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"Are there dreams that don’t come true?”

A question that made me book a flight to Nagoya spontaneously after re-watching NEWS’ Live Live Live Concert DVD. It's a line from their Barefoot Cinderella Boy song that made me wonder about dreams. Is it enough to wish for it to come true? Do dreams that don’t come true exist? Of course I want mine to really happen! I want to see NEWS live!

Long story short, I purchased a flight to Japan a day after reflecting on dreams and all. I decided to watch their Quartetto Tour in Nagoya because the arena is pretty intimate with a capacity of 10,000 people. This means bigger chances of seeing them up-close! After that, I immediately booked a room via Airbnb, applied for a visa and waited for their May 7/8 concert tour tickets to be out.
It was around early April when the tickets for their Nagoya tour became available. Since it was my first time to watch a concert in Japan (let alone a Johnny’s concert), I was a little unfamiliar with the whole process. Good thing a very good friend of mine([ profile] mklia) explained everything to me. I was lucky to obtain a May 8 ticket block A4 arena seat. It was very close to the main stage!

I bought the concert goods one day ahead of time (May 7). My ticket was for their 12:30PM performance the next day and I don’t want to wake up early :P

All for myself :D

For my friends :D

On the concert day itself, I arrived at Nippongaishi Hall a few minutes before they let the audience in. The place was jam-packed with fangirls buying goods and getting ready for the concert. I admire them for the effort they exert to stand out. They decorated themselves with flowers, put on matching outfits and so on. They all looked so cute! The arena opened at exactly 11:30AM. They were giving away Nissen Touchn flyers with NEWS as endorsers.

It wasn’t difficult to find my seat. I’m only around 8 rows away from the main stage and very near the center pathway. It was fun observing Japanese fans filling up the whole venue. I can hear their excited whispers and laughters. At exactly 12:30PM, the lights went out and the Juniors started dancing at the main stage. They also showed the video of NEWS included in the Quartetto LE Album. After that, the lights went on again and NEWS appeared at the center stage! Massu was closest to my area. Their intro song was Quartetto (as expected) which is their tour title. I was really in awe when I saw the 4 of them for the first time live! Since Tegoshi is my ichiban, 80% of my attention was directed to him throughout the concert. I was very lucky that he was facing our area during the intro part. He was also wearing an amber contact lenses (I think). Koyama was a little unenergetic at first but immediately regained his natural self. Massu kept smiling at the fans (he looked like an anime character!). Shige was being shy (in a very kawaii way).

During the introduction speech, Kei-chan was calling out for otokos in the arena just to see how many concert goers were men (I am not fluent in nihonggo. Apologies if I translated incorrectly). He even asked what song they were looking forward to see. Someone shouted from the otoko crowd “Chankapanaaaa!!” it was so funny! Kei-chan said it was a good pick.

And so they went on with the show.

Here are my most memorable songs during the concert:

I’ve always wanted to hear this live! I love how catchy the whole song is and the hand gestures! You can really tell that the whole crowd was having fun performing the hand gesture thing with NEWS. The audience went wild when Massu said the line “Yakusoku suru yo, Chankapanaaa.” It was also a very memorable song for me since this is their comeback single.

Taiyou no Namida
This is my all time favorite single of theirs! Every time it rains (which is frequent since I live in a tropical country), I always sing this song (and Tegomass’ Ai Ai Gasa) while holding my vinyl transparent umbrella.

From the title itself, it’s a really cool song! It’s a perfect song to play during first day of school (it feels that way to me). I also love their costumes here! They were wearing blue denim coat and jeans. The juniors were also having a good time performing this! It was a very refreshing number.

EDITED: I just remembered something after reading some of the fan reports online. They jumped in front of the camera at the end of the song and  the captured moment of the boys in mid-air(image similar to their Fighting Man Single) was shown on the concert screens.

Ai Kotoba~ Te wo Hiite
They performed this right after the MC part. There’s a huge replica of the music box (sold as an official concert merchandise of the tour) on the middle stage and they were pretending to turn the key for it to produce music (I find this part really cute). Before the start of the song, they let us open our penlights per area of the arena to make a penlight wave (I don’t know what to call it). It was beautiful. When the song began, they let us sing some of the lyrics. I almost cried during this performance! The melody was so sweet and the audience waving their penlights in unison left a big impact in me.

Actual music box plays Ai Kotoba :)

This is my favorite song in the Quartetto album! Hearing the intro part of the song sent chills down my spine. I find this song somewhat rockish and sexy which is something unusual to NEWS.

They performed this song with hoverboards! (I almost forgot this scene oh my haha). Kei-chan was so funny when he was asking for Massu's help to do some stunts using the hoverboard haha. Here's the actual scene from the concert photos online:

Credits to [ profile] inala for the pictures!

