The doors opened at 4 pm to sell his music CD's and books. Ms. Akiko Agishi, the President and Founder of Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation talked from 5:18 pm. Dacoda Taylor Starck-Knight, Aurora Japanese Scholarship awardee winner, talked his speech after that.
I will attach photos taken right after the regular concert and during the "Encore" show, because we were disallowed to use cameras and cell phones during the concert.
さだまさしさんは、関白宣言、北の国から、雨やどり、飛梅、極光 オーロラ、秋桜、いのちの理由、精霊流し、風に立つライオンなど、トークを交えて歌ってくださいました。面白かったです。ソロ活動4011回目のコンサートだったそう。次のLAコンサートは5年後とか。日本では頻繁にコンサートされてるので、聴きたい方は、訪日ください。訪日してコンサートに来られるLAファンもいらっしゃるそうです。 Masashi Sada sang "Declaration of Male Chauvinism", "From North Country", "Rain Shelter", "Flying Plum", "Aurora", "Cosmos", "Reason for Life", "Drifting of the Spirits", "Lion Rising in Winds", etc. and talked a lot of funny stories. It was his 4011th concert in his solo singer 36 years duration. Next LA concert will be 5 years later. He often performs concerts in Japan. Please visit Japan to enjoy his concerts. He said some LA fans visit Japan to enjoy his concerts.
It will become 20 years since Hanshin Earthquake Disaster in Japan, but the affected areas are still not went back to the stage before the earthquake, yet. Masashi Sada has been performing concerts to rescue them in Hyogo and Eastern Japan after 3-11-2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster.
He said, for an example, when 70 serving Ramen noodles were gifted for 100 people in the rescue site since 1-17-1994 in Hanshin area, they did not serve any thinking of "Equal" thought, and all got spoiled and disposed. They did that. He wished they divided the available foods and goods by the number of the people there.
さだまさしさんのLAコンサートが10月20日(日）にレドンドビーチ・パフォーミング・アーツ・センターで開催されます。午後4時開場。さだまさしさんの音楽CDや本が販売され、コンサートは午後5時から開始されるそうです。 Masashi Sada's LA Concert:, a Japanese musician and singer, Masashi Sada, will perform his LA concert at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, 10-20-2013. The doors will open at 4 pm to sell his music CD's and books, and his concert will start at 5 pm.
The reserved tickets are sold at $35, $55, $75, $100, $125, and $150. When I called the concert organizer, "Aurora Foundation" office on 10-16-2013, $35, $125, $ $150 tickets were sold out. I purchased $55 tickets.
Yoshikiのイブニングコンサートに8月26日に行きました。X Japan リーダーで曲を作り、ピアノ、キーボード、ドラム演奏されてる方です。私のブログ（こちら）を見てこのコンサートを知ったという方がたくさん来てたようです。 "An Evening With Yoshiki": was held at Grammy Museum from 8 pm on 8-26-2013. We went there. Looks like many people found out about this concert from my blog article (here) and got the tickets and came.
Many people were already in the line when we went there. We got seats at the middle section at the 7th row. There were 20 seats per row and 10 rows. They started playing Yoshiki's introduction video clip, little after 8 PM. Yoshiki appeared around 8:10 PM.
軽く挨拶して、すぐに「THE LAST SONG」を演奏。（1998年にX JAPANとしてリリースされたシングル楽曲だそう。）桜が映し出されたビジョンが映し出され、やわらかく美しかったです。
Yoshiki greeted and performed "The LAST SONG". (It's a single song released by X JAPAN in 1998.) Sakura Cherry flowers were screened. It was so soft and beautiful.
After that he started a talk show with Mr. Scott Goldman, Director of Grammy Museum. Yoshiki talked his parents got a piano for him when was 4 years old and started to take Piano classes. His father died when he was 10 years old. He started to love KISS and rock music. His mother got him a drum set. He started a rock band with Toshi. (I guess many Japanese fans already knew this.)
Scottさんが会場にいるファンに質問を聞きました。5番目ぐらいに、Scott さんが私を指されました。 『When will you release the next song album for X JAPAN?』(X JAPANの次の曲アルバムをいつリリースされるのですか？）と質問すると、 『I would like to know, too.』（自分もそれを知りたい。）とういうお返事でした。（笑！）
Scott asked the audience for questioning Yoshiki. Scott pointed me as the 5th questioner. I asked, "When will you release the next song album for X JAPAN?" Yoshiki said, "I would like to know, too." It spread laughs among the audience.
私のすぐ後ろの方が、『Do you still keep and eat Mozuku?』（もずくをまだ保持して食べられますか？）と質問。 『Japanese food. How did you know I keep it in my refrigerator? Yes.』（日本食。どうやって私の冷蔵庫に保持してることを知りましたか？。。。はい。）と返事されました。これも会場に笑いを広めました。
A person sitting right behind me asked, "Do you still keep and eat Mozuku?" Yoshiki said, "Japanese food. How did you know I keep it in my refrigerator? Yes." Mozuku is seaweed food and popular among some Japanese people. This conversation also spread laughs among the audience.
X Japan did filming of four major music videos at Hollywood & Highland Commercial Building Complex. It was from 4 pm on Jan. 9, 2010. I went there to be a part of it. I went to Yoshiki and X JAPAN's all of LA charity shows and concerts so far. Thanks a lot!
YOSHIKIのクラシックコンサートが8月26日（月）夜にLAのGrammy Museum で開催され、翌日8月27日にアルバムのデジタル版、9月24日にCD版が世界中で発売されるそうです。 "YOSHIKI's Classical Concert & Album": Yoshiki, known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band X Japan, is performing a classical concert at Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on 8-26-2013. His classical new album will be released digitally from 8-27-2013 and CD version will be released worldwide from 9-24-2013.
7月25日から American Expressからなら1人4枚までチケット購入でき、8月1日から他のクレジットカードでも購入可だそうです。昨晩購入しました。1枚$25＋$9.50手数料でした。1人チケット4枚まで購入できます。
You can buy YOSHIKI's August 26th concert tickets at Grammy Museum with Amex card from 7-25-2013 and with other credit cards from 8-1-2013. I purchased the tickets last night. It cost $25 + $9.50 fees per ticket.
Yoshiki Presents Eternal Melody remains one of Japan's top-selling classical albums. His most recent album, Yoshiki Classical sees collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco. Hear Yoshiki in discussion, along with Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, about his varied career and the new album, which will be released digitally worldwide on August 27.
HIKOBAEロサンゼルス公演が来る3月30日と31日にリトル東京で開催され30日の公演を観ました。今晩7時からと明日4月6日午後3時からニューヨーク公演だそうです。4月12日から福岡、神戸、大阪、東京で公演されるそう。 "HIKOBAE Los Angeles" theatrical play was performed on 3-30 (Sat.) and 3-31 (Sun) at Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. I saw the 3-30 performance. It will be performed in New York tonight from 7 pm and tomorrow, 4/6/2013 from 3 pm. It will be performed in Fukuoka, Kobe, Osaka, and Tokyo from April 12, 2013.
The play starts out with a peaceful morning of 3-11-2011 at a hospital in Soma City, Fukushima, Japan. An American medical doctor proposed to a Japanese nurse, Saki. But Saki has a boyfriend. His heart was broken.
When the actors speak Japanese, English subtitles appeared on the back screen. In Japan, when they speak English, Japanese subtitles will appear on the bak screen.
俳優：鈴木亮平さん ボランティア消防団員エイジ役。 Actor:Ryohei Leo Suzuki --a role of Eiji, a volunteer fire fighter 数年前から注目していた大好きな俳優さんです。前から2列目の真ん中、手を伸ばせば届きそうな距離で観ました。もうすぐ彼が主演するアニメ実写映画「HK/変態仮面」が公開されます。
He is one of my favorite actors I've been keeping my eyes on him since a few years ago. My seat was in the middle, and 2nd row from the stage. I was able to watch him from a short, arm distance. He is playing the main caractor on the upcoming Anime movie, "HK/HENTAI Kamen".
Right after the big earthquake on 3-11-2011, Tsunami warnings were issued. Volunteer fire fighters lead the evacuation of more than 5000 citizens in Soma city. One old man remained behind, and Eiji was trying to rescue him........
It was a chaos at the hospital with many injuired patients after the big earthquake, big Tsunami, etc.
After the 3-11-11 disaster, many people sacrificed their lives and living and kept working for more than two months. They did not have enogh to eat and did not know if their families were safe. I was overwhealmed by their unconditional love.
劇のあと、英語で舞台挨拶をする塩屋俊監督。 Director Toshi Shioya greeted the audience in English after the play.
The cast was greeted with standing ovation and clappings of the audience at the end. In the play, they called the names of 10 volunteer figher fighters who lost their lives trying to save others. They used the real names. A son of one of them came to Los Angeles to see the play. He arrived at the theatre at the end of the play. He will accompany the actors to the New York performance.
Toshi Shioya, a Japanese actor and director, passed away on 6-5-2013 at age 56. He fell during the practice of the play in Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. He was sent to a hospital, but passed away right away. I pray for his great spiritual improvement.
I attended "Megumi JAPAN"'s volunteer supports on May 18 and 19, 2012 for the people near Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture for 3-11-2011 Earthquake and Fukushima Nuclear disaster. I will attach my blog link below. Mr. Toshi Shioya wished not to repeat this kind of tragedy in the world, and started this play. Thank you very much!
HIKOBAEロサンゼルス公演が来る3月30日（土）と31日（日）にリトル東京のアラタニ日米劇場で開催されます。 "HIKOBAE Los Angeles" theatrical play will be performed on 3-30 (Sat.) and 3-31 (Sun) at Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
It is a story of courage and sacrifice that focuses on the medical personnel of Soma City, Fukushima on March 11, 2011.
