Live at Club Nokia, April 11, 2015
Live report by Nhu Nguyen
Back in February, VAMPS invited Sixx:A.M. to join their two day rock festival at Nippon Budoukan, giving the American band their Japanese debut. On day two, it was announced VAMPS would be a support act for Sixx:A.M.’s first U.S. headlining tour on 12 dates. Fast forward to Saturday night at Club Nokia, I’m still in awe of the pairing. After all, this is East and West rock royalty.
HYDE and K.A.Z, with the support of Ju-ken, Arimatsu, and Jin took the stage promptly at 9pm with “Zero”. It was a slow start, as the band doesn’t move much in this medium tempo song. I was hoping for the strong punch that they had delivered with “EVIL” the first night of the tour in San Francisco. But things escalate from “Zero” to 100 fairly quickly though with the follow up of “World’s End” segueing into head banger “LIPS”, where HYDE loses the guitar in favor of dancing. The men catch a breather while the vocalist tells the crowd, “We’re so excited, are you fucking ready!?”