Shiina Ringo joins band


Correction source: Brad Douglas

Shiina Ringo announced she will no longer record as a solo artist but instead as a member of her most recent touring band, Tokyo Jihen.

The band debuted in Fall 2003 on the singer’s Suguroku Ecstacy tour and includes Hatake Toshiki on drums, Hiizumi Masayuki on keyboards, Mikki on guitar and producer Seiji Kameda on bass. Shiina pulled away from touring since Decmeber 2003, after the release of the live DVD, Electric Mole.

Tokyo Jihen is scheduled to perform at Fuji Rock Festival on July 30. The singer’s official fan club site also lists a July 25 performance at Meet the World Beat 2004.

(Thanks to Brad Douglas for providing a more accurate translation of this news item.)