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RE: impressions
(08-07-2009, 11:19 AM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:07 AM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:01 AM)tracycoder Wrote: I think that was it too i mean i didnt notice anything wrong with him either he seemed like the same hyde to me as always but of course he couldn't interact as much with fans and let them touch him when we were a few feet away from the stage

See? THAT'S "wasted space". Icon_blaugh

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! (put the other picture back please,)

You don't find this pic saxy?

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RE: impressions
(08-07-2009, 07:50 PM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:19 AM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:07 AM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:01 AM)tracycoder Wrote: I think that was it too i mean i didnt notice anything wrong with him either he seemed like the same hyde to me as always but of course he couldn't interact as much with fans and let them touch him when we were a few feet away from the stage

See? THAT'S "wasted space". Icon_blaugh

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! (put the other picture back please,)

You don't find this pic saxy?

[Image: 3796293067_5e8a107f8d_o.jpg]

Lol...NO! I don't find it SAXY at all! And I do not Lor-e-lie(y)!!!
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RE: impressions
(08-07-2009, 09:35 PM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 07:50 PM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:19 AM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:07 AM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:01 AM)tracycoder Wrote: I think that was it too i mean i didnt notice anything wrong with him either he seemed like the same hyde to me as always but of course he couldn't interact as much with fans and let them touch him when we were a few feet away from the stage

See? THAT'S "wasted space". Icon_blaugh

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! (put the other picture back please,)

You don't find this pic saxy?

[Image: 3796293067_5e8a107f8d_o.jpg]

Lol...NO! I don't find it SAXY at all! And I do not Lor-e-lie(y)!!!
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'sOK Bill-lad. I think it's saxy as HELL! in a good way. Winky

as for the Hyde issue, if you don't make a "wasted space" for the camera guys to maneuver in, you wind up with vids that look about as good as those on FAITH's documentary disc. ie, the backs of people's heads, reaching arms and head and shoulders of the band, except for the onstage cameras, which give back and side views of the band. i doubt they would want that. nor would any of us. sacrificing a show's worth of groping, which fans back home might not love as they rarely get that opportunity anymore, seems to be a small price to pay for better footage. at least i think so. i dunno, didn't get close enough to do any groping, and seriously doubt i would have if i had been front and center. *shrugs*

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or last but never least, a small bit of the OLD days.Whistle
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hope you enjoyed. goodness knows i always do. Icon_lol
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RE: impressions
(08-07-2009, 10:35 PM)mamikochan Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 09:35 PM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 07:50 PM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:19 AM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:07 AM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:01 AM)tracycoder Wrote: I think that was it too i mean i didnt notice anything wrong with him either he seemed like the same hyde to me as always but of course he couldn't interact as much with fans and let them touch him when we were a few feet away from the stage

See? THAT'S "wasted space". Icon_blaugh

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! (put the other picture back please,)

You don't find this pic saxy?

[Image: 3796293067_5e8a107f8d_o.jpg]

Lol...NO! I don't find it SAXY at all! And I do not Lor-e-lie(y)!!!
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'sOK Bill-lad. I think it's saxy as HELL! in a good way. Winky

as for the Hyde issue, if you don't make a "wasted space" for the camera guys to maneuver in, you wind up with vids that look about as good as those on FAITH's documentary disc. ie, the backs of people's heads, reaching arms and head and shoulders of the band, except for the onstage cameras, which give back and side views of the band. i doubt they would want that. nor would any of us. sacrificing a show's worth of groping, which fans back home might not love as they rarely get that opportunity anymore, seems to be a small price to pay for better footage. at least i think so. i dunno, didn't get close enough to do any groping, and seriously doubt i would have if i had been front and center. *shrugs*

cathb, just for you. a small "haido spam".Icon_sweatdrop
[Image: scan0002.jpg]
orIcon_biggrin
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh306...yde-73.jpg
or one of my favs-Icon_heart
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh306...de01-1.jpg
or last but never least, a small bit of the OLD days.Whistle
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh306...1731-1.jpg

hope you enjoyed. goodness knows i always do. Icon_lol

Oh my yes!!!! Thanks for sharing. I think my blood pressure went up a few points with that one!
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RE: impressions
(08-07-2009, 10:40 PM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 10:35 PM)mamikochan Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 09:35 PM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 07:50 PM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:19 AM)cathb Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:07 AM)Billkwando Wrote:
(08-07-2009, 11:01 AM)tracycoder Wrote: I think that was it too i mean i didnt notice anything wrong with him either he seemed like the same hyde to me as always but of course he couldn't interact as much with fans and let them touch him when we were a few feet away from the stage

