Saturday, April 08, 2017

Now THAT is a concert

The best live performance I ever saw was Ministry at the 1992 Lollapalooza in Chicago. But even in a small club, Babymetal came suprisingly close. I tend to imagine that these two nights at the Tokyo Dome may well have been even more spectacular.

You almost feel sorry for the two little girls. As if it's not enough that Yui and Moa have to sing and dance and play guitar, now the Fox God has got them doing 60 meter windsprints. Between flamethrowers. Except, of course, the fact that I'm not sure anyone has ever looked as if they've been having more fun on stage than the two of them at the end.



Blogger bearspaw April 08, 2017 9:17 AM  

The girls probably got into shape by running for Tokyo train connections, typically several for one trip.

Anonymous Looking Glass April 08, 2017 9:23 AM  

Playing the Budokan used to be the "high point" for most Japanese acts. Not a lot can fill the Tokyo Dome. It's part of the reason the live shows there are generally technically masterful and amazingly over the top. It's a rare thing to do, so everyone actually has high expectations of the results.

The Japanese are also a little strange in that they tend to love their music, but they're not big Live Show people. Then again, most live events have turned into audience workout routines, so maybe there's a Chicken & Egg issue.

Anonymous Clay April 08, 2017 9:41 AM  

Best Live performance I ever saw was Little Feat in the Jackson, MS auditorium. Orleans opened for them. About halfway through Little Feats performance, they brought the whole band Orleans on the stage to play with them. Must have been 25 people on stage, including the back-up singers. The drums and horns were massive.

Lowell George died a few months later. End of band.

My nephew is named Lowell.

Blogger ZhukovG April 08, 2017 10:16 AM  

Or better yet on a thread about music, let's stick to music.

Anonymous jSinSaTx April 08, 2017 10:28 AM  

I saw this show live on the second night. It was awesome. They are a special group.

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) April 08, 2017 10:33 AM  

not that anyone but Vox probably cares, but Duran Duran is on tour again:

Blogger VFM6974 April 08, 2017 10:44 AM  

"Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true
Jerry lee Lewis was the devil
Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet"
I see the Dark Lord has a thing for Ministry, the architect reference is in one of his books :)
Bestest song.

Anonymous Walter Oleg April 08, 2017 10:44 AM  

Clay wrote:Whoo we. That's deep Walter.

Please provide some links to support your allegations.

I'm like those PAWN STARS...I can't do shit unless I bring in an expert.

Recent Arrests
Overview of Elite child trafficking rings
Here's an interview with the Navy SEAL who started the organization to expose elite pedophiles. Youcaring shut down his funding efforts hours after he set it up.

Blogger Phat Repat April 08, 2017 11:08 AM  

The only rock worth listening to is performed by Men. Though I do have a special affection for Asian chicks. ;-)

Anonymous 6184 April 08, 2017 11:56 AM  

Best live performance for me was a Slayer concert at a nearby small-ish indoor venue. I sustained a bit of permanent high frequency hearing loss after that. The snare drums cracked like small arms fire. Insanely loud.

Blogger Markku April 08, 2017 12:12 PM  

I usually don't like hardcore Nu metal, but I really like this Japanese performance.
Maximum the Hormone - What's Up, People?

Anonymous Looking Glass April 08, 2017 12:43 PM  

@12 Marrku

Death Note OP, haha.

Blogger Markku April 08, 2017 12:44 PM  

Yeah, my sister had it as her cell phone ring tune, back when that was the hot new thing.

Anonymous Looking Glass April 08, 2017 12:49 PM  

@14 Markku

Since Netflix announced they're doing an American Live Action version, I wonder if they'll adapt something like that for the OP. It's definitely memorable.

Blogger Markku April 08, 2017 12:52 PM  

They actually changed the OP in the middle of the series. The first one was just your typical Anime song. It was good, but it didn't stand out in any way. When they switched to that one, everybody was like WTF IS THIS? But it quickly grew on you.

Blogger roundeye April 08, 2017 1:29 PM  

I was there and got hit with an enormous piece of sod during "Supernaught". They had to stop the show because the lawn was one giant grassfight. I was digging dirt out of my ear for days. Good times.

Anonymous glosoli April 08, 2017 1:48 PM  

Even in atheist Japan, (((someone))) saw an opportunity to mock our Lord by inserting a cross on stage, which this little girl is happy to ride, as a fashion statement.

Horrible times, fuck you Satan.

Blogger Douglas Davidson April 08, 2017 2:00 PM  

The Japanese have been riding crosses as a fashion statement since at least the early '90s, probably the '70s if I cared to look.

Blogger Wanderer April 08, 2017 2:03 PM  

Nice casual mockery of the Christian faith I guess.

Blogger Escoffier April 08, 2017 2:19 PM  

For me top three would be Rush (any of several tours) Living Color (first tour amazing!) and usually this is the one that surprises Devo (arguably one of the best rock and roll shows I ever saw)

Blogger Were-Puppy April 08, 2017 2:25 PM  

Love the babymetal.

