March 5, 2011
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I have been planning to write this kind of post since last year but I have to postpone the idea due to my tribute to the band. Last year, I dedicate my blog for a series of tribute for my all time number 1 band in the world, L’Arc~en~Ciel (Laruku)…now that the tribute is over, I’m going to start writing this Best Live Series いまから 一生懸命 頑張ります
What is Best Live Series?
Laruku has been around for 20 years now; it means they have been doing a lot of live performances over those years. Just like most bands in this world, they were singing the same songs over and over again. However, Even though the songs were the same, the performances were never the same, there was always something different. This Best Live Series is about choosing the best performance for the same song.
The first song I want to talk about in this Best Live Series is あなた( Read: Anata – Meaning: You)
Excerpt from my review of Heart (Anata is the closing song in Laruku’s 5th album, Heart)
I want this song to be included in my wedding song!! The lyric is so lovely. Anata is a very beautiful song and the most perfect song to end a concert. Whenever they used this song as a closing song, we can feel how the air in stadium changes when Hyde lets the audience sings the chorus…I haven’t watched them LIVE yet, I only see them singing this song through DVD and even so, I can fell the changes in the atmosphere…I know I will definitely cry if I ever watched them LIVE singing this song. Listening to this song always gives me an awed chill.
Laruku always did excellent performance whenever they sang あなた , the song always reached the deepest part of my heart. This beautiful song is always accompanied with great stage atmosphere. It is really hard to pick just 1 best performance of this song.
I could finally narrow it to 3 performances for different reasons….but still I have to choose just 1 performance.
I really like their performance in Paris (2008)…it was not the best performance but the way the audience reacted toward the song was priceless. It amazed me and gave me chill when I heard all those European remembered the lyric and sang along with the band, and it touched me when some of the audience cried over the song (I would have reacted the same way if I ever had a chance to see them Live in front of me).
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December 5, 2010
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Writing this post gave me a bit of dilemma, I was torn between writing it in Indonesian Language or in English … In the end, and I took extra time to write in both languages. Versi Indonesianya disini .
Before I talk about the concert, I want to share a little story that will always be remembered by me and my friend.
A day before the event.
On November 17, my friend, Yana, send me a facebook message asking whether I want to watch Lifehouse or not. Their live performance takes place on December 4, on the other hand, my Japanese Proficiency test will be on December 5 … Should I go or shouldn’t I go? I decided to go after all because I desperately need something to cheer my boring days.
I had a small misunderstanding regarding Lifehouse.
I asked her ‘Lifehouse is the band with a black man as the vocalist, right?’
She answered me ‘No, he is white’
and then sent me a link to this video (click on the link). I was using my mobile-phone at that time, I can only read the title ‘You and Me’.
I answered her back ‘Yeah I know that song…Hmm I thought the singer was black’
It didn’t matter, maybe they have changed the singer was my thought at that time. I still wanted to watch it, especially when Yana told me that Rivermaya is also performing as the opening act. Although I don’t know the title of their songs, but I quite like some of their songs.
On Friday (2 days ago), I realized my mistake…my friend was right, the singer is indeed white!! I became curious about this band. I opened the link given by my friend and was very surprised that it wasn’t the band I have in mind all this time. After doing a bit searching job in youtube, I found out that the band I was thinking of was Lighthouse … hehehe I couldn’t help not to laugh at my own stupidity, I thought the title you and me is for this song (click on the link). I texted my friend immediately telling her about my misunderstanding and the fact that I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING about Lifehouse, I have never heard their name let along their songs. But I didn’t cancel it, I still want to go because they might be good, even if they aren’t good I still can enjoy Superman Is Dead and Rivermaya.
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