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Perfume Concert Live In New York 2014

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Perfume world tour 3rd review New York

Perfume 3rd world tour has now ended for this time. What a tour! Bigger and better than last year, and the tour visited the US on two occations. This year’s tour started in Taiwan, then moved on to Singapore. After that, for the first time, the girl group played it’s first of two shows in America. The first show was in LA, and then they flew over to London to give a great show for all their European fans. After that the J-pop group were back in the US for the last show, which was on Saturday 15th November.

Why So Japan was at the London show and we have our full review online here: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-live-london-2014/ or just seach for “Perfume” in the seach box.

We didn’t get the chance to attend the New York show, but we are very happy that we now have a full review for you all, thanks to Perfume fan Jerry that was at the NYC show. Enjoy the review below:

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About World Tour 3rd in NYC

So I attended the show in NYC. I must say that the stage in UK seemed much better.

People were lining up for the show the night before. I was there in the early afternoon to find out lots of people standing in front of me. While we were waiting endlessly, people started to play songs and dance together. All of us enjoyed very much.

One thing to point out that most people were not from NYC. They’re from other states or other countries. We spoke different languages and shared our experiences. It’s very fun.

Some staff from Hammerstein were quite mean to us. They even yelled at Perfume’s staffs for giving them lots of troubles. Maybe it’s due to language barrier?

Even I stayed in the line way earlier than the ones behind us, people began to push and rush towards the front of the stage. However, we’re not angry or anything. It’s because of Perfume. It didn’t really matter that much about where to stand or sit. Anyway, I still managed to stand in the front few lines to see them three. They looked gorgeous!

Feelings

General admission was kind of challenging to us. People kept pushing others all the time. It’s hard to jump as everyone was too close together. The music was amazingly powerful from where I stood, but my ears slightly suffered after the show. It took some time to recover. I’m an old fan of Perfume for years. I need to say that they are very charming on the stage. You never get tired of them.

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Photos, rules, and others

NYC was the last stop of the tour, so they didn’t stop people from taking photos and recording videos. Many people used flash lights. Very annoying! Also, some people brought light sticks (which was inappropriate for a Perfume’s show). People didn’t listen to announcements. They just did what they wanted. I followed the rules and only managed to take a few photos before and after the show.

Audience

Every show is an unique experience. This one as well.
People around me were sort of weird. Some of them didn’t dance or move at all. Many boy/girlfriends came together for the show. They were just hugging and kissing each other. Did not really pay attention to the show at all. They made me unhappy. What’s the point for coming to the show and do these things (do them at home, okay)?!

A guy next to me was crying all the time. He said he couldn’t believe that his dream came true (Perfume coming to America).

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After the show

Hammerstein was not at all a hot place. A few Japanese brought towels, but they didn’t have a chance to use them.

Many people decided to buy goods after the show, which ended up with a chaotic situation. I didn’t even get the opportunity to buy anything. As I stepped out of the door, several people were selling Perfume’s poster, which to be honest, we could print them out ourselves at home with a better quality. Some were still willing to pay 5 dollars for 1 poster.

Before and after the show, I received lots of free Perfume gifts (cards, hand-held fan, mini-posters). I also got free pizza, chocolates, french fries, coffee, energy drinks, sandwiches. People were really nice to everyone in the line.

Last but not least, we could say hi to cameras. And they said they were from Japan. Maybe it’s NHK, who would be making a special program talking about Perfume US debut?

I have lots to share, but I cut it off here as I’m writing too much.

Thank you. And wish that they will do another world tour in the near future!

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Why So Japan like to thank Jerry for this great review from the NYC show.

Check also out our other reviews from London and LA
London review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-live-london-2014/
LA review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-la-2014/
Offical world tour 3rd site: http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/WORLD/





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Perfume Concert Live In London 2014

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Perfume 3rd world tour

Perfume were back with their 2nd show in London a few of days ago. The Japanese j-pop trio played at the Apollo theatre in Hammersmith this time. Doors opened at 19:00 and we got there at around 19:15 to join the massive queue of Perfume fans waiting to get in. The line seemed to move very quickly, and before we knew it we had got our tickets scanned by the Apollo staff, and we were in.

