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Jul 28 2018

LUNATIC FEST. 2018 (Live Report Pt. 3) – ACE OF SPADES, back number, GLIM SPANKY

LUNATIC FEST. 2018
June 23, 2018

Live report by Meiko Kikuta

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ACE OF SPADES
ACE OF SPADES definitely brought a new crowd to this year’s LUNATIC FEST. The collaboration between EXILE (feat. vocalist TAKAHIRO) and GLAY happened on TV in 2005, so the band’s appearance was a welcome surprise for both EXILE fans and GLAY fans. Since this band is their side project, it was one of the rare occasions to witness TAKAHIRO and GLAY’s HISASHI work together as ACE OF SPADES. Joined briefly by guest INORAN (LUNA SEA), TAKAHIRO’s high-toned voiced shined in the heavy rock song, “Louder”.

ACE OF SPADES
1. Wild Tribe
2. Time Flies
3. Looking for
4. Louder (with LUNA SEA’s INORAN)
5. Sin
6. Just Like Heaven

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back number
Three-piece rock band, back number, was another artist new to the lineup. In the break between acts, we heard shouting voices from the backstage getting fired up for their act. Soon after that, band members showed up under the blue light, and their their choice of songs calmed the audience, givign them a chance to recharge after being pumped up by the previous acts. Iyori Shimizu, the vocalist, is known to be quite shy when it comes to talking on stage but he made a short comment that it was a great honor to take part in LUNATIC FEST. The simple effect of lights and their mellow music was good for focusing on the beautiful lyrics and meanings behind the songs.

back number
1. Aoi Haru
2. Motto
3. Christmas Song
4. Mabataki
5. Sister
6. Takane no Hanako san

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GLIM SPANKY
The strong and unusual voice of GLIM SPANK vocalist Remi Matsuo stood out from the rest, and not just because she was the first female vocalist of the event. Explaining how the band first met SUGIZO at their gig right after their major debut about 2 years ago, Remi called SUGIZO to the stage as their guest. GLIM SPANKY was relatively new to the scene but they proved why and how they are already achieving incredible reviews for their music.

GLIM SPANKY
1. Stand Alone
2. End Roll
3. Ikari wo Kureyo
4. Yami no Me wo Koraseba
5. Oroka monotachi (with LUNA SEA SUGIZO)
6. Otona ni Nattara

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