Read Day 1 here!
Their second show kicked off in a similar fashion to their first one (held the day before), with both launching into "PRAY" before Show appearing on stage and playing the band's opening number, "Phoenix." I was lucky enough to be in the photo pit taking snaps and you could really feel the intense energy emanating from the crowd. Also like Day 1, they then smoothly transitioned into "Heart of Gold," with a lot of action on stage by the members already at this point, and followed that it up with "Doukeshi." During the latter, I had the perfect photo op when the four of them got together center stage!
|Tora (Gt.) and Show (Vo.)|
Tora and Hiroto then treated the crowd to another guitar duel. It was a beautiful sight and the glowing wristbands they had on made it all the more memorable. The best part of this song (for me) was how each of them struck a unique pose at the end. Next up was "Ryuuseigun" and unlike yesterday, the crowd today was more than ready to swing their towels. I have to mention though, that at the end of this song, Show flung his towel backwards and it nearly hit Saga...! Saga gracefully picked it up of course and wrapped it around himself like a scarf. The lights then went out and spotlights slowly came on, shining down on each member. For the next song, "SCARLET," the band chose to perform it under purple lights, which gave it this certain dream-like quality. This was not part of Day 1's show either!
|Tora (Gt.), Saga (Ba.) and Show (Vo.)|
Show came back soon after and up next was "Spiegel." To me at least, Tora has always had this vibe of being a comedic rocker (especially during this song!) and to see it again here really seemed to liven up the concert in a way only he can do. Show then asked if everyone was still "saikou" and the next segment was handed over to Nao for some merch promotion.
|Nao (Dr.) and Show (Vo.)|
The spotlight was then handed back to Show for him to announce the next song. Someone in the crowd could already guess what it would be and yelled out the song's name just as Show was saying, "The next song... Do you know what song it is? Yes, of course! It's time for "RAINBOWS"!" Although there were some unfortunate but minor technical issues for this number, I'm glad it didn't affect the performance overall! The next song, "Kowloon," provided us with something else that we did not see on Day 1, which was synchronized headbanging by the band! This sent the crowd wild just like it did when they came to Singapore last year, and everyone in the crowd was soon joining them! "Shunkashuuto" was up next and this was another one of those perfect scenes where the four of them stand side by side all dressed in white. What was more interesting though was that halfway through, Tora and Hiroto swapped their guitars, again another show of their great friendship! The "final" song of the set, "TSUBASA," was next and Hiroto treated fans in the front row to a short yet engaging session by going down to the photo pit while playing his guitar!
|Saga (Ba.), Nao (Dr.), Show (Vo.) and Hiroto (Gt.)|
The next song was "Haikara Naru Rinbu Kyoku" with the same crowd interaction bit where we called their names following certain cues. Near the end of the song, there was some fan service too, with Saga kissing Hiroto! Also, Hiroto once again flung one of the bras out into the audience and what was particularly awesome about this song for me at least, was when Hiroto and Tora then started dancing around on the stage! Then, while Nao continued his drum solo, Saga and Show began throwing lingerie at him(!!). They were then handed posters the fans signed for the day, with Show donning one of them as a cape while he sang the very last song for Day 2, "Subete e". This song really came across sincerely as an expression of thanks to their fans for taking the time to come, especially for those who came for both days.
Looking back on the day, I think it was a success despite some minor hiccups. A9 is no doubt one of those bands in Japan that has played an influential role in the music scene over the years and so they high standard they showed was expected. With the completion of today's show, A9 has now played a total of four concerts in Singapore. If you still haven't heard their music, do check them out! And of course, I highly recommend seeing them live if you can!
We in Singapore definitely hope to see them back here in future. Once again, we would still like to give our heartfelt thanks to BLACKBALLOON for bringing A9 to Singapore and all the members involved, as well as for this live report opportunity. If you have any feedback regarding the event, too, don't forget to post it in the comments below!
Read Day 1 here!
2. Heart of Gold
5. Blue Planet
9. Freesia no Saku Basho
10. WHITE PRAYER
11. Hiroto Section
12. Tora Section
18. Saga x Nao Section
19. Haikara Naru Rinbu Kyoku
20. Subete e
Photo Credits: ROCKSIN and BLACKBALLOON