Rock act Bump Of Chicken has announced it will perform live on the small screen for the first time since its major debut in 2000.

The four-piece will perform as part of a three-hour special for TV Asahi’s long-running music program “Music Station” on July 25. Bump of Chicken will play two songs, “Ray” and “Niji wo Matsu Hito” (“People Waiting for Rainbows”), from its latest album, “Ray,” which topped the weekly Oricon chart when it was released in March.

Bump Of Chicken was started in 1994 by singer and guitarist Motoo Fujiwara, bassist Yoshifumi Naoi and drummer Hideo Masu at their junior high school’s music festival. Guitarist Hiroaki Masukawa joined the group after they entered high school.

The TV appearance comes ahead of the band’s sold-out debut performance at Tokyo Dome, which takes place July 31 and is the final date of its nationwide Willpolis tour.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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