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.