See? THAT'S "wasted space". Icon_blaugh

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! (put the other picture back please,)

You don't find this pic saxy?

[Image: 3796293067_5e8a107f8d_o.jpg]

Lol...NO! I don't find it SAXY at all! And I do not Lor-e-lie(y)!!!
------------------
'sOK Bill-lad. I think it's saxy as HELL! in a good way. Winky

as for the Hyde issue, if you don't make a "wasted space" for the camera guys to maneuver in, you wind up with vids that look about as good as those on FAITH's documentary disc. ie, the backs of people's heads, reaching arms and head and shoulders of the band, except for the onstage cameras, which give back and side views of the band. i doubt they would want that. nor would any of us. sacrificing a show's worth of groping, which fans back home might not love as they rarely get that opportunity anymore, seems to be a small price to pay for better footage. at least i think so. i dunno, didn't get close enough to do any groping, and seriously doubt i would have if i had been front and center. *shrugs*

cathb, just for you. a small "haido spam".Icon_sweatdrop
[Image: scan0002.jpg]
orIcon_biggrin
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh306...yde-73.jpg
or one of my favs-Icon_heart
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh306...de01-1.jpg
or last but never least, a small bit of the OLD days.Whistle
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh306...1731-1.jpg

hope you enjoyed. goodness knows i always do. Icon_lol

Oh my yes!!!! Thanks for sharing. I think my blood pressure went up a few points with that one!

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RE: impressions
(08-03-2009, 12:04 AM)lilgurlseishi Wrote: okie dokie like the soma concert i have the set list and i'll have the MC down soon i'm soooo blehhh after going through the concert last night and 8 hours of work today. (i love my phone! sooo small, yet picks up sound very well!)
let's see Wiltern Set List (very similar to the soma one)
1. Bite
2. Love Addict
3. It's Sad
4. Redrum
**MC 1**
5. Vampire Depression
6. Secret in My Heart
7. Jesus Christ
8. Evanescent
9. Countdown
10. Dolly
11. Sweet Dreams
12. Life on Mars?
**MC 2**
13. Hunting
14. Hideaway
15. Trouble
16. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
17. Sex Blood Rock n' Roll
*** ENCORE***
MC 3
18. I Gotta Kick Start Now
19. Midnight Celebration

okie dokie i'm back to put in the MCs and other stuff sorry i couldn't really decipher some of it out b/c the sound was sooo off in the recordings and at times the MCs got drowned out by the screaming fans hehe. the blank lines you see are where i couldn't figure out for the life of me what they are saying.

Opening Band - the Exies
Fear of Being Alone
Hey You
My Goddess
Different Than You
__________ (i'm not sure sorry)
These are the Days

MC 1
-HELLO FUCKING L. A.
__________
___________
___________
-YOU KNOW THAT OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS RIGHT?
_________
__________ ARE YOU LOVING IT?
________ ARE YOU GUYS READY?
-THE NEXT SONG . VAMPIRE DEPRESSION

MC 2
-UHH WILTERN. WILTERN IS ACTUALLY A WONDERFUL VENUE
-IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE PERFORMING HERE
-TODAY I JUST GOT UHH OVER MY JET LAG.
-HOWEVER, SOON WE WILL BE GOING BACK TO JAPAN
____________ YEAH?
-ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU FUCKING READY? ARE YOU FUCKING READY L.A.?
-TONIGHT I AM LOOKING FOR ... cute... little... LAMB
-WHERE'S MY LAMB?
-WHERE'S MY...
-WHERE'S MY BABY?
-WHERE'S MY LAMB?
-LET'S GO HUNTING

