Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Singapore 2017: RADWIMPS 2017 Asia Live Tour in Zepp@BIGBOX


So I attended the first concert of RADWIMPS 2017 Asia Live Tour, which was held in Zepp@BIGBOX, Singapore!


Zepp@BIGBOX was previously MEGA BOX Event Hall in BIG BOX. It's reachable via Jurong East MRT station.

Apparently the band arrived the same day as I did (on Saturday) but in the evening. I was so tempted to wait for them in the airport but I had no idea which terminal they'd arrive and I had dinner plan with my family.


Doors were scheduled to open at 6 pm, so they only allowed queuing at 5 pm. I was hanging out with my brother and his wife-to-be so I only managed to arrive at the hall at a little bit after 5 pm. 

Should have gotten there earlier because I was at the 5th line already. When I arrived things got a bit chaotic with the security urging the line to move back to allow space.

I guess some people weren't listening (or maybe some didn't understand!) so they started shouting.

-_-

After a chaotic moment, we were told to sit, and advised to go to the toilets (by this sweet auntie staff) since there weren't any toilets inside the hall.

that woman standing in the middle is the sweet auntie! :)

I just minded my own business, reading tweets when I saw Yojiro's tweet a photo from inside the hall. So I replied with the photo above and guess what?

He replied.

With two smiley emojis.


YOJIRO NODA OF RADWIMPS REPLIED TO ME!

#pengsan

I was so happy but I had no one with me. I think if there were someone with me I would have screamed hahaha

I was floating with happiness. I wanted to talk to someone, anyone.

Suddenly I exchanged eye contact with a Japanese girl lining beside my row. I smiled at her and since I noticed her friend was wearing the rubber bracelet from Human Bloom Tour 2017 goods, I showed mine.

And that's how I ended up chit-chatting with the two girls (I hope they will share photos we took together) who flew in from Nagoya for the Singapore show. I even showed them Yojiro's reply hahaha


Oh and and they said I don't look my age at all hahahaha #doublehappiness


Anyways, at 6 pm, we were let in bit by bit, the staff scanned our tickets and when I saw the crowd I knew I had no chance to be in front of Yojiro. So I thought of being at Yusuke's side. Then I remembered that in Budokan I was already at his side so I decided to walk over to Akira's side and yeah, there weren't many people. I positioned myself behind the first row but my mistake was leaving a gap when I sat. Then these two girls came and sat in front of me wtf.


But I just chill.

Announcement were made, there were warnings on prohibition of video/audio recording, photographing and light sticks etc. About 8 minutes before 7 pm everyone stood up, background music were still playing.

stage view when I was sitting down

About less than 5 minutes to showtime, everyone started standing up. And then we could hear the band's signature cheer/feet-stomps from the backstage!

At 7 pm, the lights went off and the familiar opening music which I heard during Budokan was played and the band came out!

I couldn't believe I was seeing them again!

They kicked off with Lights Go Out, followed by 夢灯籠 which made everyone who watched Your Name screamed! Then I was expecting 光 so I screamed that and...

They played 前前前世.

Malu aku.

Other songs played were AADAAKOODA, トアルハルノヒ, 棒人間, DADA, おしゃかしゃま, ます。and 05410-(ん).

Yojiro greeted the audience and mentioned that the last time they were in Singapore, the audience had only about 200 pax.

"And most of you.. did not come that time"

LOL.

It was great hearing him speak in English, although at times the messages got lost a few times haha

I mean, his pronunciation is great, but I think he translated stuff in his head while he talked so sometimes we didn't quite get what he wanted to say. Like when he said he didn't understand how multiracial the country is.. he was actually asking a question!

Because the audience were quiet and listening attentively to him until he went, ".. anyone?"

The audience ended up laughing.

Yojiro: How many of you all know English?
Audience: *majority hands up, screaming*
Yojiro: How many of you all know Chinese? 
Audience: *majority hands up, screaming again* 
Yojiro: ... *dumbfounded* I DON'T UNDERSTAND

😂

Sometimes he ended up speaking Japanese but he said that it's okay if we didn't understand, he just needed to let it out. Haha.

