naukhel: (gackt: blue)
First off, apologies to those of you who are seeing two posts on the same subject - you can see that I tried to keep all the information separate so that you weren't reading the same thing twice, so hopefully that'll allow you to pick and choose what you read.

So, through various fairly stressful last-minute arrangements, I ended up going to another of Gackt's concerts yesterday: namely the "GACKT VISUALIVE ARENA TOUR 2009 Requiem et Réminiscence II Final 〜鎮魂と再生〜 Birthday with Dears" one (I know, long enough name? XD). I went to one of the earlier shows at the beginning of the tour, so it was material I'd already seen, but I'm not going to pass up the chance to go and see it again - and certainly not on Gackt's birthday!

The concert was fantastic. It was just as good as the last time I saw it, but with extra filling. ;D Gackt was on absolutely top form, he was silly and talkative and amusing. Similarly to the last time I went to this concert, the beginning run of songs is my favourite. It's just stronger than the rest of the set, the songs hit really hard one after the other and they follow the story set up by the intro movie. I have to say I LOVE seeing 'Uncontrol' live. Now I think about it, I think Gackt said it was his favourite of his own songs, but it's too hard to sing at karaoke. XD (understandably)

As for the extra filling, there were messages from a fair few familiar faces. Miyavi, Yoshiki, and Sugizo all gave video messages (with the exception of Yoshiki who left a rather amusing voice message but no video). Miyavi berated Gackt over turning up two hours late for a dinner date. Sugizo called Gackt his brother (and of course signed out with "live long and prosper" XD) and Yoshiki just said "sou desu ne" an awful lot for no apparent reason. There were also messages from several Gundam voice actors, which apparently pleased Gackt the most out of any of them XD He's such a fanboy!

There were two birthday cakes, one smaller one and a large one that was given to the guests after the show. At one point the screens all displayed a message to the fans that the lights were going to go out in a moment - and when they did we all had to wave blue glowsticks and sing Happy Birthday. That was awesome :)

Some of his MCs were really amusing, too. I'll try and transcribe what I can remember of the one where he was talking about Fukuyama Masaharu.

I finally made tentative friends with Fukuyama after Music Station yesterday. I don't really have many close friends, so I felt a bit like I'd matured, a little. *laughs* He asked me to come to one of his concerts, and I was like "YES! I want to go! When is it?".
"The Fourth."
"...Ahh... I have a concert that day. And it's my birthday."
"Well, then how about the 11th or the 12th?"
"....I have concerts those days, too."
"Okay, then some time in September, how's that?"
"...Well, I might have an event in September...."
"You don't HAVE to come, you know."
So we decided we'd just meet up privately instead, and we exchanged contact details. I asked Fukuyama, will you call me if you're free?
"...Well, I don't really call people."
*pained grin* "I don't, either."

Other moments of note... The audience at one point were shouting for him to strip, and he tugged his shirt up juuuust teasingly and then said: "If I get naked, the people sitting in the arena seats are the pool, you know, and if I jump in it's gonna be BAD."

There was also a trend for the people in the arena seats (where I was) to stamp their feet and jump up and down and make a great noise, in this concert. It happened every time the audience were haranguing Gackt, with hilarious effect. XD He said, "You know, in all my ten years of solo performances, I have NEVER had an arena who behaved in such a way". (cue more stamping). "Shut up!!"

Every time it happened he reprimanded us, which of course only made everyone do it all the more. It was a combination of shouting "YEAH!", stamping, or doing a cowboy-like gesture and going "Woooooooo" in a high pitched voice, depending on circumstance.

The concert was really long. It started at around 6:30, and I still hadn't found my seat when it started. The venue actually closes at 10pm, but because of the birthday messages and such, the concert stretched on far longer than it should have and didn't finish until 10:30. So all in all, four hours standing up in the hall. I was exhausted by the end of it.

One nice thing I did get to take away from the concert with me was one of the long, silver tapes that were blasted out at the very end. I'm never normally in a position to catch these things at the end of concerts, but since I was at the front in arena this time I got one :) It's very cool, it's printed with the name of the tour and the logo.

It says "GACKT VISUALIVE ARENA TOUR 2009 Requiem et Réminiscence II Final 〜鎮魂と再生〜 Birthday with Dears". XD

I'm glad I went. Even though it was a last-minute thing, it was fantastic fun, and these things don't roll around every other week. I'm definitely going to decline to go on the 11th or 12th, since I'm moving out on the 19th, but I'll be living in Tokyo after that and it will be a lot easier for me to arrange these things, even if they DO happen right at the last moment. :)


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