MC 3 (at the beginning of the encore)
-UHH THANK YOU SO MUCH
-UHH WE'VE BEEN TRAVELLING AROUND THE U.S.A. BY BUS
-WE GOT TO MEET SO MANY... SO MANY GREAT FANS
-WE ARE VERY HAPPY
-UHH TO ALL THE STAFF WHO HELPED OUT EACH DAY. THANK YOU.
-I'M JUST VERY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
-AND YOU FANS, THANK YOU ALL
-EVERYONE THANK YOU SO MUCH
-UHHH MAY WE COME BACK TO THE U.S.?
-WILL YOU COME SEE US AGAIN?
______________
-WE'LL BE BACK
-OH YEAH...
-ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY?
-WE'RE GONNA KICK START NOW...
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RE: impressions
(08-07-2009, 11:51 PM)lilgurlseishi Wrote:
(08-03-2009, 12:04 AM)lilgurlseishi Wrote: okie dokie like the soma concert i have the set list and i'll have the MC down soon i'm soooo blehhh after going through the concert last night and 8 hours of work today. (i love my phone! sooo small, yet picks up sound very well!)
let's see Wiltern Set List (very similar to the soma one)
1. Bite
2. Love Addict
3. It's Sad
4. Redrum
**MC 1**
5. Vampire Depression
6. Secret in My Heart
7. Jesus Christ
8. Evanescent
9. Countdown
10. Dolly
11. Sweet Dreams
12. Life on Mars?
**MC 2**
13. Hunting
14. Hideaway
15. Trouble
16. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
17. Sex Blood Rock n' Roll
*** ENCORE***
MC 3
18. I Gotta Kick Start Now
19. Midnight Celebration

okie dokie i'm back to put in the MCs and other stuff sorry i couldn't really decipher some of it out b/c the sound was sooo off in the recordings and at times the MCs got drowned out by the screaming fans hehe. the blank lines you see are where i couldn't figure out for the life of me what they are saying.

Opening Band - the Exies
Fear of Being Alone
Hey You
My Goddess
Different Than You
__________ (i'm not sure sorry)
These are the Days

MC 1
-HELLO FUCKING L. A.
__________
___________
___________
-YOU KNOW THAT OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS RIGHT?
_________
__________ ARE YOU LOVING IT?
________ ARE YOU GUYS READY?
-THE NEXT SONG . VAMPIRE DEPRESSION

MC 2
-UHH WILTERN. WILTERN IS ACTUALLY A WONDERFUL VENUE
-IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE PERFORMING HERE
-TODAY I JUST GOT UHH OVER MY JET LAG.
-HOWEVER, SOON WE WILL BE GOING BACK TO JAPAN
____________ YEAH?
-ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU FUCKING READY? ARE YOU FUCKING READY L.A.?
-TONIGHT I AM LOOKING FOR ... cute... little... LAMB
-WHERE'S MY LAMB?
-WHERE'S MY...
-WHERE'S MY BABY?
-WHERE'S MY LAMB?
-LET'S GO HUNTING

MC 3 (at the beginning of the encore)
-UHH THANK YOU SO MUCH
-UHH WE'VE BEEN TRAVELLING AROUND THE U.S.A. BY BUS
-WE GOT TO MEET SO MANY... SO MANY GREAT FANS
-WE ARE VERY HAPPY
-UHH TO ALL THE STAFF WHO HELPED OUT EACH DAY. THANK YOU.
-I'M JUST VERY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
-AND YOU FANS, THANK YOU ALL
-EVERYONE THANK YOU SO MUCH
-UHHH MAY WE COME BACK TO THE U.S.?
-WILL YOU COME SEE US AGAIN?
______________
-WE'LL BE BACK
-OH YEAH...
-ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY?
-WE'RE GONNA KICK START NOW...

