hide Presents Our Pink Spider 2011
会場：高崎 club FLEEZ
出演バンド：FEIZZ／黒雛 ...and more
昨日開催された、hide Presents Our Pink Spider 2011
MIX LEMONed JELLY presents “hide Birthday Party!! 2010”
Long red and short pink wigs, yellow with Spread Beaver jackets and the occasional cosplayer of X JAPAN massed in the streets around Club Citta. Those not in costume huddled together looking apologetic yet determined to enjoy the event in their own way. On the inside, DJ Asai had the impatient masses rallying for a party, his opening set including music from previous bands of the day’s line-up. The hyped up crowd cheered as the DJ announced the bands to come.
Not knowing what to expect, fans let out a shriek as the lights came up not only on defspiral but also CUTT and DIE for an opening session of Pink Spider. The fan favourite had the crowd pressing as close as possible to the stage while the artists moved about constantly, TAKA’s wicked half growl bringing the number to an end. After the intruders left the stage to defspiral, TAKA cried, “hide Birthday Party! Can you keep up?” REVOLVER soon had the crowd pumping anything from fists to hide plushies and glowing pink fans. RYO on bass and MASATO on guitar crossed paths whilst TAKA’s awesome wailing vocals split the air. “Thank you, Kawasaki!” he yelled. Up next, tsuki to Venus began in darkness, led in by MASAKI on drums. Purple lighting fanned out over the crowd as the guitars came in soon followed by TAKA’s loose melody, simple and calm, unhindered by the rhythmic guitar line beneath. The vocalist made full use of his falsetto throughout the number, the contrast to his deep voice nicely blending with extensive use of silhouette and darkness.
Breaking for a chat, TAKA announced that defspiral would be appearing in the Pink Spider Musical. Honouring the occasion, he yelled, “From start to finish, let’s go nuts! …Twilight.” The deceptively gentle opening gave way to a heavy riff full of headbanging before reaching a laid back verse. RYO added his voice in harmony, once more crossing with MASATO who stood back to back with TAKA. The guitarist then took centre stage for a wild solo. The vocalist danced away in the background, soon regaining his rightful position to see the song through. The last number, DIVE INTO THE MIRROR moved the crowd quite literally, bodies grooving to the music and fists pumping through the charismatic chorus. MASAKI could be seen either riding it easy on the kit or hitting hard and fast whilst RYO’s baseline stood out heavily through the verse and all the while guitar and vocals showed their stuff. In fact, TAKA alone could have filled the stage with his sheer presence, capping the number with an impressively wailed improvisation. “Thank you! This was defspiral!”
1. Pink Spider (with CUTT and DIE)
3. tsuki to Venus
5. DIVE INTO THE MIRROR
The highlight of the following supposed ‘downtime’ was a medley of none other than X JAPAN which had the crowd singing and dancing as though the music were live. DJ Asai joked that “Of course this music is for the enjoyment of the fans… but I also thought those guys working to set up for the next band would enjoy it. Next up: C-U-T-T; CUTT!”
The opening DAMAGE and D.O.D. medley would have been musically busy but for CUTT’s laid back style. The guitarist-come-vocalist and his partner Jun on drums seemed to have no problem satisfying the die-hard hide fans. The crowd had a chance to prove their worth as CUTT allowed them to sing. He threw in a not-so-subtle segue, ‘bungling’ the lyrics, singing “Happy birthday” by mistake. “Happy birthday?” he questioned. Deciding it would do, he launched into a rendition of Happy Birthday. CUTT then introduced his new single, showing off the double sided jacket and charming the crowd into buying one or two… “I’ve prepared plenty of songs that you guys will love, so… before that… won’t you listen to my new single? Thermal.” Ballad-like but with an upbeat chorus, the number was very memorable even at first listen.
Whilst re-tuning his guitar, CUTT joked with the crowd about their cat-calls. Then, he invited them to sing along with what should be a familiar song, Endless Rain. Pink glowing hide fans fluttered as CUTT’s high pitched voice rang out in almost perfect English. DOUBT unexpectedly brought defspiral back to the stage, MASATO leading with a guitar solo before the rest joined in. CUTT’s high harmony over TAKA’s deep growl made for an interesting combination, the former stationary behind his mic stand whilst TAKA freely roamed the stage. In total sync, the two drummers struck away and then stopped simultaneously along with the rest of the music. “Disgusting,” CUTT sneered. Moving on, he said, “Endless Rain made me very lonely, so I’m indebted to defspiral for coming back out.” The two worked together to drive the crowd into a frenzy for CUTT’s new song, Time Machine. The two vocalists alternated melodies, often singing in harmony whilst the other members danced and roamed about. CUTT finished the piece up with a guitar solo. “Thank you!” he cried before the two bands vacated the stage.
