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『CAFE NOIR -カフェ ノアール-』

My cellphone went on an adventure yesterday.... I was on my way to Shibuya to attend Kaya's second Bonjour! Chanson event. We waited on the Yamanote Line for quite a while, but it was delayed and they just kept repeating the same message over and over so we ended up moving on to a different line. I had been using my phone to check which line we could use instead, and it was suddenly gone somewhere between the two platforms D: I have no idea what happened, neither me nor the person I was walking with heard it fall to the ground, which should have made a fairly loud noise. We tracked our steps back to where we came from, but couldn't find it anywhere. I tried asking the station attendants, but all they did was give me a phone number to call, about my missing...phone. How am I gonna do that? x)
We were running out of time to get to the venue in time for when the doors opened, so I had to give up the search for the moment. Went back to the station at night, but still no luck at finding it. Of course I had to choose one of the biggest stations in the world to lose something really important to me... So I was about to give up, and was planning on going to the koban this afternoon, and then go get my subscription ended - which can be a costly affair according to a friend who's been through the same procedure. But decided on giving Shinjuku station one more try on my way there. And they had it! ヽ(;´ω`)ノ I could have cried when the guy came out of the back room with my phone. I'm so dependant on it every single day, and was really sad about losing all the information and stuff I have stored on it.


Despite a bit of running back and forth in Shinjuku, we made it to Shibuya just in time for the live.



The main guests this time around were Ryo (9GOATS BLACK OUT), Hitomi (Moran) and Z (Art Cube). I guess it's easy to guess who I was there to see.... But there were quite a few other musicians who participated. Atsuto and Shingo, previously members of Sugar were among the backup musicians. The event was divided among four neighbouring live houses, and we could move freely between them if we wanted to.

This was the timetable for O-WEST where Kaya and the three other vocalists appeared:



The opening act was done at this live house, with Kaya, Soiree and Yamada Koshi. The latter seemed like a really cool guy. I'd love to hear more of his music if I can find it.

Kaya posted the setlist here. Several of them are famous French songs, but the vocalists had written their own Japanese lyrics and given them new titles. One of the songs Kaya did was L'amour est un oiseau rebelle by Maria Callas. As soon as he said the name Callas, I wondered how that was going to end up sounding, as I've heard him sing similar stuff before, and to be honest it sounded rather awful. But he really impressed me with it. He managed to hit all the high notes, and his voice didn't sound very forced doing it. One of the other songs he did that I was fairly familiar with (I really don't know chansons) was Edith Piaf's La Vie en Rose. It's always a part of Kaya's monthly radio show, and he said he loves the song. 

I was surprised at Ryo having the most fans there. I don't know his fanbase, and it's been a while since I saw his band, but I assumed there would be mostly Kaya fans. The times I've seen 9GOATS BLACK OUT, I've kept to the back, so this was the first time I'd seen him up close like this. He's quite charming, and got a great voice. And those of his fans I talked to were very nice. 
Apart from me and two friends of mine, I couldn't see any Art Cube fans there. I knew the regulars probably wouldn't show up as they favour other members than Seiji, but couldn't recognize any of the other faces either. And the lack of people was quite obvious whenever fans were supposed to call the musicians' names -__-; But at least I enjoyed the chance to see him sing something completely different than usual. He did look extremely out of place though. As expected, Kaya showed up in the black and white polkadotted dress. The others were all dressed in black and white suits, while Seiji appeared on stage in the Shitsurakuchou costume (black and red dress + white wig with braids). He commented himself on looking more like a Dragon Ball character than anything to do with chansons... And unsurprisingly, he hadn't learned all the the lyrics this time either ^^; He was reading them from a book.

Despite the timetable above saying x&x talk, it was Kaya doing pretty much all the talking, with the others just standing around. With Hitomi there, he even talked about the Dis Inferno event several years back, and mentioned Mana and Kamijo as well.

