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メリークリスマス

24 Dec

メリークリスマス (Merry Christmas)!

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Eric Carr RIP

24 Nov

Eric Carr, the former drummer for KISS, died twenty-two years ago today.

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Here’s Eric Carr with KISS at the Budokan in Tokyo in 1988:

KISS “Monster Tour”, Japan

20 Oct

I saw KISS in concert yesterday!  I have seen KISS a bunch of times…but this was one of their best shows!

They changed their stage, costumes and set list!  They played a number of songs that I’ve never heard in concert before!

The setlist:

  • Psycho Circus
  • Shout It Out Loud
  • Do You Love Me?
  • I Love It Loud
  • Hell Or Hallelujah
  • War Machine   (Gene’s fire breathing)
  • (Sukiyaki)
  • Heaven’s On Fire
  • Calling Dr. Love
  • Say Yeah
  • Shock Me / Outta This World
  • (Tommy’s guitar solo / Eric’s drum solo & bazooka)
  • (Gene spits blood , bass solo and “flies” to rafters)
  • God Of Thunder
  • Lick It Up
  • (Paul “flies” over audience to mini-stage)
  • Love Gun
  • Rock N Roll All Night

Encore:

  • Detroit Rock City
  • I Was Made For Lovin’ You
  • Black Diamond

Here are some photos that I took:

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Have you ever seen a KISS show?

Which shirt?

14 Oct

The members of KISS have landed at Narita Airport near Tokyo a couple hours ago (at about 5PM JST on Monday, October 14, 2013).

Tomorrow (October 15th), the Japanese convenience store chain “Sunkus” will begin selling “KISS spicy chili tomato” buns until late October.

I’ll be buying one tomorrow.

And next Saturday (October 19th) is their first show on their 2013 Japan Tour!
It’s sold-out but I have a ticket!

I saw the merchandise that they’ll be selling on their Japan tour … many things, including ten T-shirt designs.

There are two shirt designs that I like.
Which do you think is nicer?

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Loudpark ’13

5 Oct

Loudpark, the annual heavy-metal festival that is held every October in either Saitama or Chiba (near Tokyo) will be held at the Saitama Super Arena on October 19th and 20th (2013).

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Many bands will play, including Stone Temple Pilots, Europe, Lordi, King Diamond and many others.

Personally, I don’t like music festivals much. Usually there are too many bands that I don’t care about.
I did go to OzzFest Japan last spring because I wanted to see Black Sabbath … but I usually prefer regular concerts with only one or two bands.

But I’m definitely not going to Loudpark this year because it is scheduled on the same weekend as the KISS concert that I’m going to!

Are you going to Loudpark ?
Are you going to see KISS in Japan?
Which seems like a better concert to you?

Playlist

30 Aug

Here’s what is on my most recent random playlist.

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What’s on yours?

Heavy Metal Football

18 Aug

I grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida so naturally my favorite American football team has always been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers … but I guess I’ll be supporting a Los Angeles team from now on.

My favorite rock band, KISS, have just purchased their own professional American football team!

They’re called L.A. KISS.

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Not a very good football team name … but that’s the name of the band, so I guess it can’t be helped.

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Got my ticket!

6 Aug

KISS‘s upcoming Saturday, October 19th (2013) show at the 幕張メッセ (Makuhari Messe) near Tokyo is sold-out.

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But my friend got us both excellent seats for this sold-out show. He mailed my ticket and these チラシ (flyers) to me … I received them today!

Because this show is sold-out, KISS added two more shows to their Japan tour … both at the famous 日本武道館 (Budokan) in Tokyo.

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Besides these KISS flyers, my friend sent my a flyer for this Thursday’s Aerosmith / Japanese band B’z show.

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Happy 4th of July

4 Jul

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It’s the 4th of July … America’s Independence Day.

I live in Japan, so I haven’t done anything special on this day in years because July 4th isn’t a holiday here, of course.

But, if you’re in America, will you be going to a 花火大会 (fireworks show) ?

KISS Monster Tour, Japan

10 Jun

KISS is scheduled to play four shows in Japan to promote their latest album “Monster”.

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The scheduled dates are:

Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Chiba, Japan

Monday, October 21, 2013 – Osaka, Japan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Tokyo, Japan (still unconfirmed)

Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Tokyo, Japan (still unconfirmed)

Here is the チラシ (flyer) for the KISS Monster Japan Tour 2013:

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And when major world-famous musicians are scheduled to play in Japan, there is usually an ad or article about it in the newspapers here.
KISS’s upcoming tour is mentioned in today’s paper:

It says “Seven years since their last Japan tour, the American hard rock band KISS”