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More than 25 years ago, ZZ Top sang, “They come running just as fast as they can, because every girl’s crazy about a sharp-dressed man.” Looking quite dapper in matching suits and ties, The Bawdies will see if this still holds true as the Tokyo outfit attempts to pack clubs with hordes of screaming ladies and gents during their upcoming two-month Japan tour.

Sharing a common passion for R&B and rock ‘n’ roll classics of the 1950s and ’60s, the four childhood chums decided to band together on New Year’s Day in 2004. When they hit the live circuit, their infectious chops and the raspy, soulful vocals of bassist Ryo “Roy” Watanabe — which sound akin to the likes of Sam Cooke and Little Richard, something few mid-20s Japanese men can pull off — attracted audiences to The Bawdies’ 2006 debut, “Yesterday and Today.” The following year saw the group play two weeks of shows in Australia, a few of which sold out, and then perform on the Rookie A Go-Go stage at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival.

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