My dears, I am pleased to invite you to my upcoming group exhibition in Tokyo. It will open from Saturday 25 May to Monday 27 May at Design Festa Gallery West in Tokyo. I will show one of my favorite concert photos.
Hope to see you there!
Group exhibition ‘cells - photo - vol.3’
Design Festa Gallery West 1F (3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to)
25 - 27 May 2019.
Opening Hours: Saturday 25 May 1pm to 8pm .
Sunday 26 May 11am to 8pm.
Monday 27 May 11am to 5pm.
Tel : 03-3479-1442
グループ写真展「cells - photo - vol.3」
Design Festa Gallery West 1F (東京都渋谷区神宮前3-20-18)
会場Tel : 03-3479-1442
Toto performed a sold out show at Budokan in Tokyo on Wednesday night and I had the extreme pleasure of photographing the rock legends.
Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles. They came to Japan as a part ’40 Trips Around The Sun Tour’ for showcasing their best album with the same title, which was released in 2018.
The historical venue Budokan is located in the center of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace. It was originally built for the judo competition in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
It is the indoor arena with a capacity of 13,000 people and the most famous concert venue in Japan.
The Beatles were the first rock band to played at Budokan in 1966. Since then, many famous rock music acts have played there.
Further more, several live albums were recorded at Budokan, including releases by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Cheap Trick, to name a few.
Most Japanese indie bands dream of playing at Budokan, because it’s the proof of big success. I have always been dreaming of photographing concerts here too. I have seen countless concerts at Budokan since I was a child. As you can imagine, working as a photographer here means a lot for me.
The band opened with the new song ‘Devil’s Tower’ from their latest greatest hits album ’40 Trips Around The Sun’. They originally recorded this track with Jeff and Mike Porcaro back in 1981. (Drummer Jeff Porcaro is one of the founding members of Toto, passed away in 1992. Bass player Mike Porcaro passed away in 2015.)
It is the perfect choice for opening the show to celebrate 40 years of their history and showing respect to their former members.
They continued with ‘Hold the Line’ from their self-titled debut album. This song brought a lot of excitement to the audience.
Toto’s set was the great combination of their new and old tracks including some covers, and it satisfied their fans of all ages.
Especially, the crowd welcomed their favorite party song ‘Rosanna’, singing along loudly.
Then, they brought some chairs on stage and played some fantastic acoustic tunes, sitting on them. In this beautiful set, Steve Lukather looked back their 40 years of musical history and told brief story on each song in a relaxed way.
Needless to say, Toto are the musicians with amazing skills and their stage presence were impressive throughout the show.
The voice of lead singer Joseph Williams was rich and strong. To my surprise, most of their members have amazing voices. They constantly added beautiful chorus and sometimes took lead vocal. That is absolutely their advantageous point and creates their unique sound.
I have to mention that the new keyboard player Dominique “Zavier” Taplin completely knocked out the audience. He joined this tour to make up with the absence of founding member David Paich. Dominique played with Prince before and his creative and passionate performance was totally fantastic.
Without a doubt, the climax of this night was an extended version of ‘Africa’. The audience put on their cellphone lights and waved them slowly, singing along it. The Budokan was filled with crowd and also filled with numerous white lights. That beautiful scenery evoked the image of the Milky Way. It really touched my heart and I was almost crying.
They have been classified as rock, AOR, fusion, pop, and so many others.But there is no point categorizing them. All you need is just listening to their masterpieces and enjoying them!
Toto official website: http://totoofficial.com
Warren Ham（Sax, Cho）
Shem von Schroeck（B, Cho）
Dominique “Zavier” Taplin（Kb）
1. Devil’s Tower
2. Hold the Line
3. Lovers in the Night
5. I Will Remember
6. English Eyes
7. Jake to the Bone
9. Georgy Porgy
10. Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover)
11. I’ll Be Over You
12. No Love
13. Stop Loving You
14. Girl Goodbye
16. Dune (Desert Theme)
17. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover)
18. Make Believe
20. Home of the Brave
Words and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi
Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi
Words and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi
Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi
Berlin based dark psychedelic band The Underground Youth played a fantastic live show at Moon Romantic in Tokyo last Tuesday. I was lucky enough to see and photograph their first live in Japan.
Moon Romantic is located in Aoyama area, a very fashionable and chic town in Tokyo. It opened in 2004 with 200 capacities, known for relatively indie, underground music. There’s a big beautiful full moon on the back wall of the stage, and it always put the musicians into the shining bright light.
The Underground Youth were formed in 2009, in Manchester, United Kingdom and currently based in Berlin, Germany. At first, it was a solo project of talented Craig Dyer and he has build up the unique band style. Especially, Olya Dyer’s drumming is very impressive. Her drum set is pretty simple and she plays drums standing up. In addition to the powerful and straight rhythm pattern, her mysterious visual image enhances the band’s artistic atmosphere.
Well, it’s really difficult to categorize their music. (That might be meaningless I guess.) Their style is often described as darkwave, chillwave, post-punk, psychedelic, goth, dream pop, shoegaze, and so on. I’d say that they have been creating the fantastic composite art of those things. Also, that can be seen in their inspiring videos and intense live performances.
