~HEART OF ROCK~ SIAM SHADE in Nippon Budōkan

2007.11.18 (Sunday) Nippon Budōkan [One-Night Reunion, SIAM SHADE LIVE in Nippon Budōkan HEART OF ROCK]

It was a resurrection drama out of the blue. But I guess the members would object to the use of the word “resurrection drama”. Their then chief manager Nakamura Shin'ichi (age at death 49) passed away in April 2007. The members' desire to show their gratitude to him led them to this one-night reunion.

One day, this message appeared on the members' homepages.....

On 2007.04.25, the man who raised and loved SIAM SHADE more than anyone else, chief manager Nakamura Shin'ichi passed away. (Age at death 49) We who are left behind felt, after seeing him fighting with his sickness, never giving up, that the thing for us to do is to inherit the unique “Shin'ichi-ISM” and ROCK from the bottom of our hearts. And so, to answer the love toward us and the passionate feelings toward rock of the deceased, we decided to reform SIAM SHADE for one night, and perform at Nippon Budōkan, that place we challenged with him with all our might five years ago. On 2007.11.18 (Sunday) we want to send him our greatest performance at Nippon Budōkan. This is how the five of us feel. Let us meet again, one more time, at Nippon Budōkan.

That's right, it's for one night only. However, I think that fans will wish that this reunion won't be for one night only, but to be a story that will continue for a long time. One mustn't keep hoping for it to continue after this. It is like going to see a dream. Accepting that situation, with so much anticipation that my body wouldn't stop shaking, on the day of the concert, I slowly walked the Kudan hill.

The tickets were sold out right after they went on sale and they didn't sell tickets on the day. Despite that, many fans who couldn't get a ticket were crowding the place. Around the stadium, the smiles and excited voices of those fans crossed in that tremendous situation and it seemed like they were ready for war.

We then enter the Budōkan as the doors are opened. Is this déjà vu?! I had seen that scene somewhere before. On the arena there was a stage with their logo drawn on it. The fans enter the stadium one after another, and in no time at all, even the backside of the stage is filled. Looking around, everywhere around me there were people with tense expressions focusing on one point with bated breath.

And when the clock passed 17:00, the BGM that was playing stopped and at that moment the stadium went dark! With a very bright light, there were the five....

The first song they played at their reunion after five years was “NO CONTROL”. One could call it a magnificent spectacle suitable for the first song. During the intro, together with the ensemble of the guitars, bass and drums, gorgeous stage lightning, spotlights, cheers and everything intersected, and the fans couldn't settle for just moshing and were jumping so much that it felt like the whole Budōkan was shaking.

The third song was their debut single “RAIN” and the fifth song was “Why not?”. NATIN's slap bass is the highlight of that song's intro. And during the A melody there was the customary break dance by KAZUMA. KAZUMA's choruses have something uniquely genius that moves people.

From the sixth song “LOVESICK~You Don't Know~” onwards, you gradually started to see more and more fans singing together... And then came the song “Dear...”, during which Hideki shed tears at their final concert at Budōkan in 2002. When the song moved from DAITA's solo to the chorus part, there were many fans who were moved to tears.

In “Kumori nochi hare”, DAITA's solo began with volume swells and after the perfectly executed melodious tapping, the song came to its high point with the simple yet technical string bending/vibrato phrase and then started Hideki's chorus.

And then, a piece that no other than SIAM SHADE could create! Their magnum opus that will go down in the history of guitar instrumentals, “Solomon's seal”!! DAITA and KAZUMA on the guitars, Junji on the drums and NATIN on the bass. It's because these specific members come together as SIAM SHADE that this song exists. It is the reason they became such a monstrous band and the reason they are now called legendary.

After that they proved their masculine band spirit with an avalanche of six heavy rock numbers — this is what SIAM SHADE is all about: “GET OUT”, “NEVER END”, “Shout out”, “PRIDE”, “PRAYER” and “GET A LIFE”.

And then came the last song of the main part, “Life”. You can say that it was the theme of the day, the masterpiece that chief manager Nakamura Shin'ichi, who loved SIAM SHADE more than anyone, liked the most. Before the song started, Hideki talked about the regrets and feelings he had. It was like he was trying to say thanks to his father, frustratingly not being able to put his words skillfully... Junji straightened himself up and NATIN and KAZUMA were staring at one point as if they were meditating. You could sense an aura of the fidelity and gratitude they felt towards him.

To perform this song, DAITA selected, in every sense of the word, the best guitar. It was the model called BlueLife from his guitar brand “G-Life”, which can be called the grand sum of his guitar career. It is a brand he produced for this day, using all his know-how, personally supervising everything, starting from the woods used. It was to show Mr. Nakamura how much he had grown, but also an expression of the way of living he had learned from him: never compromise, never give up, carry out your convictions.

If you think of the Budōkan arena as the infinite universe, that bright blue form surely was the Earth. The liveliness of the sight of the edges and the grain in the body top, flashing every time a spotlight hit them, had something that made you feel the power of life.

In the middle of the song started the emotional solo. After the calm, slow beginning followed soulful phrases that were indeed the guitar singing. They disappeared to the far reaches of the Budōkan... Undoubtedly they reached his soul....

The encore started with the song which Hideki called “our projectile weapon”: “1/3 no junjou na kanjou”, which was followed by “Dreams”. The second encore was the finale with “D.Z.I” and “Don't Tell Lies”.

But the real finale happened after the concert was over... The BGM “LOVE” started playing with a little louder volume and the members greeted every fan 360 degrees around them. That was the end of the miraculous reunion.....

After the members had left the arena, “Dear...” started playing again... All of the fans stood up, some singing, some shouting, some crying. No fan even thought of leaving their seat before this song was over.

Indeed, in the end, it reinforced the fact that SIAM SHADE is a team of the five members and all the fans....

<Close-up> Last song of the main show, “Life” with DAITA

DAITA's new item “G-Life” was revealed for the first time on the grand stage of Budōkan.

It is a model for which DAITA personally went to the factory to choose the best materials from the carefully selected woods. He supervised every conceivable thing, beginning with shape, specs and design.

It is fair to say that it is a model where every good point of all the guitars DAITA has ever used is squeezed in.

It is full of professional, high-tech details that wouldn't have come together were it not for DAITA's career and know-how.

The pick-ups are original and he says they were created after studying many world-famous models.

In reality, he delivered that sound, the never before heard marvelous vibration, to the overflowing audience at the Budōkan.

The concert that day truly had a sense of mourning in it. That sound definitely reached the dear departed.

This new item doesn't have any so-called toggle switches. All of the pick-ups are selected with mini switches.

The furthermost switch you see in the picture is the on-off switch for the piezo.

The arpeggios at the beginning of “Life” use the sound of the middle pick-up. It's on when the second switch from the right of the four switches is turned down.

Changing the character of the sound according to the A melody, the chorus, the guitar solo and the outro from rear position→front position→rear position, the essence of the guitar is as if to emphasize the wonderfulness of the composition and the arrangement with the variations of the thick sound.