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Juka @ 新宿HOLIDAY

Saying that it was raining today, would be an understatement. It wasn't that bad when we left for Tokyo, but that sure changed by the time we arrived in Shinjuku  -__-

I was surprised at how many people came to HOLIDAY today, as it was a session live, and no "proper" bands. One of the more popular groups was Satoshi's (vocalist of EREMIA) session. They didn't do any LAREINE songs this time around, but several other songs that most of the audience were familiar with. Including Phantasmagoria, Pierrot, and a Gazette song, for which they made the bassist put on a homemade noseband x)

I don't listen to enough of D's music to know the names of the songs Juka sang, but like before, they were all D covers. His voice sounded more powerful tonight. Last month it seemed like he was still holding back a bit, but now his voice sounds strong and even more polished than a year ago.
We hadn't reserved spots in the front row (saizen), so we just got to our spots in second row before Juka's set, which I was happy with. But noticing there was some space between a couple of saizen people, I asked if me and a friend could squeeze in between them. Apparently that wasn't possible, but instead a couple of girls offered us their spots o_o; Really nice of them, but I felt kinda bad seeing them move several rows back for our sake. It's not like Juka does lives every week.

Initial D (Juka & co) was the last band playing before the last and main band, Anmin Kigan (Rukia from Metis Gretel's session). Neither of us found them particularly interesting, so we considered leaving in an attempt to make it to the last train back home. But I wanted cheki from Juka, and he still hadn't come out to sell them, so we ended up waiting until Anmin were done playing. And I'm so glad we did ^__^ During their final encore, the vocalist started calling people to the front. Not the general audience, but other bandmen. The bassist of EREMIA (who was part of Satoshi's session today), had already been jumping around, headbanging and saku'ing among us girls for a while (dressed in his costume and platform boots. The guy is cool!) A few more guys jumped in among us and started dancing along. The rest of them were forced to go up on stage. Several of them, including Juka, joined in on singing the last song. Then they had to do the furi like we did. Juka sort of failed. He tried though, while he looked like he was thinking something along the lines of "oh-god-what-am-I-doing-don't-look-at-me D:" Before he gave up, hid his face in his hands and jumped off the stage x) This will certainly make me feel less stupid if I mess up during his songs.

After this, we finally got to buy those cheki so we could get on our way back home. The merch table wasn't exactly crowded, so he had time to talk to everyone who wanted to talk with him. His geographical knowledge amuses me.... "Norway....??? That's the place that's... cold, right? (・__・;)"



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Jan. 30th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Ahahah Juka's a dork. And that's cool that the band guys did that. ^^ I wish I was there (as usual).
Jan. 31st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I didn't expect the guys to actually join us. And the bassist from Eremia seemed more into it than any of the girls x) Kinda scary when he started jumping though, as his movements were totally unpredictable, and a lot of us weren't wearing shoes. And you really don't want to get your toes under the jumping feet of a guy wearing shoes like that.
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
That leopard shirt. Oh, that leopard shirt.

I keep wanting to pull my hair out wondering what it was he sang! XD The setlist should pop up somewhere eventually, though~ X)

That last bit with everyone furi'ing sounded like a blast! Poor Juka, though. XD He just seems so spacey and silly, I dunno. "Norway... it's... cold, right?" Priceless. XD
Jan. 31st, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
And he wasn't the only guy in the session band wearing leopard print this time...

I only listen regularly to a handful of D's songs, so unless he starts doing those, I'll be failing when it comes to giving a setlist D: Maybe he'll post something on his mixi.