Thanks for sharing!
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RE: impressions
(08-07-2009, 11:51 PM)lilgurlseishi Wrote:
(08-03-2009, 12:04 AM)lilgurlseishi Wrote: okie dokie like the soma concert i have the set list and i'll have the MC down soon i'm soooo blehhh after going through the concert last night and 8 hours of work today. (i love my phone! sooo small, yet picks up sound very well!)
let's see Wiltern Set List (very similar to the soma one)
1. Bite
2. Love Addict
3. It's Sad
4. Redrum
**MC 1**
5. Vampire Depression
6. Secret in My Heart
7. Jesus Christ
8. Evanescent
9. Countdown
10. Dolly
11. Sweet Dreams
12. Life on Mars?
**MC 2**
13. Hunting
14. Hideaway
15. Trouble
16. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
17. Sex Blood Rock n' Roll
*** ENCORE***
MC 3
18. I Gotta Kick Start Now
19. Midnight Celebration

okie dokie i'm back to put in the MCs and other stuff sorry i couldn't really decipher some of it out b/c the sound was sooo off in the recordings and at times the MCs got drowned out by the screaming fans hehe. the blank lines you see are where i couldn't figure out for the life of me what they are saying.

Opening Band - the Exies
Fear of Being Alone
Hey You
My Goddess
Different Than You
__________ (i'm not sure sorry)
These are the Days

MC 1
-HELLO FUCKING L. A.
__________
___________
___________
-YOU KNOW THAT OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS RIGHT?
_________
__________ ARE YOU LOVING IT?
________ ARE YOU GUYS READY?
-THE NEXT SONG . VAMPIRE DEPRESSION

MC 2
-UHH WILTERN. WILTERN IS ACTUALLY A WONDERFUL VENUE
-IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE PERFORMING HERE
-TODAY I JUST GOT UHH OVER MY JET LAG.
-HOWEVER, SOON WE WILL BE GOING BACK TO JAPAN
____________ YEAH?
-ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU FUCKING READY? ARE YOU FUCKING READY L.A.?
-TONIGHT I AM LOOKING FOR ... cute... little... LAMB
-WHERE'S MY LAMB?
-WHERE'S MY...
-WHERE'S MY BABY?
-WHERE'S MY LAMB?
-LET'S GO HUNTING

MC 3 (at the beginning of the encore)
-UHH THANK YOU SO MUCH
-UHH WE'VE BEEN TRAVELLING AROUND THE U.S.A. BY BUS
-WE GOT TO MEET SO MANY... SO MANY GREAT FANS
-WE ARE VERY HAPPY
-UHH TO ALL THE STAFF WHO HELPED OUT EACH DAY. THANK YOU.
-I'M JUST VERY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
-AND YOU FANS, THANK YOU ALL
-EVERYONE THANK YOU SO MUCH
-UHHH MAY WE COME BACK TO THE U.S.?
-WILL YOU COME SEE US AGAIN?
______________
-WE'LL BE BACK
-OH YEAH...
-ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY?
-WE'RE GONNA KICK START NOW...

That's so much!!! Are you gonna put the actual recording up sometime?? Icon_heart
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It's a bit late but here's my review for the Wiltern show, but work and school have been keeping me busy.

Line:

- My sister and I got there about 8 - 8:05 AM in the morning since I read that the Wiltern wasn't letting anyone line up earlier than 8. I heard that there were already people that came from the San Diego show in line the night before (I'm a lurker ^^ ), but I didn't get off from work until 3 and needed to finish up Hyde and KAZ's presents. #1 (or who I think as #1) was Hyde in this bloody bride dress which I absolutely loved (whoever you are, you are awesome) and she had us write our names and gave a number in the line since the autograph and concert line were the same(which is also ridiculously cool of them to take the time to do that, since most people wouldn't be so considerate). We were #138-139 but it actually wasn't that bad (we got to be right in next to Denny's door so every once in a while we felt the AC when the door opened ^^ )

Autograph session:

- Understandably people were nervous to meet VAMPS and get autographs and in the line we met people who travelled from Japan to get autographs because it's normally not done there. #137 (I don't know if she would want her name posted so I'll call her by her number) explained that she bought the band a magnum of champagne as a congratulations on their first show (as VAMPS) in LA (which when she gave it to them their faces lit up getting a laugh from the management team). I gave them each a letter and a handmade rosary (gold and red siam swarovski crystal with bronze crufixes and a St. Cecilia metal [St. Celicia is the patron saint of musicians]) that I've been working on for a few weeks and KAZ was a little surprised to get something (Hyde had a pretty nice pile by the time we got there). In particular Hyde's letter contained a list of Soba places in Southern California (J-san said he was looking for some at AX2009's VAMPS panel) with a note saying, "See? Now you HAVE to come back. :D " After receiving their presents they shook our hands (which was surprising since most Japanese people I know are very aware of personal boundaries) but both seemed to be very open and friendly.