I super love this song! I like it everytime Tegoshi and Massu sing together in the bridge part. The blending was superb! The fans went “Kyaaa~!” when shige sang the “yori kuchiduke wo” part while doing the sexy hand gesture thingy he always does in their live tours.

Koi no ABO
This is their funniest performance for me. Kei-chan just kept singing PO~PO~PO~ during his part. I think Massu got a little tired of it and tried to sing some of the lyrics haha!

One for the Win
Im a big Tegoshi fan. I was really stunned when he sang the “Uruguay” and “we know we are the one” part at the end of the song. He was so good with high notes and his vibrato was really impressive.

Sakura Girl
This song just means so much to me and I was really glad it was part of the setlist. I think this was when Massu wrote “Arigatou Okaa-san” at the palm of his hand (or was it during their Nyaro performance? Apologies if I can’t remember correctly. Memory is indeed a fickle thing).

Solo Performances

Hoshi no Oujisama
I like the introduction of this number. Shige was sitting in front of a table and reading a few lines from a book (which I assume is the Little Prince). The whole theme of this song is from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry . I can tell that Shige is a huge fan of the book. He even dedicated the song to the author. I was on LSS mode after the concert and kept singing “Invisible to the eye~” (note that the lyrics was composed by Shige himself).

It was so cool to hear Massu rap live! He performed this song at the middle stage which made it hard for me to see the whole thing (I am closer to the main stage) but I still enjoyed the techno feels of it!

Ai no Enegy
I’m really into Mexican/Salsa feels that is why I enjoyed this song. Kei-chan was wearing a modern yukata outfit (somewhat similar to their Kaguya costume) during the performance. There were also plenty of Japanese lanterns used as props. At the end of the song, Kei-chan collapse on stage (which I think is part of the whole production, nothing to be worried about).

I sooo love this Tegoshi solo! At the beginning of the song, he was staring at the ring on his finger (I assume it’s a wedding ring or couple ring something like that) and did the humming part of the intro beautifully (Okay, I think I am having a one-sided point of view here >.<). He was seated with his legs crossed on the main stage. I felt so lucky at that time since I was very near him! (I guess the “wish come true” charm I got from Osu Kannon Temple did wonders :P ). The bridge part was delivered in slow acapella which made it melodramatic and full of emotion. At the end of the song, he was looking at the ring again, removed it from his fingers, then smiled at the audience and left the stage. I was like, what was that??! Haha.

MC Part

If I remembered correctly, the MC part was after their Departure performance. Massu was imitating Shige’s singing voice as an intro. It was hilarious! I didn’t understand most of the conversation (again, I am not fluent in Nihonggo so I apologize if my translation is incorrect), but basically NEWS said that it was mother’s day at that time. They made all the moms in the venue stand up and thanked them for all the love and care that they give to their children and for celebrating that special day with NEWS.
It was also during the MC part that I noticed the fake tattoos Tegoshi have on his arms; A Whale tattoo on his right arm then a Spider on his left (or vice versa). I was really really lucky that both Tegoshi and Koyama were at the main stage near my area. I was staring at them the whole duration! (okay, sometimes to Massu and Shige too!). They were doing a lot of silly gestures. Tegoshi was trying to cool himself from the heat by letting the air produced by the electric fan (which they placed on the stage during the MC part) inside his shirt. It was fun watching him do that.

After the MC part, they carried on with the show. One funny moment (in which I can’t remember what particular song this happened), Massu was pretending to be annoyed at the Juniors doing back-up dance for him. It was so cute!

At the end of the concert, when Shige was heading to the main stage, he threw his towel to the Okaa-san with a Shige Uchiwa along my row. How lucky! He and Tegoshi were laughing when they saw how happy the fan was. What a perfect mother’s day gift! Finally, the members were all settled at the main stage and ready to bid farewell to their fans. Kei-chan thanked the crowd and requested for us to shout their group name in unison. When the fans screamed “NEWS!!!’, concert streamers started falling from above. Of course, I managed to get some ;)

I was really happy and sad at the same time when the concert ended. The whole thing was so surreal. I never really imagined that I’ll get see them live after 5 years of being inactive in the JE fandom. I thought I outgrew the whole thing. It was only February this year when I started to watch NEWS related videos again. I regret that I wasn’t with them when they were facing the biggest crisis of their career. Hopefully, this spontaneous trip will compensate for all the moments that I have missed. From here on, I promise to support them again! I will definitely comeback to Japan to watch NEWS in the future! Hopefully on their next tour, I’ll get to see them perform at Tokyo Dome ;)

PS. The penlight was super awesome! Since it was my first time to attend a JE concert, I didn’t know that the penlights can be controlled. There were songs that it will be turned off (without me switching it off) and songs that it will be flashing. For fans familiar with this, feel free to enlighten this naïve fangirl =))

Date: 2016-05-14 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for sharing your experience! It was a fun read. I got to see NEWS in Nagoya for the White tour last year and it was like you say, very surreal.

