L’Arc~en~Ciel 2nd Live Viewing was FREAKING AWESOME!!!
This is the second Live Viewing held in Jakarta, I have written my post of the first Live Viewing in Indonesian Language (Silakan baca disini pandangan mata saya di Live Viewing pertama), tonight, I decided to use English to write my report of the second Live Viewing. I have informed about this live viewing in my previous post about Laruku.
As you can see in my sticky post and on the right widget, my number one band in the world, the only band I have loved so damn much for the past 11 years is about to come to my country (although I am a bit worried with the situation in Indonesia…Dear God, please don’t let anything happen that can cancel my only chance to see them LIVE). Before their concert, they kindly let us see their concert in Osaka which they broadcasted (Live Screening) in Korea and other countries. When I heard about this second Live Viewing, I was so happy and determined to see it no matter what. This concert has not been released in DVD yet and I don’t know whether they will ever release it or not. Unfortunately, not many seemed to know this fact because this second Live Viewing was not as full book as the first one.
The cinema might not be as crowded as before but the audiences were crazier than before 😉 …and that included me 😉 I couldn’t stop dancing and jumping and singing along all through the show which was about 2,5 hours.
The concert began with Hyde singing acapella to one of their most beautiful and touching songs, FAREWELL. Hyde sang beautifully and I just love the way they rearranged the song. Somewhere in the middle of the song, the rest of the instrument kicked in. L’Arc~en~Ciel didn’t waste any time and straight away sang CARESS OF VENUS, this kind of song list was once played in Shibuya 7 Days. When Caress of Venus started My friend and I couldn’t stay sitting on the chair anymore, we stood up and danced to the song…It was a cheerful song that can always makes me dance. By the way, don’t imagine our dancing as the kind of dancing people do in pop music, it is more like moving our body according to the song, jumping along and waving our hands. For us, watching in the cinema is not the reason to NOT act as if we really were seeing them Live.
Tetchan, Hyde, Yukihiro and Ken didn’t give us any time to relax when they started playing GOOD LUCK MY WAY, it was impossible not to jump along to the song. Good Luck is a fun fun fun song. They slowed it down a little by playing HEAVEN’S DRIVE. I was still standing and singing along. I finally had time to sit down again when Hyde began talking and saying hello to people in other countries. After that, they sang FLOWER, DRINK IT DOWN and DUNE. As usual, Hyde let the audience to sing the chorus of Dune (To all people who are going to come to the concert: PLEASE MEMORIZE THE LYRIC!! We don’t want to disappoint them by not knowing the lyric when Hyde let us to sing).
The lyric is:
Tsuki ni terasare, me o tojite, sotto karamaru
Katachi o kaete kuzure yuku, nemuri ga sasou
Tsuki ni terasare, me o tojite, sotto karamaru
Katachi o kaete kuzure yuku, futari wa suna ni naru
The next song was a delight for me because I haven’t heard that song being sung Live in ages, GARASUDAMA was the kind of song that could challenge Hyde’s ability to sing. He had to start very low and in the middle became so high. I love this song. Garasudama was followed with FORBIDDEN LOVER. Ken was then left alone to play his solo as the intro to begin MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM, a very beautiful song with beautiful lyric. Just like Dune, Hyde let us sing the part ‘yume o egakute’ over and over again while he followed us by singing the rest of the lyric.
They went to back stage for a while and the intro to one of the songs I expected to experience in the coming concert in Jakarta began to swallow the stadium. While the audience (both in the screen and in the cinema) were shouting ‘hey…hey…hey’ following the beat, Yukihiro, Ken and Tetsuya came up with indoor vehicles and spraying white frost toward the audience. They drove to the stage. Hyde was nowhere to be seen…suddenly he showed up sitting on a chair carried by 6 men. They began singing REVELATION….oooowww how I love the atmosphere of this song!! They audiences shouted throughout the whole song, the shouting were either ‘hey’ or ‘revelation’
Revelation was followed continuously with high spirited songs. SEVENTH HEAVEN made dance vigorously and some people in the cinema even circled around during the song. They made a human-train. DRIVER’S HIGH made people jump every time the chorus started. STAY AWAY as always was a song that had to be listened while clapping along with the significant claps for the song. And then Hyde shouted ‘Are you fucking ready?’, it was the beginning of READY STEADY GO. They didn’t give us chance to breathe and sit. Those were songs that had to be followed with dancing, clapping, jumping, and singing along. I love it!!! I didn’t even feel like I was inside a cinema. Yukihiro closed the first part of the concert with his incredibly fast drum solo. He is my favorite member and his solo always fun to watch. His speed is amazing.
