The Red Shoes: Tokyo’s fizzing, crackling gig venue

For the Stone Foundation vocalist, this cellar-style Tokyo club holds many special memories

Inspired by a Todd Rundgren song, the Red Shoes is one of Japan’s most intimate music venues, and sits a stone’s throw away from Tokyo’s famous Roppongi crossing. The atmosphere fizzes and crackles on a sold-out night; it reminds me of a scaled-down version of London’s famous 100 Club, and resonates with that same energy just before stage time.

The cellar-style club has played host to many world-famous musicians over the years. Ronnie Wood and David Bowie hung out there in the 1980s, and since its rebirth in 2002 Wilko Johnson has played many sold-out shows.

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