Japan's LUNA SEA Announces New Album Co-Produced by Steve Lillywhite

Keiko Tanabe


The Japanese band LUNA SEA celebrated its 30th anniversary by inviting members of its fan club to join them for a free concert Wednesday (May 29) at Zepp Tokyo.

During the celebratory evening, the veteran visual-kei rockers informed the lucky fans who attended that the band's highly anticipated 10th studio album is coming in December. World-renowned music producer Steve Lillywhite will be working with the five-member group on all of the songs as co-producer and mixing engineer.

This is the first time the six-time Grammy winner -- known for his work with such major acts as U2, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads and many more -- has worked with a Japanese act.

Meanwhile, LUNA SEA had consistently self-produced all of its albums in the past, but decided to bring in a co-producer for this project, which will mark the band's 30th year in music. The collaboration is a historic first for both parties involved.

Fans can get a taste of the miraculous joint project with the band's latest single, "Sora no Uta - Higher and Higher / Hisoubi." Both songs on the double-A single are featured as the opening themes of the animated series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Advent of the Red Comet.