arguably GLAY's most active years, in which they were constantly touring Japan in sold out stadiums and continuously producing one #1 hit after the other in a short time span.
On July 31th, 1999 GLAY held a concert called "GLAY EXPO 1999 SURVIVAL" at Makuhari Messe, gathering a total audience of 200,000 people making it the largest single concert to ever be held in Japan. There was an huge amount of publicity leading up to this concert, including having their faces printed on the sides of Japan Airlines jumbo jets. In 2001 and 2004 two more GLAY EXPOs were held. GLAY EXPO 2001 was divided into four separate performances at three different locations (Tokyo, Ishikari, and Fukuoka), and accumulated a total audience of over 280,000. GLAY EXPO 2004 celebrated their 10th anniversary, and was held in the parking lot of Universal Studios Japan selling out the 100,000 tickets in under 15 minutes.
On October 2007 TAkuro and model wife Seri IWahori gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. You can view a picture of the babys hand on her official website http://www.seri-i.net/p/index.html in her diary section.
Throughout the years GLAY has appeared on countless numbers of TV programs, and graced the front covers of every famous band/music magazine in Japan at least once (and some more than fifteen times), such as GIGS, What's In?, BPASS, ongaku to hito, PATIPATI, NEWSMAKER, etc. Kadokawa Shoten has also produced two special edition GLAY only books, and every member of GLAY (excluding Teru) has written a book of their own (Jiro has made two). Besides appearing in magazines and on TV, Teru, Hisashi and Jiro each have their own personal weekly radio shows (aired on bayFM, FMFUJI, and FM802, respectively). close
I couldn't find a Glay topic, I find it difficult to believe I'm the only one who likes Glay...
I hope I haven't missed it somewhere... Anyway, here's the topic! What's your favourite Glay track?
Mah, I don't think you're the only one, it's just that there's few bands that's gotten their own topics here...
Personally I like them. Not totally crazy about them, but I like them. Haven't gotten time to listen all that much to them yet. But what I've heard, I like.
wow i'm surprised Glay doesn't have it's own topic yet...
i've heard about them a long time ago but haven't listened to them that much yet..
im surprised too cuz i dont find their name on index XDDD
my sist used to like their song too so i was just listening to what she playing
cant remember the title tho
Well I'm not a die-hard fan, but my Japanese friend sent me a link to their song Scream, which features EXILE;
And it kicks some serious ass.
I checked out a few of their other songs and I quite liked them,
So I thought I'd come see what they're all about, and alas! no topic
well im not a fan of glay yet but i have listen to a couple of their song but i wanna know the name of the song that hyde sings with them
i got something in thats rather interesting about this band ... in the next month they're doing a set of shows in california what alot of people don't know is they lowered ticket prices for one day to help promote the band... i just wish they would have told the people in california that they were going to do this those were $45 tickets :RBcrying: check it out though
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LIVE NATION/HOUSE OF BLUES ANNOUNCES TODAY ONLY SPECIAL ON GLAY CONCERT
TICKETS FOR HOLLYWOOD SHOWS
House of Blues Sunset Strip Announces Special Ticket Prices for Super J-Rock
Band¹s Concerts Dates in Hollywood for One (1) Day Only-While Supplies Last!
Los Angeles, California and Tokyo, Japan (August 26, 2009) ‹ Live
Nation/House of Blues Sunset Strip announces a special one (1) day deal
starting today for J-Rock fans to obtain GLAY tickets for either of their
two (2) Southern California shows, Sept. 11 and 12, 2009, for $10.00 U.S.
each while supplies last. Get your tickets now! More information can be
found at www.livenation.com.
GLAY tour dates and performance locations are as follows:
* Wednesday, September 9, 2009; 8:00 PM: San Francisco CA: The
* Friday, September 11, 2009; 9:00 PM: Hollywood CA:
House of Blues Sunset Strip
* Saturday, September 12, 2009; 9:00 PM: Hollywood CA: House of
Blues Sunset Strip
Tickets are available now onsite at the concert venue or online via
Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com> ) or Live
Nation (www.livenation.com <http://www.livenation.com> ). San Francisco
tickets available starting at $45.00/each and Hollywood shows available
starting at $37.50/each with special group rates.
Project: JRock Events (USA) is proud to announce our latest contest: we are giving away two tickets to see GLAY on September 12 in Los Angeles, CA, at the House of Blues!
This time, instead of a raffle, we're going to make you guys work a little bit for these.
So, here's what you have to do. Use the information on our website (www.jrockeventsusa.com) to answer the following three questions. Two winners will be selected randomly from those that answer all three questions correctly.
- How does DJ SiSeN make his hair?
- What is Angel-Taka's (Uchuusentai NOIZ) super power?
- What are the dates and locations for GLAY's The Great Vacation Tour?
Send your answers, along with your legal name, to firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 7! Be sure to mark the subject line GLAY CONTEST!
Even though they aren’t fully vk, I found this really interesting, besides I think everyone knows of Glay. The group had contract with Unlimited Group back in 1998, giving them rights to 147 songs including “However” – but because of unpaid royalties and contract fee the group actually canceled the contract in 2005.
This Thursday the band went to court and won a lawsuit they filed against Unlimited Group, the judge sided with them on the cancellation of the contract and agreeing the rights of the songs belonged to Glay.
Unlimited Group is now forced to pay the band 670 million yen in unpaid fees and royalties.
Thank you very much! I really like this site and the people are in!^^
We want to let you know there are GLAY screenings coming up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles! If you live around those cities, we highly urge you to go!
The screening is on their recent STADIUM LIVE 2012 THE SUITE ROOM 7.28 & 7.29 lives!
Oct 12th - Big Cinemas Manhattan, New York - 8:30PM
Nov 16th - New People, San Francisco - 8:00PM
Nov 17th - The Downtown Independent, Los Angeles - 6:00PM
- GLAY US Street Team
Hello everyone! Just a reminded that tomorrow is the GLAY screening in NY! It's at BIG CINEMAS MANHATTAN and will start at 8:30PM!
We made an event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/264644603638796/ Some people are planning a meet up so it's going to be fun!
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or directly from here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/279390
The first 20 people to show up will get an exclusive notepad!
See you there!
GLAY Screening Spot