Tomohisa Yamashita, Hey! Say! JUMP, and Kis-My-Ft2 were among some of the Johnny’s talents at Tokyo Dome yesterday to celebrate Tackey & Tsubasa’s 10th anniversary, reports Sponichi Annex and Daily Sports Online.
It has been reported the duo’s concert was held in Tokyo Dome. The last time they had a concert there was when they made their debut in 2002.
“I want to make this a special moment worthy of a 10 year anniversary,” Tsubasa Imai said.
To start with, both Imai and Hideaki Takizawa insisted the concert’s stage be a recreation of a historical Johnny’s stage set. The stage design is identical to the one used in the first ever stadium concert tour by a Johnny’s group, Tanokin-Trio’s (Johnny’s senior talent Masahiko Kondo was a member), including a concert at Korakuen stadium, which was the Tokyo Dome of Tokyo until it was demolished in 1987. More than 45,000 fans at yesterday’s concert were treated to a sight of the first Johnny’s stadium concert set, tweaked modern features like a 25-metre crane, 150 tons of water, 20,000 balloons, and motorbikes.
It has been reported for three hours, Imai and Takizawa sang more than 30 songs, and had guest appearances by more than 300 of their junior talents including Tomohisa Yamashita, Kis-My-Ft2, Hey! Say! JUMP, Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z, Kansai and Kanto Johnny’s Jr. Takizawa had even tried some Kis-My-Ft2 stunts by showing off his own rollerskating skills when he performed WANNA BEEEE!!! with the group.
During one of the talks, the two talents talked about how grateful they were to be a duo group. It has been reported Johnny’s president Johnny Kitagawa had originally planned for Takizawa to become a solo artist, but Takizawa fought back by saying he was more of a team player and wanted Imai to be his partner.
“There have been times that Tsubasa and I have cried and laughed together. I’m so happy you’re my team mate,” Takizawa said.
“I believe that Takizawa possesses the showbiz quality that our president wants. I hope we can continue showing this Johnny’s spirit,” Imai said.
Dance production Burn the Floor will feature Tackey & Tsubasa’s Tsubasa Imai as their guest dancer on the Japan shows, it was announced on July 30, reports Sankei Sports.
It has been reported Tsubasa’s dancing talent has been recognized by many since he was a Johnny’s Jr. talent, and over the years the talent himself has taken the extra step to go to Spain and New York to learn more about the art. Tsubasa is currently starring in the Johnny’s stage production of PLAYZONE in Tokyo.
On the show’s website, Tsubasa has released his comment.
“I feel extremely happy and deeply grateful for the chance to jump into a worldwide production like Burn the Floor. I hope to give it everything I have so that I’ll not only live up to their expectations, but also use it as an opportunity to discover something new about myself.”
Burn the Floor will be performed at the Tokyu Theatre Orb in Shibuya, Tokyo, from December 5 to 9. Tickets go on sale from September 15.
Fans have been left shocked by a move to ban uchiwas from Hideaki Takizawa’s summer concerts, reports Cyzowoman.
A must-have item at Johnny’s concerts is an uchiwa. Fans can use uchiwa bought from a merchandise shop to show Johnny’s talents who they are a fan of, while homemade uchiwa give fans the chance to put in private messages such as “blow me a kiss” or “give me the peace sign”.
It has been reported fans going to Tackey’s SUMMER LOVE CONCERT 2012 show in Tokyo on July 26 got an email a week before, asking them to support Tackey with “only pompoms and penlights, please”. Some fans had called the ticket office to ask whether it meant uchiwa were banned, and were told an “uchiwa ban” had not been stated. But one fan painted a different picture.
“When I got to the concert venue, they were checking bags, and they asked anyone with an uchiwa to store it away. Some fans managed to get through the checkpoint with their uchiwa, but when they took them out inside the hall, a staff member told them off. There were arguments going on here and there, it was awkward at one point,” said one fan at the concert.
There are some Johnny’s groups who ask fans to keep uchiwas at a minimum, like TOKIO, because the group is considered to be more a band than a pop star group. Another Johnny’s talent who asks fans to refrain from bringing uchiwa and penlights is Tsuyoshi Domoto, whose concerts are less like a typical pop star’s concerts. But why would Tackey concerts, which fit into neither category, suddenly ban uchiwas?
“Apparently a lot of Johnny’s Jr. fans go to Tackey’s solo concerts or stage shows because he has talents like Snow Man dancing behind him. Some junior fans are really dedicated so sometimes it looks like the number of uchiwas for junior talents outnumbers those for Tackey… Maybe they’re banning uchiwa to avoid this kind of sad situation.
“There’s also talk that maybe the ban is a strategic move to get ready for Tackey’s 10th anniversary concert tour with Tsubasa Imai, which starts in September. The duo are going to perform in Tokyo Dome, but I don’t think the two have enough fans to fill up that huge venue. Other fan club fans have apparently been sent information on this concert because it’ll have guests like KAT-TUN and Hey! Say! JUMP. Unless they do something now, there’s risk the dome will be full of uchiwas for other talents,” one Johnny’s reporter said.
It has been reported a number of fans had published angry comments online, saying the reason was childish, and that fans had nothing if they were not allowed uchiwas.
However, others have become more creative. There have been ideas going back and forth about printing messages on pompoms, on bandanas, and even on T-shirts.