"Japan Kawaii Live", the final night of Anisong World Matsuri's three-day concert event at Anime Expo, was held on July 7, 2018 at the Microsoft Theater, featuring AKB48 Team 8, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, i☆Ris, and Shoko Nakagawa.
On July 6, 2018, anisong fans packed the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for "Japan Super Live" — the second night of Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 — to see rare U.S. performances by anime superstars May'n, Aimer, Sanketsu-girl Sayuri, and Yuki Kajiura.
YOSHIKI shocked fans at LUNATIC FEST. 2018 with a moving tribute to X Japan guitarist hide and guest collaborations with members of LUNA SEA, GLAY, and MUCC in his first-ever solo classical performance at a music festival.
On June 15, 2018 AK48 held its first World Senbatsu Election and for the first time in five years a new winner of the event was crowned.
Japanese rock group URBANGARDE celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a spectacle-filled concert titled "KEKKON SHIKI" at Nakano Sun Plaza on April 8, 2018.
All-Star Lineup of Nine Japanese Anime Song Performers Will Take Over L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on July 4th, 6th, and 7th.
Legendary Japanese rock group X JAPAN made a triumphant return to the Coachella Music & Arts Festival this past weekend, Saturday, April 21. As one of only a few rock artists performing at the festival, X JAPAN's powerful rock performance and elaborate production thrilled the Coachella crowd with a rousing hard rock concert, pyrotechnics and special effects that delivered both surprises and guest stars.
Named by the Grammy Awards poll as one of Top 3 most anticipated acts at Coachella, X JAPAN will be performing as one of the only hard rock acts on the bill both weekends.