On January 9th, 2020, L’Arc~en~Ciel embarked on a countrywide tour starting off in their hometown of Osaka, Japan for the “MMXX Arena Tour”. They would hit up several cities like Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama in various arenas. They would do four consecutive shows in Osaka at the famed Osaka-jo Hall. It was their first tour in eight years. We were able to attend the first night of the tour which was the first of a projected twelve shows.
For many first-timers attending a concert in Japan, there are some things of note you should be aware of. If you do use Ticket Board and Live QR, it’s a multistep process just to even obtain your digital ticket on your smartphone. You must have an ID or driver’s license if you’re actually a resident Japan or a passport if you’re an international attendee. Not only will they scan your ticket, but also make sure you are who you say you are by checking your identification along with your carry bags. It’s a bit of a hassle.
The venue itself was pretty cool because Osaka Castle was in a walkable distance from the arena. It also was massive because of the number of fans they had. Although the majority of their fans are domestic, there were people traveling from various other countries to this tour like from the United States, Canada, Indonesia, and more. The fans also were able to wipe out the stuff sold at the merchandise booths.
Unlike many rock groups that decide to have their stage at one end of the arena, they opted to have their stage in the center meaning everyone would be able to see them. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house.
With almost 30 years of music, they performed all of their classic hits. They didn’t go into their side projects nor solo material though.
This is by far the best visuals I’ve ever seen at a concert. Not only did we witness L’Arc~en~Ciel’s legendary performances, but we also got amazing visuals from the board. It pretty much went up, down, and all around. It displayed lights I’ve never seen at a concert and I’ve seen all kinds of artists perform across different genres.
As foreigners to this concert, it was hard to understand what they were saying during downtime when they weren’t performing songs. The fans did eat up everything they said though.
Obviously, photos and videos weren’t allowed due to the unofficial rules, but I can confirm that it was rocking. I wish I could have footage or anything, but you’ll have to take my word for it.
Because of the COVID19 virus, they were not able to conclude the tour as it affected several of their stops. They only were able to begin it. Hopefully, they can make it up as it was one of the greatest concerts ever.
Written by: Timtastic