Concert Report by R.B.Araki Michael Schenker at Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo, Japan March 13, 2014 Added on 04/01/2014
Where the Wild Winds Blow
Another Piece of Meat
Armed and Ready
Into The Arena
Attack of the Mad Axeman
Rock My Nights Away
Coast to Coast
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Lord of the Lost and Lonely
Only You Can Rock Me
Let It Roll
Too Hot To Handle
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Rock Bottom - Encore -
Michael Schenker - Lead Guitar
Herman Rarebell - Drums
Francis Buchholz - Bass
Doogie White - Vocals
Wayne Findlay - Guitar/Keyboards
Unfortunately the weather on this day was very bad . Strong wind and rain.
Unlike the previous night, the
venue door was opened before 18:30 so that the audience did not have to wait
in the rain. Despite the bad weather, tickets for this last show of the
Japan tour were sold out.
Personally, I felt this second show in Tokyo was even better than the first
night. It deserved to be a finale of the tour. Michael seemed to be more
into playing and smiled a lot. He seemed to stop aging. The audience was louder. I suppose many of
them came to the show for two days in a row. They reacted to Doogie's guidance
for his new interactions more aptly on this day. Among others, I felt more
synergy between the band and the audience.
Michael, Doogie, Francis and Wayne moved on stage a lot to the extent that
sometimes it needed traffic control.
I have to mention again that Wayne's Trident is an awesome guitar with heavy sound. I would very much like to hear it on the studio album of his own project though I
understand that he is busy being on the road with Temple of Rock.
All in all, it was a great show. Many fans told me after the show that they
cannot wait for their next Japan tour.
There was again Meet & Greet after the show with 50 fans on the first
come first served bases. Taro said M&Gs both nights were quite
successful. During the Japan tour, my Japanese webpage got 1000-2000 hits
per days. Hope I could contribute a little bit to its success.
I had an opportunity to chat with Doogie at the back stage about his
philosophy on the stage performance. He explained to me how he tries to
make the audience feel they are a part of the show and why he does not want them to
take photograph during the show. It's totally understandable and he
actually puts such philosophy into practice.
The band plans to tour the U.S. again later this year with this lineup. I
am pretty sure it's going to be tremendous. The U.S. fans cannot miss