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Friday, June 03, 2016

遠征

Spacebunny heard Babymetal was going to be in Switzerland, a reasonable drive by American Midwestern standards, so she arranged to acquire some tickets as an early Father's Day present. We prepared accordingly for the drive north... and yes, the bones do actually glow in the dark.

I was not the only one in costume. The various metalheads and headbangers greeted our outfits with distinct approval, as did the natives; cars were honking at us, and more than a few drivers waved and gave us thumbs-ups.

The venue was small and held about 1,000 people, with a stage that wasn't much bigger than that of 7th Street Entry. The Kami band was great, Yui and Moa were ridiculously cute and hopped around like little Japanese Energizer bunnies, and Su-metal's voice was surprisingly strong in the live environment. Ironically, the one downside of Babymetal is that the Kami band can be a little too focused on demonstrating their technical chops; they often sacrifice the song structure in order to show they can play as hard and as fast as anyone.

That's why the audience was a little slow to totally get into it until they played Karate, which is more conventionally structured and has an anthemic quality to it as well as a big pop chorus. When they followed it up with Megitsune, the whole place blew up. There wasn't enough space to do all the Road of Resistance theatrics properly, but the girls did bring out the black flags and got the crowd into singing along. I was a little disappointed they didn't do Onedari Daisuken, but they did do Gimme Chocolate from the first album.

My favorite part was when the girls took a break, the two guitarists and the bassist mounted the pillars on which the girls had been standing at the front of the stage, and took turns doing some impressive solos. The two guitarists were very, very good, but the bassist played an Eddie Van Halen-style guitar solo on the bass, which is something I'd never actually seen before. It was a really fun show, and we all had a blast.

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52 Comments:

Anonymous VFM #6306 June 03, 2016 11:34 AM  

Gimme BabyMetal. Did they do Road to Resistance?

Anonymous VFM #6306 June 03, 2016 11:35 AM  

I mean Doki Doki Morning?

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 03, 2016 11:37 AM  

Vox you are so fucking bizarre.

Blogger Alexander June 03, 2016 11:42 AM  

Hmmm...

That sort of music is HARD.

Bones on the outside, looks like a REVERSE TWIN to me.

I think it's safe to say that Babymetal proved that LOVE IS REAL.

Anonymous Steve June 03, 2016 11:44 AM  

Vox, I hope you and your Cobra Kai buddies kicked Ralph Macchio's arse.

Anonymous VFM #6306 June 03, 2016 11:46 AM  

There is nothing bizarre about dressing as a glow in the dark skeleton and watching little girls rock the snot out of metal in a way that millenial men simply can't.

What part of Father's Day did you miss, Stg58? Besides, they were probably sold out of silvered skull cups at Italian TJ Maxx, so what the hell was SB gonna do? Buy him a Sicilian necktie? He probably has one already.

Blogger Student in Blue June 03, 2016 11:50 AM  

遠征?

I guess you came, you saw, you conquered.

Blogger John Williams June 03, 2016 11:53 AM  

Vox you are so fucking bizarre.
As if he cares. Tell me you wouldn't have had a riot there.
Kudos to SpaceBunny for all you do for our leader.

Anonymous VFM #6306 June 03, 2016 11:54 AM  

Vox Day 2016: Make Midwestern Standards Reasonable Again.

Blogger Heaving Nudgments of Liberty June 03, 2016 11:56 AM  

That photograph is extremely special.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 03, 2016 11:57 AM  

My ears were not made for Japanese baby metal.

Anonymous 5343 June 03, 2016 12:02 PM  

The Dark Lord does downtime? Who knew!

Anonymous greenhell June 03, 2016 12:02 PM  

urayamashii, man. urayamashii.

Blogger B.J. June 03, 2016 12:04 PM  

Dethklok are winning, making everything Metal. Blacker than the blackest black, times infinity.

Blogger haus frau June 03, 2016 12:11 PM  

Huh, dork....

Blogger Aquila Aquilonis Fulminata June 03, 2016 12:13 PM  

Were you the oldest person there?

Blogger praetorian June 03, 2016 12:14 PM  

The Jews did this.

Blogger VD June 03, 2016 12:16 PM  

I mean Doki Doki Morning?

No.

Were you the oldest person there?

No, but I was one of the coolest. Our outfits met with enthusiastic approval from everyone.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 03, 2016 12:21 PM  

Aren't you the coolest guy everywhere you go?

Blogger James Dixon June 03, 2016 12:27 PM  

Now that's a wife who knows how to treat her husband for father's day. Good job, SB.

Blogger Jack Aubrey June 03, 2016 12:30 PM  

I'm worried. My musical tastes run to Enya, John Denver, and movie soundtracks. I went to Amazon Prime and listened to Karate, Megitsune, and Road of Resistance. I liked them. Then I checked out some of the YouTube videos and liked them even more. I think I may be having a stroke.

Anonymous fop June 03, 2016 12:32 PM  

My kid wanted to study abroad in Japan.

This blog post puts an end to that nonsense for good.

Blogger Ingot9455 June 03, 2016 12:52 PM  

But isn't turning into a lich a step down for the Supreme Dark Lord?

Blogger jaericho June 03, 2016 12:54 PM  

I like Karate. That's a good song.

Anonymous rubberducky June 03, 2016 1:04 PM  

Awesome, what fun! Now, gimme chocolate or die!

Blogger Dave June 03, 2016 1:06 PM  

Babymetal is anti-semitic? Alert the ADL.

Blogger Gordon June 03, 2016 1:06 PM  

Right now the SJW trolls whose mission is to monitor this site are sputtering. "It's cultural appropriation! Sure, but by whom? The band? He was a rock musician! The outfits? Oh, there's not enough safe space in Mountain View to survive the stress!"