It's been 2 years since Eastern Japan Disaster on 3-11-2011. We received supports and donations from many parts of the world and regions and trying to rebuild. Many people still have trauma and sorrow that could not be healed, and they are fearful for their future. Some hundreds of the survivors commit suicide in despair every year. They are afraid that "People will forget about the disaster and about the victims and survivors."
This "HIKOBAE"project was funded by Shun Shioya who listened to the voices of the survivors and victims with hopes "We need to continue to tell about the Eastern Japan Disaster". He started the project to tell stories of the 3-11 disaster around March 11 to many people.
In 2012, we premiered the performance at the United Nations in New York and received endorsement and supports from Culture Ministry and many private corporations and groups. We will perform "HIKOBAE" at LA, NY, Tokyo, Hyogo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Iwate, 7 cities in 2013. We hope many people will share the feelings of the victims and survivors through this play and do not forget about them.
This project will go on forever so that the memories of the Eastern Japan disaster, the kizuna links and the love people all over the world experienced regardless of nationality, religion, and race through 3-11-2011 will not be forgotten..
【Los Angeles Schedule /ロサンゼルス公演】
Date & Time： 2013-3-30 (Sat.） 6:00PM～ 2013-3-31 (Sun) 2:00PM～ Place：Aratani/Japan America Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) Ticket Price： $35／ Group $20＊（15 people & Up） *A part of ticket proceeds will be donated to MOMO-KAKI Orphans Fund. Ticket Purchase: www.jaccc.org/hikobae.php
* For group tickets, please contact HIKOBAELA@gmail.com through emails. Endorsed by: Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Japan Foundation, Japan Business Association of Southern California. Support: TOYOTA, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd, Miyako Hotel Los Angeles, Marriott International.
＊団体でのお申し込みはHIKOBAELA@gmail.comまでEmailにてお問い合わせください。 後援：在ロサンゼルス日本国総領事館、国際交流基金、南カリフォルニア日系企業協会 尚、チケットが安くなる（通常$35→$20）プロモーションコード (hikobae )が設定されてるそう。 If you use "Promotion Code: hikobae " the ticket will be discounted ($35→$20).
日本語と英語の字幕が付くそうです。 Japanese and English subtitles are provided during the play.
The promoters are giving me 10 free tickets to "HIKOBAE" for the first show on Saturday, 3-30-2013 from 6 pm via Will-Call. If you would like to get one of the free tickets, please send me, Lisaky (email@example.com) with your full name and Email address by 8 pm on Tuesday, 3-26-2013. I will draw one free ticket per person and notify the winners around 9 pm on 3-26-2013.
今日もおつきあいありがとうございました。↓ポチッとお願いしま～す。↓ Thanks for reading this. I will appreciate for your clicking icons.↓↓ ←１クリックでまとめて応援 / 1 Click for All !
I would like to help those children who cannot play outside after the 3-11-11 Eastern Japan disaster (due to radiation, etc.) and people who lost families with power of music... Ms. Maiko Horisawa who sings movie and anime songs will come to USA from Japan to sing with her prayers. Her voice is known to have healing effects. We will place a donation box at the concert. The donation will be sent to the victims through Japan Red Cross. We will appreciate for your supports.
Tickets are now on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are also available at Kinokuniya Bookstore and Max Karaoke. Concert details will be updated on AI’s Official Website and AI's Facebook page.
AI 待望の凱旋スペシャルライブ！AI “INDEPENDENT” TOUR IN L.A のお知らせです。 ニューアルバム”INDEPENDENT”をリリースし全国ツアーも大成功で終えたAIが、自身の感性を磨いた第２の故郷ロサンゼルスで8月24日に凱旋スペシャルライブを行ないます。全米チケットマスターにて前売りチケット絶賛発売中！ AI “INDEPENDENT” TOUR IN L.A: Japan’s top Hip-hop/R&B/Soul singer AI, who recently finished a national tour in Japan with her new hit album “INDEPENDENT,” returns to her second home, Los Angeles, for a Special Return Home Concert on August 24, 2012.
“君が笑えば すべてが良くなる”と、そのポジティブな歌詞と親しみやすいメロディーで大きな話題と共感を呼び、これまで130万DLを超え、各種チャートでトップを飾るなど名実共にこの冬を代表する大ヒット・シングルとなった、AIが発信した心のメッセージ「ハピネス／Letter In The Sky feat. The Jacksons」、コミック界のモンスター作品である「ベルセルク」の映画エンディングテーマ曲“ウツクシキモノや、力強くしなやかな現在進行形のAIを象徴する“INDEPENDENT WOMANなど、7ヶ月間に渡るレコーディング期間を経て完成したAI通算9枚目となるオリジナル・アルバム”INDEPENDENT”を引っさげロサンゼルスで今最も人気のあるダウンタウンLA LIVEのライブ会場”クラブノキア”にて一夜限りのコンサートを開催します。日本を代表するシンガーAIの快進撃は、いよいよアジア、そして世界へと羽ばたき、新たなるフェーズの幕開けとなる。本格的な海外活動に向け、ここロサンゼルでの凱旋ライブは記憶に残る素晴らしいコンサートになること、マチガイナイ！
AI will be performing her 9th original album “INDEPENDENT,” including her big hit single with positive lyrics and infectious melody that reached over 1,300,000 downloads since its release last winter: “Happiness / Letter In The Sky feat. The Jacksons,” the theme song: “UTSUKUSHIKIMONO” from the popular comic-turned-movie “BERSERK,” and the strong and graceful song symbolizing AI’s style: “INDEPENDENT WOMAN,” at Club Nokia, located within Downtown LA’s famous entertainment complex LA LIVE. This concert will mark the beginning of singer AI’s new chapter, who will continue on to make her advancement to the rest of Asia, and to the World. This one –time concert is NOT to be missed!
Pre-sale tickets now on sale from June 15, 2012 (Fri) from all Ticketmaster outlets. General tickets went on sale from July 2, 2012 (Mon). Concert details will be updated on AI’s Official Website and Social Media.
2月5日はスーパーボールでした。アメリカン・フットボールの王者優勝戦。ハーフタイム・ショーはマドンナでした。 金色のエジプト皇女に扮したマドナがフットボールコートに登場。派手なダンスと音楽で聴衆と世界中のＴＶ視聴者を魅了し、暗闇に出したメッセージが、「ワールド・ピース（世界平和）」。 "Madonna's 2012 World Tour" was announced today. On February 5, 2012, it was Super Bowl Sunday to determine the champion of NFL American National Football. Madonna performed a show during the Half Time. She appeared as a Egyptian queen dressed in gorgeous golden costume. She and dancers performed flamboyant and and upbeat dance and music and captured hearts of millions of spectators and TV audience around the world. Then, "World Peace" written with lights and fire appeared at the stage. マドンナの新アルバム「MDNA」発売と2012年ワールドツアー半年分の日程表が今日発表されました。
Madonna just announced her new album "MDNA" and dates for 2012 World Tour for the first six months through the Middle East, Europe and North America, with a Staples Center date on Oct. 10 (and Australian and South American dates to come). Tickets for the L.A. stop are on sale Feb. 13, and the album hits stores March 26, 2012.
Madonna's 2012 World Tour Schedule: May 29 , Tel Aviv, Israel, Ramat Gam Stadium, On sale Feb. 10 June 3 , Abu Dhabi, UAE, Yas Arena, On sale Feb. 27 June 7 , Istanbul, Turkey, Turk Telecom Arena, On sale soon June 11 , Zagreb, Croatia, Maksimir Stadium, On sale Feb. 17 June 14, Milan, Italy, Stadio San Siro, On sale Feb. 13 June 16, Florence, Italy, Stadio Franchi, On sale Feb. 13 June 20, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi, On sale Feb. 16 June 24, Coimbra, Portugal, Estadio Cidade de Coimbra, On sale Feb. 11 June 28, Berlin, Germany O2 Arena, On sale Feb. 13 July 2, Copenhagen, Denmark, Parken Stadium, On sale Feb. 13 July 4, Gothenburg, Sweden, Ullevi Stadium, On sale Feb. 17 July 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome, On sale Feb. 11 July 12, Brussels, Stade Roi-Baudouin, On sale Feb. 17 July 14, Paris, Stade De France, On sale Feb. 14 July 17, London, United Kingdom, Hyde Park, On sale Feb. 10 July 21, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Murrayfield Stadium, On sale Feb. 10 July 24, Dublin, United Kingdom, Aviva Stadium, On sale Feb. 17 July 29, Vienna, Austria, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, On sale Feb. 24
Aug. 1, Warsaw, Poland, National Stadium, On sale Feb. 17 Aug. 7, Moscow, Russhia, Olimpiski Arena, On sale soon Aug. 8, St. Petersburg, Russia, SKK Arena, On sale soon Aug. 12, Helsinki, Finland, Olympic Stadium, On sale Feb. 14 Aug. 15, Oslo, Norway, Telenor Arena, On sale Feb. 20 Aug. 18, Zurich, Switzerland, Stadion Letzigrund, On sale Feb. 24 Aug. 21, Nice, France, Stade Charles-Erhmann, On sale Feb. 14 Aug. 28, Philadelphia, USA, Wells Fargo Center, On Sale Feb. 13 Aug. 30, Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre, On sale Feb. 18 Sept. 1, Quebec City, Canada, Plains of Abraham Site, On sale Feb. 17 Sept. 4, Boston, USA, TD Garden, On sale Feb. 13 Sept. 6, New York, USA, Yankee Stadium, On sale Feb. 13 Sept. 10, Ottawa, Canada, Scotiabank Place, On sale Feb. 13 Sept. 12, Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre, On sale Feb. 13 Sept. 15, Atlantic City, NJ, USA, Boardwalk Hall, On sale Feb. 27 Sep. 19, Chicago , USA, United Center, On sale Feb. 13 Sep. 23 , Washington, D.C., USA, Verizon Center, On sale Feb. 13 Sept. 29 , Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena, On sale Feb. 13 Oct. 2 , Seattle, USA, Key Arena, On sale Feb. 13 Oct. 6 , San Jose, USA, HP Pavilion, On sale Feb. 13 Oct. 10, Los Angeles , USA, Staples Center, On sale Feb. 13 Oct. 13 Las Vegas , USA, MGM Grand, On sale Feb. 27 Oct. 16, Phoenix , USA, US Airways Center , On sale Feb. 27 Oct. 20 , Dallas , USA, American Airlines Center, On sale Feb. 27 Oct. 24 , Houston ,USA, Toyota Center ,On sale Feb. 27 Oct. 27 ,New Orleans ,USA, New Orleans Arena ,On sale March 5 Oct. 30 ,Kansas City, Mo., USA, Sprint Center ,On sale March 5 Nov. 1 , St. Louis, USA, Scottrade Center ,On sale Mar. 5 Nov. 3 ,St. Paul , USA, Xcel Energy Center ,On sale Feb. 27 Nov. 10 ,Cleveland , USA, Quicken Loans Arena , On sale March 5 Nov. 15 ,Charlotte, N.C., USA, Time Warner Cable Arena, On sale March 5 Nov. 17 , Atlanta , USA, Philips Arena, On sale March 5 TBC Miami, USA, To Be Confirmed , On sale soon
In case you missed to see the Half Time show of Madonna. I found a highlight video clip of that show here.
