Thursday, 1 November 2007

Medgadeth Live In Concert


When I was only here for about one month, my Japanese teacher from Wednesday's class asked me if I like the band Megadeth.
I said: "Well sure, they make some pretty nice music".
"So wanna come to their concert in Tokyo in November?"
"Yeah sure, why not; I'd like to know what a big concert is like in Japan."

Metal In Japan

And thus it was decided. The concert was yesterday, first of November in Shibuya AX Concert Hall. I had to leave work a bit early, so we would make it in time, since the concert already started at 7 pm. The reason probably is one the one hand that the next day is a work day and that trains in Tokyo stop moving around midnight. But we made it with plety of time left to Shibuya and didn't even need to check where to go, we just had to follow the cool looking peoples. It's the first time I have seen "alternative" Japanese people on a large scale. There were some cool punks and of course many many metaler. Even though in comparison there are less of them having long hair, quite some do and the others also look just like the metaler in Germany. That means they don't give much on how they look are genuinely friendly and very open minded. Also as in my birth country, Metal as a really open and old musical scene, has a lot of people above 40 or even 50. :)

For a first difference however the merchandising stand had his own mountebank (German: Marktschreier), as you can find them everywhere in Japan. What I would not have expected, I think the ratio between girls and boys was roughly the same as in Germany (4/5 boys).
Oh and for your information, the Gaijin (foreigner) / Japanese ratio was at best 1 out of 100 or even less. :)

After waiting a bit just looking at the people and talking about who we find handsome ;p we entered the concert hall.


The Opening was a band from Gibraltar (a small peninsula below Spain). For an opening band, they were pretty awesome. I loved both the melody of the songs (some using Gibraltar instruments and rhythms) as well as their lyrics. I am sure I want to hear them again :)
Also it was very cute, when the singer admitted that they never believed that they could make it as far as Tokyo!

However another point disappointed me a bit. The Japanese people where a bit silent and didn't move or dance very much, although I think the band really was great. On the other hand I stayed on Rumi-sensei's side for this and we were about in the middle, not in the front rows. So I couldn't really make a objective impression yet.


After a short break outside, we went back in. After a while of waiting, a speaker voice suddenly announced:

大変お待たせしました。まもなくまもなく メガデス メガデス です。
(taihen omataseshimashita. mamonaku mamonaku megadesu megadesu desu)
(~ Sorry for making you wait. Now next is Megadeth).

Everyone who has been in Japan, remembers these lines from trains in Japan, because that is the way they announce the next station. I found it hilarious, though Rumi-sensei couldn't tell me whether it was on purpose or not ^=^

Then sensei made me go to the first row, while she stayed a bit behind, where we watched Breed before. I didn't argue and went straight ahead.
Right after the band started or even before I was able to make some Japanese friends, as it is in such situations, by just screaming, making excited faces, starting "MEGADETH" or "HEY!" chants, dancing and jumping ;p
For the first time in a long time I felt at home again. I could just go crazy and nobody would mind or remind me of rules of society, because just everyone else was also getting crazy. So that's what we did. We jumped, danced, screamed, played air guitar, sang, made the metal hand sign |_| and clapped. I really missed being in the midst of a excited dancing crowd of people not caring about sweating, not caring about getting pushed around, not caring about getting the wet hair of others into your face, just not worrying about anything. It just shows so much, how stupid all these society behave rules are and how wonderful life is without them (everybody being friends and having a great time together).
It was really awesome, I had a really wonderful time amongst friends, which I have never met before.
Oh and Megadeth of course kicked ass! They didn't loose any passion. And they sightly enjoyed being here just as much as we did. They gave a lot of extra songs, and in the end throw tons of guitar plectra into the crowds, they even got some more from backstage, because people were so happy about getting them ^_^. And they spoke quite some words Japanese, way more than just Good Evening, and Hello. In the end they bowed before us and promised to yet come again, as long as passion allows them to go on making incredible cool music.

Differences And Similarities Between Concerts In Germany And Japan

So here's what I found out. The sign for crowd surfing (stage diving) is international, I just had to try it and it worked immediately. Crowd surfing in Japan is just as cool as anywhere else and I sure wasn't the only one.

Curiously enough Japanese people don't stink when they are sweaty all over. As you can guess from my description above, all of us sweated until we were soaked wet all over and even our hair was wet like after a shower. However I was quite surprised that the people around me didn't stink, in contrast they smelled very good ^=^. So finally I found out, why it is very hard to find deodorant in Japan or in other words, why it sells so bad ;)

Pogo in Japan is really cool. Unlike in Germany, at least as far as I can judge from a single concert, there are less crazy brutal dancers, so that pogo is totally exciting while still being totally enjoyable and friendly. :)

In the end I am really glad to have out that there are many many cool Japanese people breaking the clichés about Japan. And as I said before, I really felt at home.

After the concert I hugged the friends I had found and they hugged me. We shook hands, and being in Japan after all, bowed before each other ^=^. I really thank those guys and girls, whose names I never will know, for giving me such a great time.

screaming and dancing at home

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