I don’t really like posting too many concert reviews. They’re hard for me to write and even harder for me to read. None of the shows that I have attended this year so far were really worth sitting down and trying to remember all of the details of what happened in the past 24 hours. But, I’ve changed my mind, and I will definitely write this one. This is not a typical concert review, because I am not a concert reviewer. Just a warning.
I’ve never seen Miyavi before. Just to throw that out there, and really, I didn’t know what to expect. Well…. That’s not entirely true. I expected… a lot of not so great things I wouldn’t care to admit at the end of the day. So, being the show-people we are, we got up at 5:30am, and got our asses out the door to be first in line, because there’s no other way to experience new music then from front row.
His fans were immediately warm and welcoming to us. They told us the “rules” of Japanese concerts, we talked about our other favorite Japanese bands, and we listened to their experiences seeing other Japanese artist who I have never seen before. The hours went by very fast, half a day has never felt so short when we basically did nothing but talk and goof around with people we met after 4 hours of sleep at 7 in the morning.
My sister and I aren’t the kind to sit still and just watch at shows, or in any setting, really, but the second Miyavi came on stage, we just sat there in complete awe. I haven’t been in the presence of someone so extremely talented in a very, very long time. We could not stop staring at his hands. I think the most uttered phrase from me to my sister and vice versa all night was “how does he do that?!?”
It took a few songs to actually notice anything else around me, but when I did, the one thing that I couldn’t not notice was how incredibly beautiful Miyavi is. His beauty radiated from his musical abilities and shone so bright it couldn’t be ignored. Really, his beauty was not the kind of beauty that could be captured in any kind of photograph or picture, because, as I said, it really stemmed from what a truly talented person he is and how dazzling his stage presence is.
His fans were very enthusiastic, a little too enthusiastic for me actually. A little too much screaming “I love you”’s and “you’re sexy”’s and “take your shirt off”’s to a 30-year-old-married-father-of-two for me to handle. I still have this obnoxious ringing in my ear from all the screaming! There was so much love in the room, the people outside could probably feel (and hear) it.
The way Miyavi interacted with his fans on stage was definitely not what I was expecting, since all day his fans were telling me how shy he was. He was funny, sarcastic, playful, and his English was really good for someone who does not speak it natively. I have a feeling maybe not all of his fans understood his humor… either way, he told some pretty amusing stories…
I don’t really know how to end this. So, I guess same facts his fans might want to know about the actually show…
-He let people take pictures while he was on stage.
-He took requests from the audience.
-VIP was after the show and there is no early entry with the VIP tickets.
-I couldn’t actually tell you what songs he played because I don’t really know the titles…
-If you want to know anything else about the, just send a message. We’re friendly.
tl;dr we saw Miyavi and he was good.