L’Arc~en~Ciel: making history
- First Japanese Group to have two singles in number #1 and #2 in Oricon (HONEY y Shinshoku ~lose control~)
- First Japanese Group to release three singles the same day (Kasou, HONEY y Shinshoku ~lose control~)
- First Japanese Group to release two albums the same day (ark y ray).
- First Japanse Group to get two albums (ark and ray) placed number #1 and #2 in the same week (1999)
- First Japanese Group to release two albums simultaneously in 7 countries. (1999)
- First Japanese Group to hold a concert at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore (2004).
- Selling record in Tokyo Dome and breaking their own selling record (56000 tickets in just 4 minutes (1997). 109,625 tickets in 2 minutes, 15th L’Anniversary - 2006. ).
- First Japanese Group to top bill in Korea (PENTAPORT ROCK FESTIVAL 2007).
- HEAVEN’S DRIVE, voted as best song in Japan in 2000.
- First Japanese Group to broadcast in live one of their concerts (Trans ASIA via PARIS 2008 -PARIS LIVE-, 09/05/2008 five cinema theaters in Tokyo).
- First Japanese Group to have a concert at the Madison Square Garden, New York 2012)
- First Japanese Rock Group and 4th Japanese artist to hold a concert at the Nissan Stadium (National Olympic Stadium) - 2012.
(I’m sure there are more firsts but I didn’t find them. If you know, please let me know ^^)
PG-chan. 8O Can I just HUG YOU for the one I bolded up there?! STILL cannot believe you managed tickets for that.
I don’t think there has ever been a video more perfect than this.
I didn’t even need to watch it. I took one glance and knew what it was
Yukihiro keeping a straight face in this is the 8th wonder of the world
I got a warning on my first YouTube account for uploading this. I’m glad someone found a way to keep it up.
Are You Fucking Ready?
Nope hyde, I’m fucking tired of this song.
my exact words whenever this tired ass song comes on
Aww, but they have me by the balls. If I’m in the audience I’ll rock out while they play nearly anything. 8|;;
(Pssst, PG-chan. I’m so glad you brought that fan, ‘cause it means only my hands were on camera, hahahaha! 8D;)
(Oh, and this lovely lady I won’t name but I SEE YOU DARLIN: )
Too Glare, AKA as Anata no Tame Ni, #2 Best of L’Arc~en~ciel C/W
I believe this song was never played in any of their concerts, as Anata no Tame Ni. Not surprising since the song was just a B-Side to Time to Say Goodbye, and the band rarely played B-sides except for the occasional Metropolis and I’m So Happy.
I have my suspicion that L’Arc~en~Ciel don’t even know about this great song and probably won’t recognize it as one of their compositions. Damn!
considering that hyde forgot that L’Arc had an album titled Kiss when he was naming X X X I’m pretty certain that Anata no Tame ni has been long forgotten, which sucks because it (like nearly all of the other forgotten songs) is fucking fantastic and would be even more fantastic if it were to ever be performed live
also speaking of forgotten B-sides I’ll fucking punch L’Arc right in their faces if they forgot about the ghost in my room because that song is fucking amazing I really don’t get how anyone could forget about that song
I was just talking about this song, argh. Possibly my favorite b-side of theirs (that or peeping tom, I’m a weirdo).
The Silver Shining- track # 11 RAY
I cannot post the GCC concert since it exceeds the 5 minutes mark allowance of Tumblr and I can’t find any videos on Youtube of the performance. Except for this leaked DEMO TRACK. Yep. How cool is that? Listening to hyde yodeling in gibberish is just priceless!
Anyhow, this is again one of the least played songs of L’Arc~en~Ciel in their concerts. Totally undeserving for being relegated into the unconsciousness of whoever makes the setlist (which I think is hyde), because really, this song has a great atmosphere- superb vocal arrangement, ethereal music and just plain genius of ken’s all rolled into one.
Blasphemous for me to say this, but I won’t mind if LEC will perform this as the closing track of a concert, instead of Niji.
the silver shining is quite possibly my favorite L’Arc song ever (which is saying something wow) so I’ll forever be pissed that this is yet another song that they’ve forgotten about in lieu of the same old shitty standard setlist that really needs to be retired thanks hyde
also fuck yes I would so opt for a the silver shining ending over niji - don’t get me wrong, niji is a fantastic song but it’s tired and overplayed and wow was it really necessary to end every concert of the last tour with it come on now
All this forever and ever. See also: flower, Blurry Eyes, Ready Steady Go, Driver’s High, even though all love all of them. But they’re overplayed. And “Silver Shining” is amazing.
“Stay Away” can, in fact, stay though. I just have a soft spot for that one, it was the first L’Arc PV I ever saw and I think my second L’Arc song ever.
This is what’s inherently irritating about them. There’s so much of their catalog I’d love to see performed again, but am nearly certain I’m never gonna hear, say, anata no tame ni or Peeping Tom or Cureless live. Like ever. It’s a weird line between being happy they toured and wishing they’d skip the next iteration of Driver’s High for, like, kaze ni kienaide.
But it also sucks, man, my favorite song of theirs has always been Honey, but that’s their highest-selling single ever and I bet if they never played it again they wouldn’t mind. Some performances they seem utterly bored, so over time I’ve grown to prefer the music video over new performances.
(Which is saying A LOT because I’m advocate number one of the idea that their songs are a million times better live. Except for Honey. Except for my most favorite song in the universe, FML.)
Knowing what these clothes look like in color, the black and white only mitigates the METRIC TON of “oh dear” going on here.
I imagine that it’s like, 1997, and yukihiro’s thumbing through this tour pamphlet feeling a bit uncomfortable after being asked to take sakura’s place. (Can it be called a headcanon if this is real life?)