Hi from Fukuoka. Had an awesome time at the concert. This was the first time for an opening for me (not including AP BANK FES) so I had no idea about the setlist or what to expect.
I will keep it short for now and try to write a longer review once I go back home.
Awesome set-list especially if you have been a fan for a long time. Very good mix of old and new songs from REFLECTION.
Simpler stage than the Reflection tour but had the runway going to the middle of the arena area and used it twice so it was great experience for people who did not have close seats to the stage.
They sounded great and got better and better at the end. I was worried that Sakurai's voice might be tired but he was on fire singing and playing the guitar.
No Kobayashi as the previous tour and SUNNY was on keyboard. I talked to someone who is close to the band and said Kobayashi still there but it was a mutual agreement that he would not be involved much and Sakurai wanted to do things by themselves now. So there are no hard feelings and he still shows up at rehearsals and concerts.
During the band introductions the second day, Sakurai said he wanted Nakagawa and Tahara to say something since they are both from this area.
Nakagawa was cool as usual but and said hi to the fans.
Tahara said Sakurai is always mean to him...(-:
Jen was funny as hell and the first day while Sakurai was drinking water, he was making faces and Sakurai almost choked...(-:
Even with all the running Sakurai was doing, Sakurai used a treadmill like walking belt during one of my favorite songs and he was walking in place...(-:
During one of the performances, they shot streamers and confetti to the crowd and I snagged couple of the shiny silver ones. I gave one to a young girl (maybe 6-7 years old) when I came back to the hotel. She was with her parent and her mom was holding a sleeping boy that looked like a year old...(-:
There were many kids at the concert and mix of old and young crowds
at the end of the first while the band was leaving, Sakurai took what looked like a guitar pick from the stage and went back running and throw it to someone in the crowd. Someone said it was for a young fan.
I bought a shirt last year from the same brand that sakurai wears and brought it with me this year, he ended up wearing the same shirt during the encore performance..I never try to dress up like Sakurai or Japanese style in general because it is too flashy for me but that was a nice incident.
There were few surprises and nice touches in the performances.
Some of the songs and they flow of the songs was kinda similar to the reflection tour
I was a bit disappointed because they did not sing ROLLING ROLLING
They played about 27 songs and took about 3 hours and half for the whole thing including break.
I was going to post the setlist but not sure if it will be a spoiler and tried to hide it but the spolier code did not work. I can post later
or you can check it out here
This is about it for now but will report later.