HMV Forum
19th March 2011
Written by Keita-Eiri Uesugi

  1. What's My Name
  2. Universe
  4. Hell No
  5. Chase
  6. Chillin' Chillin' Money Blue$
  7. I Love you, I Love you, I Love you, and I Love you
  8. Gravity
  9. Justice
  10. Shelter
  11. Moon
  12. We Love you~Sekai wa kimi no aishiteru~
  14. S.M.F.B
  16. Futuristic Love
  1. Subarashiki kana, kono sekai-WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD-

The excitement was paramount when reaching the queue for one of Miyavi’s biggest gigs in the UK to date. There was a different feel instantaneously. Fans flocked around the corner, down the road, then down another in what can only be named as one large gathering of the masses. Albeit the crisis in Japan only shortly beforehand, Miyavi had made it to the UK for an unforgettable show.

There is a sense of decorum as the doors open at 7pm. With a venue taking 2900, this was one of the biggest audiences for a Japanese rock one-man the organisation of the crowd was impeccable. The stage was huge, speakers and amps set up, a couple of microphones, drum kit and guitars leaving the stage bare on both sides. There were three tiers to the main floor and a massive seated balcony and beautiful, almost ornate decoration graces the wall. Certainly a venue worthy of such a capacity.

Soon enough, the lights and music dimmed and a figure walked on stage. It took a moment for a fair few of the crowd to realise that it was Miyavi on stage and not a roadie. First song, “What’s My Name?” began, Miyavi screaming, “MY NAME IS MI-YA-VI FROM TO-KI-YO!!!” across the audience.

With a starting set list consisting mainly of new songs, for old school fans it’s not surprising there would be a slight disappointment, however, it is the artists style after all. With the addition of two new songs, “Hell No” and “CHASE” as well as “JUSTICE” for new instrumentals to boot, the songs all express their own liveliness.

There is definitely an unadulterated and raw presence to his tone, the guitar plucking, slapping and even Miyavi’s body movements and it’s not only you that can feel his music; it’s clear he can feel his own music too. If electricity could ever be felt, then that was pure energy straight off the mark.

His speech for Japan can only be described as one of the most heart-wrenching moments to be experienced at a live; the emotion that secreted from his person was so beautiful and touching. To get a whole hall of over 2000 people into silence, it’s one massive feat to accomplish.

Following his speech, the song “Gravity” oozed from the speakers. Then again, raw countenance of the emotion through his roaring was something else, the guitar holding an ominous hold upon a truly mesmerised and captivated crowd. Its darker tone resonated through the raised hands in the air, still, unmoving. Again, truly something else.

Most memorable of the songs played would have to be: “We Love You ~Sekai wa Kimi wo aishiteru~. Everyone there knew the words, singing along with and without Miyavi of which he recorded on his iPhone no less, not forgetting “R U READY TO ROCK?” before the encore, again the song lasting forever and not showing a sign of ending, the old school tone speaking to the fans, even Miyavi was climbing dangerously high on the speakers.

The encore was just as good as the rest of the show, besides the fact that he repeated the third song of the set list for the final song of the night: “Survive”. Very strange, considering he has many tracks under his belt. No less, no one wanted it to end, a lengthy two hour show can take it out of you, but the adrenalin was pumping too high.

Everyone was happy, excitable, joyous. Panting and out of breath from dancing, the show ended, the house lights illuminating the hall as one and all filed either out, or to buy the live they had just listened to recorded and put onto CD straight away. Now if that’s not a worthwhile memory, then what is?