Madonna World Tour 2012 trailer 2012年マドンナ・ワールド・ツアー予告
http://youtu.be/xL5NMRflsTQ MrBRYANMDG--Feb 7, 2012--Madonna is having a huge party and everyone's invited. The Madonna 2012 North American Tour begins August 28. For complete tour and ticket information visit livenation.com
「マイケル・ジャクソン・イモータル・ワールドツアー」を12月25日、ベガスのマンダレイベイ・ホテルで観ました。27日までラスベガスで開催。その後フェニックス、アイダホ、サクラメント、サンホゼ、サンディエゴ、アナハイム、ロスアンゼルス、その他数十都市で8月まで全米ツアーされる予定。 "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" was held in Las vegas as a Cirque du Soleil show until Dec. 27, 2011. I watched it on Dec.25, 2011. Then, It will tour Phoenix AZ, Boise, ID, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and several other cities in USA until August, 2012.
A riveting fusion of visuals with strobe lights, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.
The high, golden gate of Neverland leads us through a fantasy world where an animatronic baby Michael floats through the arena on a hot air balloon, while acrobats dressed in black float through the sky, their bodies illuminated to turn them into constellations. A live band plays with power and guts while the digitized voice of Michael sings along, joined by live backup singers.
Michael Jackson's voice echos, "World's problems today are results of the facts that children have had childhood stolen from them. The magic, wonder, mysteries, and innocence of child's hearts are the seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that."
終わりの方で、世界の国旗を組み合わせたフラッグを10旗ほど翻す”フラッグセレモニー”が5分ほどあり、最後に、マイケルの歌『Man In The Mirror』が流れショーが終了した。
Towards the end, they did a flag ceremony for about 5 minutes by waving about 10 flags combination designs of flags from the world. Then, Michael's song, "Man In The Mirror" was played, and the show ended.
I was moved by Michael's messages wishing peace on Earth and Human beings. The show was around 1 hour 50 minutes long. Most audience stood up for the standing ovation after the show.
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil
http://youtu.be/R7lkdFr9-6g cirquedusoleil--Nov 1, 2010 http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/MJImmortal A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that literally turns Michael Jackson's signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour is a pop rock concert that unfolds inside the creative mind of Michael Jackson. The show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the man, and celebrates the immortality of the King of Pop.
I found a photo of Taku Hirano, percussionist in the program. As I searched Internet, he was born in Osaka, Japan. His father transferred him and his family to Fresno, California, where he grew up. It seems he studied Classic music until he was 17 or 18 years old.
「マイケル・ジャクソン・ワールドツアー」がサークル・ド・ソレイユのショーとしてラスベガスで開催中。10月2日、モントリオールを皮切りに、カナダ数都市で開催されたあと、12月3日から12月27日までラスベガス。その後フェニックス、アイダホ、サクラメント、サンホゼ、サンディエゴ、アナハイム、ロスアンゼルス、その他の都市で8月まで全米ツアーされる予定。 "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" is being held in Las vegas as a Cirque du Soleil show now. Its world premiere started in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. It toured several cities in Canada, and it's being shown at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino from Dec. 3 to 27, 2011. It will tour Phoenix AZ, Boise, ID, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and several other cities in USA until August, 2012.
I'm traveling to Las Vegas from Dec.23 to 26. I just bought tickets for Dec.25 7PM show this morning. Daily the shows are from 7 PM and 10PM in Las Vegas. The shows on Dec.24 and Dec.25 10 PM are either sold out or dark.
In Los Angeles, It's performed at Staples Center on Jan.27 (Fri.) through 29 (Sun) from 8 PM.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with four elder kids were at the Las Vegas show on Saturday, Dec.17, 2011. The youngest twin kids were staying in a hotel room with their nanny.
According to a witness, "They enjoyed the performance and stayed until the very end rather than sneaking out at the curtain close. They joined the crowd during the final standing ovation. It didn’t look as if the cast knew the Hollywood couple was there until they heard the buzz in the audience.
10月3日（月）、ドリカム・アナハイムLA追加公演に行ってきました。ダウンタウンディズニー内「ハウスオブブルース」にて、15分遅れの午後8時15分開演でした。 Dreams Come True USA Tour, Anaheim: We went to see it last Monday, October 3, 2011 at House of Blues, Anaheim in Downtown Disney. The live concert started at 8:15 pm, 15 minutes behind the schedule. Their USA tour is a part of "DWL 2011", "Dreams Come True Wonderland 2011" tour. They perform DWL tour in Japan every 4 years. Dreams Come True did the live performance in LA for the first time in 9 years.
October 1 tickets were sold out as soon as they were placed on sale on July 1, 2011. In August they added another show in Anaheim on October 3, and they were placed on sale at 10 am on August 12, 2011. I bought 2 tickets right away. At House of Blues, Anaheim, it's standing seat only. The first floor capacity is around 465. There is a secluded section with chairs on the 2nd floor for invited friends and families of the performer. It was a sell out crowds of 600 people standing, including the people on the 2nd floor.
Many ticket holders waited in line outside for more than 1 hour. If you spend more than $20 per person in the restaurant (30 to 45 minute wait) or at the bar, you could get a "Pass the Line" voucher by showing the receipt and enter the theater area without lining up outside.
House of Blues, Anaheim レストランメニューの一部 A portion of the menu from House of Blues, Anaheim Restaurant
中村正人さんが、英語で挨拶。 "My name is Masa. Call me Masa. How do you do? Nice to meet you." ( 「こんにちは。私の名前はマサです。マサと呼んでください。ご機嫌いかがですか。お会いできて光栄です。」
The DWL 2011 Concert was: Doors opened at 7 pm. A "DWL 2011" brochure was given free to each ticket holder. The concert started at 8:15 pm.
During the first hour, they sang energetic and cheerful songs. Miwa, the vocal kept singing and dancing with AKS dancers--3 male dancers. It was so powerful. I was glad that I went to see the concert after driving 1 hour on the rush-hour freeway after work.
Miwa was wearing a soft pink silk or satin jumpsuit and pink sneakers. A gold Sequin beads belt was sewed in at the waist line. The upper back was left open.
"Traveling Carnival" is their concept for DREAMS COME TRUE WONDERLAND tour. It was so fun with singing, dancing, chatting, and solo instrumental performances throughout the concert without a break until 10 pm.
Masato Nakamura greeted the audience in English, "My name is Masa. Call me Masa. How do you do? Nice to meet you."
アンコール・コールのあと、5分後から2曲を披露。 「皆にさ～、めちゃくちゃ感謝してるよ～」と言って、 未来予想図II とLove Love Love を熱唱。
The concert ended at 10 pm. After Encore calls for 5 minutes, they reappeared on stage. Miwa said, "Everyone, I appreciate you so much" and sang two songs, "Mirai Yosouzu II" and "Love Love Love".
After introducing the band members, all of them held hands and bowed to the audience. The show ended around 10:20 pm.
Many people were still calling "Encore", then, Miwa and Masa re-appeared on the stage. Miwa sang, "I came to say Arigato (thank you) to you. Next time, we try to come back in shorter time than 9 years." to the audience.
House of Blues Anaheim's website said small personal cameras are allowed on the page for "Dreams Come True" also, but cameras were forbidden. I had to leave it at the front with $3 fee. All cell phones had to be turned off during the concert, because it might interfere with the musical instrument and devices.
DWL2011扇子 DWL 2011 Folding Fan 会場でTシャツやグッズを販売してました。 They were selling DWL 2011 merchandises inside the theater.
ミュージカル「オペラ座の怪人」25周年ライブイベントが今日あと2時間でロンドンのローヤル・アルバート劇場で公演。その模様はイギリス、全米、カナダ、日本、オーストラリアのセレクトされた映画館でライブストリームされ、10月5日、6日、11日夜に再上映されます。 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 25TH ANNIVERSARY: Fathom and Omniverse Vision are partnering to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s history-making The Phantom of the Opera with a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of the Royal Albert Hall. Broadway’s longest running show, seen by over 100 million people worldwide, comes to life on the big screen for a special event featuring over 200 cast members, orchestra musicians and luminaries involved with The Phantom of the Opera over the past 25 years.
The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for viewers to experience one of the most beloved musicals of all time from their local movie theater. Witness this LIVE cinema event on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pmET / 1:00pmCT / 12:00pmMT / 11:00amPT (HI/AK Tape Delayed at 2:00pm Local Time) with three additional showings on October 5, 6 and 11 at 7:30pm local time. The performance at Royal Albert Hall in London will be live-streamed at select movie theaters in U.K., USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia.
