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Jetlag! Since I came back from Europe earlier this week, I haven't been able to fall asleep until 6 in the morning, but still had to get up fairly early all of these days, so definitely not feeling too great. But it's been fun hanging out with friends I hadn't seen for a few weeks, going to lives again etc.

Not going to get some sleep for several hours yet, so I might as well kill some time writing something here.

The flight back to Narita was pretty uneventful. I had to transfer flights in Amsterdam, which fortunately has an interesting airport as I had to wait there for more than 7 hours. But the place was quite big, and there was a Starbucks so it wasn't as boring as I thought it would be. And the Dutch language is really interesting. I'd never been to the Netherlands before, and hadn't notice just how much it sounds like my own language (as long as you don't listen to the words).

Went to see Art Cube on Friday. Hadn't seen them for more than a month, and E'm~grief~ were playing as well, so it was great getting back to Japan in time for this live.

Art Cube's setlist:
1. 虹化鏡
2. Pain~ Wing・・・ (without the intro)
3. 瑠璃雨
4. Blue Heaven
5. 失楽蝶

Happy about five songs this time, unfortunately still no sight of Rem. And for those overseas who might be wondering: no news about the Europe tour D: Other than Yossy mentioning in his blog yesterday that "oh, we've decided to do a Europe tour", and that he's worried about not being able to smoke on the plane. Dates and places would be nice though, at least if this is supposed to happen next month. Personally I'd prefer them to postpone it a bit. I'd still like to try and go, but I'd need more than a week's notice... As do most people in Europe I assume :/

Other than the setlist being one song longer than usual (yay) I can't really think of anything that stood out that needs mentioning. Still some chances of discomfort for the people standing in front of Seiji, even without Rem. He hit the girl next to me in the face with the riding whip thing he's using during lives and got his sleeves stuck in her hair. I keep having to watch out for this whenever I see them. I especially wish he'd be more careful of where he's waving that whip; I barely avoided getting hit in the eye once. But he didn't bring the microphone stand this time, so we didn't have to fear getting hit by that whenever he'd make it fall over ^^;

E'm did a slightly longer set than usual too, including the duel for Yuuze at the beginning and Majyu running around with the chainsaw at the end. Cecir Time is still awkward (but entertaining for those of us who are not Cecir)

Tonight we went to Takadanobaba mainly for THE VELVET, but a few other good bands were added to the line-up too.

I keep re-discovering MaitoreiA every time I see them. And they're getting more and more like Amaterase (not a bad thing). But what was the point of the new costumes? They're not using them o.O

THE VELVET's setlist: (ah, MiMi beat me to it)
1.真夜中のサーカス (new song, really short)

(@wingsinacage: Shiroi karasu is the headbanging song, not Poison, sorry)

We were 15 fans there today! :D We even had to reserve spots for the front row (which we often aren't enough people to fill up) I know a lot of people aren't fans of this front row system, but it means there are actually enough fans for there to be any point to it, so that's nice. A couple of us did our best to cheer Bera on over at the kamite side, and he seemed really happy and appreciative. So much he started blowing kisses (which is not a particularly Bera-like thing to do x) )
Everyone except the drummer started the first song with the bird cages over their heads. MiMi somehow got the microphone inside the cage despite his head filling up most of it. Towards the end of the live, he started placing the cage over the heads of people in the front row instead. 
He tripped over some cords again, losing his balance but avoiding falling to the floor. MiMi seemed embarrassed for a second, and I couldn't help but laugh at him, to which he responded with a foolish grin and laughed himself. I guess this wasn't as bad as banging his head in the ceiling like at the previous live after all, lol. 

(@zeldana: Kouichi is creepy. He'll stare at you like this σ_σ without blinking. FOREVER.) 


( 28 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
Sep. 12th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
If the European tour is really happening I may not be able to go now. I took most of my remaining holidays for V-Rock and I don't think I can get away again in the same month, especially at short notice. I hope at least one of the dates falls on a weekend, preferably in Germany or France (I daren't hope for UK).