Merchandise

First we we headed to the merchandise stand on the ground floor, but we had no chance to get close as there were so many people trying to get a hold some Perfume goods. Instead we headed upstairs where we found another merchandise stall. It was less crowed, so we managed to picked up one of the CDs for sale, for around £10. They were also selling t-shirts, photo books, DVDs and a lot more.

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Before the show

After buying the CD we wanted, we headed into the theatre to find our seats. We sat on the balcony quite close to the front, and we had a great view of the stage. We weren’t sure when the show was to start, because it wasn’t stated on the ticket, but around 20:15 a voice started talking in English and Japanese, saying that the show was soon to start. While waiting, a member of the Apollo staff was going around informing everyone that no photos or video recording was allowed. We did manage to take a few pictures anyway, but not many.

The theatre looked almost full from where we were sitting. There was a great buzz in the air for the upcoming show, the lights went down and the show began.

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The show

Once the trio appeared on stage, the crowd went wild. The girls started off with a few songs in a row, and then took a minute to talk to the crowd and introduce themselves. The girls really know how to talk to and involve the public, even though English is not their native language. You could hear they tried their very best to speak English, which was fun for those that didn’t understand Japanese. They took it in turn to speak in English, it was very endearing.

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whysojapan perfume london 2014After the chat with the crowd it was back to the music. They played so many great songs, it would be hard to single one out. One song thought that I wasn’t expecting to hear was One Room Disco, since I didn’t see it on the BluRay from last year’s concert, making me think that maybe the song was too old to play. I guess they mixed the playlist up to make the playlist unique and different from last year’s, which was great since I got to see and hear one of my favourite songs. The only song I would have liked to have seen that they didn’t perform was Fake It. It seems we got treated to a different encore song from the other show, I heard LA got Fake It. But that’s one way of keeping each show unique, I guess.

After a few more songs, it was back to talking to the public again. This time we got to hear about the girls’ experience here in London, and their problem with the sun visor in a car. The story was translated with the help of a guy from the audience. One thing we understood was that the story being told was not really given justice by the guy translating, since people that understood Japanese found it a lot more funny than the translated version, but I’m guessing it wasn’t easy for him to translate the story in a comedy way.

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This year’s show was a big improvement from last year’s. The lighting and projection production of the show was amazing. The show involved moving scenary on stage, lots of projection onto white blocks placed all over the stage, a giant screen behind the girls, light sticks and lazer lighting in different coulors. Compared to last year’s show where they just used a green laser. Even with out the girls on stage, all the visuals were a show on it’s own.

The show continued with more music and some crowd involvement in the PTA corner, where the girls got the public involved by dividing us up into different sections and and getting us to chant different things, which the crowd had lots of fun with. Another part of one of the chatting sections was when the girls were asking which is the best coffee shop in the UK. There was also a talk about pubs. I’m sure it would be a fun and different experience if Perfume were to walk into a normal British pub for a pint after the show.

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After the show

We left the theatre both agreeing that it was a brilliant show and we would love to see them in London again soon. I really hope they release this tour on BluRay, like they did with the previous tour, so I can re-live the show again.

If I thought I was a fan of Perfume before I saw the show, I’m even a bigger fan after. The girls gave an amazing show and left us wanting more. Still, a few days after the show, I can’t stop thinking about it. Seems silly to say that a concert was an experience, but that’s how it sort of feels in a fun way. At the moment it feels like we have Perfume playing 24/7 at home and I’ve now found myself loving older songs by Perfume that I did not really like before. After seeing them songs live I’ve got hook on them now.

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Have you been to see Perfume on this world tour? If so, let us know which show you went to, and what you thought!

I would also like to say a big thanks to one of the user: Timmy_Magic on the Perume fan page (http://www.perfume-city.com) for kindly supplying us with a lot of the photos in this review.

