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Live Report - JAM Project Special Live 2019 A-ROCK Day 1: [Early numbers] -

2019.02.11


 


After a glorious show in Osaka, the day has come for JAM Project to rock the stage of Toyosu Pit in Tokyo!

It is 18:45, the last visitors are entering the venue and the diligent staff are ushering them in. Once inside one has the chance to grab a drink and snacks on the right side at the entrance, visit the bathroom one more time and then head straight to the main floor.

19:00. Finally the unit everyone has been waiting for taking the stage! JAM Project, a unit who gained more and more international attention, recently taking charge of the anime opening for One-Punch Man! This song was one of many anime songs performed by JAM Project who have been performing since the year 2000!

Currently, there are five regular members. Their names are Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui and Yoshiki Fukuyama. The members compose "anime songs" for "anime" by themselves. They are involved in everything and are continuing to evolve even now.

As the show starts, the stage is lit in blue colors showing a countdown on the screen followed by “JAM Project” and a slideshow of memories from the past starting with the year 2000 until the current year of 2019. The crowd silently awaits the first song.

Then it begins, the first song “SOULTAKER” wakes up the crowd like a Typhoon after a windless morning. Peak excitement is reached with a lively guitar solo followed by a beautiful vocal solo from Masami Okui. With the crowd warmed up from the first two songs, everyone turns their light sticks red and joins together for a collective wave of arms.
 


The third song “Bokeno (冒険王):Across the Legendary kingdom” was like an emotional rollercoaster for the crowd. The drums shook up your spirit while exciting guitar solos and gentle vocals carried you on clouds.

After the first three songs, the unit came forward and everyone introduced themselves. With their leader, Hironobu Kageyama as the main speaker telling jokes to the audience. After everything was said, a picture of the group was displayed in the background which lead to the fourth song.

The crowd started to imitate the movement of the unit members until the seventh song “GO!!!” started for some extra excitement. Suddenly everyone started jumping with their fists up in the air. Heavy guitar riffs carry on as the unit enters a call and response play with the audience during the song “MAXON.”

Following a lot of heavy metal and soft piano riffs, we reached the 12th song of the evening “VICTORY” which started with the whole crowd putting up victory (peace) hand signs into the air. As all the visitors are well and truly amped up, they all join in the singing of the song 13 together with JAM Project.

The first part of the live performance is over and the mood of the stage switched quickly as the “A-ROCK” banner was swapped out for one reading “DJ KG.” A disco ball comes down from the ceiling and disco music starts to play.
 


That was until DJ KG, who actually was Hironobu Kageyama made his appearance and started playing some of JAM Project’s most popular tracks such as “GET UP CRUSH FIGHTER!”, “HERO” and a customized version of Lucky Star’s iconic opening theme “JAM ga Mottetta! Sailor Fuku (JAMがもってった! セーラーふく).” 15 songs later, DJ KG left the stage and everything quickly changed back to its original state.

Almost the whole crowd changed the color of their light sticks to yellow as JAM Project reentered the stage and continued their performance with  “GARO (牙狼) ~SAVIOR IN THE DARK~.”

The crowd go back and forth between raising the fists into sky and shouting out “Yay!” during “Fencer of GOLD” and silently listening to incredible synthesizer solo in “Name ~Kimi no Na wa (君の名は) ~.” It was out of this world!


Another talk part sets in as the leader Kageyama asks the crowd if they’re enjoying and tells them how excited he is about the second season of One-Punch Man!

After a short break, the hall turned blue and for the song “Portal” a galaxy was shown on the display giving the audience the feeling of traveling through space and time. With the arrival of “KI・ZU・NA~10th Anniv. Ver.~,” everyone in the crowd turned silent and relaxed while rewinding and reliving the emotions of 19 years with their favorite unit JAM Project.
 


There was no time to fully relax though, as the disco ball was let down again for another session with DJ KG and 13 songs from JAM Project’s colorful history.