TICKETING Tickets are on sale NOW for all four events! Choose your preferred performance date from the drop down menu and enter in your zip code to purchase tickets today! Fathom.com/Phantom Tickets Site
SHOW DATES: 10/2/2011 2 pm EDT / 1 pm CDT / 12 pm MDT / 11 am PDT Live 10/5/2011 7:30 pm local time 10/6/2011 7:30 pm local time 10/11/2011 7:30 pm local time
Update / 追記：LAX 10/3/2011 5:27 AM AMCトーレンス・デルアモ18映画館で11時AMからのショーを見ました。最初の15分は予告や宣伝と思ったら、いきなり11時AMスタートだったようで、最初の5分間は見逃しました。ロンドンのローヤル・アルバート劇場で『オペラ座の怪人』が普通どうりに上演され、その模様がライブ・ストリームで映画のスクリーンに映ります。12時20分から20分間休憩を挟み、午後2時40分にミュージカル終了。
I watched 11 AM show at AMC Torrance Del Amo 18 theatre. I thought the first 15 minutes will be the previews, but it started at 11:00 AM, I missed the first 5 minutes. The musial, "Phantom of the Opera" was performed at Albert Hall in London, and it was live-streamed at select movie theaters. There was a 20 minute intermission from 12:20 pm, and the musical ended around 2:40 pm.
サラ・ブライトマンとマイケル・クロフォード（オリジナル）対 シエラ・ボージスとラミン・カリムロー（現在）の主役陣 Sarah Brightman & Michael Crawford (Original) vs. Sierra Boggess & Ramin Karimloo (Current) main casts.
After the musical casts came on stage to greet the crowds and left, the producer, Andrew Lloyd Webber came on stage. The original cast and former cast members came on stage. Michael Crawford appeared. Then, as a surprise guest, Sarah Brightman came on stage. She is also one of the original cast members and she was a wife of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sarah Brightman song "Angeles of Music" a song from the musical,"Phantom of the Opera" with 5 other former cast members.
I went to watch musical "Phantom of the Opera" yesterday. I'm going to watch "Dreams Come True's live concert" in Anaheim, CA tonight, Gospel Concert at Nokia Theater, LA on Thursday, 10/6/2011. Chaka Khan will be there. On Sunday, 10/9/2011, I'm going to a concert of "Ravi Shankar" who is 90 years old in Escondido, CA. It's a concert week this week.
When you swing this around, it makes mysterious sounds, like "boom, boom". This instrument is hand-made by Mr. Ara who lives in Fukushima, Japan. Mr.Ara's house, located about 2 miles from the ocean was almost swallowed by 70 feet Tsunami waves. The waves started to circle and pushed back to the offshore, and he survived.
The concert started out with a silent session. He asked us to close our eyes and turned off the lights in the room. He played spirit catcher, singing bowls, and bells while he walked around in the room. Your will experience the sounds and the vibrations. His live concerts are much more valuable than his CDs and DVDs. 20 minutes later, he turned on the lights and continued his live performance.
奈良裕之さんは写真家でもある。東日本被災地への義援金のため、写真とCDが1枚＄10で販売されました。 Yuji Nara is also a photographer. His photos and CD's were sold at $10 each. All proceeds from the sale of these photos and CD's will be used for 3-11 Eastern Japan Relief fund.
CD2枚と写真2枚を購入し、奈良裕之さんにサインしてもらいました。金色のペンなのでわかりにくいですが。。。 同CDはスピリットキャッチャー制作者の荒さんが福島で録画した自然音楽と奈良さんの演奏が交互に8曲。 I purchased 2 CDs and 2 photo prints and asked Yuji Nara to autograph. He signed in gold, so it's hard to see.... The CD has 4 pieces of natural sounds recorded in Fukushima by Mr. Ara who makes Spirit Cather and 4 pieces of Yuji Nara's performances.
The left photo was taken in Australia. The right photo is Mount Fuji, Japan.
Profile: From 1994, he started performing improvised music using ethnic musical instruments from around the world. As his life work, he started to perform concerts at many welfare facilities, schools, and hospitals. He has done collaborated concerts with dance, poetry, paintings, and photography. Also he participated in Ainu, Japanese indigenous people, dance poetry team "Mosiri" and traveled all over Japan in "Japan Spirit Tour". He also performed in Indonesia and Thailand.
From 1998, he and Bob Sam, an Alaska native story teller who appeared in the movie "Gia Symphony III" have been performing live music together at various locations. After the 3-11-2011 Eastern Japan big earthquake, they are traveling and performing healing music concerts all over Japan.
He mentioned he will stay in USA until around October 8, 2011. His website did not show where he will be staying or performing in USA, but I found a blog article. It said he will be performing a silent session on October 7, 2011, at Open Center in New York, another live in NY on October 1 and another one in Fort Lee, NJ on October 8, 2011.
Date and Time：October 7, 2011 Friday 7:30～9:30 pm Place：Open Center at 22 E. 30th St. bet. Madison & 5th Ave.,NY, NY Price：$40
Also Yuji Nara is performing in Westchester, NY on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
今日９月25日（日）映画「ガイアシンフォニー6番」上映会と同映画に出演した奈良裕之さんのライブコンサートがトーレンスのミヤコイン・ハイブリッド・ホテルで開催されます。 ガイアシンフォニー６番公式サイト http://gaiasymphony.com/bu/co_guide6.html Movie "Gia Symphony VI" and Live Concert: Today, 9/25/2011, Movie "Gia Symphony VI" and a live healing music concert of Yuji Nara who appeared the movie will be held at Miyako Hybrid, Torrance, CA from 1 pm.
去る6月26日「ビッグ・イン・ジャパン」コンサートがハリウッドボールにて開催され、トリにイエローマジック・オーケストラ出演。1979年以来32年ぶりのロサンゼルスライブでした。遅くなりましたがアップします。 "YMO performed at Hollywood Bowl: On June 26, 2011, "Big In Japan" concert was held at Hollywood Bowl. Yellow Magic Orchestra performed at last. It was their first LA concert since 1979, 32 years. I will post photos from the concert. Sorry for the late upload.
ハリウッドボール Hollywood Bowl 野外劇場で１万7千376席。前の方はテーブル付きボックス席。後の方は木製ベンチシート。夏の間は頻繁にコンサートと花火ショーが繰り広げられ、ロサンゼルス交響楽団のクラシックコンサートも行われます。1922年会場。2003年シーズン終了後に改築され、音響も改善されたそう。
It's outdoor theater with 17,376 seats. There are box seats with tables in the front side. The back side are wood bench seats. There are many concerts and firework shows and it's home for Los Angeles Philharmonic during the Summer. It opened in 1922, and it was remodeled and the sound system was improved at the beginning of 2004 season.
から揚げ山菜弁当 Fried Chicken with Sansai Bento ガーディナのBENTOSにてから揚げ山菜弁当($6.50）を作ってもらい持参しました。ここは、食べ物やワインを含む飲み物持込OK！ピクニックバスケット持参の観客も多いです。施設内にも食べ物ショップあり。
We got Fried Chicken with Sansai Bento ($6.50) from BENTOS in Gardena and brought them here. It's OK to bring your food and drink including wine and alcoholic beverages. Many audiences brought picnic baskets. There are food shops in the facility, too.
パンフレット＄１でした。チケットはリビングソーシャルの期間限定特売で半額($15）でした。 The program was $1. I got tickets for $15 each (1/2 price) at LivingSocial's special limited time sale.
ロサンゼルス太鼓センター Taiko Center of Los Angeles 太鼓演奏、獅子舞など登場。
The Taiko Center of Los Angeles performed Taiko drums and Shishimai, Lion Dance.
藤間堪須磨会踊り Fujima Kansuma, Japanese Classical Dance
I did not know the songs of YMO and other performers much. I went there to experience YMO's live performance.
Cibo Matto and Buffalo Daughter performed and we waited for YMO to perform at last.
It was my first time to experience YMO's performance live. Haruomi Hosono (bass and keyboards), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums and lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards and vocals) play the electronic music very well with great techniques. They were amazing.
セットリストを列記します。上のリンクにセットリストや動画あります。 I will paste the set list below. There are the set list and video clips in the link above.
【Yellow Magic Orchestra for Big in Japan at the Hollywood Bowl】 M1:Firecracker／M2：Behind The Mask／M3：Riot in Lagos／M4：the city of light／M5：Tokyo Town Pages/／M6：Seoul Music／M7：TAISO／M8：Tibetan Dance／M9：1000 KNIVES／M10：Cosmic Surfin'／M11：東風／M12：RYDEEN／M13：It's been very hard (by Yoko Ono) /M14: Hello,Good-bye
During YMO's performance, Yoko Ono appeared as a special guest. She told the audiences: "I love you. Get Generously. When you give, you are not giving it to the strangers. Because when you give, you get ten-folds back. You know it's better than any Wall Street returns.
So we give each other, keep giving each other, ten-folds, ten-folds, ten-folds, and ten folds.... Pretty soon, this planet will be planet of love."
Today I'm so honored, because Yellow Magic Orchestra is Japanese legend."
オノヨーコが"It's Been Very Hard"を叫びながら歌い、「ビッグ・イン・ジャパン」出演者全員総出で、ビートルズの"Hello, Good-bye"を演ってあっさり10時PMごろ終了しました。
Yoko Ono sung with her shuts "It's Been Very Hard". Then YMO and all performers of "Big In Japan" appeared and sung Beatle's "Hello, Good-bye", and the concert ended around 10 pm.
歌舞伎役者の顔見世、博多座船乗り込みが毎年５月29日に博多で行われます。先月帰福中に参加。当日午後1時から九州北部に台風通過。川の増水を警戒して船乗り込みは中止。さんざんでした。6月26日まで博多座で大歌舞伎公演中です。 Hakataza June Kabuki shows are held at Hakataza Theater in Hakata (Fukuoka), Japan every year. They have a Funanorikomi ceremony on May 29th. We got tickets to watch it, but a typhoon passed through the Northern Kyushu Island at the exact time. Funanorikomi ceremony was cancelled. Kabuki shows are being held in Hakata until June 26th this year.
