Went to see “The Stranglers” perform in WWW, Shibuya.
But let me start with “Are these really The Stranglers”? When two members continue the band and add new members that sound different and perform different, is it still the same band ?
Will Radiohead be “Radiohead” without Thom Yorke?
It is always fun to go to a concert and remember the old songs, but it did sound to me like a band covering “The Stranglers” . (And asking forgiveness from the members that are there from the starts).
So, I have to say I was disappointed.
My ears hurt when in “Golden Brown” struggles to sync with the keyboards. Song started with the drums, keyboard entered and were out of sync… Drummer struggles to sync which he did, but lost it again several times.
In another song the drums were too strong, but then settled down as song progressed.
Tuning the guitars was messy, talk was bad (but have to admit most artists fail to talk with Japanese … maybe they are concerned they will not be understood).
So, overall enjoyed an evening of two guys from the Stranglers (I know) performing their songs with some people I do not know.
Unfortunately, I could not go to Fuji Rock this year. I tried, enrolled, but lost the draw and decided not to do an overnight bus. I am too old for that.
Watched the concert Live on YouTube. (Thank you Softbank) . It was magnificent.
When the show ended, Robert Smith seemed like he wants to stay on the Stage, that it is difficult for him to part from the crowd. His body language showed emotions, which was very endearing.
I was not the only one noticing it, and he was asked about it in the post concert interview. The interview has some good news for me as Robert Smith stated he would like to come back to Japan and tour it properly! YEAH!
Found this ticket and the memories overflowed me. Wow! It was great and just after I saw them in Reading Festival. Was a bit worried going to the venue as I remember the entrance was not very clear. But it was great!!!
Was thinking how to describe the experience, but I find it quite difficult.
Music by Cornelius, Graphics, film, animation combined together.
As 21_21 sight says:
The exhibition tries to construct a type of “audio architecture” by repeating the music paired to various films over and over, in the space dynamically designed by Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall). Please come and discover a fresh perspective on music in the venue integrating sound, video and space.
But I am sure it still does not explain what to expect.
Thinking about it every year, but the logistics around it discourage me.
Had dinner on Friday and the sommelier told me he is planning to go on the following day on a one day trip. Actually a good idea, though a bit difficult driving back after a full day at a music festival.