They performed トレモロ as well! I remember how I didn't pay much attention to the song when I listened to RADWIMPS 3 but after seeing their performance in the DVD that came with 人間開花 I was hooked!

And my wish to watch them play 洗脳 came true! I love how Yojiro changed his style of singing compared to the one in the single. He did dance but I must say compared to Budokan, he was quite tame.


As usual Yojiro played デート, but only the first 10 seconds and they moved on with スパークル which made everyone cheer and go all nostalgic.

Before playing 君と羊と青, as usual Yojiro lead the crowd to do the "heeeeyyyy hooooo"s and then he wasn't satisfied (me too actually hahaha) so he said:

"The last time when we came, the 200 people did better than this..
So do you know what this means?
...
IT MEANS YOU GUYS SUCK!"

HAHAHAHAHAHA OK I really never expected him to say that!

Yusuke got to speak in Chinese and he was so cute! I couldn't get his Chinese name though..

Akira spoke in English and introduced himself. He said that he learnt English "..since yesterday!"

When Yojiro said he was lying, Akira said, "Yes, I'm liar!" haha he promised to work harder in learning English. LOL I love these boys.

They left the stage after performing 有心論 (YESSSSSSSS!) and the audience shouted for encore. I tried singing もしも but nobody followed along so the "encore!" chant continued until Yojiro came out alone.


He asked if he could play something alone, and the crowd cheered. I started shouting 蝶々結び and おあいこ but surprise surprise he ended up playing 週刊少年ジャンプ!

It was so beautiful! His voice was so great!


The he called the other members out, they performed なんでもないや. Before the song he asked whether the audience knew them because of Your Name. The audience said "NOOOOOO..." and he grinned before saying "It's okay you don't have to lie"

HAHA.

And they were supposed to play another song for their last song because Yojiro changed to another guitar.

But the audience started requesting for いいんですか? and he went "マジで?"

The other members okay-ed, and the staff too so they ended the concert with it.

l-r: Yusuke, Mori, Yojiro, Toshiki and Akira

また会うね!



Yeap. Pretty much will watch them again. But I think I might reserve next year for UVERworld.

We'll see what happens!

Actor Yu Shirota was also Singapore! I'm not sure if he purposely followed the band or had some other matters..


You can read YAHOO! Lifestyle Singapore's coverage on the concert here. For official photos from the concert, head over to JMF FB page.


They have also completed their Hong Kong, Bangkok (here's the link for their interview before the show, but it's in Thai), Seoul and Taipei shows (article here) and what is left is their Shanghai concert on 12 July, in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. For tickets go here!



For more photos, I suggest following RADWIMPS official IG and Yojiro Noda's IG.

😍

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Japan 2017: RADWIMPS Human Bloom Tour 2017 Finale in Nippon Budokan

Note: It has been more than 2 weeks since it happened. I tried remembering all the details but I am only human. I don't have super-photographic memories plus my limited ability in Japanese disabled me from understanding most of the things said during the concert. However, I had a really great time, and it was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.


Due to some technical error, I was not able to receive digital tickets to the concert. So we had to be at Nippon Budokan an hour earlier than door-opening time, at 5.00 pm.

It was a rainy day, as forecasted. However closer towards the concert time, the rain kind of slowed down.

Went up the escalator this time at Exit 2 of Kudanshita Station. :P


We had to register at the entrance and as the buyer I needed to produce any sort of photo identification so I gave my passport. The staff that attended to me was able to speak English. When he saw my passport he was like, “Wow Malaysia.” 

Maybe there were no other Malaysians at the tour? :P

entrance where they will scan the QR code version of the tickets, which were sent to mobile phones

Anyways, I think this is where they should improve the ticketing system. Other than my name, they didn't ask for any other proof of purchase, for example my order number (which I got after submitting my lottery application) or the credit card number I used.

So imagine if there was another person with my name!

