May’n Christmas Concert – 25th December 2018 – Part 3
After entering (with drink in hand – that JPY500 one) we found our seating positions, On stage was set up a 3 piece band – a Piano, a Percussion Set and a Guitar – (Spoilers – my friends who attended the concert yesterday informed me that there will be strings instruments later). May’n entered the stage with a Christmas themed dress. It was red and had a black corset like thing in the middle and the back of her red dress had a Big ribbon. She greeted us ‘Merry Christmas’ and we replied back ‘May’n Christmas!’ (Anytime she did this and we would replied the same). They were playing with the words – May’n Christmas (sounded like Merry Christmas). The first song was Silent de Nanka Irarenai – May’n ver. It was presented in a playful way and with a star shaped tambourine. Next was another Macross F song – What ‘bout my star? Performed playfully too.
After the song, she introduced her band members to us. Only one member I’m familiar with which is the Band Master known as ‘Nochi’ whom I recognized from all the Budokan concerts. During her talk time she suddenly let out an manly laugh (I was taken by surprise! Is this how she normally laugh during her private time? – Luckily No! She was just imitating how Santa would laugh!)
For the next song (JEWELS) the strings section joined the band. 2 violins, one viola (Strings leader) and one cello. She commented how cute one of the violinist looked. (We noticed that too!) May’n then faces her band and acted as conductor for the opening notes to the song before continuing as Vocal.
Swan – one of my favorite slow songs. What a treat. She sang it in low key and it reminiscence the days before she ‘fixed’ to using her high pitched tones.
Another surprise was when May’n played the xylophone of the opening part of ‘Love, Colored Today’ and some other places in the song. I should say, it takes quite some concentration switching from vocal and then turning back to play the instrument.
The songs performed so far have been pretty laid back. Then came Diamond Crevasse. As we listened attentively I noticed my hands were moving to the rhythm of the song and so was my friends’. In a normal concert we would be moving our light sticks. I suspect we were not the only ones doing that. Perfectly sung by May’n, and the audience loved it. A long applause followed once the song ended.
The concert picked up momentum and so were the audience’s feelings (her dance moves were also sexier!). After Northern Cross was ‘Run Real Run’ and ‘You’. We were cheering like crazy (I would suppose we came expecting a normal May’n type concert where we made a lot of noise, and so we unloaded all our energy during these songs)
There was a short break as they moved a keyboard onto the stage. Her band had left the stage. May’n, emotionally explained that she took quite some time to learn how to play it. Every time she played, Mu chan (her cat) would distract her by making noises or running over the keyboard. At one time her cat accidentally played a tune and this surprised her. She got her phone out to record but nothing happened. The song she performed for us was ‘HOME’ ED from Phantom in the Night. You can see she was really concentrating on the keyboard while delivering the vocals and she did a really good job. My roommate told me that the fans in China really loved this song (to the point where tears would flow down – maybe it reminded them of home as they had to travel really far to find work and could only see their families once or twice a year)
There was a short break and some of the audience took this opportunity to relief themselves at the toilet. The audience started chanted May’n! May’n! May’n! Then she came back for the Encore with a white dress and a guest – he brought an accordion. After the intro, he played ‘Silent Night’ and May’n sang in English (If I’m not wrong she sang only the first verse x 2). The guest then left.
Even before the concert, some of my friends were wondering who might be tonight’s special guest and one of them suggested – Megumi Nakajima! (Ranka from Macross F) That would have been awesome but it turned out to be someone else. Though most of us don’t know him, he was May’n music teacher (wearing a black hat) when she first started out and they talked about things related to Christmas – one of them was KFC. Somehow having Kentucky Fried Chicken was synonymous to Christmas in Japan! (May’n posted that she managed to eat KFC (bucket) a few days later in her blog) As for the song, it was a Bluesy duet – The Smell of Money! It was refreshing as we have never seen May’n sing like this before!
Next is her the latest song - 'Starring' (which she wrote the lyrics) - for a mobile game, which is due to launch next year and one of the main characters was voiced by none other than her 'partner' Megumi Nakajima
The last song for the evening is none other ‘Love, Like the Falling Stars’. If you remember any from her previous concert, as soon as the song ends, there will be a sing along session with the members of the audience. And we sang our hearts out as she went from one section to the next (Left, Right and Center). And she challenged us to a looong one – which we managed to keep up! As fun as it was, things will still have to come to an end.
As a usual she would asked the members of her band to come forward and lined up in a single file. One last round of introductions and then everyone held hands, bowed (at this point everyone clapped the loudest as it was a really enjoyable evening) May’n shouted at the top of her voice ‘Arigato Gozaimashita!’ The crowd continued clapping as her band members left the stage.
A stage hand came out and handed her with her hand phone. It was photo taking time! She moved to the Left side first and because she tried to include everyone in the picture, she really have to jut out her phone which left her in a ‘suggestive’ pose. Her butt was high up in the air and we’re giggling to ourselves as we all posed for the photo. And this happened 3 times as she moved around to capture all three sections. She then moved back to Left side again and began thanking everyone for attending her concert – from the front to the back – Arigato! Arigato! Arigato!… We waved back frantically hoping she would see us. She then moved to the other two sections and at times you could hear her running out of breath! One last time – she shouted ‘Merry Christmas!’ and we replied ‘May’n Christmas!’ May’n replied ‘Arigato!! BYE! BYE!’ and waved all the way backstage. Another Special Concert that we managed to attend. The Concert was perfect, not once her vocals were off key and the songs we’re used to hearing – were played in a different way.
SONG LIST – 25th December 2018
1. SILENT DE NANKA IRARENAI (Macross Frontier – CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU)
2. WHAT ‘BOUT MY STAR (Macross Frontier)
5. LOVE, COLORED TODAY (OP Inari Konkon Koi Iroha)
7. DO NOT LEAVE IT AS IT IS, I DO NOT WANT IT AS IT IS
9. SHINJITE MIRU (Incite Mill – 7 Day Death Game)
12. DIAMOND CREVASSE (Macross Frontier)
13. NOTHERN CROSS (Macross Frontier)
14. RUN REAL RUN (Real Onigago – THE ORIGIN)
15. YOU (2ND OP The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
16. HOME (ED Phantom in the Night)
EN1. SILENT NIGHT (with Tetsuya Kuwayama – playing the accordion)
EN2. SMELL OF MONEY (duet with Tatsuya Kawaguchi)
EN3. STARRING (OP Do Scientists Dreams of Girls’ Asterism?)
EN4. LOVE, LIKE THE FALLING STARS (ED Saikyou Bushouden)
Many thanks to Andy and other May'n fans.