Blogger Gordon June 03, 2016 1:08 PM  

Right now the SJW trolls whose mission is to monitor this site are sputtering. "It's cultural appropriation! Sure, but by whom? The band? He was a rock musician! The outfits? Oh, there's not enough safe space in Mountain View to survive the stress!"

Blogger Gaiseric June 03, 2016 1:10 PM  

Jack Aubrey wrote:I'm worried. My musical tastes run to Enya, John Denver, and movie soundtracks. I went to Amazon Prime and listened to Karate, Megitsune, and Road of Resistance. I liked them. Then I checked out some of the YouTube videos and liked them even more. I think I may be having a stroke.
I think Kenny G just had a new album out a few months ago...

Anonymous Athor Pel June 03, 2016 1:16 PM  

"28. Blogger Gaiseric June 03, 2016 1:10 PM
...
I think Kenny G just had a new album out a few months ago...
"


Kenny G is still alive?

Blogger Dave June 03, 2016 1:19 PM  

there's not enough safe space in Mountain View

I thought Silicone Valley is a safe space.

Anonymous LastRedoubt June 03, 2016 1:24 PM  

Awesome.

Anonymous LastRedoubt June 03, 2016 1:26 PM  

@Jack Aubrey

The two worst people for the sanity of everyone hearing what I'm playing as I add new bands to my playlists have been Vox and John Ringo.

Anonymous Athor Pel June 03, 2016 1:33 PM  

When I saw the skeleton costume photo I first thought that Vox had pulled a cospay photo from the web or maybe took a photo of a band member backstage. As I read the post it becamse clearer, it was neither of those things and I got a sinking feeling.

You know that slightly quesy grin you get on your face when you're introduced to someone that smells like rancid bacon, cigarette butts, malt liquor and week old body odor and looks like he smells? That's the grin I got on my face when I realized it was Vox in the costume.

Blogger Dave June 03, 2016 1:34 PM  

Music related: Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show.

Another rocker lost to narcotics.

Blogger Nick S June 03, 2016 1:43 PM  

VFM #6306 wrote:There is nothing bizarre about [a 50 year old man driving 10 hours,] dressing as a glow in the dark skeleton and watching little girls rock

Hmmmm...

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein June 03, 2016 1:46 PM  

Pfft!

I saw Journey in 1987.

JOURNEY!


*ducks*

Blogger Bullitt315 June 03, 2016 1:46 PM  

I thought that tweet was a joke

Anonymous 0007 June 03, 2016 2:23 PM  

They look and sound like a live version of Alvin and the Chipmunks on stage...what's not to like???

Blogger John Williams June 03, 2016 2:29 PM  

If anything, they're the Chippettes.

Blogger YIH June 03, 2016 2:33 PM  

Enjoy being able to go to a public event in costume while you still can. Disney has already banned that.
It wouldn't surprise me the NFL will start doing that sooner or later, for the same reasons as Disney.
The late Sam Francis was right.

Blogger allyn71 June 03, 2016 2:51 PM  

Their music isn't my cup of tea but I always get a kick out of their videos when you write about your BabyMetal fix.

They are awesome for their creativity and intelligence.

Glad you two had a great time, well done to SB.

Blogger Edward Isaacs June 03, 2016 4:44 PM  

"If you like that EVH styled stuff on the bass: Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan and Brian Beller are all top notch rock virtuosos." - my roommate

Anonymous Kyle June 03, 2016 5:06 PM  

Love it. It's nice to know that Vox can take a break from being the Dark Lord every now and then to get a little weird.

Anonymous Bukulu June 03, 2016 5:40 PM  

"Kenny G is still alive?"

What's the word "still" doing in there?

Blogger Salt June 03, 2016 7:55 PM  

Bullitt315 wrote:I thought that tweet was a joke

Dark Lords do not joke.

Anonymous Clay June 03, 2016 8:58 PM  

You're missed, Bunny.

God Bless You & Yours.

BTW...OT, but I was looking the other day on Google for some info on the Ape shooting. Couldn't find the details.

I was just curious as to the weapon used, distance, number of rounds expended.

Blogger Austin Ballast June 03, 2016 11:02 PM  

Wasn't Vox hassling Nate for playing (and enjoying) Destiny a while back? Seems a bit odd now that we have our own pajama man....

Anonymous LastRedoubt June 04, 2016 12:13 AM  

@Edward Isaacs

"If you like that EVH styled stuff on the bass: Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan and Brian Beller are all top notch rock virtuosos."


Stu Hamm is awesome. Loved the album Kings of Sleep - which incidentally was chock full of references to William Gibson's stories.

Anonymous Big Bill June 04, 2016 8:01 PM  

At your age? Are there earplugs (hi or low tech) that can protect your hearing? Or would that be too big a concession to age?

Is wearing earplugs at a heavy metal concert to protect your hearing like wearing white athletic socks with sandals to keep your feet clean? Too gauche or geriatric?

Anonymous Clay June 07, 2016 2:49 PM  

BIG TIME, about the ear protection. I was standing near the front with those 70's early 80's massive blow-out speakers with bands like Aoerosmith, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Purple Haze, Led Zep, Cinderalla, Rush, (Temples of Syrinx), you name it.

My ears were already mostly fried. Then, I got into guns. Figured my ears had had all they could take. I was wrong.

Don't go to concerts much at all, anymore.

But, I damn sure don't shoot without Premium Browning ear protection.

Blogger weka June 09, 2016 9:16 PM  

Is a muso. Knows earplugs.

Nice to know they are good live.

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