Guitar Wolf was with this line-up that the band established themselves in 1987. That year, they decided to adopt Ramones-style names to complement their image. Seiji adopted the name Guitar Wolf, Billy became Bass Wolf and Narita filled the position of Drum Wolf. Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before Narita left the band to follow his own dreams and was replaced by Toru, who had been recommended by Enocky of JACKIE and THE CEDRICS.
In the years that followed, the band developed their signature strain of garage punk and coined the phrase “Jet Rock’n’Roll” to describe it. Seiji has said that the phrase originated from the surname of one of his greatest influences: Joan Jett. “Jet Rock’n’Roll” caught on, and is now a commonly used term for bands of their genre, although Guitar Wolf is still described as “The World’s Greatest Jet Rock’n’Roll Band”.
1993 started with staggering promise for the young band. They embarked on a tour of the U.S., performing at the second Garage Shock Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 2011, Guitar Wolf embarked on their Hoochie Coochie Space Men tour, which turned out to be one of their most ambitious yet. Split into three parts, the tour’s 50 dates first took the band around Japan in March and April, then through the U.S. and Canada, and finished up with Europe in July. In Europe, they blazed through ten countries, bringing Jet Rock’n’Roll to England, Italy, Croatia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Guitar Wolf have overcome a great deal of hardship during their 24 year career. With such determination and perseverance, one can foresee that this remarkable trio will continue to make the music that both they and their fans love for years to come.
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