Concert Report by R.B.Araki
Michael Schenker at Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo, Japan
March 13, 2014
Added on 04/01/2014

  1. E Tone
  2. Neptune Rising
  3. Where the Wild Winds Blow
  4. Love Drive
  5. Another Piece of Meat
  6. Assault Attack
  7. Armed and Ready
  8. Into The Arena
  9. Attack of the Mad Axeman
  10. Rock My Nights Away
  11. Coast to Coast
  12. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  13. Horizons
  14. Lord of the Lost and Lonely
  15. Only You Can Rock Me
  16. Shoot Shoot
  17. Let It Roll
  18. Lights Out
  19. Too Hot To Handle
  20. Black Out
  21. Rock You Like A Hurricane
  22. Rock Bottom
    - Encore -
  23. Holiday
  24. Doctor Doctor

Michael Schenker - Lead Guitar
Herman Rarebell - Drums
Francis Buchholz - Bass
Doogie White - Vocals
Wayne Findlay - Guitar/Keyboards

Unfortunately the weather on this day was very bad . Strong wind and rain. Unlike the previous night, the venue door was opened before 18:30 so that the audience did not have to wait in the rain. Despite the bad weather, tickets for this last show of the Japan tour were sold out.

Personally, I felt this second show in Tokyo was even better than the first night. It deserved to be a finale of the tour. Michael seemed to be more into playing and smiled a lot. He seemed to stop aging. The audience was louder. I suppose many of them came to the show for two days in a row. They reacted to Doogie's guidance for his new interactions more aptly on this day. Among others, I felt more synergy between the band and the audience.

Michael, Doogie, Francis and Wayne moved on stage a lot to the extent that sometimes it needed traffic control.

I have to mention again that Wayne's Trident is an awesome guitar with heavy sound. I would very much like to hear it on the studio album of his own project though I understand that he is busy being on the road with Temple of Rock.

All in all, it was a great show. Many fans told me after the show that they cannot wait for their next Japan tour.

There was again Meet & Greet after the show with 50 fans on the first come first served bases. Taro said M&Gs both nights were quite successful. During the Japan tour, my Japanese webpage got 1000-2000 hits per days. Hope I could contribute a little bit to its success.

I had an opportunity to chat with Doogie at the back stage about his philosophy on the stage performance. He explained to me how he tries to make the audience feel they are a part of the show and why he does not want them to take photograph during the show. It's totally understandable and he actually puts such philosophy into practice.

The band plans to tour the U.S. again later this year with this lineup. I am pretty sure it's going to be tremendous. The U.S. fans cannot miss it.

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