A Look Back: L’Arc-en-Ciel Tour 2008 L7 Trans Asia via Paris

Exactly eight years ago today, I was at Hong Kong Asia World Expo pumped up and awed at seeing L’Arc~en~Ciel perform.  It was a first time for many things for me–first J Rock concert I saw, first time I ever rode a plane, first time I went out of the country.

This is a blog entry I wrote in my now-defunct Multiply account.  Reading this still makes me smile every time 🙂

L’7 TRANS ASIA VIA PARIS – HONG KONG

May 27, ’08 2:36 PM for everyone

 Can I just rave away already about how awesome laruku is and has actually always been? Oh yeah, this is why I made this post in the first place… sort of…

 I feel kinda stupid for attempting to write without properly remembering their repertoire in the proper order; I’m still freaking incoherent that I still can’t write in proper English…

 Lame excuses of disclaimers aside, seeing them on stage was just surreal. The show lasted for a little over two hours, no front act, and their little breaks just took a few short minutes. The only glitch was the feedback on Hyde’s mic once; but the rest was just perfect.

 The garb:  Hyde was just facial hair, turban and dreadlocks short of being jack sparrow.  Tetsu wore hotpink leggings, black frilly skirt and white long-sleeved top with a black vest. Yukki wore gray tracksuit. Ken wore white pants and suit and a printed button down shirt.

The songs: I was happy over-all with the list, but I wish they included songs from older albums [Dune – Heavenly]. They opened up with “Get out from the Shell” followed by “Driver’s High.” A surprise was Eien. Don’t like Revelation that much either, but thankfully they skipped Finale and didn’t pull a Sadako like they did in the 2006 l’anniversary :O

 The goods: fell in love with what the tour shirt, and regretted not having enough money to buy the whole set of stuff, but fought it off anyway to have a shirt.  I hate myself for not bringing enough money. And I’m very sorry for those I promised I’d buy stuff for T_T My heart sank upon learning that the line of fans buying stuff was cut off hours before the opening.  Thankfully, we were given another shot after the show.  I’m glad and quite proud to have heeded the signal of Anata being their signature finale, and hurriedly ran down the stairs to take my place on the queue. 

The fans: I’m very happy for the Chinese-speaking crowd because the band had practically spoken in Chinese throughout the show. The only Japanese words Hyde uttered were “doumo arigatou” and that’s at the end of the show. That said, I’m now part of the Filipino fandom who truly and terribly wishes for them to do a show here in the Philippines *_*

 Here’s the set list:

  1. Get Out from the Shell
  2. Driver’s High
  3. Killing Me
  4. DRINK IT DOWN
  5. Daybreak’s Bell
  6. winter fall
  7. 永遠
  8. forbidden lover
  9. MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM
  10. Caress of Venus
  11. REVELATION
  12. SEVENTH HEAVEN
  13. pretty girl
  14. STAY AWAY
  15. READY STEADY GO
  16. 叙情詩
  17. HONEY
  18. Link
  19. あなた

This gig also happened to be laruku’s first in Hong Kong.  They had spiels in between songs and if I remember correctly, they showed a pic of one of their meals where one of the dishes is a large fish head.

I still wish for them to include the Philippines to their next world tour.  (25th L’Anniversary, please!) ONE OK ROCK already came here; it should be Laruku’s turn next!!!

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A Look Back: HP Music Matters 2013 – J Rock Night

I can’t believe it’s been three years!

Yes, on May 23, 2013, flumpool and SID played on Clarke Quay’s Fountain Stage for HP Music Matters’ J Rock Night.  These gigs (actually, more of SID) were my main reason for flying to Singapore on a budget that year.  The little sightseeing I got to do back then was in Chinatown.

I had a full day then because I met with a high school classmate.  After a few hours’ chat,  I rushed to Clarke Quay.  It was pretty cool too how I got to walk with what turned out to be one of the performers that night, a Malaysian band called An Honest Mistake. They were going to the venue too so at least I had company along the way.  Too bad I wasn’t able to see them play though because they were slated to go onstage at around 1 am or so.