XD He tried to act cool, drank some beer and attempted to pass the microphone over to someone else after he got up on stage at the end. But no one wanted to take the mic from him, so he ended up having to sing along himself.
At least he wasn't wrong. It is pretty cold XD
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know he had a concert. D:

Don't feel bad about the girls who moved back to give you the saizen spots. You might have actually made them happy, if they moved several rows back instead of just behind you. There are some strange things going on... I noticed at the December concert that some of the jouren don't want to stand in the front row any more. They only took the spots at the beginning to ensure that he'd have a saizen, but they didn't want to be there and gave up the spots as soon as they found other people who wanted them. If it was those girls you ran into, they might have been really relieved to give you their places.
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Juka must not be advertising his lives well enough... I've talked with people who weren't there last time, and the reason was because they didn't know about it (>__<)

I don't know, maybe that's what happened? It never looked like it would be a problem filling up the front row though. There seemed to be a lot more Juka fans there this time compared to the live in December. (And the girls only gave up their spots after the girl in charge of organizing the front row talked to them.)
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
*_* i really love his hair.

~ oh...is there any news about Juka's band member search? o_o
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
His hair was the first thing I noticed too! He either had a really good hair day yesterday, or he got better at syling it recently.

He's still looking for bandmates. He said that all the guys he was playing with last night were just session members, so it might still be a while before he's able to start up a new, official band.
Jan. 31st, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Aww the furi thing is so cute *laughs*
Maybe he's a slow learning when it comes to such things or just isn't made for it?

Pretty cool that the guys joined you and also did headbanging and such ^_^
Reading one of your comments below the bassist's jumping sounds a little dangerous though. Good that no one got hurt.

"Norway....??? That's the place that's... cold, right? (・__・;)"
You should have answered: "Uhm, no actually it's pretty hot all the time. We've got quite a lot of sun."
I'd love to know how he'd react to that.

He looks good in those pics! I like his hairstyle and oh do I see leopard print *-*'
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I think he was just uncomfortable with having to do the furi on stage with all of us watching.

Having the guys among us made it slightly chaotic. Shino (the jumping bassist) moved from the mid area to the front by running. Unfortunately for him we all had our bags littered around on the floor, which he didn't notice until he stumbled over several at once. So his dash to the front ended up being more of a long but speedy fall forwards, bumping into people on his way. Some of the others started grabbing the arms of unsuspecting girls who weren't moving, trying to make them do the coreography. And at the same time you had way too many bandmen on a very small stage, that didn't quite know what they should do with themselves, so they all just did random stuff. It was enjoyable to watch it all :)
Jan. 31st, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I just picture him running and then tripping over your bags and falling forward XD Poor guy.
It sounds like an amusing chaos X3 I would have loved to see it. You surely had a great time.
Jan. 31st, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
well, this guy was right about one thing, it's QUITE cold in Norway now, haha....

beklager at jeg ikke har skrevet på lenge, men saken er at jeg har vært veldig opptatt..
håper at du har det bra ellers også, og ikke bare med konsertgåing..
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Hørte det var kommet ganske masse snø i deler av landet i det siste ^^; Håper du ikke blir lett forkjølet da.

Ja, det har vel nylig startet opp et nytt semester i Oslo :) Lykke til med nye fag.
Feb. 4th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
Oh oh that sound like such a fun live~:D Sort of made me regret not being able to go then.^^' Thank you for the report.:D
Feb. 4th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
At least you didn't have to go through a place like Kabukicho, at night, in that horrible weather :p

Let's hope Juka will do session lives more frequently now, until he finds members for his new band :)
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
*bank i bordet
må ikke nevne forkjølelse, kremt kremt.
neida, har det bra. må begynne med exphil oppgave snart :-(
i år har vi også reiko-sensei. hun er snill synes jeg, ikke streng i det hele tatt..

Feb. 6th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
You don't want again exchange pic with me ? XD
Feb. 6th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Juka.
Sorry, but these pictures are expensive, so I'd prefer to not post them online.
Feb. 6th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
I know because I have it too ^^
but by personal mail, I can exchange my Juka's event pic with you, and take it private.
Feb. 6th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Juka
Thanks, but I'd like to keep these for myself for now. I'll let you know if I change my mind though.
Feb. 6th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Okay, like you want. (^-^)b
Apr. 16th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
You ever don't want make exchange with me ? (laugh)
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