Iconic J-Pop Band Southern All Stars Join Rock in Japan Festival 2018 Lineup

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Veteran J-pop band Southern All Stars will return to this year's Rock in Japan Festival 2018 for the first time in 13 years.

The legendary group was added to the already star-studded lineup after it had appeared to be finalized. Frontman Keisuke Kuwata performed in last year's Rock in Japan as a solo act, but the last time the five-member pop band appeared in the annual music festival was back in 2005.

Southern All Stars will join some of Japan's biggest acts -- including Gesu No Kiwami Otome, Superfly and Rhymester -- on Aug. 12, the final day of the four-day event held at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki, Japan. Other acts on the roster include Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Yumi "Yuming" Matsutoya, Elephant Kashimashi, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Golden Bomber, LiSA, Sky-Hi & The Super Flyers, Hyde, Dragon Ash and more.

The band released a new single, "Tatakau Monotachi He Ai Wo Komete," on Friday (June 15), the theme song for the new movie Soratobu Tire ("flying tire" in English), based on a novel by Jun Ikeido and starring Tokio's Tomoya Nagase.

Southern All Stars will be celebrating their 40th anniversary since their major-label debut Monday (June 25), and will kick off the anniversary year with two shows on Monday and Tuesday (June 25 and 26) at the NHK Hall in Tokyo.

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