We’re Bros Tour 2009 Michishirube Report - Yokohama Arena
first posted on Mashaplus Forums on July 9 and July 10, 2009
Quick Initial Report on 08/7
First, a major surprise for myself. My tickets were Row 4 on the arena (the “stands” for other venues) but they had taken the first few rows out for the 2 hanamichi, so……Row 4 turned out to be the first row!! We were quite close to the stage too, probably same distance as Row 10 of the Centre. Good clear view.
Unfortunately, the catwalk was 4 and 1/2 feet high so 7-year old S could not see the stage at all when sitting and could only see half of Masha if he stands. Having said that we got full view when Masha came down the lane (He stood and played 99 right in front of us!!) But I was too entralled listening and watching him play to really look at his face. The people behind me were clapping and screaming Masha~~ Masha~~ all through, how can they hear the music?? He did a solo instrumental for 99 and an ABSOLUTELY AWESOME (though short) piece leading into Keshin. Even better than the Kewpie half segment in Phantom! Thank you!
Masha was wearing a white coat and white t-shirt with silver pants and beige boots. He took it off on the second song and exchanged it for a red coat on 99. He seemed to have lost a bit of weight from the Budokan, and his hair, cut to shoulder length looked good throughout. But the bags under his eyes were very obvious on the big screen. I thought he would have been able to catch some rest by now? His voice was great for the most of the time but they seemed to have some trouble with the acoustics. Will come back to that later…..
The band was mostly the same, except for the bass guitarist - not Mikuzuki Chiharu tonight, and the drummer was changed from regular Yamaki Hideo to the one in 2007 daikanshasai + Keshin on music lovers (sorry will check his name when I get back to HK)
Run-down for today was similar to previous tour stops except “vs” was substituted by “99″ (thank you Masha) and “Good Night” by “Tooku e”~~ (yes!). The 2 hanamichi lanes were set up on the left and right like Daikanshasai 2008, but this time there were platforms at the end which could be raised up to the tenth row. He came down the lanes during Sore ga subete sa (both sides), 99 (left), Gang (right), Heaven (left), Tsuioku no Ame no naka (right), Sou (left). Yes we were at the left hanamichi, but he didn’t do his Heaven moves in front of us (thanks again). Before and after our spot, yes, but S was too pre-occupied with the silver strips that got shot out during Peach to notice.
There must have been a research paper somewhere on how to make fake asses as ero and realistic as possible. It’s been improved once again! According to earlier reports, the fake ass in other venues had a blue G-string and looked so authentic that some people actually thought it was real. Well, the blue G-string was definitely real….But tonight, it’s a red stringed panty with a heart shaped hole in the middle right where you can see the cut in the peach……S was totally thrilled. He also loved the air-guns, though we didn’t catch any of the T-shirts or cups (lots of water, yes….it was everywhere….XD)
Unlike the other locations, Masha asked for overseas fans tonight! When fans answered, he said Yokoso Yokohama Yokoso! I did raise my hand but was too surprised to shout.
This was my son’s first ever rock concert and I guess a bit overwhelming for him. We were also positioned right in front of the overhanging loudspeakers, and the volume was too loud for me, let alone a 7-year old. S was exhausted pretty soon. Lesson learnt for mum: not a good idea to pack in a full day’s worth of sightseeing before a 3 hour rock concert when with kid. The acoustics tonight seemed to have some teething problems too. The bass was so loud it totally drowned out all brass and percussion, who were on my side of the stage. At times, the bass even covered Masha’s singing, and unless he was playing all by himself, I couldn’t hear much of his guitar play all night…. There was feedback a couple of times when he just started to sing. It was a great pity when everything else was so good.
Hope things get fixed tomorrow night. We’ll be sitting further away so I can verify against a different part of the auditorium.
Outside the hall:
Queueing for goodies:
Quick Report for 09/7
The concert tonight was wonderful! I was very moved and impressed compared to the night before.
The acoustics were much better today. The music was still too loud at certain times (it almost covered up Masha’s voice in Ashita no Show) and I wasn’t able to distinguish the violin quite a bit. But most importantly, the piano, brass, percussion and Masha’s guitar were all very clear. I couldn’t hear the bass overload except in one or two instances and that was immediately rectified. Happy to report that feedback was also minimal. Thanks guys!