Date: 2016-05-15 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much for making the time to read my long post :D I am happy to hear that a lot of people had a similar experience. I hope I can also read your White Concert Report!
Edited Date: 2016-05-16 12:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-05-15 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I went to see NEWS Quartetto in Nagoya as well but the evening show on 5/8. It was my 2nd Johnny's concert (The first one was KAT-TUN 10ks that I saw a week prior to the NEWS con). The thought process that got me to Japan was somewhat similar to yours and the experience really renewed the fan inside me as well. There really is no experience like being there in person. I can't remember details for the life of me but reading through your report reminded me of some of the moments that also happened in the evening show. Thank you for sharing!

Date: 2016-05-15 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wah! hountou?! I hope we can meet next time! (if time and money permits). A friend of mine also went to KAT-TUN's 10ks in Tokyo. I know! It's so hard to remember all the details. But one thing is certain for me, the emotions that I felt at that time will definitely linger on for the rest of my life.I hope I'll also have the opportunity to read your Quartetto and 10ks experience :)
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Date: 2016-05-15 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

thank you for sharing the happiness <3
others report that day, keiichan mama and tego mama came too.
it was pretty cool to do that without second thought, so may i ask, are you B-type? since i had similiar experience on white concert last year. xD
nice to know you~

Date: 2016-05-15 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello there! well my blood type's AB. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle =)) nice to know that you had a similar experience! I hope I could also read your post about this :D
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Date: 2016-05-15 04:28 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much lucky girl for sharing your wonderful experience. So detailed. I had so much fun reading... the feels.

Date: 2016-05-15 04:57 am (UTC)
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Thank you for reading my post! BTW, I am also a larcenciel fan :D

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Date: 2016-05-15 05:28 am (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing your experience! It sounded like a lot of fun. The music box is so cute.

I added you as a friend. Hope that's okay. So lonely on LJ sometimes.

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Date: 2016-05-15 06:07 am (UTC)
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Hello there! Thank you for reading my post! Yeah it is lonely sometimes here. Added you back! Hope we can be friends! :)

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Date: 2016-05-15 05:45 am (UTC)
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Hello there! Thank you for reading my post! Yeah it is lonely sometimes here. Added you back! Hope we can be friends! :)

Date: 2016-05-15 06:14 am (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing the experience! Maybe one day I can be as spontaneous as you!

Also, may I ask how do you purchase a ticket? Did they apply the face-recognition system at the gate?

Date: 2016-05-15 06:23 am (UTC)
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Hello there! I'll send you a PM regarding this ;)

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Date: 2016-05-15 07:42 am (UTC)
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face-recognition system? Woah, that's a thing now?

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Date: 2016-05-15 06:57 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for sharing in this very memorable and wonderful experience!

I'm so glad that your dream to watch NEWS live came true, and it gives me hope that my dream to watch them live will come true too! =)
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Date: 2016-05-15 10:21 am (UTC)
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uwaaah this sounds so amazing!!
I've never had the pleasure to attend a NEWS concert but I really felt excitement rising within myself while reading your post. hahah
It reminded me of the enthusiasm I felt when I saw Tegomass perform in my country. aaaaaah the joy, how could I forget about it @_@

I was more active in the NEWS fandom a couple of years ago,
nowadays I just buy their CD's and listen to them quietly at home while I once in a while update myself with what the members are up to.
Such a peaceful life I've been living lately xD
The annoying part is that I've been to japan about 4 times in 2 years and I haven't even bothered to look for upcoming concerts even once during this period.
I'm too lazy and awkward to go by myself. :') But now I feel like I might do it some day^^

anywaaaay, thanks for sharing your experience! It was a fun read and made me take a trip down the memory lane.

Date: 2016-05-15 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much for making the time to read my post and sharing your thoughts :) Wow! that's currently in my bucketlist! I want to watch a tegomass concert!

