Tamaki Koji"JUNK LAND" Concert Tour 1997

[Teruyuki Mihashi's Report Part 1] [Teruyuki Mihashi's Report Part 2] [Duke Sasaji's Report]

Duke Sasaji's Report

  • I would like to share with you all the tamaki koji junkland concert final in Yokohama! Of all the concerts I've ever seen in my life, and I have seen quite a few, I think this is by far the best one that I've seen. This is the concert ticket and here's how it went.

  • The concert was basically broken up into 3 subsections. First (pre-intermission), Tamaki Koji spent the first hour doing ballads and 2 Christmas songs (in English - Silent Night, and I'm dreaming of White Christmas). His tone is incredible... range and power. I mean here is a guy I've wanted to see perform live ever since I first heard his music sometime back when I was in early high school and to see him perform live has been somewhat of a dream of mine for a long time. He did lots of old songs in the ballad portion of the concert including 'Ano koro e' which is my personal favorite. The entire time I was smiling from ear to ear thinking wow, this is totally incredible. I'm sure you must have felt the same way when you went to your first Koji concert.

  • The stage was simple. 2 first violins, 2 second violins, 1 viola, 1 cello. Then on drums was Tanaka Yuji (awesome man! Anzen Chitai material) and bass guitar was another anzenchitai dude (Rokudo Haruyoshi). I didn't catch his name but he was a little chunky. The others were all non Anchi but great nonetheless. One keyboard, another guitarist (who was awesome also), another drummer (the kind you hit with your hands that produce that tropical sound), and depending on the song a harmonica player and backup vocals. The strings were raised on a platform covered with a white sheet and the lighting was very plain. The background resembled a forest with lights spotted all over like stars in the night sky. He was wearing all black with a white shirt, no tie, the type with wide collars worn a bit open. Very laid back but quite dapper. The dude has aged well and looks very distinguised with his many new grey hairs.

  • Post-intermission was the JUNKLAND theme. A more chaotic looking stage perhaps something that can be described like a pirate ship. Very high energy and exciting. The crowd was on its feet from the second song of the portion or so. The guy gets really into his live performances making all sorts of humming an whooping noises! Lots of running around on stage. Basically I don't like his new music as much as his old stuff like I told you before but seeing it live makes me think its all right. The best part was the encore performance which lasted around half an hour. Best because it was all old stuff. This totally acoustic version of Jirettai which was great. Also classics like Koi no Yokan. He finished off with the Inoue Yosui duet getting the crowd to join in for the Yosui part. Much like the version on the 'T' CD. Wish it didn't end. Had a really great time.

    [Teruyuki Mihashi's Report Part 1] [Teruyuki Mihashi's Report Part 2] [Duke Sasaji's Report]

    Written by Duke Sasaji
    Organized by Kelvin Tsang
    Last update: January 10,1998
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