Line:

- For the most part most of the people leaving the autograph session went back to their original spots and only left to get food. There we talked about how we got into VAMPS and what forums we were a part of and what other groups we listened to while holding spots for people who needed to get food or use the bathroom. About 4:45pm I went to drop off my things at my car and you could hear the band rehearsing it was like a private little concert so I stayed there for a little and around 5:45 I started walking towards the car when a bunch of Wiltern security people went looking around the premises. Apparently someone managed to sneak in my sister called me back to the line since she planned on getting us food, so I booked it and waited. About 6:00 the Wiltern people started telling us that we couldn't have bags inside right despite the fact that a number of people didn't have cars to put them in and didn't have an alternative so my car was used as a locker for the people around us.

VAMPS:


2. Love Addict

- Very energetic and a great choice to open the show with everyone was pretty pumped when this song came up and Ju-Ken was hilarious pointing at everyone telling us to make the VAMPS V and act crazy. Once Hyde started singing though the floor section bum-rushed towards the stage. I learned my lesson a few years ago on the Faith tour so I opted to stay toward the back/middle section of the hoard so that when people rushed forward I wasn't trampled and could swing my arms without hitting anyone (about 5 feet from Hyde).


4. Redrum

-There was a lot more jumping and arm waving in this number and I think this was the song where Ju-Ken lost his hat the first time. (But I could be wrong) Ju-Ken and KAZ kept switching sides and the crowd swayed to and fro with the beat and dynamics. It was kind of cool to see it almost synchronized like that.

5. Vampire Depression

-This was the start of the volume problems with me at the Wiltern, while most of the song was legible for me when Hyde gets to the line "Set me free" in the chorus the keyboards and guitars overpower everything, but it was otherwise a strong performance.



7. Jesus Christ

- One of the best performances of the night and very well played by the band. The best parts though were when Hyde sang with arms raised and eyes skyward sang, "God give me death" as the audience (at least those in the front) mimicked the motion. You could really feel the emotions behind the song through Hyde's performance even without seeing Hyde cry (I saw him tear up but I guess I missed the tears). Definitely one of the more moving pieces.


10. Dolly

- Another familiar song and Hyde did a pretty nifty 360 spin while playing guitar and the audience screamed midway through the first verse and Ju-Ken lost his hat for the second time during this number. My sister (who was in front of Ju-Ken) said that Ju-Ken lost his hat [the top hat] and traded it for an audience member's red fedora [did anyone else notice this? I saw the different hat but thought it was a replacement for his original one]. Just as cool as when Hyde and KAZ played in Anaheim and I'm glad they brought it back.

13. Hunting

-Ju-ken and KAZ started this one and Ju-Ken kept pointing to us at the side to join in. I'm guessing we weren't loud enough for the band because Hyde, in his best impersonation of my band director, kept telling us one more time. I think we did it 5-6 times by the end.

15. Trouble

- In my humble opinion the best performance of the night, the band starts the opening line and right as the rock beat comes in. Hyde, KAZ, and Ju-ken start jumping and head banging to the beat and the audience is jumping and swaying to the beat (a few people in front of KAZ almost had a routine with synchronized hand motions). I don't think there was a person on the floor that wasn't jumping or singing to the song. VAMPS also added a car crash sound effect part way through the song and Hyde brings his hand to his face in an "uh oh" expression which got a few giggles from the people around me. (it was quite a-dorkable if I do say so myself)


16. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

- The first time I heard this song during Faith Live and on the Horizon single I wasn't too fond of Hyde touching my Beatles, but I liked it better this time around (They stayed with the time signature [it was kind of all over the place the last time I saw it live, a big pet peeve of mine.] and it wasn't as "screamo" this time as last time).


