Tokyo Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan (東京厚生年金会館), also known as Wel City Tokyo, was a 2,062-seat (1st floor: 1,186 seats, 2nd floor: 876 seats) concert hall in Tokyo, one of a number of public concert halls in Japan called Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan. John Coltrane's quintet performed here on their Japanese tour (1966). Dutch band Shocking Blue who were internationally famous after topping the US charts with their hit "Venus", performed here in July, 1971. Parts of these concerts were used for their 'Live in Japan' - album of 1971. Journey also performed here on their Escape tour (1981). The Irish R&B guitarist Rory Gallagher performed two concerts at the venue in 1977.
Opened on 15 April 1961, the hall closed on March 31, 2010.
Unleashed in the East is the first live album by the English heavy metal band Judas Priest, released in September 1979 on Columbia Records. It was recorded live over two nights in Tokyo during their Hell Bent for Leather Tour in February 1979. Upon release Unleashed became the band's best-selling album up to that point, reaching the US Top 100 and the UK Top Ten, eventually the album became one of the five Judas Priest albums to gain a RIAA platinum certification. It is the first Priest album to be produced by Tom Allom who would remain at the helm for the next decade for the band, and the last release to feature drummer Les Binks.
WEL or Wel may refer to:
Live in Japan is a live album by American saxophonist John Coltrane, recorded for radio broadcast during his only Japanese tour in July 1966 at two Tokyo venues, Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Hall and Sankei Hall. The recordings feature his last group, a quintet featuring Coltrane, his wife/pianist Alice, saxophonist/bass clarinetist Pharoah Sanders, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Rashied Ali.
Rockin' Every Night – Live in Japan is a live album recorded by Gary Moore at Tokyo Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan in 1983, during the Corridors of Power tour. Despite being released in Japan in 1983, it was not given a European release until 1986. The 2002 CD reissue included three live tracks recorded at the Marquee in London on 26 August 1982, originally from a bonus EP included with the first 25,000 vinyl copies of Moore's earlier album Corridors of Power.
Nakano Sunplaza, formerly Nakano Sun Plaza, is a hotel in Nakano, Tokyo. The hotel includes a concert hall, the Nakano Sunplaza Hall. Built in 1973, this concert hall seats 2,222 people. The current facility closed on July 2, 2023. A music festival, "Goodbye Nakano Sunplaza Music Festival" was held from May 3rd to the closing date of July 2nd.
Sun Bear Concerts is a live box set by American jazz pianist Keith Jarrett compiling five solo piano concerts performed over two weeks during his November 1976 tour in Japan and released on ECM in January 1978.
Personal Mountains is a live album by American jazz pianist Keith Jarrett recorded in Tokyo during his April 1979 tour in Japan, and released by ECM ten years later, in 1989. The quartet—Jarrett's "European Quartet"—features saxophonist Jan Garbarek and rhythm section Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen.
The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (東京文化会館) is a Japanese concert hall located in Ueno Park, Taitō, Tokyo. Designed by Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa, it was built in 1961 and renovated in 1998–99. Its larger hall seats 2303 people, and its small hall seats 649. It is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
The Japanese Concerts is a live album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded at the Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan and Sankei Hall in Tokyo during his 1963 Japanese tour and featuring performances by Adderley with Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes. The album was released on the Milestone label in 1975 and combines material previously released on Adderley's Nippon Soul (1963) with an additional disc of unreleased performances from a concert recorded a week earlier.
Autumn Leaves is a live album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded at the Kosei-nenkin Kaikan and Sankei Hall in Tokyo during his 1963 Japanese tour and featuring performances by Adderley with Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes. The album was released on the Japanese Riverside label and features additional material from the Sankai Hall concert that produced Adderley's Nippon Soul (1963) and additional performances from a concert recorded a week earlier. Both albums were released on the US compilation The Japanese Concerts in 1975.
"Bravo Bravo" is the title of the ninth single by Hello! Project unit Buono!. The title song is the first song used for the ending theme of the anime Shugo Chara Party!, and the ninth of the entire series. The single was released on December 16, 2009, in Japan under the Pony Canyon label in two different versions: regular and limited. The limited edition came with a serial number card, used in a promotional draw, a special DVD and a Buono! trading card, as well as having an alternative cover. The DVD contains footage of the "making of" the jacket photography for the single. The first press of both editions came with a photocard. The Single V was released on December 22, 2009. The single peaked at #4 on the weekly Oricon charts, selling 18,086 copies in its first week.
Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan (厚生年金会館) or Koseinenkin Hall were public halls in Japan supported by welfare pension funds.
"Our Songs" is the title of the tenth single by Hello! Project unit Buono!. The group consists of Momoko Tsugunaga, Miyabi Natsuyaki and Airi Suzuki. The single was released on February 3, 2010, in Japan, under the Pony Canyon label in two different versions: regular and limited. The limited edition came with a serial number card that was used in a promotional draw, a special DVD, a Buono! trading card and an alternative cover. The DVD contains footage from the principal photography of the single. The first press of both editions came with a photo card. The Single V was released on December 22, 2009. The single peaked at #8 on the weekly Oricon charts, selling 13,220 copies in its first week.
Sleeper is a double album by Keith Jarrett's "European Quartet" recorded on April 16, 1979 in Tokyo, and released on ECM 33 years later in 2012.
The Orix Theater is a 2,400-seat concert hall in Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan. Artists that performed in the main hall include Black Sabbath, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Robin Trower, Rainbow, Queen, Santana, The Jackson 5, James Brown, UFO, Iron Maiden, Red Velvet, Amalia Rodrigues, NCT 127, and Jun. K from 2PM. It officially opened on 14 April 1968 and was the largest concert hall in Osaka at the time. The complex included a smaller hall, lodging facilities and two restaurants. The building was sold in October 2009 to Orix Real Estate, who currently run it under the name the Orix Theater.
Nitori Culture Hall is an arts & concert venue, part of the Sapporo Geibunkan complex, located in Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Japan. It opened in 1971 as Hokkaido Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan; the complex includes a conference hall, a hotel and a concert hall.
Utsunomiya Bunka Kaikan is a concert hall located in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It features a 2,000-seat great hall and a 500-seat small hall. It opened in 1979. Whitesnake performed at Utsunomiya Bunka Kaikan during their 1983 Japanese tour.
Mielparque Tokyo, formerly known as Tokyo Yūbin Chokin Kaikan, is a multi-purpose facility located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It opened in 1971 and was given its current name in 2007. It is one of eleven Mielparque facilities located in Japan. The building contains restaurants, conference facilities, hotel accommodations, and a 1,582-seat multi-purpose event hall which has featured concerts by performers such as Bill Evans, Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Devo, Motörhead, Hall & Oates, and Art Pepper. It closed on September 30, 2022.
The Hiroshima City Cultural Exchange Hall is a 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility located in Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. It opened in 1985 and has hosted notable artists such as David Bowie and Def Leppard.
Moritaka Land Tour 1990.3.3 at NHK Hall is a live video by Japanese singer/songwriter Chisato Moritaka. Recorded live at the NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo on March 3, 1990, the video was released on September 18, 2013 by Warner Music Japan on Blu-ray and DVD formats; each with a two-disc audio CD version of the concert. A limited edition Blu-ray box set includes a bonus DVD of the March 7 concert at Tokyo Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, a digitally remastered version of the Moritaka Land CD, a 68-page booklet, a miniature reprint of the original tour pamphlet, three original photos, and a full-size poster. The video was released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Moritaka's music career, as well as her return to the music industry after retiring in 2000.