As the PV database conversion enters the Rock’n’Roll Circus phase of Ayumi Hamasaki’s career, I am reminded that this month marks the fourth anniversary of the album. Furthermore, yesterday (4/11) was the fourth anniversary of Ayu-Vogue’s pilgrimage to Japan to finally see Ayu in concert after over a decade of fandom.
These were unusual circumstances because the Rock’n’Roll Circus tour was announced before the album of the same name. Since I was attending the second date of what would be Ayu’s longest national tour yet, the album itself was still forthcoming when I saw the show. As a result, I had the pleasure of first hearing songs like “count down” and “Lady Dynamite” live. The setlist for the night that I attended is as follows. As you can tell by the final DVD/Blu-ray release, it changed during the concert’s obscenely long run.
- THE introduction
- About You
- rainy day
- count down
- Memorial address
- Don”t look back
- Because of You
- Sexy little things
- STEP you
- Lady Dynamite
- until that Day…
- SURREAL - evolution - SURREAL
- Last Links
- Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL~
- Boys & Girls
- RED LINE ~for TA~
Our encore featured the introduction of ZIN’s plush monkeys, which Ayu used to teach the RED LINE ~for TA~ dance. It was cute, but I don’t think anyone in the audience knew how to do the dance.
I consider myself fortunate to be able to attend this particular show; while I’m sure my experience in the arena lends something to bias, I really think that the Rock’n’Roll Circus tour is far and away her best since (miss)understood in 2006. I’m looking forward to seeing her shake up the formula with this year’s “Premium Showcase,” even if I have to wait for the Blu-ray this time.
Ayumi Hamasaki - My Way (solo ver.)
LISTENING TO SOME OLDER AYUMI HAMASAKI SONGS AND DROWNING IN NOSTALGIA
Release Date: 01.01.06
「 part of me 」
Wishing for the same happiness
We etch the same wounds in our hearts
Ayu will release a new full-length album on 2 July!
She’ll also be holding 11 live performances. In Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya. Visitors will receive a CD with 2 new songs. Each location will have a different CD (i.e. the Osaka CD will have songs A&B, Tokyo will have C&D and Nagoya E&F.)