Canadian prog metal band Voivod came onstage to a fully packed out Tsutaya O-West in Tokyo on Friday night.
This intimate venue is located in Shibuya area and a well known local one with a capacity of 600 people. So many good venues are concentrated in this area. If you are a music fan and have a chance to come to Tokyo, I recommend to visit Shibuya area, you can find cool shows every night.
Voivod was formed in 1982 in Quebec, Canada. They are known as a progressive metal pioneer.
The last time they came to Japan was as at the festival ‘Thrash Domination’ in 2014. You might not believe it, but this ‘The Wake Japan Tour 2019 35th Anniversary’ is their first headline concert here in these 35 years! We had been eagerly waiting for this show.
Their unique and powerful sound transcends genres. So it’s hard to classify their music into categories like metal, thrash, prog rock, and punk. But I’d say there is a kind of atmosphere of progressive metal in their latest album ‘The Wake’, released as their 14th studio album in September 2018.
They started the show with ‘Post Society’, the title track of their latest EP and the crowd went crazy! The mosh pit happened in the center of them lasted till the end.
Their set was a perfect mix of old and new songs. The diehard Japanese audience kept on screaming the band name, ‘Voivod! Voivod!’ throughout the show.
I was just blown away by their energy and enthusiasm.
Before playing Pink Floyd’s ‘Astronomy Domine’ in an encore, Singer Snake said ‘We will never forget Piggy!’ and the audience repeated his name.
Piggy (Denis D’Amour), passed away in 2005, was a former guitarist of the band and main writer of their early albums.
It is clear that he is still in their heart, but at the same time, the successor Chewy is a perfect guitarist for them. In addition to his incredible technique, he looked like he was performing in a very relaxed way on stage. It’s obvious he is welcomed by the other members. I could see that they are going well with each other, and they looked like a family through my lens.
Voivod will play in Australia for 4 days and go on tour The United States and Canada until May.
Get your ticket for their shows!
Denis “Snake” Bélanger - Vocals
Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain - Guitar
Michel “Away” Langevin - Drums
Dominic “Rocky” Laroche - Bass
Into My Hypercube
Order of the Blackguards
The Lost Machine
The Unknown Knows
Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd cover)
Words and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi
Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi
I still can’t believe it really happened!
I have been offered an interview for The Japan Times, which has a history of 120 years and the largest English-language daily newspaper in Japan. What an honor!
Print version is available today (January 13, The Japan Times On Sunday) at big book stores like Sanseido, Maruzen, and local Asahi Shimbun distribution agents.
I hope you check it out if you are in Japan!
You can see the web version here. Click the link below.
なんと120年の歴史を持つ日本最大手の英字新聞、The Japan Timesからフォトグラファーとしてのインタビューを受けました！ありがとうございます！
本日発売の日曜版の紙面に載っております。(January 13, The Japan Times On Sunday) 三省堂や丸善などの大きな書店、または朝日新聞の直営店で在庫があれば入手できます。
I feel a sense of closeness with them personally.
I joined The Black Crowes cover band as a singer when I was a college student. Some of my old friends might remember that…🙂
Needless to say, it was not easy. But It was an amazing feeling to sing their groovy songs. I absolutely loved it.
In 2000, The Black Crowes were supposed to come to Japan with Jimmy Page. I got a ticket and was really looking forward to it. But the tour was canceled due to Jimmy’s health conditions. I was so sad.
Therefore, It was a great pleasure and honor to get an opportunity to see and photograph their concert. And it was worth the wait!
Thank you for taking your time to read this blog. Hope you enjoy my pictures!
The American rock band The Magpie Salute came to Japan for promoting their first album “High Water I” which was released in August 2018.
I was lucky enough to witness and photograph their show.
The Magpie Salute was formed in October 2016 by former The Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson. And the band also includes former The Black Crowes guitarist Mark Ford and bass player Sven Pipien.
The last time The Black Crowes came to Japan was in summer of 2005 as part of “Summer Sonic 05”, a big summer music festival in Japan. They came here for the first time in 14 years, so the crowd welcomed Robinson’s new band with enthusiasm.
Before the show started, a crew burned incense on the right (Robinson’s) side of the stage. A trail of smoke and a faint smell of incense created an exotic atmosphere and raised our expectations.