1. DAMAGE & D.O.D. Medly
3. ENDLESS RAIN
5. Time Machine
WAKE UP TAMALA
An adorable animation of a world where cats live as people, the story soon sank into a dark message far too close to home. TAMALA is taken on a journey that shows her why the rain won’t stop. Beautiful music as well as cute imagery and voices contrast with disturbing content, sending the very serious message “Wake up or DIE!”, referring to the destruction on Mother Earth.
This seasoned artist gave the crowd a set of solid, classic rock. Acoustic guitar, pleasant vocals and poignant lyrics reminiscent of The Beatles completed the opening number, FLAKE. Kimura reminded the fans that there is more to music than screaming guitars and crashing drums as they clapped dutifully throughout the song, receiving his gratification at the last. A charming MC led into Dance With Elvis. Above the relaxing, old school music soared Kimura’s voice. “Yeah! Dance With Elvis! Hello Rock’n’Roll. Goodbye Rock’n’Roll.” Kimura then set the stage for his new song, the ending theme for the Japanese animation "Togainu no chi", Bright Lights. Simple and smooth through the verse, the chorus was quite addictive. Kimura improvised an upper harmony in the final chorus, showing impressive experience with music.
One lone voice called out in the interlude, the artist taking it to heart. “Hey, I’m lonely up here! Give me some more!” An explosion voices filled the air. “Well, well, well, you can make sound!” Kimura joked. He then introduced another new song written in May of 2010. “Please listen. ageha.” The lovely ballad with a soothingly plucked guitar line showed off Kimura’s ability to turn basic techniques into a gorgeous melody - perfect daydreaming music. Once the ballad ended, Kimura wasted no time in further surprising the crowd and calling DIE to the stage once more. After a brief chat, it took several tries and a prostrated apology down on the floor before DIE managed to match Kimura’s key. At last, they got it together. “Let me sing FLAME,” Kimura murmured. The second verse brought DIE in on vocals with Kimura singing harmony whilst the two continued to manipulate their respective instruments. Throughout, they took turns on vocals, either harmonizing or singing together and smoothly making up for the botched entry. “Please applaud DIE,” Kimura requested before the two swaggered offstage together, arms around shoulders.
2. Dance With Elvis
3. Bright Lights
5. FLAME (With DIE)
DJ Asai proved that he was in the mood for a particular type of music, this time playing the live version of Kurenai by (you guessed it,) X JAPAN and making sure the whole crowd sang along. Then it was time for the next band of the evening.
“Citta!” yelled vocalist Yoshihiko. “Can we heat things up for hide’s birthday!? Jump!” Instantly bolstered by guitarist Nao’s bouncy theme, the crowd did exactly that. Yoshihiko couldn’t stay put either, travelling across the stage to greet the breadth of the crowd. Meanwhile, Nao bounded about barefoot whilst drummer Kiri was little more than a blur and bassist Kohsuke sang along vividly, riling the fans up for the chorus. “Citta!” Yoshihiko screamed. Amidst a hail of cat calls, he greeted the crowd. “Today is hide’s birthday. It’s a party, so let’s go all out!” On that note, heidi. whipped out their version of Pink Spider. True to the original, the arrangement also presented a certain wealth of guitar and bass that gave it a new life. Yoshihiko left the chorus up to the crowd who certainly knew their way around the number, coming back in on the verse with Nao adding a high harmony. Melodically all hide, the arrangement was never-the-less all heidi. Next up, ∞Loop got the crowd clapping and jumping. Turning the final chorus into a yell, Yoshihiko rode the wave. “Citta! Let’s go even crazier!”
gekkou Showtime held a certain funky element that demanded movement which Yoshihiko encouraged in the form of pumping fists. A dark section of the verse had the band breaking it down before the catchy chorus. “Well, Citta. Can you survive one more?” Yoshihiko goaded. omaesan kicked off on a high which lasted throughout the rapid, entertaining number. The crowd danced about yelling “yahiyahiyahiyahiyahiyahiyah~!” and having the time of their lives until everything came to an abrupt halt. “Today is hide’s birthday and I am very glad to be here. Thank you! I want to sing one last word for you all,” Yoshihiko teased. “Please listen… omae~sa~n~!!!” he sang, disintegrating into a passionate growl. With a final expression of gratitude, he sank low into a bow. “Thank you and please enjoy it till the very end!”
2. Pink Spider
4. gekkou Showtime
The following break gave the crowd a taste of CLUB PSYENCE, a club night run by DJ’s Ina and Asai and dedicated to hide. The section featured DJ DIENOJI and his dancing combo who led each new set of actions to the music. Soon, Asai called for any birthday-people, thus setting the stage for another birthday-boy.
