5th October was a big night. Despite rushed marketing efforts (the event was only confirmed and announced in September) and the fact that it was a weekday night, the long time J-Rock faithful in Singapore turned up in droves for what is the second major J-Rock event in 2012, MUCC’s first ever live performance in Singapore.

The now-legendary band from Maverick DC Group (whose seniors are L’Arc~en~Ciel), performed together with their juniors, newly formed (in 2011) Visual-Kei band UniTE, as part of J-Rock Evolution, a world-tour unit of some of the big name J-Rock artistes in the industry from Maverick DC Group and PS Company.  While some fangirls were arguably pissed at the absence of Alice Nine, who were scheduled to perform in Jakarta but not in Singapore, they really only have the rowdy local K-pop fans to blame (Google or Facebook if you do not get what I mean).

Friday marked the first successful attempt by MUCC to hold a live performance in Singapore, two years after they have failed to come as part of another event that is best left unmentioned. MUCC fans were left waiting for the last two years, and came Friday it was all worth it.

UniTE opened the show for MUCC with eight songs which got the crowd up to the right temperature. The one-year old band, made up of five really, really, pretty boys (especially LIN!! Oh mine how much more pretty can a guy gettttt), wowed the crowds with their energy and constantly provided fan service for the fangirl crowd, who were mostly there for UniTE. They did a relatively short live (roughly forty minutes), with no encore, and for some reason forgot to do a self introduction of their members during their MC session. It would have been nice to see more of them though.

And then MUCC came on. The crowd roared. Tatsuro came on cloaked and barefooted (that rumour about him never wearing shoes on stage is true!) opening the show with Chemical Parade, FALLING DOWN and Howling.

Out came Yukke’s EUB (electric upright bass)…..and MUCC started playing the intro to Fuzz! Fuzz, one of my favorite MUCC songs, was also regularly played in many of their lives. Just seeing Fuzz performed live alone justified the price of the VIP ticket.

Ageha was next, and every time I hear the guitar intro the sound reminds me of Ken’s playing (Ken , which made a lot of sense since Ken (L’Arc~en~Ciel) was their producer for Ageha..

Super favourites Utagoe and Saishuu Ressha were next, and Tatsuro executed both perfectly, even better than any recorded live versions I have watched before. Maybe I’m just biased, or maybe I’m just really intoxicated by this point, like the rest of the crazy crowd were.

Their MC session came up, and unlike UniTE who seemed a little bit tensed up during what was their first ever overseas MC session, MUCC pulled it off easily like the seasoned veterans they are. Tatsuro was funny as hell as usual, even as the whole band struggled to speak in English.

The band went on to perform several more of their recent songs such as Nirvana, as well as their new song Mother (which will be the new EP for Naruto) and came back during the encore with Flight (One Piece) and Libra, completely their first live in Singapore (which hopefully won’t be their last) successfully with a loud bang. All in all, a great mix of old favourites and recent stuff from MUCC’s set list, which read like a list of songs someone starting out on MUCC songs should first listen to.

After the live though, the VIP ticket holders were treated to a surprise event – a photo taking session (where the two bands were asked to pose on the stage for the audience to fire their camera phones away from the floor) and gosh! a handshake session!!! Miya, Yukke and Satoshi looked slightly stoned during all the fan service sessions, probably from all the ‘high’ prior.

Possibly the one and only chance to shake hands with MUCC (something probably quite impossible in Japan considering how big they are) I shook each member’s hand and told them I am a big fan of theirs and asked them to definitely come back to Singapore (Yukke and Miya looked shocked at my super exaggerated reaction) and Tatsuro handed me my signed poster.  That made my night. And my weekend. And my October. And my 2012.

For those who are interested in the exact set list, here it is:

UNiTE.

intro

melt into UNiTE.

1

Io

2

U -s m e h-

3

AIVIE

4

re:make

5

Distory

6

world wide wish

7

Eniver
MUCC

intro

Chemical Parade

1

FALLING DOWN

2

Howling

3

Fuzz

4

Ageha

5

Utagoe

6

Saishuu ressha
TALK

7

NIRVANA

8

ARCADIA featuring DAISHI DANCE

9

Kaze to taiyou

10

Mae he

11

Ranchu

12

MOTHER

En1

Flight

En2

Libra
(Set list provided courtesy of the organizers)
[Reported by freelance writer Ryu, who has been a long time Jrock fan; Published by sentinel011]

 

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