As the show was coming to an end, both Ryo and Hitomi did a couple of songs from their own bands, to the obvious joy of the people in the audience. I wish Seiji would have performed an Art Cube song too, but he ended up only doing a total of three songs this night (all of them chansons). Kaya did the very last song, and was again joined by Soiree and Yamada. After this, they introduced the other musicians who had finished their lives at the three other venues, and as a finale, the people on the second floor started throwing lots and lots of heart shaped, signed, balloons down at us. (Which of course made us look up, and we found ourselves staring right into Kengo's face up there ^^; )


I did end up spending parts of the night worrying about my missing cellphone, but it was really nice to meet up with a friend visiting from Europe that I hadn't seen for some time :) And I got my phone back, so everything's alright now.

Next upcoming live is Moi dix Mois this Saturday. And it's the event with Yu~ki! He's looking amazing in the new photos, and I'm really thankful for the opportunity to see and hear him play live.





Comments

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kass
Jul. 15th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
Hahaha, Chanson is such a funny style for them all to be singing. Especially with Kengo in the audience watching. XD

*-* Yu~ki.... Was that a set being sold at the concerts, then?
chounohana
Jul. 15th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
Kaya seems to really love the style. The others did very well too. Some of them didn't even know what chansons were prior to being invited to perform at this event (Hitomi accepted thinking it was another style of music than it is ^^; ) The only thing I wish they'de done different would be doing more duets or songs with more of them singing together, rather than just solo songs. (btw, they didn't have that album you asked about)

That picture of Yu~ki is from a Moi dix Mois pamphlet.
kass
Jul. 15th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
It's adorable that they would all take him up on the offer, though~ XD So many people with different styles, and Kaya just pulls it together because he loves the style.
Oh, no problem. X3 Thanks for checking.
huivanta
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
OMG, YU~KI!!!! <3333 Are there more pictures? *spazzes*
chounohana
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are more pictures :) For the sake of those people coming here on Saturday and are looking forward to getting the pamphlet themselves etc. I won't be posting them online though. (Not that I have a scanner anyway). But they really did a great job on the pamphlet. I think everyone should be pleased with it.

(Did anyone overseas try ordering it from Midi:Nette's webshop? Since there is a "overseas" option when selecting country...)
huivanta
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I don't know if anyone could do it. But I know someone at least had a look at it. (It's all in Japanese though right? I think that's why they didn't order it)
I haven't thought about trying, since Angelica offered to get one for me a while back. xD (Not sure if she still can though , it's been a while since she mentioned it.)
huivanta
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
lol, and what is it that we call that beard of his again? "Pornosmultring"? xDDD
chounohana
Jul. 15th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
haha, the beard thing was my first thought too. He still somehow pulls it off.

You should send her a message then. Better you do it soon since she'll be leaving the country for a few weeks by the end of this month.
huivanta
Jul. 15th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Considering what that man's been wearing during the years, I'm convinced he can pull of ANYTHING. XD

I did just now. ^^
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chounohana
Jul. 15th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
He surely still has a lot of support among fans.
Has he been inactive lately? That would explain the large amount of people there to see him.
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yami_no_geisha
Jul. 15th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank Goodness you found your phone again! I'm so glad! In the UK you never would have got it back, people don't even hand in lost umbrellas.

I really like the DS2 pamphlet. I think they did a great job with that photo shoot - a more mature, but totally believable Malice Mizer. For the first time I can imagine a reunion, however unlikely that may be.

I bought a phone today. Bizarrely, it came without a charger. I hope it is a common model... :/

chounohana
Jul. 15th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
It was at that non-existent Lost & Found place. (It was strangely well hidden, and I had to go through gates that made it look like a restricted area. Wasn't sure if I was allowed to enter at first.) I'm glad I decided to go back one more time before giving up completely.

I hope at least Yu~ki decides to stay around for a little while before disappearing again.

It shouldn't be too hard to find a charger. Is the phone a docomo/au/softbank etc?
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