BTW, can you receive international SMS and/or web email (Yahoo) on your keitai? I'm still trying to work out the best (i.e. cheapest and most practical) way for communicating in Japan and this seems to vary greatly from provider to provider.
Sep. 12th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
It is happening as Yossy just said, but if they want it to happen in October like they first announced, they need to do something soon. Seems like a postponement would be nice for both of us then.

I can't receive SMS (Japanese phones don't use SMS at all), but I've never had any trouble with emails sent from computers. As long as whatever you're sending is coming from an e-mail address, it should work.
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I think if they want to come in October it is already too late. It would be better to wait until after Xmas and prepare and advertise it as thoroughly as possible.

I know that Japanese mobiles can't send SMS between service providers, but Softbank phones can send/receive international SMS (I tested it with Angelica), which would be much cheaper for me than making international calls or sending web email. But if I had to send you an email, would I just send it from Yahoo to your ezweb address?
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
You should be able to send me email from Yahoo. You could try sending me one from your computer now if you want to test it before coming here.
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I just sent you a test email!
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Did you get my reply?
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, thank you!

I actually sent/received the email via my phone. We don't have phone email in the UK, except for business users (i.e. Blackberry) but we can use our web email on our phones. It's a bit slow because the phone has to pull in the email from the internet, but it IS working, which is a relief!
Sep. 12th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
well, they´re coming to europe, as far as i know greece and france.
but for some good reasons i wont go to a concert of art cube anymore.
as hard as it will be :o(
Sep. 12th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for whatever trouble you've had with the EU tour management, but please don't take it out on the band. From your descriptions it sounds a bit like typical problems that might arouse when a band does not have staff themselves with sufficient English, contacts abroad etc. to manage a tour like this by themselves, forcing them to seek help from others. Unfortunately a lot of these people aren't handling the business on the professional level it should be. Moi dix Mois seemed to have similar problems a while back.
Sep. 12th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
i don´t handle it out to the band...
but have you read my last entry about the email i recieved today?
sry, but we already told shizuki how that "tourmanagment" works and there was still no sorry or something like that and that´s just not the way a band should react.
i still will buy their cd´s etc, but as long as they work with that comapany, i won´t go on the concerts.
especially not now, when i already was told that i should stay away.
also a good way to destroy the fan base of the guys
Sep. 12th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't expect a band to take part in arguments like this, as it's the managements job to handle these issues.
But as I'm oblivious of this whole ordeal, I'll leave it at that, and hope whoever is in charge manages to sort things out.
Sep. 12th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
i don´t care about that anymore.
it´s sad that the name of a good band is destroyed because some children think they can plan a tour.
but anyway, since i´m not allowed to be on a concert, what choice do i have?
even if i would still have my job, which i don´t have because of i tried more to help art cube than doing my own job, i would not be allowed to be at the concerts and that´s teh reason why a few other people also stay away.

and you are right, it´s a managements job, but a tour manager can not run around and say: that´s my band^^
cause the only thing he has to manage is the tour ;o)
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Sep. 12th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
There wasn't any headbanging this winter/spring, so you wouldn't have seen it at the lives you were at.

Yeah, playing guitar with his teeth, talking & laughing, blowing kisses... I wonder where this is going x) He's also started leaning further and further into the front row. Today he wouldn't stop until he bumped into me. There's a limit to how far backwards I can lean >
Sep. 12th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Kouichi
I have to ask: Are there any jrockers that act like normal human beings? X) Seems like they act more and more bizarre as time passes, haha.

What an awesome AREA line up! Maito and XOVER on the same night... how did you decide what to wear? I'd guess since you went for THE VELVET you were decked out in an abundance of polka-dots. :D

(Now I'm curious about how they'd react if someone walked up to them acting like a stereotypical animated, slightly overzealous westerner. XDD)
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: Kouichi
At least he wasn't doing constant eye brow exercises like the oddball on his left...