“Matsumoto hide’s fourty-sixth anniversary,” announced DJ INA as he poured himself a glass of champagne. Starting a round of “Hey!”’s to kindan no Pink Spider (hide + RIZE), he picked up a hide Clause plushie and began to wander the small stage, holding the mic out to crowd members. Wandering into the crowd itself in DOUBT 2005, he appeared back onstage with a little girl who sang adorably, holding a little hide plushie of her own. “Matsumoto hide and me, congratulations,” the DJ said casually, draining his glass. During CELEBRATION (X~hide Version) he brought a costumed character up onstage complete with a Santa hat on one ear and a birthday cake on the other sporting a hide towel around its neck. Up above on the screen ran a video of hide himself as the DJ and the character danced about.
“Today Matsumoto hide would be shocked!” he announced. “We have a never-before-heard track of hide’s here.” The fans clapped throughout, enjoying the unique experience. Then the DJ broke out FISH SCRATCH FEVER (INA Remix), inviting up a group of established X JAPAN/hide cosplayers who helped him lead a volley of “Gold fish boy!” cries whilst stripping, dancing and stealing children out of the crowd. Then the DJ called out TAKA of defspiral, Yoshihiko of heidi. (“Kawasaki, you having fun!?”) who he teased mercilessly, CUTT (“CUTT JAPAN”) who improvised random lyrics, and Seizi Kimura who lead a round of congratulatory cries to both INA and hide.
The latter two remained onstage for the next number, Space Monkey Punks From Japan ~Beauty & Stupid (TOKYO SKA VERSION), which was nothing short of an onstage party complete with a pair of underwear passed about, which flew into the crowd from Kimura’s shocked hands. Finally, all made their way off except for INA who announced the Pink Spider Musical set for March 2011, for which he would be the musical director. Then DJ Asai returned to the stage in time for the final number, ever free 2010 (INA Remix) featuring hide’s spoken “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…” The DJ wound up and handed the show back over to Asai who in turn handed it over to Ra:IN.
1. kindan no Pink Spider (hide + RIZE)
2. DOUBT 2005
3. CELEBRATION (X~hide Version)
5. FISH SCRATCH FEVER (INA Remix)
6. Space Monkey Punks From Japan ~Beauty & Stupid (TOKYO SKA VERSION)
7. ever free 2010 (INA Remix)
The all-star cast of Ra:IN – ‘Rock and Inspiration’ – took to the stage with no bullshit and a heavy sense of rock culture. METAL BOX set the scene, a constant progression of solos and combined efforts by guitarist PATA, bassist and sometimes vocalist michiaki, drummer TETSU and keyboardist DIE. The hard rock collaboration was nothing short of epic, proving that music needs no words to send a message. PATA wailed a never-ending solo at centre stage whilst michiaki wandered about and DIE jumped down from his platform, portable keyboard strapped about his shoulders. The finale of the piece saw the three mobile members in constant motion whether moving to play back to back or facing in to TETSU behind his kit. Thrillin’ High presented a more ambient sound, alternating from minor to major chord progressions and back again. Then came a heavy wake-up call, DIE positively rocking out in contrast to PATA’s calm stillness. As DIE tossed his head violently through the tail end of the piece, michiaki threw down his bass, dragging it around and kicking it in a fit worthy of only the truest of rock stars.
“Hey!” he cried, equipping the new instrument supplied by a faithful roadie. Happy! began with a very deep riff, DIE applying synthesizer over the top. PATA’s incredible guitar gave the crowd a taste of the very heart of rock, the number regressing further and further into a truly retro sound. Wrapping it up, everything accumulated speed, finishing with a series of split second pauses. “Thank you,” michiaki intoned. The crowd waving hands from side to side, WITHIN YOU at last offered somewhat of a vocal line from both michiaki and DIE, the two staggering lyrics with a delay effect. The sound of bagpipes filled a musical rift before the band came back in full swing for the final progression. “Thank you!” The deep, exotic lead-in to Wish shifted into a plucked tune before a sudden burst of noise brought all the instruments in at once. DIE was back on his portable keyboard, hopping about and headbanging whilst PATA’s enthusiasm was evident as he bent into the music. michiaki’s vocals were barely audible over the intense cacophony even as DIE disappeared, slipping down in front of the barrier between crowd and stage. Rolling backwards up onto the stage, he kicked the air like a dying roach even as his fingers continued to tickle the keys. Breaking it down to end the set, the artists all let loose, only PATA stationary in his territory as he focused on wringing sound from his guitar. His raised hand brought the set to a close, DIE climbing up on the amps and jumping down to a delighted shriek from the crowd. TETSU waved and blew kisses as they exited stage right.
1. METAL BOX
2. Thrillin’ High
4. WITHIN YOU
Pink Spider Musical Cast
Finally, after many references throughout the night, the cast of the 2011 Pink Spider Musical came out to talk with DJ Asai, including TAKA of defspiral. They talked about their impressions of hide himself, their musical theatre experience (or lack of) and the music itself, revealing that twenty of hide’s songs will be included without any changes to the lyrics.