Best concert for me - is tough. I can only say one of these:
Judas Priest
Blue Oyster Cult

Blogger Were-Puppy April 08, 2017 2:26 PM  

Oh yeah, and there was that one George Thorogood concert muahahahaaa -

Blogger Escoffier April 08, 2017 2:41 PM  

I was lucky enough to have actually taken time off work to go see Stevie Ray Vaughn's final tour. Jeff Healey Opened with Lettlefeat in the middle. Hell of a show. Though we had a minor panic as Wisconsin had updated their highway system without alerting anyone and we were boogieing down the highway and it just stopped. We did figure it out eventually but it definitely added a little stress to the trip.

Blogger Gapeseed April 08, 2017 3:31 PM  

Not understanding Japanese one bit and concerned about the use of crosses, what do the lyrics say? Do they mock Christianity, do they even mention it, or is it a cultural appropriation affectation and aping of other metal bands with imagery they don't understand?

Blogger VD April 08, 2017 3:35 PM  

Do they mock Christianity, do they even mention it, or is it a cultural appropriation affectation and aping of other metal bands with imagery they don't understand?

It's the latter. It should be considered as offensive as Western entertainment that doesn't pay proper respect to ninjas and samurai.

Blogger #6277 Hammer April 08, 2017 4:18 PM  

The best live performance I ever saw was Ministry at the 1992 Lollapalooza in Chicago. " Damn I hate you Muricans....all we ever got to see were had beens and never beens like BZN

Blogger CF NEAL April 08, 2017 5:02 PM  

Best: Peter Frampton, Styx,Boston. Walked outa JP.

Blogger Nate April 08, 2017 5:41 PM  

The Road to Resistence video on youtube is insane.

Anonymous RA April 08, 2017 7:56 PM  

Had never looked at Babymetal before. The staging reminds me a little bit of the elaborate live shows put on by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I've seen one of those and it was pretty good.

Seems like the best shows I've ever seen were in smaller venues. First great show I remember was Stanley Clarke at the Roxy in 1977. They recorded the live album I Wanna Play For You from those shows that week. Later I remember fIREHOSE at the Whisky, heck of a show. Still later I remember Santana playing with Jeff Beck at the Greek in the 90's. Guitar heaven, that.

Something about those small venues ... earlier this year there was a strictly small time blues band playing a tiny club, maybe 100 in attendance, that started the show with a couple of Stevie Ray tunes, then did a great rendition of the Jimi Hendrix cover of Red House. I think I might have been the only fan in the house who recognized that song and I sure laid the compliments quite thick on the lead guitarist after the show just for that song. Of course he ate it up, it was his and the singer's idea to add that song to their playlist.

Good times, good times ... got to have some of those even as we agonize over the decline.

Blogger VD April 08, 2017 9:25 PM  

The Road to Resistence video on youtube is insane.

The two guitarists from Dragonforce wrote those guitar parts.

Anonymous jtcluck April 08, 2017 10:07 PM  

Vox,I have to say thanks for turning me on to something new and fresh. When I first saw this, I thought it was just some quirky Japanese thing that you would better appreciate than most since you spent time over there. Then, your most recent post before this one came when I was sick and had nothing better to do than watch lots of videos. A couple things strike me:

⁃ These guys are good. The musicians are world-class, Su-metal can *sing*, and all 3 girls' dancing is fantastic and high energy. The talent on display across the board is tremendous.

⁃ The music is good but they have to be watched to be appreciated.

⁃ The creativity is wonderful from the very idea to how their music has grown over the years. At first glance, its fairly cliche metal ... until you try to play it.

⁃ They are also demonstrate true professionalism. There's not much info out there on it but check out Yui's fall at Budokan. She was back the next song. In that song, Moa slipped as well. There's video out there of her fighting through the pain.

I am very impressed with these guys and enjoy their music. Again, thanks for the pointer.

Blogger Markku April 08, 2017 10:22 PM  

Even though the average occurrence of absolute pitch in the world is 1:10 000, among Japanese music students 30% have it.

Blogger Markku April 08, 2017 10:28 PM  

The theory is that it can be taught, but it has to happen at about six years old at the latest. So, in a culture where it widely exists, it gets passed on to the next generation. And in a culture where it has essentially disappeared, there is obviously no one to do so until it's too late to learn it.

Blogger AdognamedOp April 08, 2017 10:36 PM  

It's Dragonforce, Crimson Glory and every Melodic Metal nordic band... with a twist. I think the Jap's recognize the demographic issues facing them and are using pop culture to create these followings for national cohesion and re-population purposes. The Brits still do it.

Blogger Markku April 08, 2017 10:56 PM  

What demographic issues? Japanese are the most awesomely racist people in the world. They have absolutely ZERO such issues.

Blogger Markku April 08, 2017 10:58 PM  

Westerners (not even whites) aren't even allowed in a traditional Japanese restaurant. Because it supposedly destroys the Japanese atmosphere.

Anonymous Wyrd April 09, 2017 12:51 AM  

Drug-drenched techno (Ministry) to Fapanese metal (Babymetal): VD is eclectic.

Blogger JP April 09, 2017 3:33 PM  

Best concerts I've seen (ascending order):
Infected Mushroom at Skyway theatre
Megadeth in a tiny packed venue in Michigan
Rammstein in Chicago

All of them had great music and great stage presence... But idk how Rammstein does it, every one of their concerts requires death-defying stunts and crazy physical endurance. I was in the third row from the front, and even I felt the heat from the flames evaporate sweat off of me. The band members were right next to them or even wearing suits of fire and thinking nothing of it. Incredible!

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