坂田藤十郎、松本幸四郎、尾上菊五郎 Kabuki actors:Sakata Toujuro IV, Matsumoto Koushiro, Onoue Kikugoro
Funanorikomi is the traditional ceremony to show Kabuki actors before their show starts from June in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan. Kabuki actors parade Hakata river on the boat and greet the spectators on the riverside. It's been held on May 29th every year in Hakata since year 2000.
They will start from Canal City Hakata, stop for a special speech at Kawabata Zenzai Sweet Shop, and continue until Hakata Riverain where Hakataza Theater is located.
今年は大歌舞伎。東日本と西日本両方の歌舞伎役者が出るときに「大歌舞伎」と呼ばれ、出演者が多いのか特徴です。松本幸四郎さんは9年ぶりの博多座出演らしいです。 This year is "Big Kabuki". When Kabuki from both Eastern and Western Japan perform, it's called "Big Kabuki". There are many Kabuki actors performing Hakataza Kabuki shows this year. Matsumoto Koushiro is appearing Hakataza for the first time in 9 years.
5月29日福岡市上空を台風通過で大雨と風の中、博多座大歌舞伎役者挨拶を動画撮影しました。 In the heavy rain and strong winds of a typhoon passing above Fukuoka city, I took a video clip of Hakataza Kabuki actors' greeting to the public on May 29, 2011.
"Luna Sea"20周年記念 World Tour~Reboot ロス公演が12月4日にハリウッド・パラディウムで開演され参戦しました。結成から20年。アメリカ初公演でした。 "Luna Sea's 20th Anniversary World Tour~Reboot" was performed at Hollywood Palladium last Saturday, Dec.4, 2010, and I enjoyed the live concert. Luna Sea was formed 20 years ago. It was their first USA performance. The Palladium is on Sunset Blvd., and it was built in 1940. It featured Frank Sinatra, Emmy Awards, Golden Awards, John F. Kennedy's 1961 speech, etc. over the years. The capacity is 4000 people.
ハリウッド・パラディウムはサンセット通りにあり、1940年創業。かつてフランク・シナトラ、エミー賞、ゴールデングローブ賞、1961年のジョン・ケネディー大統領演説などが行われた場所です。立ち見で4000人収容可。 Los Angeles 12/4/10 4:15 pm 雨上がりのロサンゼルス・ダウンタウン、夕暮れ時。 レドンドビーチの自宅を午後3時40分にでて、高速道路でハリウッドまで向かいました。会場裏の駐車場は$20でしたので、すぐに出て、そのすぐ裏手の$10のところに駐車。行列に午後5時前到着。
I left my house in Redondo Beach around 3:40 pm and drove Free Ways to Hollywood. The parking at Hollywood Palladium was $20, so I got out of there and went to another parking lot with $10 sign in the back. I arrived at the line little before 5 pm.
友人Ｋさんが午後4時半から行列に並んでくれてました。サンキュー。 A friend K got to the line around 4:30 pm. Thank you!
一般立見席は$50＋手数料で$63でした。黒皮ブーツと黒服で決めました。↓ チケットには写真・動画撮影禁止と書いてありました。 A General Admission Ticket was $50 + Fee = $63. I dressed in black with black long boots. The ticket said, "No Photo/Video Recording".
入り口は裏側。一般席は駐車場入り口右側からサンセット通りに行列。VIP席は駐車場入り口から左側に行列でした。 The Entrance was in the back. General Admission's line started from the right of the parking entrance to Sunset Blvd. VIP's line was from the left of the parking entrance.
午後5時は150名ぐらいの行列。7時開場予定。6時ぐらいから行列が長くなりました。 About 150 people lined up at 5 pm. The doors were to open at 7 pm. The line got longer from 6 pm.
VIP用行列が午後6時半に動き始め、一般席の行列が動きだしたのは、午後7時20分ぐらい。私らが荷物検査後会場入りしたのは、午後7時40分ごろ。 The VIP line started to move around 6:30 pm. The General line started to move around 7:20 pm. We got in the theater after a brief bag check around 7:40 pm.
Ｔシャツなど販売してました。それに目もくれずステージ前に突進。中央の前から12列目ぐらいを陣取りました。 They were selling T-shirts, etc. We rushed to the front of the stage without stopping for T-shirts. We got ourselves situated around the 12th row center from the stage.
スタッフによる音あわせのあと、キタ～！午後8時40分ごろライブ開演です。 Staff members tuned the music instruments. Finally the live started around 8:40 pm!
Along with MC talks by RYUICHI, the live concert went on. The majority of audiences were in early 20's American, Latino, Taiwanese, and Chinese. There were a few Japanese. The audiences kept punching their arms up and jumping during the concert. I got elbow hit and upper-cut punches to my left eye and face many times. My head was pounding. The crowd was about 3700 people.
後ろと左右から押されながらのライブです。前の人の頭や振り上げる腕でステージ上のLUNA SEAメンバーがほとんど見えません。カメラを目一杯上に上げて撮影しました。 I was being pushed from the back and both sides. I could not see the LUNA SEA members on the stage, because of the heads and pushed up hands and arms of the people in front of me. I took photos by raising my camera as high as I could.
セットリスト/Song List: 1. LOVELESS 2. Dejavu 3. SLAVE 4. END OF SORROW 5. TRUE BLUE 6. FACE TO FACE 7. Gravity 8. RA-SE-N 9. Providence 10. GENESIS OF MIND 11. Drum & Bass Solo 12. FATE 13. STORM 14. DESIRE 15. TIME IS DEAD 16. ROSIER 17. TONIGHT
アンコール/Encores~ 18. I for You 19. IN MY DREAM (WITH SHIVER) 20. WISH
上の写真は、「I for You」を熱唱する河村隆一さん。ドラマ『神様、もう少しだけ』の主題歌。 同ドラマは韓国、台湾、中国（中国語タイトル「神啊！请多给我一点时间」）でも放送された。それでこれらの国でもLuna Seaの人気がでたそう。
The above photo is RYUICHI singing "I for You". It was the theme song of a Japanese TV soap drama, "Kamisama Mousukoshi-dake" (God, please give me little more time), aired in Summer of 1998. Later it was aired in Korea, Taiwan, and China as well, and Luna Sea became popular in these countries.
かなり押され、終盤は前から5列目ぐらいに移動してました。それでも見難かった。右側2階席にYOSHIKIが見に来てたみたいです。 We were pushed and pushed, and moved to the 5th row from the stage later. Still it was hard to see the stage. YOSHIKI was watching the concert from the 2nd floor seat.
最後に全員で手をつなぎ、お辞儀する Luna Sea J, INORAN, RYUICHI, 真矢, SUGIZO At last, Luna Sea members greeted the audiences. J, INORAN, RYUICHI, SHINYA,and SUGIZO
The two hour live concert was filled with excitements and enthusiasms. It ended around 10:40 pm.
Luna Sea World Tour Schedule (日程)： 11/27 ドイツ Bochum, Germany 12/4 ロサンゼルス /LA 7 pm ~ Hollywood Palladium 12/8 中国・上海 /Shanghai, China (Cancelled) 12/11 中国・香港 /Hong Kong, China 12/18 台湾・台北 /Taipei, Taiwan 12/23 東京 東京ドーム /Tokyo Dome 12/24 東京 東京ドーム /Tokyo Dome 12/25 東京 東京ドーム /Tokyo Dome~*Free Concert*
X JAPAN初北米ツアーが9月25日（現地時間）ロサンゼルスのWiltern Theatreから開幕しました。この後オークランド、シアトル、バンクーバー、シカゴ、トロント、ニューヨークと7箇所で開催されます。 初日ロサンゼルス・ライブの動画集です。コンサートレポートは前記事を参照ください。 X Japan First North America Tour started on September 25, 2010 from Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The tour will be held in Oakland, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Tronto, and New York.
Here are video clips I recorded at the Los Angeles concert. The detailed concert report can be found in the previous blog article.
I recorded these videos from the spot I was standing in the standing only first floor at the theatre. It was very crowded like Tokyo commuter trains, and people kept pushing, jumping, and elbowing. The video quality may not be that good, but you can feel the excitement at the theatre during the concert.
Party with X Japan at their Los Angeles Record Release Party(Link) LOS ANGELES, CA (September 27, 2010) - Now that X Japan has finally made it to North America with the September 25 launch of their first-ever North American tour - first date at the L.A. Wiltern Theatre SOLD OUT - they've got lots more planned for their western invasion, including the release of the band's brand new album in early 2011, the first with English lyrics.
The members of the band want you to be part of their American dream-come-true, so invite you to sign up for Level II of X Japan's Blue Blood Fan Club and be eligible to win a trip to Los Angeles and party with the band at their exclusive record release party. Here's how it works:
First, if you're not already a member of X Japan's Blue Blood Fan Club, go to http://www.xjapanmusic.com/contest , join the fan club and register as a Level II member. For every friend that you sponsor to also join the Blue Blue Fan Club, you¹ll be awarded one entry into the drawing to win a prize, including the grand prize - attending the record release party. The more friends you sign up, the better chance you'll have of winning, and you can use the website's scoreboard to help keep track of how many entries you've accumulated and where you rank in the contest.
待望のX JAPAN初北米ツアーが、9月25日（現地時間）ロサンゼルスのWiltern Theatreから開幕しました。午後６時30分開場予定。午後４時から並びました。23日木曜からの徹夜組が先頭。自分は前から200番目ぐらい。 The very first “X Japan North America Tour” kicked off at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 25, 2010. The doors were supposed to open at 6:30 pm, so I got in line from around 4 pm. I was about the 200th in the line. The top group in the line camped out from Thursday night, September 23, 2010.