The band left for almost more than 10 minutes. The audience started shouting ‘Ankore!! Ankore!!’ (Encore). It was out time to sit and drink and prepare our energy for the next songs. They showed several photo slide from their past before they sang their next song.
Then Laruku An Shieru gave us another delightful surprise by singing one of my favorite songs, ANEMONE…the song was rarely sung. A beautiful love song with difficult tone to sing. Not many people knew the song but I was in my own world at that time, I was singing the song contently, I am a terrible singer but who care? All I want to do was singing along to that beautiful song.
Their latest single (at that time) soon followed Anemone. We were shouting at our heart content when the intro to XXX began….gyaaaa!!!! fangirling attack!!! We couldn’t stop screaming every time Hyde moved his body in that voluptuous way. I shouted ‘stop it already!!!’ my heart was not strong enough to see that excessive sexiness 😉 Hyde doesn’t need to open his clothes to be incredibly sexy, all he has to do is shake that hip of his….gyaaaa *nose-bleed*
After that fan-girl service kind of song, Laruku sang the first other newest single, CHASE. The one song that I find difficult to like…it took a lot of listening for me to finally click to the song. The concert was near to ken’s birthday. He sang happy birthday to himself….Ken is always the funniest in the band 🙂 He also mentioned (out of nowhere) that he had grabbed Hyde’s private thing and it felt soft like marshmallow…hahaha hentai na koto demo hontou ni omoshiroi 😉
The happy Christmas song, HURRY XMAS followed Ken’s absurd talk. Then the happiest song by Laruku, LINK made us jump to our feet again and started jumping and clapping along the song again. It was another impossible song to listen without dancing and jumping. I never grow tired of this song even though I have used it for my mobile phone ring tone for several years. It was time for Hyde to say his final words. He mostly talked about the fact the have stayed together for 20 years, thank you to the fans and to the orchestra that had helped the concert. L’Arc~en~Ciel closed the concert with NIJI, the first song I translated…lovely lyric bout hope and expectation. Tetchan was the last one who stayed on the stage, he began his ritual of throwing banana to the fans.
How I wished the concert never end…but that wish will never come true 😉
This second live viewing is so awesome!!! I love every minute of it. I hope there will be another Live Viewing in the future…I will come to all live viewing in Jakarta even though the ticket price was 4 to 5 times the normal cinema price.
Once it was all over…all I want to say is ‘gogatsu hayaku kimasu!!!’ (Hurry come May!!!) I want to see the concert in Jakarta real bad!!! I will still think all this happiness as a dream before the final day finally comes…it is 31 days to the big day that will be my first dream that ever come true.
Detail of the event:
Matter: Final 20th L’Anniversary in Kyocera Stadium, Osaka
Place: XXI Epicentrum, Kuningan, Jak-Sel
Time: 24 & 31 Maret 2012
Ticket: Rp 100.000
Supported by: Maverick DC & XXI Epicentrum
I didn’t record even a bit of the concert because I have never seen the concert yet (it hasn’t been released in DVD) so I am all eyes and eras for the concert, recording will only make my attention astray. Here, I share you the video I made from the FIRST live viewing
Laruku had just finished their concert in Madison Square Garden in March 25, 2012. This concert will be released as DVD. I found a news reporting their live in fuse.tv:
One word: Wow.
Actually, not even a word. But an expression. One that I wore on my face throughout Japanese rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel‘s two-hour-long show Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was a giant rock spectacle: Pyrotechnics galore. More glow sticks in one venue than all of Miami’s Ultra Music Dance Fest. Legions of devout fans dressed, like the band, in the craziest of outfits (like 12-inch high platform shoes and a plaid suit). A frontman who looked and moved suspiciously like a Japanese Axl Rose. The most immersive visual show I’ve ever seen, ever. And between the four band members, not a word of English in their vocabulary.
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Here is a glimpse of the concert