L'arc~en~Ciel in Hong Kong 2012

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While I don't listen much sung songs in general (as I am more into original soundtracks, especially those of video games) these days, I actually listen a fair amount of songs from J-Rock band L'arc~en~Ciel (with it being the first artist I listen to), hence my blog's title is actually named after one of their songs.

L'arc~en~Ciel is now doing a world tour (20th L'Anniverary L'Arc~en~Ciel WORLD TOUR 2012) to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary as well as to promote its latest album "Butterfly". With the first stop of the world tour being Hong Kong, I am lucky enough to attend the concert.

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Clockwise from top left:
hyde (vocalist), tetsuya (bassist), ken (guitarist), yukihiro (drummer)

The band also came to Hong Kong in 2008 for an Asia tour (TOUR 2008 L'7: Trans Asia via Paris), which was the first concert I have ever been back then. Both of the concerts took place in AsiaWorld-Expo.

L'arc~en~Ciel's music has a pretty wide variety of styles, but I am not well knowledged to describe the genres. In general they can go hard rock to pop to even slow ballade. In the recent years, they are more involved in composing songs for anime and other media, with very recent examples being GOOD LUCK MY WAY for Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos and CHASE for a live action movie adaptation of Wild 7.

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As for the concert itself that night, they performed a total of 19 songs, and 4 of them are from the latest album Butterfly which was released last month. While I don't listen to their songs because of their involvement in anime theme songs, they do perform quite a few that do appear in anime (especially towards the end of the concert), such as Driver's High (Great Teacher Onizuka 1st opening), READY STEADY GO (Fullmetal Alchemist 2nd opening), the Fourth Avenue Café (Rurouni Kenshin 4th ending), Link (Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa opening), and Niji (Rurouni Kenshin movie opening).

Wished the sound effects from the audio equipments were better, but overall it was good. There was a slight hiccup at the song HONEY (possibly due to equipment-related problem) and it had to be restarted, but this doesn't hamper the fans' mood. It's funny listening to them speaking Cantonese to the fans, with the exception of drummer yukihiro, who tends to be quite shy as far as I know.

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It's been a pleasure getting to see and listen to L'arc~en~Ciel in person. Looking back I really should have bought some merchandise such as a t-shirt as a memorandum of some sort (though my sister did manage to buy some for herself). I really do hope that they will get to come again in the future!

Pictures from natalie

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