At first I was reluctant to go by myself but surprisingly, I had fun watching the concert alone! I do hope you'll do it someday ;)
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Date: 2016-05-15 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi!! Thanks for sharing your concert experience, I went to the May 8 Nagoya concert too but the 5pm one :) This makes me want to blog again so that I don't forget the experience. It was indeed very surreal and memorable! My decision to watch wasn't as spontaneous as yours (the moment the rumors of stricter entrance with Arashi came out late last year, I really decided that I have to attend a NEWS concert asap XD), but yes I thought about dreams and life too haha. I've been a fan since 2008 (I was in high school) and it was one of my teenage dreams to see them live. I was so happy after the concert, I felt like I want to meet my high school self and give her a high five for dreams coming true! :)) It was especially memorable because I had a few struggles since the start of the year (with income being one of them), but thankfully I managed! :D I just didn't have the liberty to buy a lot of concert goods (I really like the music box but I found it expensive :( ), but I at least got a nice seat in the arena too (D4 block) and as you said the venue was smaller so there were a lot of chances to see them up close :)

Aahh it has already been a week but my post-concert happiness is still there :) I actually cried during Ai Kotoba and Hikari no Shizuku haha I hope I get to see them live again maybe in 2 years (their 15th anniv) :D

Date: 2016-05-17 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing!

On the details of the penlight, they've been able to choose to program the penlights recently. I think it started with the light-up uchiwa from Arashi's Digitalian concert? That way they can have the penlights do what they want, mostly. If you watch the Digitalian concert DVD, they use it to some awesome effects (even better since those ones had different colors). Wasn't aware they were having the Quartetto penlights do that though, so that's a cool detail.
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Date: 2016-05-18 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the info! A lot of people told me that the penlight controlling thing started last year during Arashi's tour. Such a cool innovation.

Date: 2016-05-18 08:30 am (UTC)
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thank you so so much for sharing your epic experience!! the whole time i was reading your post, i'm like "oh my goooood! i am so jealous!! i want to see them too!!" and you're near the main staage! that's awesooome!! i know this may sound weird but i really feel like crying while reading! i feel so happy! i even think that if ever i am to watch it live, i would be crying the whole time! XD maybe someday soon, well not too soon.. i will be able to watch them as well!!

Date: 2016-05-18 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello there! Thank you for reading and sharing your insights! I'm happy to know that my post made you feel that way. I do not mean it in a bad way. I'm just glad that I was able to properly convey the exact feelings I had during the concert. All I can say is that, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it :)
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Date: 2016-05-18 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for sharing your fanrep!
That's a very spontaneous trip, buying a ticket right away! I wanted to do that during their 10th anniversary, but couldn’t bec. of personal reasons.
But, my dream of seeing NEWS perform live is still in my bucket list! Hopefully next year they have another concert…

That info about the penlight is awesome, I didn’t know it does that.
Thanks again!

Date: 2016-05-18 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! I do hope so they'll have another tour next year! I'll do my best to able to watch them again :) how about tegomass? Will you go if they have a tour this year?
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Date: 2016-05-19 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh thanks for this! I really wanted to read about this tour because at first I wasn't really caring about it, but after reading your experience I find it so cool and interesting
They are such great artists ♡

Thanks for sharing this!

Date: 2016-05-19 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Haha! At first I wasn't planning to go since I don't really like last meeting planning. But I'm glad I took the risk :) Thank you for reading!

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Date: 2016-05-21 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Omedetou Kisa-chan!

I used to fantasize and daydream a lot about going to News' concert, I'm soo happy you get live one of your dreams! I love that News seems to handle things well - their fans and what you described in the concert - feel proud of them in spite of things! *sniff* btw I cracked up when you mentioned that you were paying attention to Tegosh 80% at the time xD

Anyway thanks for sharing all of this <3 <3 <3

Date: 2016-05-22 01:47 am (UTC)
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Toouru!!! Thank you for taking the time to read my post :)) haha! You know me too well about the 80% attention thing :))

Yeah! Cheers to dreams coming true! :) hope to read some of your jdorama reviews soon! ;)

Date: 2016-05-23 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much for adding me as a friend and enabling me to read this lovely post!
I will be seeing them at Tokyo Dome and I cannot wait!! I really wanted to read some spoiler before though...
I'm so happy they'll perform Taiyo no Namida and Izanaizuki!!
Thank you again!!

Date: 2016-05-23 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Whoaw! I'm so happy for you! Please do post about it. I can't wait for your lj entry! 😁 I hope I didn't spoil you too much tho >.

Date: 2016-09-15 12:05 am (UTC)
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hi! thankz for posting your report, it was fun reading it and it brought memories back! I can never remember details so well!

i went to the 5/7 show and the 5pm show on 5/8! You're so lucky to get an Arena seat! <3 I was at the standing row behind J and in the middle of P, haha..

It's cool that you're a friend of mklia too! Hope we can meet one day! <3

Date: 2016-09-15 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello there Haru!

Whoaw you were there too <3 You were lucky to be able to watch the show twice :D and good to know we have a common friend!

Yes I hope we can meet someday! I hope we can go together on their next tour :D I'll let you know if I have plans!
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