They started the show with “High Water” from their first album “High Water I” and played a great set of new songs and old cover songs.
They also performed a few acoustic tunes In the middle of the show, which was the most beautiful part of the concert. In those songs, we were able to enjoy the amazing voices of Rich Robinson and Mark Ford, not to mention John Hogg. Although their voice types and vocal styles are different, The harmony they created was perfect.
In the latter part of the show, they performed The Black Crowes songs in a row. After “Ballad in Urgency” and our favorite “Wiser Time” from “Amorica”, “My Morning Song” was played. And then, the audience started dancing with a beer in their hands and enjoyed that moment. I was watching the beautiful and impressive scene at the back side of the hall. Not a bad way to spend an winter evening.
To our great joy, they have a huge repertoire of more than 200 songs including old classics. Therefore, the set list will be changed every night. How awesome is that?
They return to The United States and go on 2019 US Winter Tour with The Stone Foxes until February 17th. Make sure to check out a date on their website : http://themagpiesalute.com
The Magpie Salute are:
Rich Robinson (Guitar)
Marc Ford (Guitar)
John Hogg (Vocals)
Sven Pipien (Bass)
Joe Magistro (Drums)
Matt Slocum (Keyboad)
Omission (Hookah Brown cover)
Mary the Gypsy
For the Wind
Rollin’ Over (Small Faces cover)
Look Out Cleveland (The Band cover)
Old Lady Sunrise (Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club cover)
What Is Home (The Black Crowes cover)
Christine’s Tune (The Flying Burrito Brothers cover)
Nonfiction (The Black Crowes cover)
Take It All
Laila Pt.II (Agitation Free cover)
Can You See
Ballad in Urgency (The Black Crowes cover)
Wiser Time (The Black Crowes cover)
My Morning Song (The Black Crowes cover)
Send Me an Omen
Words and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi
Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi
I am happy to announce that my works will be exhibited in Tokyo again. The group exhibition will take place on 21 January - 2 February at M84 gallery in Tokyo. I will show two of my concert photos. Everybody is welcome. Please stop by and talk about photography, art, and rock music!
『アートの競演 2019 寒月』(Competition of Art 2019 Wintry moon)
21 January – 2 February 2019
Art Gallery M84
Opening Hours: 10:30 to 19:00 (The last day of exhibition: 17:00 Close)
Address: 5F, Wind Ginza Bldg.,11-3, 4-chome,
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
I will be there during 4pm-7pm except 22nd, 23rd, 28th January.
I’d be very happy if you come and see my artwork!
Gallery information: http://artgallery-m84.com/?p=5629
場所は銀座、歌舞伎座の裏にあるビルの５階のギャラリー、Art Gallery M84です。お近くにお越しの際は是非お立ち寄り下さい。
飾りたいと思う写真展『アートの競演 2019 寒月』
展示期間 : 2019年1月21日(月)～2月2日(土)
場 所 : Art Gallery M84
所 在 地 : 東京都中央区銀座4-11-3 ウインド銀座ビル５階
電 話 : 03-3248-8454
開館時間 : 10:30～19:00(最終日17:00まで)
休 館 日 : 会期中無休
入 場 料 : 無料
Art Gallery M84のページ
The Brazilian metal band Angra came to Japan once again as part of their world tour to promote and showcase their new album “ØMNI”. It was released in February of this year as their 9th studio album. The stage show as incredible as well the sound and lighting.
It was an honor and amazing opportunity to photograph and quickly review their show. Their last appearance Japan was in 2015 so this concert was highly anticipated. The audience was hypnotized and brought the crowd to cheers after each song. Overall, a very good experience that I highly recommend.
Travelers of Time
Nothing to Say
Black Widow’s Web
Spread Your Fire
ØMNI – Silence Inside
The Bottom of My Soul
Carry On / Nova Era
ØMNI – Infinite Nothing
Rafael Bittencourt (Guitar, Vocals)
Felipe Andreoli (Bass, Vocals)
Fabio Lione (Vocals)
Bruno Valverde (Drums)
Marcelo Barbosa (Guitar)
Angra official website: http://angra.net/ws/english-home/
Proofreading: Frankie James (Editor in chief of Culture Rock Media)