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......
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