今年冷夏で涼しかったロサンゼルス。前日から36℃を越える暑さ。熱狂をロサンゼルスに連れて来たX Japan。 Los Angeles had cold summer this year. From the day before, the temperature reached 97 F (36.5 C). X Japan brought the heat to Los Angeles.
午後5時に来た友人によれば、別のラインから$20払い、VIP腕輪をもらい、そのVIP列の80名弱は午後5時半に入場したそう。自分もそっちにしようか迷ってるうちにVIP腕輪完売。 According to my friends who arrived at 5 pm, there was another VIP line at the theatre. With another $20 fee, a VIP wristband was given and about 80 people got in to the theatre at 5:30 pm. I was wondering to pay $20 and go there, and in the mean time, the VIP wristbands were sold out. 一般行列は結局午後7時35分入場。この時点3時35分立ちっぱなし。。入場時にペットボトル水を含む液体は全て捨てるよう命令される。ネオンライトもダメでした。 The general admission started around 7:25 pm. My friends and I got in around 7:35 pm. At that point, I was standing in line for 3 hours 35 minutes…. All liquids, including bottled water and neon lights were ordered to dump at that point. 1階一般席の”Pit”席は高額で売られそれ用の腕輪が必要。その次の一般席空間めがけて突進。前から5列目中央に落ち着く。最前列に182cmの長身女性が陣取り、視界はイマイチですが仕方ありません。
The first tier, “Pit tickets” were sold at higher price and special wristbands were required to get in. We dashed to the next tier section on the first floor. We settled down at a spot in the center and around 5th row in the section on the floor. A tall Chinese lady around 6 foot was there at the first row, so the stage view was blocked, but we could not help it.
From 8 pm, the opening band, “Vampires Everywhere” performed screaming Hard Rock for 30 minutes. The instruments and stage set were changed and sounds were tuned for X Japan, and it was ready at 8:45 pm.
The first floor is all standing only. It was very crowded like rush-hour commuter trains in Tokyo. I got pushed from right, left, front, and back. The crowds moved right and left. Many people around me kept jumping, screaming, and elbowing…. I was able to take photos and video clips in that severe condition.
Around 1 hour later, I was able to squeeze in to the 3rd row! On the 2nd floor, the very first row and the back half of very left seats were empty. It was almost full house at the capacity of 2300 people.
曲目、/The Song list: 1.JADE 2.Rusty Nail 3.Silent Jealousy 4.Drain 5.Violin Solo by Sugizo 6.Piano Solo by Yoshiki 7.紅 (Kurenai) 8.Born to be free 9.Drum Solo 10.I.V. 11.X Encore 12.Endless Rain 13.Art of Life 14. Forever Love
X Japan 9-25-2010 #1 Jade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqAzgD5xoRQ 最初の曲"Jade"。X Japan初の北米ツアー初日、ロサンゼルスにて。9月25日午後9時40分開幕。 The first song "Jade". X Japan performed the first North America Tour, Los Angeles Live at Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA on 9-25-2010 from 9:40 pm.
During the last half, Yoshiki lie down on the floor next to his drum for 5 minutes after his solo drum performance. I was getting worried about his health condition. 『X』の演奏後、Yoshiki が英語でトーク。 『今ここに Hide が居るのがあなた達にも見えるでしょう！？
After the performance of “X”, Yoshiki talked, “I would like to say that Can’t you guys see Hide as well? Many of my friends are here tonight. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for over 10 years. They finally believe us we are musicians. We (Toshi and I) grew up together since kindergarten, right Toshi?”
Yoshiki, overwhelmed with fans singing together for “Art of Life” performance, dived in to the crowds from the stage. A lady fan from Japan injured her left foot after the several crowds near Yoshiki fell on her body. I felt Yoshiki’s joy during the concert. The above is the video clip right after Yoshiki dived into the crowds. 結局午後11時50分に熱い初北米ツアー初日コンサート終了。8時間立ちっぱなしでどこかに座り、水が飲みたかったので、隣接する”Denny’s”に友人と入り、バナナ・スプリット、ナチョス、ガーデンサラダなどを食べ、帰宅したのは午前2時前でした。。。 The hot X Japan’s first North America Tour concert ended around 11:50 pm. I was standing for 8 hours. I wanted to drink cold water and sit down at somewhere, so we went to Denny’s next door. We had Banana Split, Nachos, and Garden Salad. I arrived home little before 2 am.
The Wiltern theatre has a reputation of having great sound-effects, but the drum volume was too loud. Next time I wish they will do a concert at a theatre with specific seats to sit down. I was standing for 8 hours and could not get water or go to bathrooms for 5 hours. It was a torture! It’s better not to have injured or sick people during the concert.
The very first night of the first North America tour of X Japan was a big success! Thank you, X for having a concert here in Los Angeles......
健未路さんロサンゼルスコンサートと交流会が9月22日夜リトル東京で開催され、行ってきました。 Miro Takebi LA piano concert was held from 6pm to 7:30 pm at 2nd Street Jazz and a Friendship Gathering was held at Honda Ya Izakaya Restaurant from 8 pm, on September 22, 2010, in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles, CA, and I attended both. 健未路/ Miro Takebi ロサンゼルスの初コンサートは、トーク混じりで6時20分ごろ始まりました。
健未路/ Miro Takebi His first Los Angeles Jazz Piano Concert kicked off around 6:20 pm with his talks.
His piano music had healing and awakening power. Especially the 4th song, "Griffin Dance" is powerful. Healthy people get hot, People with moderate pain can relieve pains, and people with severe Alzheimer can be awaken during they hear the music......
2nd Street Jazz Club コンサートは会場費に$20（＄５ドリンク券1枚混み）で、未路さんはチップのみの報酬でした。 竹村健一さんに、『日本一の自由人』と呼ばれる由来、ニューヨークで日本人初ジャズクラブを経営されてた時のお話、先週バンクーバーで桐嶋洋子さん主催のコンサートと対談の公演会に出演された話、今と将来の日本人を元気にするためのお話など、話題に尽きません。。。。
Concert fee was $20 ($5 drink ticket included) to pay to the jazz club. Miro performed and received the tips from the audience.
Kenichi Takemura called him, "The Most Free Man in Japan". He talked about the reasons of that, episodes from the days he ran a jazz club in New York. He was the first Japanese to open a Jazz Club in New York. He also talked about how he performed in Vancouver, Canada in the previous week. He has so much to talk about.....
2nd Street Honda Plaza , 2nd Street new complex near Central Avenue He decided to go back to Vancouver next year on March 3, 2011 and to visit Alaska to see aurora. After that he will stop by Los Angeles for another Jazz Piano concert and Reflexology sessions.
最初の曲「Night Cap」をユーチューブにアップしました。↓ I posted the first song "Night Cap" onto YouTube.
Miro Takebi 健未路 LA Concert 1 "Night Cap"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg5fjTkDB4M lisaky777--September 23, 2010--"Night Cap". Miro Takebi's Los Angeles Concert was held at 2nd Street Jazz Club in Little Tokyo on 9-22-2010. This is his first song. 健未路さんのロサンゼルスコンサートが9月22日開催されました。リトル東京の2nd Street Jazz Clubにて。
未路さんと記念撮影。 色紙にサインしてもらいました。 I got a photo taken with Miro. He signed autograph for me.
その後「ホンダ屋居酒屋」に移動し、午後8時過ぎから交流会でした。。。 After that we had "Friendship Gathering" at "Honda-Ya Izakaya" from little after 8 pm.
健未路さんロサンゼルスコンサートと交流会が9月22日夜リトル東京で開催されます。 9月22日 夜6時～7時半 ピアノコンサート（２nd Street Jazz、リトル東京2番街) 9月22日 夜8時～10時 交流会 （ホンダ居酒屋レストラン リトル東京3番街とアラメダ通り） Miro Takebi LA piano concert will be held on September 22, 2010, from 6pm to 7:30 pm at 2nd Street Jazz and a Friendship Gathering following the concert will be held at Honda Ya Izakaya Restaurant from 8 pm, Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles, CA.
September 22, 2010 6 pm to 7:30 pm Jazz Piano Concert at 2nd Street Jazz 8 pm to 10 pm Friendship Gathering at Honda Izakaya Restaurant.
健未路さんロサンゼルスコンサート 9月22日 夜6時～7時半 ピアノコンサート （２nd Street Jazz＠LittleTokyo) 夜8時～10時 交流会＆歓迎会（居酒屋ホンダ屋に変更）
*２nd Street JazzClabでは会場費に入場時に＄20（飲み物＄5券込み）です。 （ミロさんの演奏は完全にボランテアです。演奏がお気に入りでしたらTips もお受けするそうです。）
Admission is $20 (including a $5 drink ticket). Miro will volunteer to perform Jazz Piano. Please tip him if you like his performance.
Miro Takebi: Graduated AN School of Contemporary Music, Vocal Faculty in 1975. He is a purely self-taught professional Jazz pianist, who developed his own inspirational music style. After graduating music school, he settled down at Sapporo City, Hokkaido. He opened up a Jazz club (1977-1984), and also worked as a DJ for NHK-FM Jazz channel. He moved to New York to further his music training in 1984, and was the first Japanese to open a live Jazz club there. He produced a number of concerts to introduce overseas Jazz artists by traveling around in Japan, including Richard Davis, Don Friedman, Ray Bryant, Ronnie Mathews, Steve Kuhn and Abbey Lincoln.
As a Right Brain Thinker, Medial Reflexologist and Naturalist, he is currently living near the [Yaku] Island World Heritage site where he hand-built his house. He writes essays and novels. For the past 20 years he has been playing to the old and infirm form of music therapy. He performs Volunteer concerts and treatments, etc.at facilities for the disabled.
