Here is a nice concert review from Carlor_Stonefist that i’ve find on BABYMETAL on Reddit, i use this review with the permission of the author.
I was lucky enough to go to see BABYMETAL at the Saitama Super Arena on January 10th, 2015. I live in California.
As most know, that means it’s very hard for me to see BABYMETAL live as many times I please. I made a trip to Japan in the summer of 2014 to see them at summer sonic, and after they announced the Super arena concert, I knew I had to go back. There was no way I was missing this concert. Everything worked in my favor and I was able to obtain a ticket through my friend from Japan, with the help of a good friend who also traveled all the way from Los Angeles to be there (I am very thankful for both of them). I came to Japan on January 2nd and left the day after the concert (I am on the plane back to the U.S. as I type this). This was my 3rd BM concert (Los Angeles, Summer Sonic 2014, Saitama). I discovered BABYMETAL around November 2013, so I was kind of late to the party.
The day started very early. I woke up at 4 am, caught the first possible train to the arena, and was there by 5:15. My friends had a car, so they were already there in the merch line. People had been waiting in line since midnight!! (such as superfan Kenji). By the time 6 am rolled around, the line was already humungous. People all lined up in hopes of getting some (or even all) of the awesome new merch. The merch types were very vast, death masks were even sold to replace the medical masks worn by people in Japan. By 7 The line for so big that it actually wrapped around the whole arena and had to branch out towards the train station. Many people were playing BM out loud and bracing the cold wind and darkness at 5 am to be in the line and get the merch.
At 9:00 workers came and Entered the front gates of the arena. As we peeked in we could see the stacks upon stacks of boxes filled with t shirts, masks, key chains, you name it. Workers all carried out the boxes and prepared the stands. At 9:15, the line was organized and tickets were checked (you could only buy one of each item and once you bought something, you could not go back in line and buy something again). By 10:00 the line was moving and the merch was being sold. I was able to buy everything I wanted. 4 t shirts, the BABYMETAL Kitsune mask, and the wall of death towel. I was surprised at how many people bought literally EVERYTHING there was to buy. Totaling up to about 500$.
There was also a separate booth for the sales of the Red Night Budokan Live CD and the Blu Ray Budokan DVD. The marketing scheme was genius by BABYMETAL’s staff. With every CD that you bought, you received a lottery ticket. Those tickets gave you a chance to draw a ticket and possibly win a signed wooden plaque (with a drawing and their favorite phrase) signed by one of the girls. There was also signed drawings as prizes. I already bought everything to do with Budokan days earlier at Tower Records, and so did almost all the fans. However, people would buy 5 or more CDs just to have a chance at winning. Once they did not win anything, they handed out red night CDs for free! I had already bought mine, but it was very nice of them. I do appreciate it, because I plan on sending them to my friend as a gift. When someone would win, a bell would be rung and everyone would clap for the lucky person (while secretly hating them in their head), haha.
One of the best parts of the whole experience that was the Saitama concert was the fans. The japanese BABYMETAL fanbase is possibly the most dedicated and nicest fanbase I have ever seen. I thought I was a huge superfan, but compared to them, I am nothing! They absolutely live for this! The people in my group had gone to dozens of shows and support the band every chance they get; and hope for their success more than anything else.
I was interviewed many times outside of the venue. Being a 17 year old white kid from the USA, I was an easy target for an interview. I embraced it and went crazy for the camera yelling and claiming BABYMETAL was gosh to take over the world, you know, the usual. I also saw other international members of the BM community be interviewed. There were a good amount of foreigners at this concert, and the Japanese fans were very kind to us. I was even able to hang out with the famous/adorable Hiyo metal and her dad for a couple portions of the day. she gave me stickers! All, again, because of my amazing friends.
Anyways, let’s skip to an hour or two before the concert. The cosplayers were all around the arena, even full families dressed as the kami band and Babymetal (the amount of cosplayers was amazing! These girls are role models to many young girls and even ones older than them) and shortly before the gates opened, the premium ticket holders entered the arena, led by one with a golden kitsune mask on a chariot!!!