In support of their upcoming album ‘Montage Images Of Lust & Fear’, they kicked off a huge tour in Hong Kong on 6th March. They will tour over 25 countries for 4 months!
On their Tokyo show, they were accompanied by 4 Japanese support acts, Group2, No Buses, polly, and Luby Sparks. They are shoegaze, psychedelic bands and warmed up the packed venue. In addition, DJ event team Undercover Suicide perfectly supported them.
Each band performed in their own style. Their young raw energy and strong passion for music stimulated the crowd’s expectations for the main act. I was pretty sure that tonight was going to be very special!
The Underground Youth took to the stage after half past 9. They opened with ‘This Is But A Dream’, from the new album ‘Montage Images Of Lust & Fear’. The audience appreciated their appearance with enthusiasm.
Their set was well mixed and balanced with their past and new songs. Beautiful and dreamy images were projected on the full moon on the back wall of the stage one after another. It was so comfortable to soak in the addictive ambiance of their creative world. We were totally fascinated by them.
At the end part of the show, Craig got down from the stage, set his microphone stand in the middle of the crowd, and he started to play ‘The Rules of Attraction’. Then the bassist Max and the guitarist Leonard also came down to the floor and joined Craig. The audience got so excited and it was absolutely the highlight of the night.
Their performance was really amazing and the audience was totally hooked. I was blown away by their mesmerizing live performance, their creativity,and of course the great quality of their music.
‘Montage Images Of Lust & Fear’ will be released as their 9th studio album on 29th March by Fuzz Club. You can pre-order the album here.
After the Tokyo show, they play in Taiwan, and go on to the European tour until 21st June. Be sure to check them out when they come to a town near you.
Craig Dyer – Vocals, Guitar
Olya Dyer - Drums
Leonard Kaage - Guitar
Max James - Bass
This Is But A Dream
Art House Revisited
Hope & Pray
Fill The Void
Half Poison, Half God
I Need You
Strangle Up My Mind
The Rules of Attraction
(supporting for Bleed From Within)
Despite Exile official website: http://www.despiteexile.com
Jacopo Durisotti - Vocals
Giacomo Santini - Guitar
Carlo Andrea Ferraro - Guitar
Giovanni Minozzi - Bass
Simone Cestari - Drums
Review and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi
Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi
Glaswegian metal band Bleed From Within brought their tour to Tokyo last weekend. They played at Cyclone on Saturday and then at Garret on Sunday. I was fortunate enough to experience their wild gigs for 2 days.
Both venues are located in Shibuya area, the most popular town for young people in Tokyo. You can find many cool music venues there. Cyclone opened in 1997 with 300 capacity and it is well known for relatively heavy and loud music. Garret opened in 2013 as a sister venue of Cyclone with the same capacity. You can enjoy various types of music here.
Bleed From Within are a heavy metal band formed in 2005, in Glasgow, Scotland.
I felt the influence of deathcore from their earlier works, but their musical style has sifted to a mix of metalcore, melodic death metal and groove metal. Especially, if you listen to Scott Kennedy’s vocal style, it’s obvious.
On the Japan tour, Bleed From Within were supported by Italian metalcore band Despite Exile. They are a 5-piece band from Udine, Italy. I really enjoyed their shredding riffs and epic melodies. I believe it won’t take so long until Despite Exile are headlining Japan tour.
Now finally Bleed From Within appeared on the stage just after 9.
They started with ‘Clarity’, the first track from the latest record ‘Era’, which was released in 2018 as their 4th studio album.
When they moved on to ‘Crown of Misery’, one young Japanese guy climbed up on the stage. (Basically that kind of activity is banned at this venue.) At that moment, they shot a happy look at that. They seemed to be satisfied with the fact that Japanese audience were wilder than they had thought.
Their set mainly consisted of their last two albums, ‘Era’ (Century Media, 2018) and ‘Uprising’ (Century Media, 2013).
They thrashed around the stage, and Kennedy’s growling voice was full of energy, passion and anger. That’s exactly what we want from a metalcore show! The crowd was completely controlled by his voice and made a circle pit consistently throughout the show. The whole floor went chaotic by young metalheads.
I was surprised to see that they were genuine showmen. They interacted with the crowd as much as they could and also made cool poses for me. How professional they are!
We were very lucky to see one of the biggest Scottish metal bands at these intimate venues.
I must mention that the band finished with an encore of ‘Servants of Divinity’ from their 1st album ‘Humanity’ only on Sunday. It’s very rare they play this tune in the recent shows. But they accommodated a request from their dedicated fans and played it with Jacopo, the vocalist of Despite Exile. The audience really appreciated this surprising gift with enthusiasm.
It was the absolutely fabulous and inspiring weekend for those who joined these shows. I guess they were too wired to get to sleep.
I believe without a doubt that next time Bleed From Within come to Japan, they will perform at much bigger venue.
They will go on tour China until 13th March. Make sure to check out a date on their website.
Bleed From Within official website: https://bleedfromwithin.com
Scott Kennedy - Vocals
Ali Richardson - Drums
Craig ‘Goonzi’ Gowans - Guitars
Davie Provan - Bass
Steven Jones - Guitars / Vocals
Setlist: (3rd March)
Crown of Misery
III / Colony
I Am Oblivion
Last of Our Kind
It Lives In Me
Alone in the Sun
Servants of Divinity