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.
Tsubasa Imai’s 2012 season of PLAYZONE kicked off in Tokyo yesterday, reports Sankei Sports.
On June 9, “PLAYZONE‘12 SONG & DANC‘N PARTⅡ” started at the Aoyama Theatre. The show has been performed every summer since 1986, and this is Imai’s third year as the lead.
Travis Payne, the American choreographer well-known for choreographing Michael Jackson’s dances in This Is It, was again in charge of sequences in this year’s show.
“Being able to work with Travis is a gift from Michael (Jackson),” Imai said.
New changes to this year’s show include flying wire action six metres in the air during the opening sequence. Although Imai’s duo partner Hideaki Takizawa is more well-known for doing wire action stunts, Imai said he would do just as good.
“I know usually Tackey does this, but I felt like I wanted to fly too,” he said.
Ex-Hikaru Genji member Atsuhiro Sato will also perform in the show, his first time in five years, and has said he is ready to show people his roller skating dance moves.
“PLAYZONE‘12 SONG & DANC‘N PARTⅡ” will be performed in Tokyo until August 11.
Johnny’s duo Tackey & Tsubasa held an open press conference in Osaka on June 16, which attracted more than 2000 fans, reports Daily Sports Online.
The two were in Osaka’s Namba Parks to support Disney on Ice Mickey & Minnie’s Princess & Hero, which will be performed in the Osaka-jo Hall in August.
It has been reported although it was raining during the event in Osaka on Saturday, fans had started lining up as early as 5am. When the open press conference finally started at 1pm, 2000 fans had crammed into the venue. Both Johnny’s talents did not disappoint either.
“Our fans in Osaka have so much enthusiasm, I feel like I’m on home base,” Hideaki Takizawa said.
“After Tokyo, Osaka is the second place where I do most of my jobs. I feel safe here,” Tsubasa Imai said.
To view the pair’s commercial for the ice show, click here.