My report: Tegomass no Mahou
What: Tegomass 3rd Tour Tegomass no Mahou
When: 13:00 – 15:50 Sunday, December 18 2011
Where: Yokohama Arena, Yokohama
Other notes: Chilly 9 or 10 degrees celcius, sunny, calm breeze, and tons of Tegomass fans and Barcelona fans at Shin-Yokohama station (it was the Club World Cup).
Circular stage with two long stages going out to the side, two more shorter stages leading to elevating platforms. The band played inside the circular stage, and another stage cut straight across the circular stage in the centre, and this could rotate around slowly.
The entire arena had a cutely magical feel about it. There were fairy lights strung from the ceiling, making it look like stars, and large 5-pointed-star and moon decorations dotted around the place.
At the ends of the stages were two white Christmas trees.
Mahou no Melody
Massu wearing his red and white costume (mostly red), and Tegoshi wearing his red and white costume (mostly white), appeared from where the Christmas trees were, and performed the song standing on top of rotating disco ball-like platform.
Bokura no Sora
Tegoshi: “Tegomass noooooo Tegoshi deeeesu!”
Massu: “Domoooo! All you little kids, it’s Massu! All you not little kids…Massu dayo!”
The two went on the elevating platforms. Massu was on my side. So cute…
Kushami, Sotsugyo Album, and Wasuremono were sung one after the other in a ballad setting. Tegoshi and Massu sat on chairs on the circular stage with two other musicians on chairs playing acoustic guitars. Towards the end, heart-shaped confetti started falling from above.
The two came back with new costumes on. Tegoshi in an all-white ensemble, and Massu with…a marching band-like navy or black jacket, a leopard print jacket on top of that, and bright red baggy pants.
The firework-shaped lights were lighting up in different colours, it was very pretty.
At the end, Massu read one of the heart-shaped confetti that had fallen a few minutes and said, “Dear Massu…you’re good-looking.”
Yuuyake no Uta (Masahiko Kondo song)
Ding-Dong (TOKIO song)
Tomadoinagara (Arashi song)
Zutto (from NEWS first album “touch”)
Arigato.ima (coupling song to NEWS’ 7/11 limited edition single)
Yuuyake no Uta, Ding-Dong, Tomadoinagara, Zutto, and Arigato.ima was a medley of songs from the early days of the duo’s career.
The two said it’s a medley of songs known by hardcore fans as “コアファン萌え萌えメドレー (Hardcore fans Moe Moe Medley)”.
Old video footage of them was streamed on the screens.
I liked it how Massu said that “Tomadoinagara” was the song they sung when they were back dancers for Arashi.
The second half of the song was sung with Tegomass sitting in giant miso soup bowl sets at the ends of the stage.
Massu took one of the giant chopstick props and started playing it like an air guitar.
Kiss 〜Kaerimichi no Love Song〜
At the end, Massu ran to the centre of the stage and jumped to catch something.
“What’s the matter Takahisa?” Tegoshi said.
“Yuya, I caught sound,” Massu said.
“Umm…do you know what sound is, you can’t catch it,” Tegoshi said as he walked towards Massu. Massu told Tegoshi to look inside his hands.
“oh my gosh, it’s there!” Tegoshi said.
Massu opened his hands slowly, and when you looked at Massu’s hands on the giant TV screens, animated sparkles flew out of them.
The two were talking about how different their costumes were. They said because the first costumes were all about the tour’s theme of “Magic”, they were thinking along the same line.
But then when the two of them worked by themselves to design their own costumes…the end result was one in white and one in a multi-coloured, multi-pattern outfit.
Tegoshi was disappointed Alberto Zaccheroni hadn’t invited him to join Japan’s national soccer team yet.
Tegoshi also seemed disappointed he couldn’t watch Barcelona play in Yokohama today.
Then Massu asked Tegoshi, “If Zaccheroni invited you, what position would you play”.
“Well, their formation right now is 4-3-2, but in European soccer it’s still 3-3-2, so obviously………..,” Tegoshi said as he kept going on and on and on about soccer. Or something like that, I hope so…I lost him after the first few numbers and names.
Then Massu collapsed!
“It’s just that there were so many numbers….and I was trying to add them all up,” Massu said as he explained that his brain had overloaded.
Massu was talking about the chaos a year ago during the Soccer World Cup when Japanese fans swarmed into central Shibuya to party.
“I was there,” Tegoshi said.
“EEEEEEEE!?” the crowd said (including me).
“No, really. My friends I were calling one another saying, ‘something amazing’s going on in Shibuya, let’s check it out!’ so I went there,” Tegoshi said.
Maybe I should have another look at that footage to see if I can find Tegoshi…
“How about you, Massu. I mean, you do clothes,” Tegoshi said.
“…what do you mean I ‘do clothes’,” Massu said.
“I mean, like, if you looked at what you do over a week, the majority of it would be taken up by clothes,” Tegoshi said.
“So you mean I like shopping for clothes, looking at clothes,” Massu said.
But Tegoshi confessed that he has no interest keeping up with fashion trends. He said he usually looks at window displays of clothes to decide what shops to go into or buy.
“You know, like stripes. They’re called what, ‘borders’? And what do you call blobs?” Tegoshi said.
“DOTS!” the crowd yelled.
“Oh, that’s right,” Tegoshi said.
They two were talking about how younger juniors were debuting, like Sexy Zone, who are already sexier than Tegomass.
But Tegomass promised that even when they’re 30, they’ll keep true to their cute nature.
But Massu said the merchandise might change. He said they might start selling Tegomass beer glasses in a few years.
“Yokohama Arena Aoi-na”: song for Yokohama Arena
With Tegoshi on guitar and Massu on vocals and tambourine, Massu sung a piece they made especially for Yokohama.
It went something like this:
“Walking step by step to Yokohama Arena
Waiting in the backstage room
Here starts the (Johnny’s) Jr years
V6, KinKi, Arashi, Taki-tsuba
We danced so much for them
You! Dance now. In 2 minutes!
When we finish we’ll go home on the train
The same as all the fans who were watching us
Everyone looked like a super star
I hope I can be like them one day
Yokohama, Yokohama, Yokohama
Yokohama Arena is in Kanagawa
Arena, you’re chair’s are Aoi-na (eng: blue)
I want to see ya next year
All those (Johnny’s) Jr who are growing up behind me….aren’t there!?”
Kibou no Hikari wo Kokoro ni Tomosou
This one was sung with the two of the elevating platforms on either side of the arena. Now Tegoshi was on my side.
The platform’s safety barriers were covered in white flowers and fairy lights. At the end, Tegoshi took a flower and threw it into the crowd.
Yuyake to Koi to Jitensha
The only song if I remember correctly with a dance sequence.
Cheetah Gorilla Orangutan
The two went around the upper stands on magical elephant rides wearing the Tegomass no Mahou parkas.
Lots of “Lalalala” singing with the fans. And I mean LOTS.
Tegoshi would raise his hands when he wanted everyone to sing louder, then crouch right down with his hand when he wanted everyone to quieten down.
Introducing the band members
A song written by Tegomass.
It was really cool because the lyrics on the giant screens indicated which parts were for fans to sing, so it was like everyone was singing a duet with Tegomass.
At the very end, Massu and Tegoshi passed right in front my side!
Because I was sitting in the second row, I got a very good last look at Massu and Tegoshi 🙂