LM.C : Seventh anniversary tour, final show
LM.C mixes pop, that is like a toy box that has been flipped over, with a confrontational, aggressive rock.
LM.C’s “STRONG SIDE vs. POP SIDE” Japan tour started in July 2013. It is the band’s first concept tour, and the set list consists of a wild “STRONG SIDE” and a more gentle “POP SIDE”.
The final show of the tour, titled “LIVE TOUR 2013 FINAL -Stay strong, Stay pop-” was held at Shibuya Public Hall on October 5. When the curtain opened to the chant, “Be STRONG, Be POP” the crowd clapped and chanted along. As the crowd cheered and chanted, the backing band members came on stage first. Aiji then followed on stage with his right hand in the air. As he took his place on stage, Maya appeared with his hair up!
The concert started off with “PUNKY HEART”, which had a fantasy-like arrangement and a heartfelt message that conveyed, “You have been crying alone. As long as you can laugh, you can make the world your enemy”. They continued the POP SIDE with the song “BABY TALK”.
"We finally meet. Are you ready to shine brightly? Are you ready to have fun? Are you ready to battle!?" Maya addressed the crowd, looking androgynous and ageless. His voice sounded stronger from extensive touring, and it gave the more aggressive songs an even heavier edge. "STRONG SIDE" songs such as "COMBATmode", the fast-paced "Space Wannabiez" and the bass-heavy super hero song "Z-MAN" were evolved into updated 2013 versions.
"Tonight is the tour finale. It’s about to get intense. Is that ok? Today, we will play the most songs that LM.C have ever played in a single show. Can you handle it!? No need to hold back. Come at us with all you’ve got. Show us your crazy face that you’ve never shown anybody before!!"
Following this intro monologue by Maya, they played the call-and-response song, “CRAZY A GO GO”. They then followed with “DOUBLE DRAGON”, a song that features Aiji’s intense guitar riffs. The metallic guitar based “MENTALLY” featured DENKI-MAN, LM.C’s funky performer. DENKI-MAN danced among the crowd while holding lights in both hands. All the while, Maya and Aiji played back-to-back on center stage. When the energy couldn’t seem to get any higher, Maya said to the crowd, “You don’t know how much strength your voices give us. Let us hear you scream louder!!”
"Thanks to you all, tonight (October 4) we welcomed our seven-year anniversary. We’ve gotten seven years older". As the crowd laughed, the talk shifted to their Shibuya Public Hall concert from a year ago. A fan was brought on stage to perform with LM.C that night during the Matsuri inspired, Japanese funk tune "EDO FUNK."
"Shibuya Public Hall is great isn’t it? How many times have we played here? Last year, somebody came up on stage unannounced and it was a big deal. Never again (as if to invite them on again). The whole time, we were playing while being afraid of getting into trouble. It’s this kind of town, so we’d like to play a song that fits this town."
They then went into an orchestral version of a song based on Shibuya called “Shibuya Cantabile”. LM.C’s debut event was in the Shibuya, so the crowd went wild from the moment the intro started.
LM.C’s huge hit song, “88”, became a sing-along as the crowd waved blue lights in the air. “Meteorian” was performed while a huge mirror ball created a romantic, outer space like feel. The mirror ball emphasized the sad melody and looked like a planet slowly revolving in the sky.
"GEKI FANFALE" warmed the crowd with the message, "It’s never too late to change. It’s ok to start over."
Maya, then came up with an idea and said, “It’s autumn now, but our summer is not over. Can we bring summer back?” He brought the production crew on stage and discussed something in private. Maya then smiled and asked the crowd, “Who wants to dance on stage?” It seemed as though he got permission from the crew.
Surprised by the number of volunteers, Maya then said, “Well, LM.C fans who are in costume, come on!”
Steps were placed against the front of the stage, and fans dressed as Maya and Aiji went up on stage. The band members, all dressed in happi, started playing “EDO FUNK”. This time it was even more energized. As Maya asked, “Anybody else want to dance? Any guys?” loads of guys came walking towards the stage. Fans wearing LM.C merchandise, including parents with their kids and miniature kid versions of Maya with LM.C towels over their shoulders took the challenge. Over 20 people were dancing along with the hyper dance tune, “SUPER DUPER GALAXY”. A little girl stood center stage as Aiji played guitar on his knees next to her. Maya held her hand and waved. It was a happy vibe that would make anybody smile.
Maya declared, “LM.C is this kind of band!!” As the band played “We Are LM.C!!~The Anthem of Strong Pop~”, the crowd waved their towels in the air. Lit with rainbow color lights, Maya asked, “Wanna go with our secret word that will make you laugh like it was a curse?” “Ah Hah!”, a song that captures joy and sadness in a positive rock tune, followed. LM.C;s magical, high-speed performances always brighten people spirits, regardless of age or background.
"This is truly wonderful. Thank you very much. Napoleon said that the last five minutes of your life is what truly matters. This tour made us learn the importance of those words. We have a flyer that has our plans for next year. Please pick one up as you leave. It has info about our next single, our seven song album, and our next tour."
Maya laughed as the crowd gasped, “Whoa!” he said, “It would be fun to play “88” when we are 88 years old,” as he danced around like an old man.
The concert finally approached the end.
Maya then said, “The next song captures our “STRONG” and “POP” spirit the most. Trust me!” He started singing their 2007 single, “LIAR LIAR” and moved the crowd. In the song, he calls himself a liar and cranks out an emotional pop tune. Colored tape came showering down inside the venue as if it took seven years to build this relationship between the crowd and the band.
LM.C followed with a storm of killer tunes such as “The LOVE SONG”, LM.C’s first song “ROCK the LM.C” and “HOSHI NO ARIKA”. They finished off the night with a “STRONG” spirited song that brought all of the fans together, called “LET ME’ CRAZY!!”
The band members lined up after the performance and introduced themselves. Aiji said, “This truly was a wonderful tour. We are so happy that you, our wonderful fans, welcomed us with your wonderful smiles. Don’t forget to pick up our flyer”. Maya followed by saying, “Let’s get together like this again. We are LM.C!” and flashed a peace sign.
The flyer had a picture of Maya and Aiji in their new costumes, as well as the dates for their tour that will start in February 2014. Also, LM.C’s new single, “My Favorite Monster” will be released on December 11, and their new seven-song album, “PERFECT FANTASY” will be released on February 12. This 26 song final concert went off with no regrets.
credit : barks.jp