#horrified

I was then given a slip and was asked to return to the entrance at 6.30 pm to exchange with the real tickets.

A lot of flower bouquets were displayed at the entrance. These were from the staff of 100万円の女たち, the drama which Yojiro Noda (vocalist) is currently starring in and from Lily Franky, his co-star in the drama, and also his co-star from the movie, トイレのピエタ (Pieta in the Toilet).

So we just killed time walking around at the park. At about 6.15 pm we started walking back to the entrance and saw everyone started entering the hall.

people started going into the hall


I look like I'm scheming something evil in this photo wtf

We lined up for a short time and got our tickets!


Ok I was a little disappointed when I saw 2F, because I kept wishing to be at 1F or anywhere SUPERNEAR to the stage LOL #greedy


Our block on the west side was not too bad actually, we were at Yusuke Takeda (bassist)’s side. The stage and audience occupied only like half of the hall.


my superexcited face. I can't even pose for photos anymore because I was nervous!

The staff was tuning the instruments and one even played 25コ目の染色体 on one of the guitars so I got excited and hoped that it will be performed!


At 7 pm, the lights went out and the opening music began, prompting the audience to stand and started clapping to the beats. Colourful lasers started moving around and the band appeared behind a screen monitor with Lights Go Out. Our location enabled us to see them behind the screen. Mid-song Yojiro went up to play the piano in the middle of the drummers, and returned to the front to finish the song.

Then they played 夢灯篭 (yumetourou = Dream Lantern), the opening song for Your Name (君の名は). The middle monitor went up and the band was visible to all!

I couldn’t help but crying. I knew it was too soon, but I just couldn’t help myself. I couldn’t believe that I was watching RADWIMPS. It was such an emotional night for me. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN WHEN I WATCHED UVERWORLD the first time in Fukuoka!

Then they continued with 光 (hikari = Light), another favourite of mine!

They played most songs from 人間開花 (ningen kaika = Human Bloom) except for ‘I’ Novel, 週刊少年ジャンプ (shuukan shonen jampu = Weekly Shonen Jump), 記号として(kigou to shite = Like A Symbol), and ヒトボシ (hitoboshi = Human Constellation).

Other than that they also played some old songs such as 05410-(ん), アイアンバブル (Iron Bible), セツナレンサ (setsunarensa), おしゃかしゃま (oshakashama), DADA, ます。(masu) and 君と羊と青 (kimi to hitsuji to ao).

Yojiro spoke the most during this concert, although Yusuke and Akira Kuwahara (guitarist) had their moments too. I never thought Yojiro to be such a funny person. He had so many weird dance moves and some looked like he was doing silat! He played with his hair a lot too.

He was actually very adorable on stage. I’ve always thought he wouldn’t talk much and not smile much but he was like a happy kid.

During one of the breaks, he even told the audience that it was the best time to go to the toilet. And then he saw someone going after a while and he was like, “going now? are you sure? ok ok we’ll wait” but he did say that they can’t let the time overrun because Nippon Budokan is very strict with time. “When it’s time to stop, you gotta stop”.

Someone in the audience asked “好きな人 (person you like)?” and he was saying something like “it’s hard” and etc. We didn’t get to hear proper answer because suddenly a guy screamed “愛してる (I love you)!

I tell you the male audience was way more aggressive than the female hahaha

Akira and Yusuke played Bring me the morning before Yojiro took over with デート(Date) (I have no idea whether it was that or デート2 or 三葉のテーマ (Mitsuha’s Theme) actually, but you get my drift lah) on the piano, also one the songs from Your Name, which made me cry again. Then he started the first few chords for スパーケル (Sparkle) and I continued crying.

It was beautiful. It was touching. It made me sad. It made me long for so many things. It made me long for love.

Ok that was embarrassing.

RADWIMPS have a lot of songs about love, so it’s hard not to think about that subject (or how my life is currently lacking from it haha)

It was fun singing along to 前前前世, the song which started my interest in the band. The claps, the “oh oh oh oh”s.. and they performed the original version so the last verse before the last chorus, Yojiro came to the middle and sang!

