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Z様 @ Diva's Banquet vol.2


I'll try to write a little about yesterday's event, before getting some sleep. (Though I think I'll end up skipping tomorrow anyway, as this coming week will be long enough as it is without starting it being exhausted). The event was Diva's Banquet; a gathering of vocalists: Kaya, Z (Art Cube), Loki (ex-Sugar) and amonn (Mello).

The first thing we had to figure out when getting inside the venue, was which side of the stage we should stand at. Kaya would be in the middle, but there wasn't really any way of telling where the three others would be, so we just took a chance and went to the left side. Which was a good decision, as when the curtain was drawn, we had Seiji right in front of us (^^) He looked a bit surprised at seeing us at the perfect spot.

The first song they did was Kaya's "Rose Kingdom". They had all learned the furi for it, so we did that together. amonn was really nervous about forgetting the lyrics though, so he had them written on his hand ^^; Normally you'd write stuff in your palm, but he had the lyrics written on the upper side of his hand, so we could all see it. He later added the lyrics for the encore too, lol. Loki commented that Seiji had something written on him too. ("Brain Hacker" all over his stomach).

Kaya was dressed in his Carmilla outfit (short version), Seiji in an old Brain Hacker coat, and Loki in a skimpy latex(?) outfit with a king's cloak on top of it. amonn had a coat that matched Seiji's except the details were gold not silver.

Seiji then sang "Hanahikage" from Art Cube. The guitar solo part was a bit awkward without the actual guitarist, and Seiji's elegant AC dancing looks kinda off when he's just wearing hotpants. But I really enjoyed hearing an Art Cube song! And most people joined us in the furi (more so than at an actual AC live...)

Loki joined him on stage for a duet from Takarazuka's Elisabeth (I'm pretty sure it was from Elisabeth, but I can't remember the name of the song. Will have to go through the CD). The next duet was "A whole new world" from Aladdin, performed by Kaya and amonn. They should really do more Disney songs!

One of my biggest regrets from not going to the previous Diva's Banquet (I really couldn't go that day, no matter how much I wanted to), was missing Seiji and Kaya's performance of "The Phantom of the Opera". So to my surprise and joy they did the song this time as well :D It really showed off Seiji's voice (And made Kaya's sound a little weak in comparison ^^; ) But it made me feel a lot better about missing out on it earlier, and I hope they'll repeat it again at a possible third Banquet event!

Loki and amonn did some solo songs. I know nothing about Loki's current project, König, so I don't know what song he sang. But they announced a tour with Kaya for August, where Art Cube and König will appear as guests, so I'll get to know them better then. Apart from the national tour, Kaya also announced the news of his new forthcoming single, "Awilda" (which the tour is supposed to promote).

Last time they focused their performance on songs from animes. This time they did various pop songs instead; some I was familiar with, and some I'd never heard. While the different vocalists took turns singing, the others were seated on a sofa at the back of the small stage. Songs were: Love is Over (Seiji), Hajimari wa itsumo ame (Loki), I LOVE YOU (amonn), Doll's House (Kaya).

At the end, Kaya finally did "Kasha" again! I'd been wanting to see this song live again really badly, as it's filled with energy, and I like the parts were we're all jumping together ^^ It's fun.
This was followed by "Rose Jail", and all four of them sang it together. It was more violent than the last few times, and I ended up getting hit hard enough in the head to see stars; Seiji looking concerned at his two fans getting smashed up right in front of him. But I'm used to this song, and know to expect a few bruises etc. The final encore was Glitter Arch.


Another nice surprise was the selling of cheki (polaroids) after the live. It was the first time Seiji had done this, and the pictures are really cute ^^ Hopefully it won't be a one-time thing.
The next Art Cube live is coming up already this Friday :D They're really busy this month, so I hope Kazune will be out of the hospital soon to rejoin them!


Comments

( 7 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
risu_kami
Jun. 6th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I´m so jealous. I really want to see all the things your wrote.It must be so great to listen to disney and musical songs sung by them. T.T
I don´t guess they will do this next March T.T
I really envy you for this experiences.
chounohana
Jun. 7th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
The first Diva's Banquet was in February, so when they do these events seem pretty random. Meaning they might as well do something like this next March too :)

Seiji should definitely do songs from musicals more often. His voice fits it perfectly. The Disney song was really cute too.
moonlight_opera
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
I think the Z/Loki duet was Saigo no dansu ^^
Which is from Elizabeth indeed~
It sounded great didn't it?
Well, everything sounded great too me except that Amonn guy (a bit weak in comparison)^^
chounohana
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
I just saw Kaya's update with the setlist :) It's been a while since I've listened to the Elisabeth songs, but did think it sounded familiar.

Well, amonn wasn't supposed to be there originally, so he did seem a bit out of place. But I found him amusing in a cute way, so I'm glad he requested to participate. I was at the event at Cyber last year that Kaya mentioned, and amonn came off as a lot less shy and awkward when performing with his own band...

I truly enjoyed the show a lot. Seeing as they filmed the whole thing, I hope we'll eventually see it on a DVD! :D
vk_lover
Feb. 18th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Now I know from whom I bought the cheki of this event ^^
chounohana
Feb. 19th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Hi!
I've been selling off a lot of old band stuff, so I guess you were one of the buyers? Hope they ended up somewhere they'll be appreciated :)
vk_lover
Feb. 20th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
Definitely ^^
I used a shopping service to get some of your awesome items ^^
I'm still watching for this Art Cube DVDs ;)
( 7 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )

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