Clarke Quay gave me the Eastwood Libis vibe and it would have been nice to go around.  (Barhopping isn’t my thing so I’ll just be content taking pictures though.) But I didn’t have time to explore because SID was just a few minutes away from playing!

When I reached the Fountain Stage area, the place was already almost filled up and the fans were fully geared with their signs and glow sticks.  I was lucky to get a spot on the left side near the stage–at my distance from the stage, I’d still be able to take decent enough pics with my phone, and it’s the side I very much prefer! Haha 😛

So here are some pics of flumpool.  Wasn’t really a fan but I loved their energy on stage!

Flumpool played five songs, and after a few minutes came SID’s turn to rock the stage^^

It was my first time to see them perform live and I couldn’t be more excited to catch them up close.  Mao addressing the crowd in English was pretty endearing, too.  The first three songs they played are their popular anime themes–モノクロのキス、嘘 and VIP–and then they played One Way, with夏恋 as their finale.  Mao asked a fan to sing part of VIP.

These gigs were streamed online for free but I’d never trade the experience of actually being there~

A Look Back: LUNA SEA 20th Anniversary

Luna Sea is the first J-Rock band I liked that I didn’t know through anime.  I discovered them in 2000, months before they disbanded, so I was really happy when they got back together for a world tour to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2010.

So how happy was I?  I flew to Hong Kong on the day of the concert to see them and then went back home right after!

They played 16 songs, 2 intermissions and 3 more songs during the encore.  No new material then but a lot of my favorite songs made it to their list, so I was one giddy fangirl!

Now, the set list:

  1. Loveless
  2. Déjàvu
  3. G
  4. End of Sorrow
  5. True Blue
  6. Face to Face
  7. Gravity
  8. RA-SE-N
  9. Providence
  10. Genesis of Mind
  11. -drum solo-
  12. -rhythm session-
  13. Fate
  14. Storm
  15. Desire
  16. Time is Dead
  17. Rosier
  18. Tonight

ENCORE

  1. I for You
  2. Believe
  3. Wish

 

A Look Back: ONE OK ROCK Start Walking the World Tour (2012)

Writing about ONE OK ROCK today because it’s Taka‘s birthday^^

A popular conversation starter among fan groups run along these lines:

“What was the first song you heard from (insert band/ artist/ pop culture trash name here)?”

“Who introduced you to them?”

“What made you start liking them?”

Funny how with ONE OK ROCK, my answer to these three questions is either “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” or “I’m not really sure.” But hey, by the time they did their Asian tour last 2012, I already liked them enough to fly to Singapore to see them.

It would also be my first time in Singapore and I met my friend there so we could watch the concert together.

ONE OK ROCK’s gig was held in SCAPE Warehouse, located near Orchard Road.  I’d say SCAPE is an edgy mall geared to attract the youth, a rather fitting venue for ONE OK ROCK’s concert.  The venue’s indoor and pretty small compared to the crowds they attract now (I’ll write about their gig here in Manila!!! one of these days), but that just meant their energy reverberated even more!

So, a here’s quick recount of that concert in a few pictures:

Set list:  1. CODA 2. LOST AND FOUND 3. Never Let This Go 4. 皆無 5. Re:make 6. 世間知らずの宇宙飛行士 7. アンサイズニア 8. Mr.現代Speaker 9. Liar 10.Wherever you are 11.C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h. 12.Let’s take it someday 13.NO SCARED 14.恋ノアイボウ心ノクピド 15.完全感覚Dreamer Encore: 1.じぶんROCK 2.内秘心書

ONE OK ROCK has certainly come a long way since (Manila included ❤ ❤ ) and it’s great to see them keep their place in the international scene.  Looking forward to more of their gigs both elsewhere and here back home!