Virgil was there too :D But yes, we were dressed for THE VELVET as we were going to be in the front row, and the other bands don't care what you're wearing.
Is Zen still scheduled to leave Maito? He's still around and they didn't mention anything about it.
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC)
Re: Kouichi
I recall him saying he would leave after their third oneman (Sept. 18). Which struck me as kind of strange, considering the circumstances for his departure, but... I guess he had his reasons. fo.o
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Re: Kouichi
aww, I'm glad I got to see him last night then, not being able to go to the oneman next week. So many of the bands I like seem to be losing members one way or the other this year :/
Curious to see who will take his place.
Sep. 12th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
jeg vil prøve fugleburet. (・v ・)
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Hadde du vært der kunne du jo fått gjort det :D Da vet du hva du må bli med på neste gang du er her.

Du gikk også glipp av sølvhår-mannen jeg hadde klart å unngå så lenge. Det var... gøy. Han begynte å peke på meg ._.
Sep. 17th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
hehe, joa... Kan ikke du dra på Ogre-konserter i mitt sted? Så kan du oppdatere meg på hvordan det ligger an, og be de pelle seg til Norge. (^^)b

sølvhår-mannen? the one and only? høhø XD
Sep. 18th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Det blir en bra konsert-rapport... "Mannen med briller og svart emohår stod helt stille, så ned i gulvet og var emooo. Den andre mannen med briller og svart emohår..." osv.

Han hadde fått seg ny leopard-skjorte :3 Men buksene hans glitret ikke like fint lenger *sukk*
Sep. 18th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Er det feil å meg å synes at en slik konsert-rapport høres bra ut? :D Men det hørtes litt mer ut som the Novembers da. Bortsett fra at de ikke står helt stille, men tar av, og er råtøffe, hehhe...

Ja, så når blir det date? ;)
Sep. 19th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Jeg venter fremdeles på at Yusuke skal bli visuell. Hvordan står det til med håret hans for tiden?

Nei, du vet... Uten glitter-bukser kan det være det samme :P
Men, hilse fra deg? Ja? OK :D
Sep. 23rd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
veeel, han postet nettopp dette bildet i bloggen sin:
Håret synes ikke så godt, men det er en barnevennlig Yusuke da, halellujah. El som han selv skrev: イメージアップ効果に期待 :P

Sep. 13th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
It was great yesterday, wasn't it? I am so happy we made Bera that confident. And you forgot to mention the pointing thing at us with that air: "Omg, I have fans, thank you so much!!! *tears of joy*" ;-)

And, surprisingly, I enjoyed most of the bands yesterday. With the exception of XOVER. Err, I feel bad for Juka...

Sep. 13th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
oh right, the "wow you seriously care about me?" pointing XD Let's make an effort to make him feel special on the 21st as well ^^ (Especially after you told me how different he acted compared to the previous live. Seems like we really are making a difference)

lol Juka...
Sep. 15th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to Japan! Glad to hear everything went fine. 7 hours waiting at an airport doesn't sound nice though.

The Velvet's lives sound great. Mimi must be real fun to watch with all his clumsiness.
The birdcages look cool but I wouldn't have thought they only wear them on stage. It seems so...uncomfortable and limiting in movement.

By reading the comments below...I don't know about the situation, but I don't like what I read here about Art Cube's tour problems. I do want to see Art Cube, but if they will only come to France (or Greece) I am not sure if I can or will go.
Really, I would like to know what's up with all that around the tour.
Sep. 16th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
7 hours didn't feel so bad after waiting almost 10 hours at a small Norwegian airport a few days earlier with nothing to do or eat. Amsterdam's airport is nice.

They only wore the cages for the beginning of the first song. MiMi spends most of their lives dancing around, so the cage certainly would be limiting his movement. I was surprised to see him actually sing with it on this time. There's his head, his hat, the big curly pigtails, and the microphone x) But he somehow still managed.

It seems strange that Art Cube would wait a whole week for the second live if the two in France are the only ones... Unless they're planning to do a lot of promotional stuff in between, film a PV etc. The band hasn't told their fans anything at their lives here yet. Even when we were given the flyer where it said "Europe tour planned for October" at their oneman in June, they didn't say a word. You'd think they would have proudly announced it then >_< (sorry, I'm just a bit tired of them always being late with announcements and information often lacking from their website. It's gotten a bit better lately though.)
( 28 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )

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