L’Arc~en~Ciel formed in February of 1991 by Tetsu, who also chose the band name. Hiro, the guitarist, left the band in 1992 and was replace by Ken. In the same year Pero, the drummer left, and was later replaced by Sakura in 1993. L’Arc released their first album, Dune, in 1993.Sakura decided to leave the band for personal reasons. After a short break was replaced by Yukihiro, and released the single, Niji.
After the release of Clicked Singles Best 13 in 2001, L’Arc~en~Ciel went on a hiatus with each member going onto their own solo project. Luckily for fans they came back three years later with a single, Ready Steady Go, and another new album, Smile. L’Arc also released some music under P’Unk~en~Ciel, similar to their former alter band D’Arc~en~Ciel.
In 2004 L’Arc made their North American live debut at Otakon in Maryland. The DVD of Otakon 2004 was released in 2005. In November of 2006 L’arc played two shows at the Tokyo Dome to celebrate their fifteenth “L’Anniversary.”They will be releasing a bunch of goodies around fall of this year , keep your eyes peeled!
Albums: Dune, Tierra, Heavenly, True, Heart, Ark, Ray, Real, Smile, Dune 10th Anniversary Edition, Awake
Singles: Blurry Eyes, Vivid Colors, Natsu no Yuutsu ~Time to Say Goodbye~, Kaze ni Kienaide, Flower, Lies and Truth, The Fourth Avenue Cafe, Niji, Winter Fall, Dive to Blue, Honey, Kasou, Shinshoku ~Lose Control~, Snow Drop, Forbidden Love, Heaven’s Drive, Pieces, Driver’s High, Love Flies, Neo Universe”/”Finale, Stay Away, Spirit Dream Inside -Another Dream-, Ready Steady Go, Hitomi no Jyuunin, Jiyuu e no Shoutai, Killing Me, New World, Jojoushi, Link, Seventh Heaven, My Heart Draws A Dream, DRINK IT DOWN
L’Arc~en~Ciel’s Official Website