Neo Universe 2013 Grateful BIRTH - Osaka Festival Hall Live - June 8-9

Just like the two lives I attended in Tokyo, the outfits were the same and the set lists were very similar. 

During the first day, I was on the second floor on the right hand side (like the second day of the Tokyo live -- in fact, Festival Hall's auditorium was nearly the exact same as NHK Hall). I couldn't see as well as I would have liked, but luckily my seat on the second day was on the first floor! Granted it was all the way in the back, but I could see so much better!! 

Honestly the morning I got back to Tokyo I immediately went into a very exhausting week of job training, so unfortunately my memory is a bit muddled. I can't recall what happened on which day, so I'll just give you some details.

Mostly the best parts were during the MCs. During the first MC on one of the days, Takamiy did what he's apparently known so well for -- tripped. It was so cute, haha. The MCs were generally the same content, talking about Grateful Birth and it's meaning, talking about memories and stuff like that, showing off the tour goods. 

Again, they did the whole skit with Sakurai coming out on the horse, Hiko-chan. Takamiy put the carrots (that he bought off Rakuten) all the way into its mouth so they disappeared into the mask head itself on one of the days. Also, on the second day during the Ding Dong Ditch skit, instead of the gun making the Ding Dong noise, it barked. They started going, "Is there a dog inside?!" And Takamiy took the gun and started petting it going "Yosh yosh yosh". Actually I believe they didn't even do the Ding Dong Ditch skit because of this. All the things made different noises. 

It was during this tour goods promotion that in attempt to get something out of the giant trunk that Sakurai carried behind Hiko-chan, that Takamiy nearly fell inside and had to catch himself on the edges -- but then he couldn't get back up! Masaru yelled something like, "What the hell are you doing!?" and they went to help him up after just staring at him for about 10 seconds, haha.

My favorite MC part was perhaps on the second day. Takamiy was talking about what they could have been if they hadn't been born as they are, and formed THE ALFEE. He said, "Maybe Sakazaki and Sakurai were a couple…" and at that point, Sakazaki turned to Sakurai and started waving at him flirtatiously. Sakurai went along with it for a moment before bursting out with, "How come you get to be the woman!?" And they started very comically arguing, and Takamiy finished with, "And maybe I would have been their child!" to which Sakurai yelled, "Would you be a girl too!?" (or something to that effect) It was absolutely hilarious. 

As far as songs go, like I said before, they were basically the same. The second day was a bit more special, though. For their acoustic cover, they played "Riverside" by the band America (oh hey, America lol), and did a third encore! Because they had apparently promised years ago they would perform this song the next time they played Osaka Festival Hall (I believe they hadn't done a live there in about 4 years?), they performed Radical Teenager. The audience went crazy for it. I was mostly impressed that they remembered and came back to give that to their Osaka fans. 

Overall I think I had more fun on the second day Osaka live than any other concert. For some reason I was able to really rock out even though the man next to me kept falling asleep…!!!! 

I'm looking forward to Takamiy's solo lives and the next ALFEE tour!! Thanks for reading!



SET LIST DAY 1 (Courtesy of alfee-fan.net)

1.It's Alright
2.Hysteric Psychedelic ∞
3.悲しき墓標
4.FLOWER REVOLUTION
MC - Sakazaki
5.サファイアの瞳
6.SLOW DANCER
7.Black Doctor~I Love You
MC - all three
8.FAITH OF LOVE
9.Moonlight Fairy
10.Another Way
MC - Takamiy
11.もう一度ここから始めよう
12.真夜中を突っ走れ!
13.Shining Run
14.THE AGES
15.この愛を捧げて
16.Final Wars!

Encore 1
17.アウトロー・ブルース
18.FUNKY PUNKY
19.二人のSEASON
〜Goods Promotion Skit
20.絶狂!ジャンピング・グルーピー
21.星空のディスタンス

Encore 2
22.Ohio
MC - all three
23.Glorious

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SET LIST DAY 2 (Courtesy of alfee-fan.net)

1.It's Alright
2.Hysteric Psychedelic ∞
3.冒険者たち
4.風曜日、君をつれて
MC - Sakazaki
5.High-Heel Resistance
6.SLOW DANCER
7.Black Doctor~I Love You
MC - all three
8.BELIEVE
9.Moonlight Fairy
10.SAVED BY THE LOVE SONG
MC - Takamiy
11.もう一度ここから始めよう
12.Decadence
13.Shining Run
14.THE AGES
15.この愛を捧げて
16.Final Wars!

Encore 1
17.アウトロー・ブルース
18.FUNKY PUNKY
19.Count Down 1999
〜Goods Promotion Skit
20.絶狂!ジャンピング・グルーピー
21.星空のディスタンス

Encore 2
22.Riverside
MC - all three
23.Glorious

Encore 3
24.ラジカル・ティーンエイジャー