‘Bow Wow’ are an influential Japanese Rock band that formed in 1975, and have at one point been signed to Victor, Sony Music, EMI and even Roadrunner Records. The band were formed by Yoshmi Ueno when the inexperienced music producer recruited vocalist and guitarist Mitsuhiro Saito and drummer Toshihiro Niimi. Yoshmi then recruited guitarist Kyoji Yamamoto and bassist Kenji Sano from the Yamaha Music School and the band ‘Bow Wow’ were officially formed. Soon after that they signed to the Japanese label ‘Victor’ and released their self-titled debut album a year later. The band, over their career, have performed with a number of Rock’s biggest names, including Aerosmith and Kiss, and supported both on their Japanese headline tours and went on to release a further two albums.
At the start of the 1980’s renounced producer Touru Yazawa took notice of the band and became their producer for the next few releases. With this new producer they released the album ‘Hard Dog’ in 1981 and the success of this album propelled them to greater success and led them to play a number of the world’s biggest festivals including Montreux Jazz Festival and Reading Festival. Their increased international success meant that later that year they signed to Heavy Metal Records and released the brilliant album ‘Warning From Stardust’, which ‘Rolling Stone Japan’ ranked as number 23 on their list of the “100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time”. In 1983 they toured the UK with Hanoi Rocks before guitarist Mitsuhiro Saito left the band.
In 1984 the band had a line up change and with this new line up they moved to a more commercial sound, leaving Heavy Metal Records and in the process the band decided to change it’s name to ‘Vow Wow’, before relocating to England in 1987. After a few more album releases they released the classic hard rock anthem ‘Rock Me Now’ and did a national tour of Japan. The band then recorded two more albums before disbanding in May 1990. Since 1995 the band has gone through many more line up changes and have released 6 more studio albums to date, doing a number of worldwide tours in that time.