セツナレンサ was so cool! They emphasized on the effects through the screen monitors, where the live videos of the band where given visual effects I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO EXPLAIN THIS haha #sorrynotsorry

DADA and おしゃかしゃま were equally awesome too! As usual he ended DADA with “よくできました (Good job)!” which I just had to shout along! (Learnt it from watching their live videos haha)

Before 君と羊と青 started, they did the usual “heyyyyy hooooo” but after two times Yojiro just kept quiet for a moment. He made himself look like he was unsatisfied so the audience began chanting “もう一回! もう一回! (again! again!)” He threatened to end the concert (I don’t think he has the heart too though) if everyone would stay unenthusiastic haha

Then he repeated again and the fun song started. At the end they repeated the main chords again as usual! Very funny because they kept saying they wouldn’t do it because it was tiring. Yusuke even put up his hands to show that they were shaking!

The first set ended with 告白 (kokuhaku = Confession), which is supposed to be a marriage proposal-ish kinda song, but Yojiro took some time to share his thoughts about life, mankind and etc. before the song. He promised to continue making music for the future. I didn’t understand much but I felt his sincerity while addressing the audience.

His voice was so beautiful during the song. Plus I love how the piano had some moving constellation effects during the song.

They went off stage and the audience started singing もしも (moshimo), a song which made them won Yokohama High School Music Festival and sort of kick-started their career. It was so sweet of the fans. I paled in comparison to these people I must say. But it’s okay. It doesn’t make me less a fan. My sister told me to take the lead for the Singapore live but.. hmm..

Shy ba.

During that time, the staff set up a set of keyboards at the middle of the stage and then Yojiro came out alone. He thanked the audience for the encore and asked permission to sing some songs. He also requested the audience to turn on the mobile phone lights and also the lights at the backdrop, turning the hall into a sky full of stars.

Then he played the first song, which was トレモロ (toremoro = Tremolo) which caught me by surprise! Because Tremolo is a fast song and it turned out so beautiful with just his vocals, keyboards and the lights. After that he asked if he could sing a song that he wrote (for other people). In my heart I silently screamed 蝶々結び (chouchou musubi = butterfly knot), a song he wrote for Aimer and appeared at the last verse. His vocals are different than Aimer’s so he brought out a subtle side of it. I cried (shy shy shy) when he sang the last verse:

この蒼くて広い世界に 無数に 散らばった中から
別々に二人選んだ糸を お互いたぐり寄せ合ったんだ
結ばれたんじゃなく結んだんだ 二人で 「せーの」で引っ張ったんだ
大きくも 小さくも なりすぎないように 力を込めたんだ
Among the millions scattered in this blue wide world
The two of us separately picked a thread and pulled it to ourselves
The knot wasn't tied, we did it ourselves with a "one, two, three"
So that it doesn't get too large or too small
We put our strength to it

Because this was the verse that made me love the song, apart from Aimer’s voice.


As his final song alone, he requested for an acoustic guitar and sang another oldie but goodie, 夢番地 (yumebanchi).

Then the other members and the two drummers came out and they performed いいんですか? (iindesuka), which was fun to clap and sing along too. When they performed なんでもないや (nandemonaiya), I was caught off guard again, because I never expected them to perform it! My sister said Yojiro looked like he was about to cry..

It was actually a great song to end the show, but then Yojiro said they will perform the last song (for real), a song requested by someone in the audience when he was playing his solo set.

WHICH WAS 有心論 (yuushinron)!

MY FAVOURITE SONG!

I was so happy that I hit my sister’s arm in excitement! LOL

It was such a happy moment because it was my dream to sing along to that song! I let myself loose that night!

A good ending it was.

Then they came to bow at the centre (a very long bow) before leaving the stage.



When we got out of the hall, the clock tower showed 10 pm.

WOW. It was an almost 3-hour show! It did felt longer than the UVERworld and ONE OK ROCK concerts I’ve attended.