With some time left on the clock before the next set, Asai was able to play the one song he "just can’t complete a set without"… X! The crowd loved it, following Asai’s cues, and responding to the live recording of ToshI calling to hide until at last the final flesh and blood band took the stage.
With opening music as retro as their wild, rocker hair, MADBEAVERS took off with a cover of FISH SCRATCH FEVER. Pointing the guitar neck directly at the audience, vocal/guitarist Kiyoshi played it sexy as he intoned “Gold fish boy~” in grunge style. SUPERCAR BABY had him and bassist EBI alternating lyrics and singing in harmony. “We’re MADBEAVERS. Happy birthday hide,” Kiyoshi wished. Then he introduced Joe on drums and EBI on bass. “The next number was arranged courtesy of EBI-sama,” he announced, kicking off beauty & Stupid. The cover was full of energetic guitar despite the overly relaxed vocals. Meanwhile, Joe pulled off a series of little drum solos whilst Kiyoshi chanted “Joe-Joe-Joe Joe Joe Joe!”
“Are there any birthday people here?” he asked amidst the intro to MORNING GLORY, then wishing a happy birthday to DJ INA and others who were not present. In MADBEAVERS style, the number was typical rock all over with its chorus of “Yeah~Yeah~Yeah” that had the crowd singing along. After a short outtro, a cry of “Citta, can you heat it up?” led into the groovy opening riff of YOUTH. Drums in the foreground and Kiyoshi pulling off a ‘devil may care’ vocal style, the rhythm was most fascinating as the vocalist strummed speedily away. EBI led a round of “Woah”’s, shouted by the audience. Then, the speedy, simple melody and positive chorus of DAZZLIN had the crowd conducting with outstretched arms. Kiyoshi and EBI played off against each other before going their separate ways for more complicated musicianship. Finally, a red wash gave a dangerous feel to the darker melody of BLACK SUNSHINE. Getting down in the instrumental, the band played it cool for the most part. Then, they faced each other for a dramatic, high-speed outtro that slowed by half and then half again before coming to a complete stop.
“Come on hide!” Kiyoshi cried, pressing all the right buttons to get the crowd screaming and yelling. “Yay, hide!”
1. FISH SCRATCH FEVER
2. SUPERCAR BABY
3. Beauty & Stupid
4. MORNING GLORY
7. BLACK SUNSHINE
At last it was time for the man of the hour. “Not enough play,” chanted a hysterical remix as a screen descended before the curtain. The crowd held their breath as hide made his appearance, flanked by two stripper girls. MISCAST (BirthdayVer.) rolled on, hide and the strippers tumbling to the ground in a playful heap before the trio finally made their entrance, the occasion revealed to be a live performance. “Happy birthday hide” appeared onscreen, streamers bursting out and fluttering down to the crowd below who greedily grabbed them up. The video reel of various live clips was interspersed with lyrics. Next, Pink Spider scrolled between live footage and the music video as the fans reached their arms out towards the screen, streamers sparkling magically under the low lighting. Video or not, there was no doubt that it was a true concert in the hearts of the crowd. MISERY kicked off with hide charging down the runway, once again contrasting live footage with the music video for a touching result. Balloons fell from above, the fans tossing them about in true birthday spirit, strangers becoming allies in the impromptu game. Even on video, hide’s charisma overflowed throughout the venue, exaggerated by the soft glow of a disco ball. Clapping along throughout the instrumental, the crowd raised a cheer at hide’s little “Thanks.” ROCKET DIVE stuck to the live/PV pattern, flawlessly meshed. A particular live shot of hide looking directly into the camera brought tears to many eyes. Across the bottom of the screen scrolled first hide, then the evening’s performers in order followed by the DJs. A massive cheer rose, first for those artists and then for hide, many calling out to their beloved ‘Pink Spider.’
1. MISCAST (BirthdayVer.)
2. Pink Spider
4. ROCKET DIVE
Following the set, an array of announcements came to the screen, ranging from the decision to release a live video of MIX LEMONed JELLY presents “hide Birthday Party!! 2010”, to another installment of CLUB PSYENCE, to next year's hide birthday party on the actual day itself, December 13th, with a final hide FILM ALIVE!!～hide Memorial Day 2011～(5/2) "…to be continued" to which the crowd raised thrilled voices. Continuing to shout and refusing to leave just yet, the crowd waited until at last a voice washed over the venue. “Time flew by and we’re well behind but thank you all! There’s a lot going on next year, so please look forward to it!” Finally satisfied, the audience began to file out toting balloons and streamers as mementos of the special event.
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LOOK at STAR!2011年3月号vol.63
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