17. Sex Blood Rock n' Roll

- Easily the second best performance of the night and I think the rowdiest the audience got that night (Trouble was more "fun" than loud and crazy) with people jumping everywhere (the person landed on my foot a few times and we kept bumping into each other and I was almost smacked in the face with a waving arm).
*** ENCORE***

18. I Gotta Kick Start Now

- I was waiting for this one the whole night (I thought it would be the opening song after Bite but was pleasantly surprised by Love Addict) another very high energy song and with the audience pumped up after SBRnR it was still lively throughout the song.


19. Midnight Celebration

- I think the previous songs tired out the audience because there was a lot more head banging and arm waving (and less jumping around) than the previous numbers. But the band made more attempts to walk to the edge of the stage towards the fans. Hyde ended the song with throwing a part of the mic's roses into the audience. KAZ and Ju-Ken threw picks out (this was the second time KAZ threw something at me and it bounced off my eye. You'd think I'd learn ne?)



All in all it was a great time and good performance and one of my better concert experiences.

And sorry for the wall of text. ^^ (full review @ my web site though http://www.noplacelike.wordpress.com )
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RE: impressions
(08-08-2009, 05:36 PM)iheartlarc Wrote: It's a bit late but here's my review for the Wiltern show, but work and school have been keeping me busy.

Line:

- My sister and I got there about 8 - 8:05 AM in the morning since I read that the Wiltern wasn't letting anyone line up earlier than 8. I heard that there were already people that came from the San Diego show in line the night before (I'm a lurker ^^ ), but I didn't get off from work until 3 and needed to finish up Hyde and KAZ's presents. #1 (or who I think as #1) was Hyde in this bloody bride dress which I absolutely loved (whoever you are, you are awesome) and she had us write our names and gave a number in the line since the autograph and concert line were the same(which is also ridiculously cool of them to take the time to do that, since most people wouldn't be so considerate). We were #138-139 but it actually wasn't that bad (we got to be right in next to Denny's door so every once in a while we felt the AC when the door opened ^^ )

Autograph session:

- Understandably people were nervous to meet VAMPS and get autographs and in the line we met people who travelled from Japan to get autographs because it's normally not done there. #137 (I don't know if she would want her name posted so I'll call her by her number) explained that she bought the band a magnum of champagne as a congratulations on their first show (as VAMPS) in LA (which when she gave it to them their faces lit up getting a laugh from the management team). I gave them each a letter and a handmade rosary (gold and red siam swarovski crystal with bronze crufixes and a St. Cecilia metal [St. Celicia is the patron saint of musicians]) that I've been working on for a few weeks and KAZ was a little surprised to get something (Hyde had a pretty nice pile by the time we got there). In particular Hyde's letter contained a list of Soba places in Southern California (J-san said he was looking for some at AX2009's VAMPS panel) with a note saying, "See? Now you HAVE to come back. :D " After receiving their presents they shook our hands (which was surprising since most Japanese people I know are very aware of personal boundaries) but both seemed to be very open and friendly.

Line:

- For the most part most of the people leaving the autograph session went back to their original spots and only left to get food. There we talked about how we got into VAMPS and what forums we were a part of and what other groups we listened to while holding spots for people who needed to get food or use the bathroom. About 4:45pm I went to drop off my things at my car and you could hear the band rehearsing it was like a private little concert so I stayed there for a little and around 5:45 I started walking towards the car when a bunch of Wiltern security people went looking around the premises. Apparently someone managed to sneak in my sister called me back to the line since she planned on getting us food, so I booked it and waited. About 6:00 the Wiltern people started telling us that we couldn't have bags inside right despite the fact that a number of people didn't have cars to put them in and didn't have an alternative so my car was used as a locker for the people around us.

