Dichotomy of ONE OK ROCK Lives

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How many days left Manila before we hear ONE OK ROCK Live? Just 13 more days! The anticipation is brewin! The waiting is killin’! Thoughts a brewin’! I have to admit I am so stoked to see these chaps and the people I have met throughout this journey for the first time and I know you guys are waiting too! But of course, if you want to join our madness on the big day, all you got to do is buy a ticket! Right now, a few tickets are still left so better hurry before you miss out on all the love!

However, before SM Mall of Asia Arena gets flooded by ONE OK ROCK fans from across Asia, let’s take a gander back on the history of the band’s live performances. Every great band has started somewhere and what better way to see their growth than to check out their live performances. ONE OK ROCK has already celebrated their 10 years in the business and they have done many lives in the past and they are still going strong. With each live, they evolve to something more. But, how exactly did they change? For this review, we will check their growth as seen in the live DVDs of their performances.

Thanks to Cath from Philippines’ ONE OK ROCKers for helping me with the criteria and the arrangement for this review (And some of the clips), and ONE OK ROCK Wikia for the tour listings.

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Yononaka Shredder (世の中シュレッダー; Yononaka shureddā)
Featured Tour: Shibuya Club Quattro Tour
Featured Show Date: December 28, 2007
DVD/Blu-ray release: March 19, 2008

Setlist:
Yoru ni Shika Sakanai Mangetsu (夜にしか咲かない満月)
Kaimu (皆無)
Hey you! (Unreleased Track) -2006.12.18 Shinjyuku LOFT-
Naihi Shinsho (内秘心書)
Karasu (カラス)
Kagerou (カゲロウ)
Koukai Yaku ni Tatazu (後悔役に立たず)
Kemuri (ケムリ)
Yokubou ni Michi ta Seinendan (欲望に満ちた青年団)
Et Cetera (エトセトラ)
Keep it real -2007.08.29 Shibuya O-WEST-
Borderline
Yume Yume (努努-ゆめゆめ-)
Kako wa Kyoukasho ni Mirai wa Shukudai (過去は教科書に未来は宿題)

Trivia:
– The DVD/Blu-Ray has special footage of the band’s preparations for the tour and the music videos for Naihi Shinsho, Yume Yume and Etcetera

The Review:
Ah! I found this show of ONE OK ROCK surreal to watch! This was the last live I saw for this review and it was surreal to see just how much ONE OK ROCK changed from this live to the last (and see Alex with them). Taka, Toru, Ryota and Tomoya all look so young! (TOMOYA DOESN’T LOOK CHO-KAWAII! I PREFER HIM WITH HIS MIDORI HAIR!). From the first few minutes of the live, it was clear that the band members were still coming into grips with the gravity of their status and the immense pressure I imagine in performing in such a jampacked audience. However, come show time, the band comes to a different face and we see them give their all. It was still a little tame to the ONE OK ROCK we know now but you get to see slivers already in this live. VFX wise, it was alright, simple but it gets the crowd wild! It is really one of a kind to see this live, especially if you want to discern ONE OK ROCK as a five member group to the ONE OK ROCK as a four member group. There is quite a huge difference.

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THIS IS MY BUDOKAN?!
Featured Performance: Nippon Budokan, November 28, 2010
DVD Release: February 16, 2011

Setlist:
Never Let This Go
Yoru ni Shika Sakanai Mangetsu (夜にしか咲かない満月; The Full Moon That No Longer Blooms at Night)
Kaimu (皆無; Nothing)
Shake it down
Mikansei Kokyokyoku (未完成交響曲; Incomplete Orchestra)
Kagerou (カゲロウ; Heat Haze)
Karasu (カラス; Crow)
Living Dolls
Adult Suit (アダルトスーツ)
Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer (完全感覚Dreamer; Perfect Sense Dreamer)
Wherever you are
Yes I am
Jibun ROCK (じぶんROCK; One’s Own ROCK)
Liar
Answer is Near (アンサイズニア)
Koi no Aibou no Kokoro no Cupid (恋ノアイボウ心ノクピド; Love’s Partner, The Heart of Cupid)
Viva Violent Fellow ~Utsukushiki Mosh Pit~ (Viva Violent Fellow ~美しきモッシュピット~; Beautiful Mosh Pit)
Hitori Goto Lonelina (独り言ロンリーナ; Soliloquy Lonelina)
Naihi Shinsho (内秘心書; I Keep It Inside)
Nobody’s Home (Encore)
Never Let This Go (TOUR FINAL @ Okinawa Sakurazaka Central) (Bonus Track)
Yoru ni Shika Sakanai Mangetsu (TOUR FINAL @ Okinawa Sakurazaka Central) (夜にしか咲かない満月; The Full Moon that No Longer Blooms at Night) (Bonus Track)

