Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Van Halen "A Different Kind of Truth" Japan Tour 2013 / ヴァン・ヘイレン日本ツアー 2013

If you take a close look at the date on the ticket, you will notice that it says its for Tuesday, November 27, 2012.  I was really looking forward to this show when that other announcement came - due to Eddie Van Halen having surgery, the concert has been postponed.  Customers can get a refund for the ticket or hold on to them for the new date, whenever that might be.  Being a fan of Van Halen with David Lee Roth singing, I decided to hold on to my ticket.  And after a six month wait, the show was to go on - Friday, June 26 at the Tokyo Dome.  This caused me a second headache as I had just left my job of twenty some odd years at the beginning of May and started a new job near the end of the month.  This means, I have no paid days off.  It would take me about an hour to get to the Tokyo Dome from my new place of employ which was in Kawasaki.  I figured I would probably miss the first few songs but decided to leave work at exactly 6:00pm on concert day.


So, on Friday, June 21, at 6:00pm, I clocked out, walked quickly to the bus stop that would take me to Kawasaki Station.  Timing was perfect today.   One train to Tokyo station, change to another, get off at Korakuen and once I'm get out of the building, I would be near the back end of the Tokyo Dome.  No problem getting in, had an employee show me to my seat, and I swear, the minute I sat down, the lights went down and the show started!  Impeccable timing!!

そして6月21日、金曜日。仕事をぴったり6時に上がり、バス停を急いでいて、丁度バスも来て、乗りました。川崎から東京方面に行き、乗り換えて、後楽園着。駅から出ると目の前に東京ドームが。入るのも問題なかった。席に案内されて、本当に座った瞬間にライブが始まった! 凄いタイミングだった。

It may not have been the best seat in the house and most everyone knows the acoustics in the Dome really suck.  But since I knew almost every song the played it didn't really matter.  David Lee Roth definitely isn't in his twenties anymore.  No high jumps or kicks and some of the high notes were not being hit.  But hey, its Van Halen...with David Lee Roth.  I don't mean to sound like a broken record, so if you already know my story of when I first saw Van Halen, just bear with me.  I saw them open for my favorite band - Black Sabbath (when Ozzy was still singing with the band).  It was the "Never Say Die" tour and I saw them at the Seattle Center Colisseum on September 29, 1979. 

良い席とは言えませんが、ドームなんで、音もひどい。ほとんどの曲を知ってるから別に気にしてなかった。だってデビッド・リー・ロスが歌ってるの。やっぱり年とったな。ハイノートは行けず、若いごろの派手なジャンプや走りはなかったな。聞き飽きた人も居るかも知りませんが、僕が最初にヴァン・ヘイレンは遠い昔。彼らは一前のアルバムを出したころ。そして、超メージャーで超大物のバンドの前座を務めた。時は1979年。ライブのヘッドライナーはなんとまだオジーが歌ってるブラック・サバス! 「ネバー・セイ・ダイ」ツアー! 懐かしいな。
The minute the lights went down and Van Halen came on stage and started their show with "Unchained" from their "Fair Warning" album I knew I was in for a good night.  And the second number - "Runnin' With the Devil"!!  Just listening to these tunes reminded of me of my high school days when I would be out driving cranking out Van Halen at an extremely large volume!  
Not sure what the silly film in the middle of the set was about but it was amusing - and starred Diamond Dave!  Below, you can find the complete set list.  And of course they played a few tunes off their new album - "A Different Kind of Truth".

座った時点でライブが始まって、最初の曲はフェア・ウォーングのアルバムから「Unchained」。今夜は良い夜過ごすんだなと感じた。2曲目はファストから「Runnin' with the Devil」。や~、青春時代思い出すわ。当時はドライブしながらヴァン・ヘイレンのカセットを爆音で聞いてたな。ライブの途中でわけ分からないショートフィルムが上映された。もちろん主演はデビッド。タイトルも「外人仁侠伝」。KONISHIKIも出てるよ。You Tubeでも見れますよ。興味ある方はどうぞよろしく。 下記はコンプリートセットリスト。(セットリストは日本語に訳すしませんよ。) もちろん新作の「A Different Kind of Truth」の曲も何曲もやりました。

Van Halen Japan Tour Set List

  1. Unchained
  2. Runnin' with the Devil
  3. She's the Woman
  4. I'm the One
  5. Tattoo
  6. Everybody Wants Some!!
  7. Somebody Get Me a Doctor
  8. China Town
  9. Hear About It Later
  10. Oh, Pretty Woman
  11. (Alex Van Halen drum solo)
  12. You Really Got Me
  13. Dance the Night Away
  14. I'll Wait
  15. And the Cradle Will Rock...
  16. Hot for Teacher
  17. Women in Love
  18. Romeo Delight
  19. Mean Street
  20. Beautiful Girls
  21. Ice Cream Man
  22. The Short Film "Gaijin Ninkyo Den"
  23. Panama
  24. Eddie guitar solo (of course "Eruption" was part of it)
  25. Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love
  26. Jump

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