We also now have a review of the New York concert online click here for it http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-new-york-2014/

Check out our previous post on Perfume here: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-girl-group-japan/

Check also out our other reviews from LA and New York.
LA review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-la-2014/
New York review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-new-york-2014/
Official world tour 3rd site: http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/WORLD/

 





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Perfume the girl group from Japan

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Perfume

Perfume the girl group from Japan that consists of 3 members – Ayaka Nishiwaki (A~chan), Ayano Ōmoto (Nocchi) and Yuka Kashino (Kashiyuka), stage names in brackets. The girl group was originally going to be formed of Ayaka Nishiwaki, Yuka Kashino and Yūka Kawashima back in early 2000. But before the girls could even debut, Yūka Kawashima decided to leave the project, as she was leaving the talent academy Actors School in Hiroshima, where the girls were studying at that time. Yūka Kawashima then went on to form another group called Pinkies. Ayaka Nishiwaki set out to find a replacement for Yūka Kawashima, in which they found Ayano Ōmoto, who was also at the same academy. The group’s name originates from the 3 original members’ names, where each of them had the Japanese character 香 for fragrance in parts of their names.

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Music

In March 2002 the group debuted with their first single Omajinai Perori and later on that year in November they relased their second single Kareshi Boshūchū. Both singles were only sold in Hiroshima under the label Momiji. The same yeat they met Mikiko, a choreographer, who has worked with the group on all there coordinates from this point to the onwards. The group later on moved to Tokyo where they ended up meeting Yasutaka Nakata, a music producer and writer, who has worked with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Meg and Ami Suzuki. He has also worked on many remixes for artists and is a part of his own music duo with Toshiko Koshijima called Capsule, an electronic music group. It is very present that Yasutaka Nakata works on Perfume’s music as a lot of their songs have a very electro feel to them. Perfume have been one of the most successful acts in Asian music with more and more of their songs being listened to, not just in Asia, but across the world.

Present day

In 2012 the girl group changed label to Universal Music Japan, which would help them to be even more present around the rest of the world. Before that they had been with Bee-hive and Tokuma Japan. The group have been touring on and off internationally for the last two years, with gigs in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, United Kingdom and France, with more tours to come. The group has also performed at various places in Japan and been on TV and radio numerous times.

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Discography

The girls as of date have released 4 original studio albums and one compilation album:
Perfume: Complete Best (2006)
Game (2008)
Triangle (2009)
JPN (2011)
Level3 (2013)
A fifth album in the works has been reported

The group has released concerts on DVD and BluRay and they have a DVD/BluRay called Perfume Clip out, which is a a collection of their music videos. Check out cdjapan.co.jp and local digital music retailes like iTunes or others for more of their music and DVDs and BluRays.

The latest DVD/BluRay to have been released is the recording of the 2013 live show from London. Perfume are soon to be back in the UK and other parts of the world with a new set of gigs.

This post is just a brief introduction to Perfume and I recommend that you browse the Perfume wiki page for more in-depth information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfume_(Japanese_band)

Check out Perfume’s international official homepage here: http://www.perfume-global.com/
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Perfume?feature=watch
Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Perfume.global
Picture source: Perfume Facebook page





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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Live in London 2014

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Live in London 2014

We made our way to the O2 Empire Shepherds Bush a couple of hours before the show. We knew it would take a long time to get there because of a major tube strike in most parts of London. We managed to jump on a very cramped bus that would take us over to Shepherds Bush. We seemed to be stuck on that bus forever, passing a lot of stops where other KPP fans were waiting to get on a bus that wasnt full already. I hope they got there in the end.

Making our way there

We arrived in time and not thinking about the queues that might be outside the venue we got a bite to eat. Fed and happy we found our way over to the venue. We had to walk to the end of a very long line to get in, all the way round to the back of the venue, queuing along a residence street. There were two queues going separate ways, one for for the stalls and one for standing. In the queues we saw several girls dressed up to mimic Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s many outfits from her music videos. There were also lots of girls dressed in Lolita clothes and people dressed in other alternative styles. It was a real mixture of people, teens, adults and families with young children. One thing that we all had in common was the love for KPP and her music.

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It wasn’t that bad to wait, not compared to last year’s show, where we were had to stand outside in cold rain and snow. At least this time the weather was nice and it was quite warm outside. Everyone was in high spirits as the queues started to move to the doors around 19ish. In no time at all our tickets had been checked and we were in.

