A couple of Sundays ago, I came back from the gym with the plan to do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day and then 2 hours later I ended up jumping and screaming at 30 seconds to Mars concert. How did it happen? Facebook! I didn’t even know the band was coming till my friend Lucy updated her status which something like “Who wants to go to the concert?” Her friend had an extra ticket and I was the first one to claim it. 20 minutes later I was out the door heading to the Studio Coast in Shinkiba. The concert was delayed for an hour or so but when it started, it was awesome all the way.
I only knew a couple of songs but because I used to obsess about “My so-called life“, I am a big fan of Jared. “Requiem for a dream” was also the first movie I watched upon my arrival to Tokyo in 2001. I still have the poster coz back then I was still in a scrapbook period of my life – I kept all the tickets, receipts, posters etc. ^-^
Jared has many fans in Japan who not only sang with him every single song (in English!!!) but also dressed by his command in cosplay costumes. Everyone who came wearing a costume was allowed onto the stage to sing and dance alongside the band.
There was also a famous Japanese guitarist opening for the band. Laura happens to know him well so hopefully I get to meet him one day. He was absolutely amazing!!!
This is the band’s most famous song (for anyone who doesn’t know how awesome 30 seconds to Mars is ^-^).
Its been a crazy couple of weeks and I’m still very busy but because my client is slow to reply I have a couple of minutes to write about Mika’s concert in Tokyo (yeah, yeah, I blog at work). Two weeks ago me and my minions went for a massage at a new place opened in Shibuya and that’s when Gow told me about Mika coming to Tokyo.
I couldn’t believe I missed that info because I am a huge fan. But luckily that very same evening I could get a ticket online and join Gow the next day. Yay internet! The show was really good and that’s what it was – the “show”. I like when a good singer just comes to the stage, grabs a microphone and sings his soul out like John Mayer but when he also performs and entertains, that’s when all the extra fun comes. And Mika is a natural showman, absolutely fantastic at what he does and the greatest things of all – it doesn’t look forced in any way.
It looked like he was just having fun on stage and we were watching him from outside. At one point he said “What are you gonna do Tokyo? It’s my party!”.
The stage was decorated into a cemetery but with exotic birds, pink and purple flowers and skulls with smiley faces. The whole show reminded me of a Mad hatter tea party – gloomy and whimsical like a brightly colored nightmare of a child.
Mika’s music is wrapped around his experiences as a child and I’m sure like the rest of us he also refuses to grow up. And why would he? When he can dance around in crazy outfits with bunnies and corps brides or blow up a huge balloon in a form of a girl’s leg and push it into the crowd! By the way, he did it for his song “Big girl – you are beautiful” and it was awesome!
After each song he looked like a little boy with naughty look on his face, probably thinking “Look at all this mess – I did it!” He opened and closed the show with “Relax” – one of my favorite songs. He sang it again at the end because I guess he didn’t expect the crowd to keep wanting him after three encores!
Towards the end, all the monsters came out carrying a huge puppet. Guess what? The whole show was about a puppet funeral. Mika did a little prayer by the puppet corps and then killed everyone on stage including himself. As sick as it was, he made it look so funny! I think Tim Burton would be inspired by the crazy toy wonderland that is Mika’s mind.
I took a video of some of the songs and put it into a complication movie.
Two days ago I went to see John Mayer in Tokyo dome and it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. The sound was amazing and John Mayer’s voice..well, it’s a kind of voice that doesn’t happen very often. The moment he stepped on stage and started first accords of Assassin, I knew I’m gonna have a great time. After each song I wanted to scream “Thank you”! – for the performance, the lyrics, the melody, the intricate guitar arrangements – everything was such a perfection. He changed his guitars from song to song from electric to acoustic to some bluesy type I don’t know the name of. In between the songs, John spoke a little Japanese and the crowd went crazy, especially the 15 year old girls behind me. They were a handful at first but I quickly got used to their screaming and because they were confessing their love nonstop, John occasionally replied to them and looked in our direction.
The climax of the performance for me was not the end but the middle of it when he sang “Heartbreak warfare”. It’s such a powerful song and so right on the spot of every couple’s problems. I love it and the way he performed it was so strong – I had goosebumps all over me! Then, Gravity was amazing too. That songs obviously means a lot to him because he sang it with such emotion, you could almost feel heartbeat in his voice.
Most of the songs were from his latest album “Battle studies” which is great! He says it’s not his strongest one, but I think it is. I love almost every song on it and would recommend to anyone who appreciates not only a great melody but lyrics too. ^-^
On my way back home I saw this umbrella vending machine at the station.
Japan is famous for its disposable umbrellas that you can purchase almost anywhere for 500 yen. After the rain, however, they are getting abandoned and scattered all around the city. It’s perfectly ok to use it again and again but many people choose to get rid of them when the rain stops. Anyway, my point is Tokyo is all about the convenience. It’s so easy to find a shop or kiosk where you can buy an umbrella but it wasn’t enough. Now, they have vending machines at the station. I mean I’ve already become quite lazy with everything being right by my side but is it really that good when you don’t have to apply any kind of effort to get something you need? An umbrella vending machine is just another example of this over the head crazy convenience that Tokyo is all about. I mean, look at the picture. Not only does this vending machine sell disposable umbrellas, it also sells big black ones for men and fold-able ones for those who don’t wish to deal with a big luggage. Seriously!
It was 4:15 in the evening yesterday that I finally ran away from that boring project evaluation meeting and got three messages from Gow “Can you make it????”. She was inviting me to Maroon 5 concert which was starting at 7PM!!! I’m so glad I got her messages in time because yay I could make it and it was sooooooooo great!!!! One of the best concerts I’ve seen in my life! I love these hot Maroon guys and the fact that they learn some Japanese and work the crowd instead of just singing like Radiohead guys!!! They performed all my favourite songs and I lost my voice and my ears are still ringing!
P.S. I’ve just got free ipod shuffle!!! Isn’t it a great day? My company bought lots of presents for various web campaigns and these ipods were left outs so I got one! Yay!