A9 12th Anniversary Live 2004-2005 ONLY 「NO NAME-名前は未だ無い-」 8/28/2016
In 2004, a band named Alice Nine formed. Through a few albums, many more singles, and countless shows both in Japan and overseas, Alice Nine (now A9) has seen it all. They chose to celebrate their 12th anniversary in a very special way by playing a set full of songs from their first full year as a band (2004-2005).
That show took place on August 28th at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST in Tokyo. Even after announcing the addition of second floor seating, the show was completely sold out.
The show began with a video that played a clip from each year in their career so far. As the years went back, the excited screams from fans grew louder. When the screen showed a clip from 2004, the screen parted to reveal the members in their glamorous Japanese-style costumes. Banners draped the stage to complete the wa atmosphere.
The set opened with Heisei Juunana-nen Shichigatsu Nanoka and Hana Ichi Monme. Gradation followed, slightly more melancholy, with a guitar solo from Tora. After Meiji, Show introduced each member by having the audience call each member’s name on the beat.
Akai Kazaguruma opened with funky acoustic guitar and the audience clapping to the beat. At the end, the audience joined hands with one another and sang the chorus a cappella, every corner of STUDIO COAST echoing with nostalgia.
The setlist also featured a song that hadn’t been played in 11 years: Honjitsu wa Seiten Nari. The energy picked up with the jazzy overtones and rocking Tora guitar solo with Haikara Naru Rondo. Show called for more energy from the fans and they delivered as they rounded off their set with Ageha and Yami ni Chiru Sakura.
The audience ceaselessly called for an encore. The members of A9 came back onstage to play two more songs, Shunkashuutou and Gin no Tsuki, Kuroi Hoshi. They were both songs that conveyed A9’s signature catchy sound.
The second encore featured another song that hadn’t been played in 11 years. “What do you think it is?” Show asked the audience. They guessed correctly: Souen-Na mo Naki Kimi e-, the song that gave the 12th anniversary live its name.
Next was Kousai Stripe, followed by the frenzy-inducing G3, which featured gyakudai from the audience and Hiroto diving into the audience (twice!).
Show decreed in the MC that he wanted to create A9’s future together using the power that the fans give to the band.
It was the perfect segue into the closing song of the set, Time Machine, the first song that A9 wrote together. And so the 12th anniversary live came to an end in the most appropriately nostalgic way possible.
1. 平成十七年七月七日 (Heisei Juunana-nen Shichigatsu Nanoka)
2. 華一匁 (Hana Ichi Monme)
3. グラデーション (Gradation)
4. 聖者のパレード (Seija no Parade)
5. メロウに沈んで (Mellow ni Shizunde)
6. 明治 (Meiji)
7. 朱い風車 (Akai Kazaguruma)
9. 本日ハ晴天ナリ (Honjitsu wa Seiten Nari)
10. 百合は蒼く咲いて (Yuri wa Aoku Saite)
11. 無限の花 (Mugen no Hana)
13. ハイカラなる輪舞曲 (Haikara Naru Rondo)
14. 白夜二黒猫 (Byakuya ni Kuroneko)
15. アゲハ (Ageha)
16. 闇二散ル桜 (Yami ni Chiru Sakura)
EN-1. 春夏秋冬 (Shunkashuutou)
EN-2. 銀の月 黒い星 (Gin no Tsuki, Kuroi Hoshi)
W-EN-1. 葬園‐名も無き君へ‐ (Souen-Na mo Naki Kimi e-)
W-EN-2. 光彩ストライプ (Kousai Stripe)
W-EN-3. 極彩極色極道歌＜G3＞ (Gokusai Gokushiki Gokudouka<G3>)
W-EN-4. タイムマシン (Time Machine)
This live report was written in cooperation with Vkei-Guide.