I’ve been listening to this band for a while, and when their songs were featured in the Rurouni Kenshin live-action trilogy, I knew they were gonna be big. Aaaaaaaannddd I was right, fast forward a few years, now they’re touring around the world.
Last year, they announced they were having an Asian tour on early 2016 and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! It’s about time a Japanese band comes to perform in the Philippines! I was pleasantly shocked when I found out Philippines was included. ‘Cause at first, I believed only a few people would be listening to jrock/jpop (Japanese rock/Japanese pop) music (and they are most probably animé fans too). Yes, the Rurouni Kenshin movies were a hit in my country, but chances are no one would be curious enough to check out the band, or so I thought.
So last Jan. 19, ONE OK ROCK made history and had their first-ever concert in the Pearl of The Orient. Taka, Toru, Ryota and Tomoya performed their hits and the Filipinos, to my surprise, sang along to all of their songs, and those include the lyrics in Japanese! I noticed that they altered some of the Japanese lyrics to English but it turned out that the fans knew the Japanese version better. Most Filipinos don’t even speak Japanese, unless you count “arigatou” or “konnichiwa” as “speaking Japanese”. LOL. But apparently, the Filipinos were well-versed in their songs.
My friends and I were situated at the back of the VIP standing section so for the most part we could barely see them, but who cares. HAHAHA. We were having tons of fun headbanging and jumping to the energetic music. The euphoria is definitely on a whole other level when you’re listening to it live as compared to just when you’re playing music from your ipod. And can I just say, Taka’s voice, as well as the energy of the whole band, didn’t waver one bit throughout the whole concert!! They most certainly didn’t disappoint the crowd and gave an awesome show! Fortunately, I somehow managed to get some “decent” shots!
This last week, news broke out that my ultimate idol YUI is now married, and moreover, pregnant as posted in this news article from a YUI fansite (which I’m a proud member of by the way 🙂 ).
Just less than a year ago, she was dating an indie musician by the name of Hatano Hirofumi, and now, she’s married to (according to yui herself), someone “outside the industry”. This is some news I never saw coming.
And even before this happened she was revealed to be suffering from panic disorder (hang in there yui-san!! >.< ).
Even if I’m in a state of shock (as I am a huge fan), I wish all the best to yui and hopefully get to hear more from her in the future. I know she’ll never give up on music. 🙂
yui is known as the vocalist/guitarist of the Japanese band Flower Flower and was also previously a solo performer (with the stage name YUI) who provided theme songs for anime such as Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist.
For all those Jpop/Jrock (Japanese Pop/ Japanese Rock) fans out there, especially the YUI/Flower Flower loyalists, we have something to celebrate and look forward to! (o^^o)♪ Flower Flower will make their debut album available to their international fans! I couldn’t be any happier when I read this tweet from the official band staff twitter account:
If you’re reading this and have no clue what I’m talking about, please allow me to provide a little bit of a background story. 🙂
YUI is a Japanese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (and occasional actress) who made her debut in 2005 with her album “From Me To You”. Since then, she went on to become one of the most successful artists in Japan by having multiple number 1 hits and topping polls all over Japan and Asia. Anime fans would know about her music as she contributed theme songs such as “Life” and “Rolling Star” which were featured in Bleach and also “Again” which was used as the first opening theme of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (my personal favorite ;]).
However, since last year, she announced a hiatus, but apparently after a few months, she was spotted playing gigs with a new band. For some time, people could only speculate about YUI’s career move until it was confirmed that YUI has actually formed a new band by the name of Flower Flower and has even let go of her old stage name, “YUI” and stylized it as “yui” instead. Their sound to me is more of electronic, indie rock as opposed to YUI’s old sound of acoustic and pop rock.
So there you go. 🙂 Now all that’s left is to wait for that album to be released!