VAMPS:


2. Love Addict

- Very energetic and a great choice to open the show with everyone was pretty pumped when this song came up and Ju-Ken was hilarious pointing at everyone telling us to make the VAMPS V and act crazy. Once Hyde started singing though the floor section bum-rushed towards the stage. I learned my lesson a few years ago on the Faith tour so I opted to stay toward the back/middle section of the hoard so that when people rushed forward I wasn't trampled and could swing my arms without hitting anyone (about 5 feet from Hyde).


4. Redrum

-There was a lot more jumping and arm waving in this number and I think this was the song where Ju-Ken lost his hat the first time. (But I could be wrong) Ju-Ken and KAZ kept switching sides and the crowd swayed to and fro with the beat and dynamics. It was kind of cool to see it almost synchronized like that.

5. Vampire Depression

-This was the start of the volume problems with me at the Wiltern, while most of the song was legible for me when Hyde gets to the line "Set me free" in the chorus the keyboards and guitars overpower everything, but it was otherwise a strong performance.



7. Jesus Christ

- One of the best performances of the night and very well played by the band. The best parts though were when Hyde sang with arms raised and eyes skyward sang, "God give me death" as the audience (at least those in the front) mimicked the motion. You could really feel the emotions behind the song through Hyde's performance even without seeing Hyde cry (I saw him tear up but I guess I missed the tears). Definitely one of the more moving pieces.


10. Dolly

- Another familiar song and Hyde did a pretty nifty 360 spin while playing guitar and the audience screamed midway through the first verse and Ju-Ken lost his hat for the second time during this number. My sister (who was in front of Ju-Ken) said that Ju-Ken lost his hat [the top hat] and traded it for an audience member's red fedora [did anyone else notice this? I saw the different hat but thought it was a replacement for his original one]. Just as cool as when Hyde and KAZ played in Anaheim and I'm glad they brought it back.

13. Hunting

-Ju-ken and KAZ started this one and Ju-Ken kept pointing to us at the side to join in. I'm guessing we weren't loud enough for the band because Hyde, in his best impersonation of my band director, kept telling us one more time. I think we did it 5-6 times by the end.

15. Trouble

- In my humble opinion the best performance of the night, the band starts the opening line and right as the rock beat comes in. Hyde, KAZ, and Ju-ken start jumping and head banging to the beat and the audience is jumping and swaying to the beat (a few people in front of KAZ almost had a routine with synchronized hand motions). I don't think there was a person on the floor that wasn't jumping or singing to the song. VAMPS also added a car crash sound effect part way through the song and Hyde brings his hand to his face in an "uh oh" expression which got a few giggles from the people around me. (it was quite a-dorkable if I do say so myself)


16. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

- The first time I heard this song during Faith Live and on the Horizon single I wasn't too fond of Hyde touching my Beatles, but I liked it better this time around (They stayed with the time signature [it was kind of all over the place the last time I saw it live, a big pet peeve of mine.] and it wasn't as "screamo" this time as last time).


17. Sex Blood Rock n' Roll

- Easily the second best performance of the night and I think the rowdiest the audience got that night (Trouble was more "fun" than loud and crazy) with people jumping everywhere (the person landed on my foot a few times and we kept bumping into each other and I was almost smacked in the face with a waving arm).
*** ENCORE***

18. I Gotta Kick Start Now

- I was waiting for this one the whole night (I thought it would be the opening song after Bite but was pleasantly surprised by Love Addict) another very high energy song and with the audience pumped up after SBRnR it was still lively throughout the song.


19. Midnight Celebration

- I think the previous songs tired out the audience because there was a lot more head banging and arm waving (and less jumping around) than the previous numbers. But the band made more attempts to walk to the edge of the stage towards the fans. Hyde ended the song with throwing a part of the mic's roses into the audience. KAZ and Ju-Ken threw picks out (this was the second time KAZ threw something at me and it bounced off my eye. You'd think I'd learn ne?)



All in all it was a great time and good performance and one of my better concert experiences.

And sorry for the wall of text. ^^ (full review @ my web site though http://www.noplacelike.wordpress.com )

It bounced off your eye!!!! Are you okay?!?!?
(This post was last modified: 08-08-2009, 08:40 PM by ssynny.)
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