Momometal joined the band on stage on 1 April - not an April Fool’s joke.
BABYMETAL have recruited a third member to the band, Girls Planet 999 contestant Momoko Okazaki, becoming a trio again since Yui Mizuno left the band in 2018.
Okazaki, adopting the name Momometal, joined the band on stage on 1 April - not an April Fool’s joke - at the Pia Arena MM in Yokohama, Japan. The massive show was called BABYMETAL BEGINS - THE OTHER ONE.
Momometal has been a backing dancer for the group since 2019.
BABYMETAL released their latest album, The Other One, last month and was led by the singles Metal Kingdom, Monochrome and Divine Attack - Shingeki.
The trio’s lineup change arrives just weeks after the band announced their first-ever Australian headline tour.
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Kicking off in Brisbane on Thursday, 8 June, at the Fortitude Music Hall, the tour will travel down the east coast to Sydney on Friday, 9 June, at the Hordern Pavilion and then Melbourne on Sunday, 11 June, at Margaret Court Arena.
Band members Nakamoto Suzuka as "Su-metal" and Kikuchi Moa as "Moametal" are known for focusing on real-world issues that particularly affect women, such as bullying, the pressure put on teenage girls to remain thin and the always-changing concept of an “ideal woman" - all subjects that have resonated with an audience around the world.
The Other One was focused on a restoration project: “Through the METALVERSE, a restoration project called THE OTHER ONE will reveal a side of Babymetal we never knew existed. This is the ‘other’ story of Babymetal,” a press release reads.
So, that theme indicated to a new band member this whole time?
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023
THURSDAY 8 JUNE - FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE
FRIDAY 9 JUNE - HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 11 JUNE - MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE
Tickets via Destroy All Lines.