Review:
For any Japanese or even Western act, Nippon Budokan validates their hold in the hearts of the Japanese since this is the stage everyone would wish to perform into. For ONE OK ROCK, this pretty much proves that no matter what obstacles they faced and with them now as a foursome, the fans still stuck to them through thick and thin. Nippon Budokan was one jampacked location! Crowd intensity remains high! The band is also comfortable with the crowd and we’re getting the band that gave us these super cool hits! VFX is also up a notch with this live and we’re seeing the VFX signatures they have for Answer is Near, Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer and Wherever you are. WHY AM I NOT HERE!

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“Zankyo Reference” TOUR in YOKOHAMA ARENA (“残響リファレンス” TOUR in YOKOHAMA ARENA; “Echo Reference” TOUR in YOKOHAMA ARENA)
Featured Tour: January 2012, Yokohama Arena
DVD/Blu-Ray release: March 30, 2012

Setlist:
LOST AND FOUND
Kaimu (皆無; Nothing)
Mikansei Koukyoukyoku (未完成交響曲;; Incomplete Symphony)
Jibun ROCK (じぶんROCK; One’s Own ROCK)
Re:make
Seken Shirazu no Uchuu Hikoushi (世間知らずの宇宙飛行士; An Astronaut’s Ignorance of the Ways of the World)
Mr. Gendai Speaker (Mr.現代Speaker; Mr. Modern-day Speaker)
Answer is Near (アンサイズニア)
Kagerou (カゲロウ; Mayflies)
Wherever you are
Etcetera (エトセトラ)
Karasu (カラス; Crow)
Pierce
C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h.
Liar
Let’s take it someday
Rock, Scissors, Paper
NO SCARED
Koi no Aibou Kokoro no Cupid (恋ノアイボウ心ノクピド; Love’s Partner, The Heart of Cupid)
Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer (完全感覚Dreamer; Perfect Sensation Dreamer)
Nobody’s Home
Kimishidai Ressha (キミシダイ列車; A Train Dependent on You) (Encore)

Trivia:
– This DVD comes with an hour documentary behind the scenes for this live!

Review:
While I havent seen the documentary with this live just yet, I have seen the live and I must say the band here was stunned since they got Yokohama Arena sold out! From Nippon Budokan to this other landmark to the Japanese music industry! Truly, ONE OK ROCK has gone up with this concert! We start to see the eyecatchy VFX in this concert and the unified fan movements for Answer is Near (Team Arena!!!!!) and Let’s Take it Someday! Fans also show their love for ONE OK ROCK as they listen to every beat without cameras and such. The band here is in the beat and in this live, you could see just overwhelmed they are with the turnout for the concert. I love how Toru said he couldn’t hear himself with the crowd intensity and say he could even see those from the upper sections. I think if the band will do MC in Manila, it will be one of the best ever. We also see how unified the band is in terms of the theme of their clothing and their now shifting images unlike in This is my Budokan where you still see some randomness in their clothes and image XD Starting a trend you guys? LOL.

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Mei cuts your reading pleasure right here! We’re starting to see how much changes the band is going through in these three lives alone right? These three lives highlights that the band constantly grows and they are starting to find out their identity and I’m seeing the band we all come to love. Of course, this is not the end of this little review as we’re still going to take a gander on three more live takes.

With Judgment Day close at hand, you guys should really join us for this once in a lifetime chance (of course, this can still change)! Tickets to ONE OK ROCK “The 2016 35xxxv Asia Tour” Live in Manila is still available at all SM Tickets branches nationwide. You can also check out SM Tickets Online or you can also call SM Tickets at 420-2222. Just a couple more tickets still available so purchase now before its too lateeeeee!

This super cool event is brought to us by PULP Live World, 28 Black and Amuse Asia Inc. Event partners also include Monster Radio RX 93.1, MYX, The Philippine Star, Astroplus, Odyssey Music Video, Pulp Magazine, G/ST and SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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Shout it out loud Manila! They are coming!

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