A Bonus Video Clip/おまけ動画 健未路 屋久島の夕陽 Miro Takebi - Sunset Yakushima
XJapanは昨日8月8日にシカゴで開催されたロックフェス「ロラパルーザ2010」に出演。その応援グッズを３週間前にネット購入したのですが、まだ届きません。８月14日15日の週末は横浜の日産スタジアムで「XJapan World Tour Live in Yokohama 超強行突破 七転八起～世界に向かって』が開催されます。 XJapan performed at "Lollapaloza" in Chicago on August 8, 2010, yesterday. I purchased the fan package for that concert 3 weeks ago on Internet, but I have not received it, yet. On August 14 and 15, 2010, XJapan will perform "XJapan World Tour Live in Yokohama, 7 Falls and 8 Rises" at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan.
Unfortunately I cannot be there at the concert, so I will reserve a spot for "Live Streaming" of 8/15/2010 concert. Until then, I will keep playing and enjoying the video clips I captured at "YOSHIKI Foundations' charity party" on 7/1/2010 at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, and some other concert DVDs I purchased before.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q59F-qPRogA 7月1日。1時間ほど新曲のＰＶフィルム撮影でした。そのテーク２。 lisaky777--August 06, 2010--X Japan filmed a new song, "Born to be Free" at Yoshiki Foundation's Kick-off party at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA on 7-1-2010. This is take 2 of 4. X Japan-Born to be Free, Take 3 070110
最後のテイク４が一番盛り上がってたので、7月3日にこのブログにアップして公開しました。 The last take four got really heated up and great, so I uploaded the video clip on this blog on July 3, 2010.
Info / 情報 8月15日のX Japan横浜ライブコンサートはネット生配信されます。8月6日から予約受付中。3150円とか。 You can watch X Japan Yokohama live concert through Internet live streaming. You can reserve a spot from August 6, 2010. The cost is 3150 yen ($33)
デービッド・キャシディーのコンサートが7月10日ラスベガスのシルバートン・カジノホテルであり友人Ｋさんにお供しました。前日からベガスに2泊してました。 "David Cassidy Live in Las Vegas" concert was held at Silverton Casino Hotel in Las Vegas on July 10, 2010. I accompanied my friend K and saw it. We stayed 2 nights in Vegas from July 9, 2010. ラスベガス・シティーセンター Las Vegas City Center 冷夏のロサンゼルスから最高気温華氏111度(摂氏43度)のベガスへ。。。焼けます！ 午後7時開場まで2時間10分暑い中外に並びました。特設劇場がカジノの外にあるんです。ジェネラルアドミッションチケットなので並んだ順番で席に着けます。私たちは前から７番と８番目でした。 We went to HOT Las Vegas with high 111F (43C) from COOL Los Angeles.... It was scorching hot! A concert theater was located outside of the casino. We waited in the line outside in hot weather 2 hours 10 minutes before they let us into the theater at 7 pm. It was General Admission Ticket and "First-come First-serve" basis for seating. We were the 7th and 8th from the front.
David Cassidy 15 minutes before opening, handicapped people who had a cane, a walker, or on a wheelchair started to form a line at the left side of the line, and they got admitted first. Also 20 minutes before 7 pm, 5 to 6 people showed up and joined the people waiting in front of us. When we entered the theater, the central first 2 rows were reserved for the casino VIP guests, and the central 3rd row was reserved for band family and guests. We got seats at the 3rd and 4th from the isle in the left section. After waiting little more, David Cassidy appeared on the stage at 8 pm.
往年の二枚目スター。歌って、ギターを弾き、ドラム演奏。今年60歳の還暦とは思えません。。。 He has been a good looking star for more than 45 years. He sings and plays a guitar and a drum. I can't believe he is 60 years old this year..
時々前から3列の乗客をステージ脇に呼び、歌いながら握手やハイファイブしてくれました。 Once in a while he called audience in the first 3 rows to near the stage, and he hand-shaked or did high-five while singing.
It was his first live concert in two years since the last one in Utah. Friend K went to see that one also. He did not do any live concert last year in West coast. This year he did this in Las Vegas, and there will be another one in Agora Hills, California, a Los Angeles suburb on July 30th. デービッドはその日風邪をひいて鼻水がでるらしく、ステージ脇に寄ったファンにハグやキスをしなかった。元気な時はもっとファンとスキンシップするそう。。。熱狂と興奮のうちに夜9時半ステージ終了。アンコール曲に1曲歌ってくれました。 David had a cold and runny nose, so he did not hag and kiss the fans who went near the stage. When he is healthy, he has more skin-ships with his fans.... In enthusiasm and excitement, the stage ended at 9:30 pm. He performed one song for an encore.
I edited a video clip from the concert in about 4 minutes and attached it below. ↓ Enjoy the enthusiasm and the excitement of the live concert.
A Bonus Video Clip/おまけ動画 David Cassidy Live Las Vegas 7-10-10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpzxKYJL2n4 デービッド・キャシディーのライブコンサートが7月10日ラスベガスのシルバートンカジノで午後8時から開催されました。90分熱狂と興奮のコンサートでした。。。 Lisaky777--July 16, 2010--David Cassidy performed live at Silverton Casino Hotel, Las Vegas, NV on July 10, 2010 from 8 pm to 9:30 pm.
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ロサンゼルス(7月3日)--7月1日開催YOSHIKI基金チャリティーパーティは盛況でした。クラブノキア前で午後7時から2時間並んだあと午後9時から開場。午前12時過ぎ終了しました。 Los Angeles (July 3, 2010)--The Yoshiki Foundation Charity Party was held on July 1, 2010 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. It started at 9 pm and ended at midnight.
外で午後7時から2時間並びました。午後8時開始の予定でした。 I stood in line outside for 2 hours from 7pm. It was supposed to start from 8 pm.
"LA Anime Expo" is being held at Los Angeles Convention Center near-by from July 1 to July 4th, 2010, so many Anime mania in Cosplay costumes joined the line. Invitations to the party were handed out in front of the adjacent hotels.
ステージは下はハードウッドフロアのダンスフロアがあり立ち見。前の方は人数制限あり、最初に入った500名ほどが緑色の腕輪をもらう。ステージから4メートルの辺りを陣取りました。ダンスフロアの後も立ち見席でバーがあります。2階はシート席でした。総勢1500名ほどが入場しました。 We got to go to the front portion of the standing only dance floor in front of the stage. It was just 12 feet away from the stage. They only let first 500 people in to the front portion dance floor. Others were standing in the back and there were some seating on upstairs. Total of about 1500 people got in.
A video clip explaining "The Yoshiki Foundation" was aired. X JAPAN invited 200 orphans to their concert on Christmas Eve in 1990. The Kansai Earthquake occurred on January 17, 1995. 5,500 people were killed and 26,000 people were injured. X JAPAN donated pianos to the damaged schools in the area at their Christmas Osaka concert on December 24, 1995. They had Hong Kong Concert. They donated to Orphans in Hong Kong. Magnitude 8 earthquake hit Sichuan, China on May 12, 2008. 375,000 people got injured. Yoshiki visited the damaged area bringing news crew with him. He donated pianos to the damaged schools.
20分後ステージ上にYOSHIKI登場。チャリティーレシピアントの3団体の代表が5000ドル－1万ドルずつ(約45万円－90万円)拡大サイズの小切手を受け取る。レシピエントは、グラミー基金、聖ビンセント・ミールズ・オン・ウイールズ、メイク・ア・ウイッシュ基金でした。 Yoshiki appeared on the stage 20 Minutes later and gave $5000 to $10,000 each large size checks to the representatives from St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, Grammy Foundation, and Make-a-wish Foundation.
午後10時からH. NAOTOのビジュアル系ファッションショー開催。ビジュアル系はX JAPANが25年前に始めたそう。 A visual-kei fashion show of H. Naoto was held from 10 pm. X JAPAN started Visual-kei fashion 25 years ago.
Toshi, the vocal, and Suizo guitarist joined Yoshiki (Pianist and drummer) and played one song in acoustic version. Yoshiki played a piano. 午後11時からは音楽ビデオ撮影開始。X JAPANメンバー総出で新曲『Born to be Free』音楽ビデオを1時間4テイク撮影。まさかメンバー全員マジカで見れるとは。。。会場中大興奮でした。
From 11 pm, they did their new music video filming for a new song, "Born to be Free". At our surprise, all members, Toshi, Heath, Pata, Sugizo, and Yoshiki appeared. They did 4 takes on that song. The crowds got excited
The filming used lots of pyro-technique fires like the last time. It was so great. We could get up close to the X JAPAN members unlike the last filming at Hollywood. At that time we had to look up the stage 4 to 5 story high.
We could enjoy the X JAPAN Concert Experience for free. I uploaded the last take to Youtube and attached below.
The parking fee at the Club Nokia basement was $25. I parked along the figueroa Street open space parking lot at $7. It became $10, $11, $12, $15, $20 as you approach to the Staples Center and Nokia Theater.
A Bonus Video Clip/おまけ動画 X Japan Born To be Free, Take 4, 7/1/2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bquyup-ldxE 7月1日深夜。Yoshiki基金パーティにて。X JAPANが音楽ビデオ "Born to be Free" を撮影。最後の4テイク目。 Lisaky777---July 2, 2010--X JAPAN filmed a new music video "Born to be Free" at Club Nokia, downtown Los Angeles, CA on July 1, 2010. This was the last take of 4 takes that night from 23:00 to 24:00.
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前記事からの続きです。X JAPANの音楽ビデオ撮影がハリウッド・ハイランドの屋外特設ステージで開催され行ってきました。。撮影した動画をアップしましたので、下に貼り付けます。 "X JAPAN@Hollywood": This continues from the previous article. There was a filming of the J Rock group on 1-9-2010 at Hollywood & Highland complex. I finally uploaded some video clips on Youtube. I will attach them below.
特設ステージはガラス張り、ビル４階から張り出しています。 The specially made stage has see-through glass floors, and it's extending from the building 4th floor.
若いアメリカンでコスプレ頑張ってる観客結構居ました～！ There were several young Americans with "Costume Play" looks.