After that, JAM Project got back on stage for the grand finale rocking Toyosu Pit with their hit songs and finishing with “Rescue Fire (レスキューファイアー).” All the support band members of JAM Project were separately introduced to the audience, playing their wildest and most awesome solo on each of their instruments. Five salutes to the gathered crowd with the voice “Bakuchin Kanryo (爆鎮完了) !” ended this spectacular song and JAM Project left the stage.
 


A few seconds of silence hung over the audience until one of the fan leaders started shouting “Motto motto!” which means “More, more!” The whole crowd joined in a chorus of cheering for an encore from their favorite unit. About 3 minutes passed and finally, they returned to the stage.

All the members of JAM Project changed their clothing to their official merchandise. The leader Kageyama took the microphone and told the audience that JAM Project is planning big projects ahead of their 20th anniversary. He reminisced about how far they have come in almost 20 years and joked about how old they are now, like uncles with beards and an audience much younger than them.

For the first song of the encore, they roused the crowd again with “A-ROCK ~Denno (電脳)Wars~” from their latest album. Following that, all of which brought us to the last song of the night. The theme song of the video game Super Robot Wars, “SKILL,” which is a firm fan favorite among JAM Project’s fans. The entire audience started jumping and singing along and put all their hearts and souls into this spectacular song. “We can fly!” Everyone joined in and put every ounce of energy they had left into it. The whole venue heated up and fans were asked to imitate Michael Jackson in Kitadani’s call and response part! “Motto motto!”, “We can fly!” The performance ended under the glow of rainbow colors and an aura of absolute excitement.

This was without a doubt a live performance worthy of being written down in the history of Japanese music events. For all of you out there looking for an exciting show in Japan, we highly recommend checking the next stage event from “JAM Project”!


- Setlist -

1. SOULTAKER
2. CRUSH GEAR FIGHT!!
3. Bokeno (冒険王):Across the Legendary kingdom
4. Break Out
5. Rocks
6. Crest of "Z's"
7. GO!!
8. Meikyu no Prisoner (迷宮のプリズナー)
9. MAXON
10. Fight to the end ~Seisen (聖戦) ~
11. RISING FORCE
12. VICTORY
13. GONG

DJ KG’s Part

14. Space Roller Coaster GO GO!
15. Legend of the Heroes
16. DRAGON
17. GET UP CRUSH FIGHTER!
18. TRANSFORMERS EVO.
19. Asu e no Hoko (未来への咆哮)
20. Majin Kenzan!! (魔神見参!!)
21. SHURAKI
22. Three souls
23. Bakuchin Kanryo! Rescue Fire (爆鎮完了! レスキューファイヤー)
24. HERO
25. Only One
26. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
27. KURENAI NO KIBA (紅ノ牙)
28. Shugoshin (守護神)The Guardian
29. Hello Darwin! ~Kokishin on Demand~ (ハローダーウィン!~好奇心オンデマンド~)
30. JAM ga Mottetta! Sailor Fuku (JAMがもってった!セーラーふく)
31. GARO ~SAVIOR IN THE DARK~ (牙狼~SAVIOR IN THE DARK~)
32. Fencer of GOLD
33. Name ~Kimi no Na wa~ (~君の名は~)
34. Portal
35. Cosmic Dance
36. FOREVER & EVER
37. KI・ZU・NA ~10th Anniv. Ver.~

DJ KG’s Part 2

38. Battle Communication!!
39. GO! GO! RESCUE (GO! GO! レスキュー)
40. LONGING
41. VOYAGER
42. Dangai no Tsurugi (弾劾の剣)
43. Nageki no Rosario (嘆きのロザリオ)
44. FREEDOM
45. STORMBRINGER
46. SEVENTH EXPLOSION
47. Hareruya!! (晴レルヤ!!)
48. REAL BLACK HOLE ~Break through~
49. Elements
50. Ryusei Lovers (流星Lovers)
51. HURRICANE LOVE (ハリケーンLOVE)
52. Genkai Battle (限界バトル)
53. Hagane no Messiah (鋼の救世主)
54. Rescue Fire (レスキューファイアー)

Encore

55. A-ROCK ~Denno Wars~ (~電脳Wars~)
56. SKILL

Written by Tristan Junker

 

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