Japan’s Glay plays to 200K

Heat, trash are the only problems at peaceful concert

TOKYO — Japanese pop group Glay posted Woodstocklike attendance numbers in a record-setting concert Saturday as local fans showed that peace can indeed reign supreme at a major rock concert.

About 200,000 people attended the concert held on the Tokyo Bay front, setting a new Japan mark. Organizers said that staging the event cost about $26 million.

Police said there were no crimes reported at the concert.

“It was a well-behaved crowd,” a police official said. About 320 officers were dispatched for the event; organizers provided about 3,000 security guards.

The only trouble came from disposing of a mountain of garbage and treating some 800 people who suffered from heat stroke as temperatures hit 93 degrees during the show, police officials said.

Glay, the artists responsible for all the fuss, gained immense popularity in 1997 when they toned down their hard-edge image and recast themselves as a chart-busting pop group of four young men in shiny suits and heavy eye makeup.

Last year, when tickets went on sale for their Japanese tour, the resulting flood of calls overwhelmed phone lines throughout the country and disrupted national telephone service.

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