The backstage passage was at the middle back of the stage. The concert started with Masha walking up in silhouette against the light, straight into Gunjou ~ultramarine~. Then they went non-stop into On and On, with short sections of lead guitar play by Masha, heavy rock style. Couldn’t hear this yesterday, and I so loved it today!!
Survivor was cool but Phantom was awesome. His singing was so heart breaking, I felt the pain in me. I had goosebumps when he sang and shivers down my spine with the guitar at the end. It totally made up for the second part when the drums came in too loud (again) and almost covered Inoue Akira’s piano (which is one of the best parts in the first half of the song)
Koufukuron placed right after Phantom was a brilliant strategic move. As if there is magic, one cannot listen to this song live and not feel the pure innocent joy of a kid. You just need to move and dance and forget all that despair in the song before it.
In fact, with the main acoustics fixed, I couldn’t keep still throughout much of the concert. Surprisingly even though it was not my favourite song, live rendition of Tabibito made me dance. The entire audience was rocking! Saiai, on the other hand, would have been even more beautiful, if piano wasn’t amp’d up throughout the song. 99 gets better with each live I heard. Even S said the best parts of the concert for him tonight were: 99, Keshin, Peach, Gang and Heaven, in that order. Of course, he has not yet learnt to appreciate most of Masha’s slow songs, but he’s right, 99 is truly a great piece! The amazing lead-in to Keshin was a piece of heavy rock as well. I wonder if he will release this someday like the Phantom instrumental from Kewpie half cm.
I was silently praising Masha for refraining from playing too much with his fake bottom and new O-back yesterday but he blxxdy well made up for it today. He played a lot with his G-string and even stuck his hand out of the hole…all the while keeping a relatively straight face in front. Or he might have been doing it yesterday too but we didn’t look at the big screen to see all the “behind-the-scenes”. Anyway, it was all in good fun and the audience screamed and laughed like mad at it. (BTW, the O-back is electric purple, not red)
Remember, he walked right past us in Heaven yesterday? Well he spent a long time on that same catwalk lane today, gracing every few steps with the moves…. so much that young S said Masha probably didn’t wash up properly…
There were pictures of him in junior high and high school. One of him on the french horn, one from his year book, then a picture of his band LAR (?) and another of young Masha on the guitar. The difference today was that they’d added in funny comments on the photos and a new ID photo of Masha in a suit for his first job as a sales man.
Some other changes that made my day complete :
1. Last song was changed to “Konya, Kimi wo Daite” 今夜、君を抱いて and sung live with just his guitar, it was beautiful beyond compare. I loved his acoustic Sakurazaka, but “Konya, Kimi no Daite” is just so perfect for this set-up! The melody was captivating, I couldn’t move and his voice in the silence was so so soothing it felt as if it was embracing us. His voice was much gentler than the CD version, which I’m listening to as I write. It’s like a murmuring in your ear….minus the ear phones. I could feel my heart stop where he cut his guitar (whatever you call it). I hope he sings this for the latter part of the tour too. Here’s one to die (or live) for.
2. He seemed very happy tonight. Like he didn’t want to end it. Before the last song, he just kept on talking and talking like he didn’t want to say goodbye. Or maybe that was me… I didn’t want the concert to end either. But “Konya, Kimi wo Daite” is really the best song to complete the night.
Perhaps it was our seats too, we were at the far end of the auditorium today, facing the stage directly. Although too far to see Masha clearly, we were on the slopes and had unimpeded view. I was able to appreciate fully the lighting and videos, and all the hard work that was put in the set-up, the entire visual and audio show. And I was very impressed. Yesterday, we got to see his face, but nothing much else. I felt so more involved in the concert today, breathing in the music and the lights, watching (and trying hard to follow) the audience moves, and generally having a lot of fun! S was able to see the stage even when he was sitting down, and he said he really enjoyed the show today. Thank you for a great concert!
P.S. The drummer and bass guitarist are respectively Tomo Tsuruya and Tomio Inoue. I have always liked Tsuruya san since the 2007 daikanshasai. That’s why I remembered him. Thanks mashamasha for the update. Well, the main drummer Hideo Yamaki, is also included in the concert book so I guess he’ll indeed be joining the tour later as the fans say.
Lots of “sign posts” pointing towards the concert hall
Queuing up to get out
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