カンニングのDAI安☆吉日！ Live Recording
We arrived around 6:20, and followed the trail of Rodeo Girls to the ticket line, where we entertained ourselves until 10:00, when they handed out the tickets and let us in. Alas, though we had been in the first 100 people to line up, because they gave the tickets out randomly, we ended up in the 650s. Good enough to get seats, and get us out of the sun.
For those who haven’t seen カンニングのDAI安☆吉日, it’s a variety show hosted by musician/entertainer Daigo and two other hosts. For this live recording, they focused on the Fuji TV summer matsuri, sending staff out to report back on the food and attractions. There were three musical guests: two girl groups and a mixed group of fledgling anison singers. Neither of us were impressed by the girl groups, but the third group had some good singers, who I suspect we’ll be hearing on some anime OP/ED in the future.
Granrodeo were up last, brought to the stage by Daigo, who’d left the stage to go fetch them. We got to see a little of their off-stage antics (like Kiiyan trying to imitate the other guest whose specialty is wearing a flesh-colored speedo and making poses that make him look naked). What they didn’t show us (but we later saw on the footage) were Kiiyan and Daigo grabbing one another’s rears as they walked to the stage. Probably a good thing, given the overwhelming enthusiasm of the crowd when we realized GR were finally up.
Kiiyan and e-zuka promoted the show for that night, the best of album and G10. They shared a link for a very short lottery for G10 tickets, and mentioned the November Fan Club events. They apparently also mentioned that all four of them hadn’t actually been together since Round GR, so that afternoon’s rehearsal would be their first rehearsal for the show — and that those of us who catch it should act surprised during the actual show.
e-zuka was very amusing during the final wrap-up, since, as the tallest person on stage, he seemed to be in the way no matter where he tried to hide. And Kiiyan’s outfit … wild patterned pants (orange, yellow, green, black and more), worn with his shirt du jour, a blue tee with black arabic writing on it. Blindingly bad, and thus awesome.
Too short an appearance, but fun anyhow!
After the live recording, we headed to Diver City for food, caffeine and air conditioning. About 5 PM, we headed back over to the matsuri, and as we walked closer, we could hear noises from the stage area. We were like “Are those Val’s drums?” “Could that be Takita’s bass?” “That *is* e-zu ka talking!” So we scurried over, just in time for the guys to kick into Punky Funky Love! Staff weren’t letting anyone inside the barriers, but I ended up what amounted to front row outside the barriers.
Unlike most rehearsal/sound checks, where they play bits and pieces of songs – just enough to know things sound good – because they hadn’t rehearsed at all for the live, they played each song in full. So after PFL came メモリーズ, 恋のHEAT WAVE (which they had 2 false starts on before getting it right, heh), カナリヤ and Can Do. Because it was just a rehearsal, they were laid back and relaxed, with Kiiyan holding back on both the high notes and physical exertion, but it was still an amazing performance (I don’t think they could have a bad one).
When we got there at the start, there were just a handful of people, but by the end, there were several hundred surrounding the area, all enthusiastically cheering. I think the guys were surprised by the positive reaction (I know I was going all out like it was an actual performance; I’m sure I wasn’t alone), but pleased.
We were pretty far back for the actual show, but it didn’t matter; the crowd’s energy was through the roof, and the performance top notch. Kiiyan surely made a few dreams come true when he used the stage stairs and came down into the front row/aisle during Can Do. And after they left the stage after that, the lights didn’t go up … so we kept cheering and clapping, and finally started in with mo ikkai, resulting in a very surprised band coming back to the stage. Kiiyan said he’d been talking to an interviewer from Fuji TV when they got told “you have to go back out.” They really hadn’t planned on a second encore, so they gave us 恋のHEAT WAVE again, which made me very happy.
Short, but, as always, incredible. It never ceases to amaze me, show after show, how every performance is unique and precious in its own way. And this little show, under the Tokyo night sky, was no different. 💖
A reminder that the actual live will air next week.