Anyways, I was happy, I couldn’t stop smiling. I hummed some tunes while leaving the area.

Honestly, I told myself that would be the first and last time I would be watching RADWIMPS since they performed 有心論 (because I want to focus on watching UVERworld next) BUT since they did not perform サイハテアイに or 洗脳 which I think will sound awesome live, and some other favourites of mine (25コ目の染色体, me me she, セプテンバさん and many more!), I felt like I’ll be watching them again.


I mean I will be watching them again early next month in Singapore, so…

Thank you RADWIMPS.
Thank you Human Bloom Tour 2017.
Like Yojiro said before ending the show:

また会おうね!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Japan 2017: (The Day Before) RADWIMPS Human Bloom Tour 2017 Finale in Nippon Budokan

I’m excited to tell you peeps that I watched RADWIMPS at their Human Bloom Tour 2017!



The final two shows were in Nippon Budokan (日本武道館) and I got tickets to the second one, the finale, on May 10th.

After organizing the photos I’ve decided to break my post in two – one about the day before where I visited the goods booths and the other booths available and the concert day itself.

Now to answer the question on how I got the tickets.. if you’re interested to know..

Remember in my unboxing 人間開花 (ningenkaika = Human Bloom) post, I mentioned that I applied for the lottery to purchase the tickets earlier than others? Somehow I got lucky! Very lucky because applicants needed to give 3 options, and the May 10th option was my first choice! #unbelievable

So 5 months after the results announcement, me and my sister landed ourselves in Tokyo.


We went to Nippon Budokan on the day we arrived (May 9th) because I wanted to buy the goods to be worn to the concert.




Nippon Budokan can be accessed through Exit 2 of Kudanshita Station (九段下駅). At that exit, posters of the band’s endorsement for Aquarius (I bought thinking it was just drinking/mineral water but it turned to be something like Pocari Sweat haha) were plastered on the walls.

from here you can guess our favourite members :P

When we arrived to the entrance of Nippon Budokan’s compound, we were pointed to a row of white tents by a staff after telling him that we wanted to buy goods.


Since the concert had started there were no one at the goods booth so we took some time to decide what to buy, although I’ve already known that I was going to get the black t-shirt, face towel and rubber bracelets (in both colours!).

I had to get XL size for the tee (I wanted L) while the bracelets were left with green ones. So I bought two green rubber bracelets mwahahaha


Then we walked to the entrance to check out the banner. A few people were hanging out to listen to the show (YES IT’S AUDIBLE!). The staff even encouraged us to hang out at the area.


We then proceeded to the other booths which were available throughout the tour.


RADMANIA and RADWIMPS MEMBERS booths!


At RADWIMPS MEMBERS booth, visitors can write down messages for the band.


Obviously I had to leave my mark:


too happy until i don't know how to pose for this photo

RADMANIA booth held items related to the band, such as the outfits that they used in performances/concerts, memorabilia and etc. The middle outfits were worn during last year's NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen where they appeared for the first time


洗脳レコード (Senno Records), a booth displaying all their singles, albums, DVDs, books and related releases.


It was previously known as ラリルレコード (Rariru Records), as you can see from the staff's apron in the photo above. Not sure what caused the change.


Had to control myself from buying all! I bought nothing btw.. haha

Was tempted to ask the staff whether the plants were on sale because of the Senno Records ticket.. then I found out I have a sticker in the pamphlet given to concert-goers 

BRAINWASHED ME

Maybe it's because they're going all out to promote their latest single, 洗脳 (Senno = Brain Washing), as evident in another booth.



Complete with a washing machine!


Look at all the brains OMG haha


Check out 洗脳:


It's released as an A-side single with サイハテアイニ (Saihate Aini) on May 10, 2017.

Got the chance to take some photos with the tour truck! It's good that we went a day earlier, didn't have to deal with the crowd.



Ok will post about the concert in my next post! Taking my time because I want to recall everything that happened that night.

Stay tuned!