We’re still reeling a bit from Night 3 of the Rock And Roll Rumble, but we bounced from Once in Somerville just in time to catch Babymetal’s batshit crazy performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The Japanese “metal idol” trio, which combines thrash and speed metal with Asian pop singer worship and is playing the House of Blues in Boston in May, set the internet ablaze after their televised performance of “Gimme Chocolate!”
And by that, we pretty much mean everyone was like WTF JUST HAPPENED?! Even Colbert seemed unsure of it all as he was introducing them. It was something.
While we’re sure video of this performance will be online and everywhere else by sunrise (maybe sooner), but we wanted to at least round up some of the best GIFs that filled our Twitter feed in the hour after America got its first real taste of this bonkers phenomenon.
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UPDATE 8 a.m. EST: Here's the full video of their performance, with upcoming North American dates below.
“BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016”:
Wednesday, May 4 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
*Thursday, May 5 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
Saturday, May 7 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, May 8 – Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (Festival) – Concord, NC
Tuesday, May 10 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
Wednesday, May 11 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
Friday, May 13 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 14 – Northern Invasion (Festival) – Somerset, WI
*Tuesday, July 12 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
*Thursday, July 14 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
*Friday, July 15 – Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA