Yosuke’s Birthday Live
2015.01.09 (Fri) @ Ikebukuro EDGE
Lineup: SCAPEGOAT, xTRiPx, ALSDEAD
- Kill the King
- Peggy-O (New Year vers.)
- Life of Sorrow
- FLASH BACK
SCAPEGOAT opened the live, which I was a little surprised at. Usually in this lineup, I would expect xTRiPx to open, but it actually worked out quite well.
I had just gotten back from America at 4 a.m. the same morning so I was a bit tired by the time I went to the live. I decided to just relax in the back this time since I was pretty much exhausted already. It was a lot more crowded than I thought it would be, which was a pleasant surprise.
During xTRiPx’s set (at least I think it was xTRiPx’s set, it could’ve been SCAPEGOAT), there was a sort of pathetic-looking wall of death. It’s really quite cute compared to the western version. Everyone splits into two groups so there’s a huge gap in the middle. When they get the signal to go, they all kind of hop-dance towards each other while waving their hands in the air.
After SCAPEGOAT’s set, the crowd thinned a bit and after xTRiPx, it thinned even more. I somehow ended up being in the second row on Yosuke’s side of the stage. Good for me, but bad for ALSDEAD. I’m always sad when people leave before the band hosting the live performs. I didn’t think I’d have enough energy to be in the front row, but xTRiPx did a pretty good job of pumping me up so I was ready for ALSDEAD.
All the guys were wearing suits with blinged out ties when they came out (I haven’t been to an ALSDEAD live for a while so I’m not sure if this is the same outfits they wore for everyone else’s birthday lives). Yosuke was complaining that it wasn’t fair that everyone’s gem on the tie were the same except for Maki’s.
They played Peggy-O pretty early in their set-list. I thought that they might play it more towards the end since it’s “Yosuke’s song,” but it was actually pretty smart to play it towards the beginning. I think it helped pump the crowd up even more. During the part in the song where Yosuke usually does some MC and teaches the crowd when to jump, he said that they were actually thinking about retiring Peggy-O. But since it’s one of the most-requested songs, he said they can’t really stop playing it. He also joked that today’s Peggy-O would probably be the peak performance of the song—it being his birthday and all—and that it would be all downhill from here… too early!
I’m glad they played Life of Sorrow. It’s always so epic live. There’s a part in the song where everyone turns to their right, facing the wall, and violently fist pumps over their bodies towards the stage. Whenever there are people who haven’t been to an ALSDEAD live, they are always taken by surprise. It gets pretty intense. Basically, if you don’t do what everyone else is doing, there’s a high possibility of you getting punched in the face.
As you can see from the set list, this was an extremely high-energy live. There was only one ballad… that was sung in the encore… by Yosuke.
The band members all came out for the encore one by one, as they usually do. First Nikky came out, and all the fans cheered for him. Next was Shin. More cheering. Next, we saw someone’s silhouette holding a bass. Assuming it was Yosuke, everyone started cheering Yosuke’s name, but we were surprised to see that it was Maki holding the bass! At last Yosuke came out, holding only a microphone. Without so much as an explanation, the band started playing and Yosuke started singing Snow.
He sang much better than I thought he would. He sounded a bit nervous though, and Maki helped him out when he seemed to struggle a bit. Yosuke didn’t sing as well as Maki, of course, but he was able to hit the notes pretty well. Despite a few mishaps, I couldn’t help smiling at the performance.
Suddenly, everyone stopped playing and a recording started to play: a little girl’s voice singing happy birthday… but when it got to the name, she sang “Maki-chan” instead of “Yosuke.” Yosuke went from shocked to fake-annoyed and all the fans laughed. When the singing stopped, the front row of fans popped some party streamers as one of the live house staff members brought out a birthday cake. He handed it to Yosuke and lit the candles. Before he left, he popped his own party streamers, which ended up accidentally blowing out Yosuke’s birthday candles, so he had to relight them before leaving.
Yosuke blew out his candles and kind of stuttered and stumbled over his words when he started to speak. Maki poked fun at him, saying that he’s not the same Yosuke when he’s center-stage, but that on the flip side, his own fingers were sore from playing bass so long. Maki thought it would be pretty easy to play bass, but constantly moving up and down the neck to play, made his fingers burn. Yosuke said that now that they understood each other’s hardships a little better, they should be nicer to each other.
The last song—still sung by Yosuke—was FLASH BACK. Everyone couldn’t stop smiling. For some reason, having Yosuke sing was just really enjoyable. He didn’t seem to know what to do during Shin’s guitar solo. He ended up playing some air guitar, did some silly dances from center stage, then went over to Nikky and played some air drums. It was pretty hilarious, and definitely an entertaining way to end the live.
Going to this live was definitely a good welcome back to Japan after coming in so early on a red-eye flight. Hopefully next time I’ll have more energy from the start!
After looking at their revamped OHP, I realize that the look they had at this live is, indeed, their new look.