さて私撮影の動画です。/Here are video clips I took on 1-9-2010. イマイチのもあります、ご了承ください。 Sorry, some are not good quality, but you get an idea how it went.
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今日もおつきあいありがとうございました。 Thanks for reading this.
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X JAPANの音楽ビデオ撮影がハリウッド・ハイランドの屋外特設ステージで行われ、エキストラとして観客を募集していたので行ってきました。1月9日午後4時集合でした。メンバー全員がアメリカ大衆前に揃って出たのは今回初めて！ "X JAPAN Filming in Hollywood": They closed down the streets of Hollywood for the momentous filming of four(4) major music videos at Hollywood & Highland Commercial Building Complex. It was from 4 pm on Jan. 9, 2010. I went there to be a part of it. They encouraged fans to be part of the filming process and see ALL members of X JAPAN in their first public appearance in the U.S. ...together!
アカデミー賞授賞式が行われるコダック劇場のあるハリウッド・ハイランド複合商業ビルの特設会場は、セフォラの上にあり、高さはビル4階相当。総入場者8000人の観客の前には巨大スクリーンとスピーカーが設置され、上の撮影状況が見える仕組みでした。（追記：創作費５億円のＰＶだったとか。。） The special stage was on top of "SEPHORA" shop at Hollywood & Highland Commercial Complex. It's about 4 story high. Academy Award presentation is held at Kodak Theater, a part of the complex. Total of 8000 fans gathered. There was a big screen in front of the crowds, so we could watch the music video filming on the big screen live. (Update: this PV shooting for 4 songs cost $5.6 million.)
ヘリコプターは飛ぶし、大掛かりなロケです。観客を映すビデオカメラも８台ほどあります。 A helicopter was flying above. It was a big scale filming. There were about 8 video cameras filming the crowds as well.
デジカメをズームにして上を見上げます。ボケボケ写真が多い。メンバー全員に初めて会えて幸せ！右はトシ。 I looked up high above with a zoom on my digital camera. I took lots of blur photos. I was happy to see all of the members for the first time! The right is Toshi, the vocal.
パイロ炎とレーザー光線を撮影に使用。音楽もがんがん聴こえます。リップシンクして撮影してる模様。 They used Pyro and laser beams often. We could hear their music loud. It seems they were lip-synching for the filming.
5－6分演奏するとステージを降りビデオの確認。またステージに戻る、の繰り返し。途中6時35分ごろから7時15分まで休憩があったよう。長いことステージを降りてました。 They played on the stage for 5 to 6 minutes and got off the stage to check the video clips. They kept repeating the process. There was a long intermission from 6:35 pm to 7:15 pm.
メンバー全員がスクリーンに。パタ、ヨシキ、トシ、スギゾウ、ヒース。 All the members are captured on the screen. Pata, Yoshiki, Toshi, Sugizo, and Heath.
総入場者8000人の観客。最初から最後まで居たのは1000人ほど。日本からの観光客やファンは500弱。アメリカ人や中国系若者が多い。 The total crowds estimated is 8000. Roughly 1000 people were there from the start to the end. Japanese tourists and fans were about 500 or less. There were many young Americans and Chinese people. あわてて自作した応援用バナー。上のＸは会場で配布された"X JAPAN"ネオンライト。これをＸの形に持ちカメラに向かって振りました。 Here is a banner I made for this event in a hurry. At the filming location, we were given these "X JAPAN" Neon lights. We waved them by forming a "X" to the camera.
会場には1人で行きましたが、高校の先輩と奥様に遭遇。奥様が"X JAPAN"の大ファンとか。途中そのモールにあるＣＰＫでピザなどをおごってもらいました。ありがとうございました。 I went there alone, but I met a mentor from a high school and his wife. His wife is a big fan of "X JAPAN". We went to "CPK" for a dinner in between, and I got treated from them. Thanks very much for the dinner.
午後10時過ぎに会場を後にしました。たぶん午後11時まで撮影は行われたようです。 リーダーのヨシキは長年ロサンゼルス在住。近いうちにまたロスでロケかライブをして欲しいものです。。。 We left there little passed 10 pm. I believe the filming went on until 11 pm. Yoshiki, the leader of the band, has been living in Los Angeles for a long time. I hope they will have another filming or live concert in Los Angeles soon.
写真や動画は次のブログに続きます。 Photos and video clips will continue to the next blog.
Update / 追記 LA 8/30/2010: この時撮影されたＰＶをファンが編集した動画を見つけましたので、追加します。 I found a video clip of the Promotional Video shut at that time and edited by a fan. I will attach it below. X JAPAN " JADE " full fanmade PV with lyrics (HQsound)
『ファット・ア・ワンダフル・ワールド』を熱唱するサラ・ブライトマン。 Sarah Brightman singing "What a Wonderful World." Sarah Brightman concert@LA Forum: There was a concert of Sarah Brightman at the LA Forum near LAX airport on Saturday, 12/20/2008 from 8 PM. It was a part of her "Symphony US Tour" concert. We purchased the tickets as soon as they were on sale at the beginning of September.
The US tour started in Connecticut on 11/22/08, New York on 11/23/08 and went West. It was ending in Los Angeles on 12/20/08, and Glendale, Arizona on 12/21/08.
まるでシンクロナイズド・スイミングのような演出。中央で歌うのはサラ・ブライトマン。 It looked like "Synchronized Swimming". Sarah Brightman is singing in the center.
Movie Clip (2:07) --Sarah singing "Anytime, Anywhere"
『カント・デラ・テラ』を熱唱するサラとマリオ・フランゴーラス。 Sarah and Mario Frangoulis singing, "Canto Della Terra"
Movie Clip (2:47):Sarah and Mario Frangoulis singing, "Canto Della Terra"
9時15分から20分間インターミッション（休憩）となり、売店に出かけました。ＣＤ、ＤＶＤ、Ｔシャツ、ぬいぐるみ、キーチェーンなどが売られてました。 There was an intermission for 20 minutes from 9:15 PM. I went to the souvenier shop. They were selling CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, Stuffed Animals, and Key chains.
コンサート最終曲『タイム・トウー・セー・グッバイ』を歌うサラ・ブライトマン。 Sarah Brightman, singing "Time to Say Goodbye"as her last song of the concert.
For the "Symphony US Tour" concert, there were two male singers for the duet songs. One of them was Mario Frangoulis, Greek singer, and the other was Fernando Lima, Mexican singer. Both of them were young, nice looking, and had beautiful voice.
Mario has low tone voice like Andrea Bocelli. Fernando has higher tone voice, and he is a contra tenor.
The following 4 songs were duet songs with male singers: Canto Della Terra, Phantom of Opera, Ave Maria, Time To Say Goodbye
The concert was performed mainly with songs from the CD "Symphony" relased last January and a few Christmas songs from the CD "Winter Symphony" relased last November. It started with "Let it Rain" and "What a Wonderful World." I was mesmerized by her beautiful voice and the stage performances.
オールキャスト総出でお別れの挨拶。奥にはバンドメンバーらがいます。 Farewell greeting by the all cast members. There are band members in the back.
People were chanting "Encore" in the concert hall. A few minutes later, Sarah Brightman appeared and sang "Deliver Me" and a song she performed at the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics last August. She sang two songs, and the concert ended at 10:30 PM.
I am glad I went to her concert. There was no time to ponder and enjoy afterwards in the hall. We headed out to the parking lot to beat the crowd and to get out from there fast.
It seems she is having a Japan tour soon. It will be Tokyo on 2/23/09, Fukuoka on 2/25/09, Nagoya on 2/27/09, Osaka on 3/2/09, and Tokyo on 3/4/09. Tickets are on sale from around 12/20/08.
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Video Clip (3:45")--Peter Myers, celist with Torrance Symphony Concert, "Cello Concerto #1 by Shostakovich"
Torrance Symphony Orchestra Concert I went to a classic concert of Torrance Symphony Orchestra from 8 PM on Saturday, October 18, 2008. I started going to this concert from January 2007, so it was my 6th attendance. It's free concert is held in January, March, May and October. Usually it's held on the 3rd Saturday. The next free concert will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009, 2nd Saturday.
I became a member of "Friends of Torrance Symphony" from March 2007 by donating $50 per year. The benefit of being a member is you can enter the concert hall from 7 PM and listen to a lecture of Maestro, Frank P. Fetta. He is a conductor for the orchestra. Another benefit is you can meet and talk with the musicians. The annual fee for seniors and students are little lower.
October 18, 2008 concert's theme was "Premiere Musique", and played: 1. Summer Day Suite by Prokofiev 2, Symphony #35 (Haffner Symphony) by Mozart 3, Medelssohn Violin Concerto #1 (1st Movement)-with Candler Yu -soloist 4. Cello Concerto #1 by Shostakovich with Peter Myers-soloist (Both soloists are Young Artist Concerto Competition Winners.)
This performance was the best among the last 6 concerts I attended. 50 orchestra members played perfectly in unison without any gap and mistakes. They raised the membership fee of "Friends of Torrance Symphony" by $10 each from September of this year. Maybe the raise was beneficial.
Chandler Yu, the violin soloist is 12 years old. She wore a beautiful gold dress, and her performance was wonderful. A person who seems to be her grandfather was video-taping her from his seat in the 2nd front row.
Peter Myers, cello soloist is around 24 years old. He is a student at USC (University of Southern California) Music Master department. He is the cellist of the Saguaro Piano Trio, based in Los Angeles, which won Second prize in the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. I took a video clip of his performance secretly. I attached it above. I might delete this video clip later.
The concert ended around 10 PM with standing ovation and cheers. It was almost full crowd of 554 seats. About half of them pay annual fees of the membership and entered the theatre from 7 PM. Non-members line up outside the entrance from 7 PM, and they entered the theatre around 7:45 PM. I entered from 7:15PM and reserved a seat for my non-member friend.
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