Thursday, 22 March 2012

VAMPS IS ALIVE~ and "It’s going to be a big day" !!


I thought of taking a nap yesterday and closed the notebook for a while since my body felt really tired. I slept a couple of hours and when I woke up and rechecked my twitter TL, I saw the REVOLUTION it had turned into. Following the tweets, I heard that VAMPS had announced live dates for 2012!! I was like "WTH, Are these official?" Then rechecking the whole TL, I found out such happy news were really true!! I was really not expecting for VAMPS lives so early~ Haido san works really hard since he's going to start a new tour just after returning from Hawaii where the L'Arc~en~Ciel WT will hold 2 lives!! If I were asked, I'd say he'd make a longer stay in Hawaii, taking some rest and then he'd enter in VAMPS right after. Somehow, that's what will happen, though :D 

It was announced yesterday a huge VAMPS national tour starting from June and going through October. 「VAMPS LIVE 2012」 will cover 10 cities in a total of 49 shows!! During July there will be 13 lives in Tokyo, practically a Tokyo tour, being it called 「VAMPS TOKYO@ZEPP TOKYO」. We can all expect a highly enthusiastic tour full of great tunes and amazing performances!! It's very exciting to listen such great news on VAMPS future~!! 

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Yesterday, I also read this interesting interview in English where Haido san talks about music and the live L'Arc will hold in Madison Square Garden next Sunday. It's very nice the part he mentions the Chile live I attended with warm words ^.^
Source: Refinery29

We Chat With One Of Japan's Biggest Rock Groups, L'Arc-en-Ciel
By Nathan Reese

“Big in Japan” may be a cliché to the rest of the world, but what about those bands that actually are really freaking huge that Americans have largely never heard of? L’Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese stadium-rock group that holds just that description. A mixture of epic ‘80s glam metal and Japanese flamboyance, L’Arc-en-Ciel have sold millions of records, and are known as one of the most popular Japanese acts of all time. Now, L’Arc-en-Ciel are touring the world to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band, and we had a chance to catch up with lead vocalist, hyde, before their show this week at Madison Square Garden — the first show everheadlined by a Japanese act. Along the way, hyde told us what to expect for Sunday's show, and how long it takes his hair to get like that (hint: It's a long time).

What do you have planned for your show at Madison Square Garden?
"Well, if we perform like we always do in Japan, I’m sure we are going to be successful."
It’s been a long time since you’ve been to the States, are you excited about performing in the U.S. again?
"We have so many 'first things' this time, so I’m excited, but also I’m worried at the same time."
What do you expect the crowd to be like? How are Japanese fans different from American fans?
"Since the venue is large, I’m expecting that we will have both enthusiastic fans and calm fans." 

What Japanese music would you recommend to people unfamiliar with Japanese rock ‘n roll? 
"Many good bands are out there, but I recommend VAMPS [Editors note: VAMPS is actually hyde’s other band, although when he plays with them, he capitalizes his name (e.g. HYDE)] and OBLIVION DUST!" 

How do you prepare for a big show? Do you have any special rituals you do backstage?
"We usually join our hands and try to concentrate together." 

Why did it feel like the right time for a world tour?
"Because it’s our 20th anniversary and we just went with the flow of celebration." 

It’s been 20 years since you started, what do you think you’ll be doing in another two decades?
"I’m not sure, I have no confidence."
What’s your favorite place to play anywhere in the world?
"So far, Chile’s show reached a fever pitch."

You all have amazing hair. How do you get it to look like that? How long does it take for each of you to get ready?
"My braids take an hour. I guess the other guys’ take like 10 minutes?"

Which American rock bands do you love to listen to? Which have styles you really admire?
"Mötley Crüe, Ratt, and [Linkin Park]."

What’s coming up next for the band?
"I’m going back to my solo project. [Editors note: his solo work is under the moniker HYDE, upper case, also]."

Do you have anything else you want to say to New Yorkers thinking about coming to the show at Madison Square Garden?
"It’s going to be a big day. We will definitely blow you away!"

Photo: Courtesy of L'Arc-en-Ciel

Saturday, 3 March 2012

20th L’Anniversary L'Arc~en~Ciel WORLD TOUR 2012- Hong Kong


UPDATED 2012.03.22


Before the Show


Fan Videos

-Vídeo 01 (fan video done at the airport in Laruku arrival)
-Video 02 (fan video made at their arrival at the airport)

Press conference:

 It's been 4 years since L'Arc~en~Ciel last performed in Hong Kong. The last time was in 2008, during the「TOUR 2008 L'7 ~Trans ASIA via PARIS~」. 
 The were a lot of reports from other Asia countries that attended the press conference.
 Haido san revealed, when asked why they had chosen Hong Kong as the starting point of this WORLD TOUR: "Last time we came to Hong Kong, we were received so warmly that we thought that firstly we'd go to Hong Kong, so we'd get confidence to go on the tour"

 When asked about the fact that L'Arc~en~Ciel's latest abum "BUTTERFLY" that has just been released in Japan and following what happened in the Japanese charts it has topped high positions in many Asian countries as well, tetsuya said :" It had been 4 years and 3 months we last released a new album and I'm extremely happy that we have fans that were waiting for this release. I think this is an a blessed band". 

 When asked to talk about his feelings towards the tour, tetsuya answered letting it show all his enthusiasm towards it :" When this one thing gets to the end (when the tour is over), we still have no plans arranged for new projects, so I really want to enjoy this tour. I want to work on it with all my mighty".

On the day of the show 2012.03.03

Before the show:

This time, the live goods are going to have special items for each venue. You can check the items separately here. For Hong Kong live the goods available were these~

The “WORLD BEST SELECTION” is a collection of L'Arc~en~Ciel best hits chosen in a campaign named 「L'Arc World Records」held in their Official facebook where people from all over the world could "Like" their favorite L'Arc~en~Ciel songs. The most "liked" tunes were compiled in a CD and it's available to purchase only at the venues of the World Tour by the time of the shows. The album has a beautiful jacket and also contains a wonderful selection of songs and it's a limited item, so I wouldn't miss it!!

The World Tour Pamphlet is also an item I wouldn't miss as for the goods (^_^)/ The teaser above tells it all. Yes, Haido san's photos follows that atmosphere and he looks astonishingly beautiful on it :P I love beautiful photos, especially when the photos are of my honey ^.^

 Light Sticks are also something I'd purchase right away. During the show, it makes a beautiful effect when it's dark and you're holding it and waving~

The Show Starts!!

Set list:
Thanks to Shi no Hai

01. いばらの涙
07. 瞳の住人
08. X X X
09. forbidden lover
12. Driver's High
15. あなた
16. winter fall
17. the Fourth Avenue Café
18. Link
19. 虹

(01.Ibara no Namida/07.Hitomi no Juunin/15.Anata/19.Niji)


The members talked in Cantonese.

Haido san started his MC welcoming the audience in Cantonese: "Good Night, Hong Kong!! I missed you~!!"; "Thank you, everybody!! I love you~". And as he talked, the fans were in ecstasy.

ken: "I went to the female town and then to the male town yesterday on the open top bus". The audience were delighted by the news.

ken san bought a souvenir for Haido san and it was the figures from Angry Birds!! Haido san has been said to be a huge fan of this game that mainly consists of exploding an angry bird on the target. It's really fun playing with it. I've downloaded it and can't stop playing again and again~

More to come....



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