Japanese pop-rock veterans Southern All Stars held a comeback concert Saturday at the Nissan Stadium in Tokyo after a five-year hiatus.
With the performance at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama near Tokyo, the five-member band kicked off a one month tour at outdoor stadiums in five locations across Japan, Kyodo reports. Keisuke Kuwata, the band’s songwriting front man said onstage that they are “happy” to see their fans again.
“I will give my best in singing with all my heart and soul”, he said. The band performed 32 songs onstage, including their first single. The comeback of the band, popular in mainstream pop and rock since 1978, coincides with the 35th anniversary of the release of their first single “Katte ni Sindbad”. Southern All Stars announced in 2008 that the band will split and the members would pursue solo projects. The band announced in June they will return to the music scene.
The band has had numerous hits including the chart-topping “Itoshi no Ellie,” which was covered by Ray Charles (1930-2004) under the title “Ellie My Love”.