There were Mods, rockabillies, psychobillies, surf punks, indie rockers, metalheadz and Uniqlo/Gap kids. There were 12-year-old girls, 40-year-old salarymen, 18-year-old boys, young couples with toddlers and at least one very pregnant woman.

Such is the draw of Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, who were kicking off the first show of their “Rodeo Tandem Beat Specter” tour Saturday at Tokyo’s Akasaka Blitz.

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