June 24 - Robot rock band Z-Machines perform their debut gig live in front of an audience in Tokyo. Elly Park reports.
This just might be the future of music. The Z-Machines are an all-robot rock band, comprised of a guitarist with 78 fingers, a drummer with 21 sticks and a keyboard player with a laser beam projector for eyes. The Japanese trio debuted in Tokyo, electrifying a crowd of nearly 100 spectators. SOUNDBITE: 21-Year-Old Concert-Goer Mayu Kobayashi saying (Japanese) "Their whole atmosphere was very futuristic and fun and I was just so excited the whole time." Also excited were the members of human pop duo Amoyamo, who shared the live stage with the Z-Machines. SOUNDBITE: Japanese Pop Singer Ayamo saying (Japanese) "I was worried whether it would be okay, but as they are indeed robots they managed to pull off the main performance completely spot-on." The robo-rockers' perfect performance came as no surprise to their builders at Tokyo University. And while their next concert is yet to be scheduled, the scientists hope that eventually the Z-Machines will perform on the moon and even beyond.