Inside the venue

Inside they sold t-shirts, hoodies and scarfs. But we didn’t stop for that, as we were on our way up to the first level to find some seats, because it the tickets were unspecified. We were luckily enough to grab two seats next to one another on the back row with a great view. Most of all the other seats where occupied before we got there and the people that came in after us either had to split up or got standing places, which in a way was good to because there you could dance if you felt like it. Then we waited, with the other 2200 in the sold out venue, for the show to start.

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The show

The stage was much more advanced than the previous concert Kyary performed in London. Last time she said she wanted to come back again with a more lavish show, and she kept her promise. The stage was designed as a children’s playroom with storybooks, bulding blocks, popcorn and a big teddy bear. The style suited her perfectly. She also had a large screen on stage, where a video was played during one of the breaks and outfit changes. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Live in London 2014 whysojapan

Kyary treated us to a show packed with hits like Hitachi, Candy Candy and Tsukematsukeru. The crowd cheered, sang and danced throughout the show, and when she sang the hits Fashion Monster and PonPonPon so it was clear that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a very strong fan base in UK.

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Last time Kyary performed in London she only spoke Japanese during the show, and an interpreter translated what she said. But this time she had no interpreter with her. Instead, she spoke a little English, using notes written down on a piece of paper which she read aloud from. She also spoke some Japanese this time too, and judging by the reations of the audience it seemed like most understood what she was saying.

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During the show, she wore four different outfits: first she was wearing some kind of furry creation, then she switched to a cute pink dress and bow in her hair. Another change of clothes and now she had a different color of her dress, and an even bigger bow in her hair. The final change of outfit was when she was cheered back on stage again, and now she wore a teeshirt, a skirt and bunny ears. In addition to doing a few more songs, she took the opportunity to have her picture taken with her dancers, and with the audience in the background.

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The last song of the evening was Chan Chaka Chan Chan, a perfect song to end the show, with the lyrics going “see you, see you, see you again. See you, see you, see you next time.”

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Finally, enjoy some footage from the show:

Also check out Previous post about Kyary Pamyu Pamyu here http://www.whysojapan.com/tag/kyary-pamyu-pamyu/
The official tour site: http://kppweb.tumblr.com
Offcial site http://kyary.asobisystem.com





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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 2014

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World tour 2014

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has just published her world tour dates for this year. After her world tour last year (which was a success, with tickets selling out for shows in London and New York) I’m sure that this time the tickets will sell out just as fast or even faster,  in line with her becoming more and more popular around the world.

The Tour

This year her world tour will start off with shows in the US, with five shows dotted around the states, and then a show over in Canada. She is also playing a bunch of shows around in Europe – UK, France and Germany. Same as last time, but at different venues. This time the venues in Europe will be bigger ones than her last shows, so now more people will get to see her. Which is great for all those that missed out last time she toured in this part of the world.

This tour is said to be an even more engaging and exciting event than her foreign dates from last year. What I would love to see is more of a setup, like she has on her Japanese parts of her tours, with lots of dancer and costume changes and big stages. But of course that would be costly to transport all of that over the world, so maybe it would take a trip to Japan if I wanted to see that. With her new album that came out last year (our review from the album is here: Nanda Collection) I think we will get to hear lots of songs from the new album, and of couse songs from her early stuff. Im sure when and where ever you see KPP, it will be a great show.

Check out my previous review from her 2013 show in London here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Tour dates are as follow:

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13 Seattle, USA/ Best Buy Theater
15 San Francisco, USA/ The Regency Ballroom
16 Los Angeles, USA/ Club Nokia LA Live

March
5 Chicago USA/ House of Blues Chicago
7 Toronto, Canada/ Sound Academy
8 New York, USA/ Best Buy Theater
23 Sydney, Australia/ Metro Theatre

April
5 Hong Kong, China/ ROTUNDA
3, KITEC 25 Paris, France/ Bataclan
27 Cologne, Germany/ Gloria
29 London, UK/ Shepherds Bush Empire

May
17 Tokyo, Japan/ Zepp Tokyo
18 Tokyo, Japan/ Zepp Tokyo
30 Taipei, Taiwan/ Taipei International Convention Center

June
21 Singapore/ N/A
28 Bangkok Thailand/Bangkok Convention Centre, Central Plaza Ladprao (BCC HALL)

Check with the official tour page for up to date information on the link below:
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