Backup dancers have a long history with BABYMETAL, going all the way back to their first solo shows, and still being used to this day. Read all about their history and members below.
2012-2014 – SISTERBONES
They appeared in older “big shows”, especially for Black BABYMETAL songs, as the “SISTERBONES”.
Their first show was LEGEND D where they backed Head Banger (night of 15 mix). Then they appeared in LEGEND 1999, where they backed Yui and Moa in their solo songs. In LEGEND 1997 they backed Yui and Moa during Onedari Daisakusen and played a big part during Head Banger (Night of 15 mix) and BABYMETAL DEATH. Their last shows were at Budokan, where they backed Yui and Moa for Onedari Daisakusen and Song 4 again.
2018 – Muscle Metal’s, The Chosen Seven, & SAYAMETAL
After that they didn’t have any backing dancers again until 2018, after Yui stopped appearing at shows. But these were different, as they no longer wore completely different outfits to the main members, but just slightly different outfits, and appeared throughout the entire show.
At least 1 backup dancer appeared at every show in 2018. For the US and EU tour’s there were 2 (Minami and Minako), nicknamed by some fans as the “Muscle Metals”, making a lineup of 4 with Su and Moa. Then, for the Japan tour, there were 5 (whole list below) making “The Chosen Seven”. Finally, for the last 4 shows of the year, Saya, nicknamed “SAYAMETAL by fans”, was the only backup dancer and basically filled in Yui’s position in the original 3 member lineup.
|Name||First Show||Last show||Number of shows||Social media|
|Minami Tsukui||2018/5/8||2018/10/31||19||Twitter – Instagram – Blog|
|Minako Maruyama||2018/5/8||2018/10/31||19||Twitter – Blog|
|Saya Hirai*||2018/10/23||2018/12/9||9||Twitter – Instagram|
|Kotono Oomori**||2018/10/23||2018/10/31||5||Twitter – Instagram|
*Joined Torahime Ichiza in March 2019. She then stopped posting on her own social media (she appears on the Torahime social media and blogs)
**Joined IRONBUNNY in April 2019. She also deleted her social media.
2019-Present – The Avengers
At the start of the first show of the year (BABYMETAL AWAKENS – THE SUN ALSO RISES) at Yokohama Arena, the kamishibai (video intro) at the show announced that there will be a 3rd member supporting Su and Moa in the shows:
And to support SU-METAL and MOAMETAL
Three brave avengers were summoned by the FOX GOD.
Today, one out of these three CHOSEN DANCERS will be selected
But who will be summoned is something only the FOX GOD knows.
The first to appear was Riho Sayashi, best known for being a Morning Musume member. Meanwhile on Night 2, the 2nd Avenger appeared, Kano Fujihira, who was the Sakura Gakuin president for the 2019-2020 Nendo. Finally, Momoko Okazaki appeared in Taiwan in August and became the 3rd Avenger, she is also an ex-Sakura Gakuin member.
One of these 3 members has appeared at every show since then, filling in the “3rd spot”. The member that appears at each show is random, though Kano has so far only appeared in Japan.
At LEGEND – METAL GALAXY (January 2020), all 3 members appeared on stage for both nights, performing together for the final song each night and rotating for different songs.
Since then, Riho has opened an Instagram and signed for a new agency, meanwhile Kano has graduated. Momoko has been the only one appearing at any shows since the pandemic started, so although there hasn’t been an official announcement (which there shouldn’t be).
|Name||First Show||Last show (so far)||Number of shows||Social media|
|Riho Sayashi||2019/6/28||2020/2/14||27||Instagram– Staff Twitter|
|Kano Fujihira||2019/6/29||2020/1/26||5||@onefive Twitter and Instagram|
Last updated at the start of March 2021
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