I entered the arena with my group around 5 and as soon as I entered i could feel the hype building. People were chanting and high fiving the Babybones walking around. We walked into the arena and I was immediately astonished by the size of it. I still have trouble remembering that the girls who I saw play in front of 1k people in Los Angeles could sell out an arena of this size. There were also Babybones with huge BM flags who sprinted around the arena, leading the crowds in chants to pump us up (as if we weren’t enough already). Then as 6 approached, it was time. The largest BABYMETAL show to date was about to begin.
As the lights turned off all 20,000 of the sold out crowd stood up immediately and went insane. The concert started with a nice montage of BABYMETALs journey over the past year, and their rise to this mega fame they have reached now. Then, on the stage, a huge screened played animations of coffins descending, one by one, and the girls emerged in Black Kimonos.
The concert was legendary. That’s all I can really say. There were many extended versions of songs (such as 4 no Uta) and a rare version of Iine where the girls actually performed the rap part followed by Su metal exclaiming (yo yo yo. Babymetal’s in da house!). During Akumu No Rondo (my favorite BM song) Su stood on the huge bridge (more details later)and ascended into the sky! The setlist was pretty huge, it featured the new song played at Su’s b day concert (bubble dreamer) and the adorable dance that goes with it (it’s cuter than Gimme Choko!). The setlist also featured a 3 song encore finished with incredible new song “Road of Resistance” (the biggest wall of death I’ve ever seen, by the way).
Here is the setlist for the concert:
(I feared they would have to take out songs to make way for the new songs, however they just added them on with the usual songs!)
3) Bubble Dreamer (unreleased new song)
5) Onedari Daisakusen
6) Catch Me if You Can (featuring brand new solos in the beginning by the Kami Band members)
7) Uki Uki midnight
8) 4 no uta
9) Akumu No Rondo
11) gimme choko
13) BM death
14) Doki doki morning
15) Road of Resistance
(There was also a part where the Kami Band performed their really cool solo song). This concert featured a highly increased amount of crowd interaction by the girls, especially Su metal. It added a more personal feel to the concert.
The performance by the girls and Kami Band was flawless as usual, that is a given with BABYMETAL. They are such terrific performers. What was equally amazing was the stage; It featured an evil “broken down castle” looking backround adorned with “the one” symbols. In front of it was 2 bridges branching out to the sides so the girls could stand on them and the kami band as well. However, what was really amazing was the huge red bridge that descended from the ceiling, revealing a walkway for the girls to a small stage in the middle of the arena. This allowed the pit to be surrounding the stage and for the fans to be very very close to the girls, something Budokan or Legend 1997 did not supply.
At the end of the concert, they announced a concert in June at The Makuhari Messe large stage (mosh pit only!) and that their world tour starts in May (no dates yet except for the one concert in June 2015 in Japan).
To sum it up, it was the best concert I’ve ever been to. The moment of 20,000 all singing “whoaaaah” together during Road To Resistance is something I will never forget. I met amazing people, got awesome merch, and saw BABYMETAL live. Is there anything better than that?!? My review does it no Justice, you just have to go see for yourself the experience that is BABYMETAL. It featured tons of fire, fireworks, great singing, a great setlist, and a crazy crowd (I don’t think one person wasn’t singing along the whole time). It was definitely worth my trip and I know I’ll be at Rock on The Range in the US to see the girls rock the faces off of the crowd and continue to spread the BABYMETAL Kawaii virus to more metalheads like myself around the world. I hope they stop by Los Angeles on their world tour. Either way, I’ll support them no matter what!!!!
I hope you all have a chance to see BABYMETAL one day. Thanks for reading! \y/ Kitsune’s up!
The concert will air on WOWOW in March, so soon all who weren’t there will be able to see the amazing concert!
(PS: it was very fun meeting some of you at the concert!)