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Andrew on: November 14, 2007, 08:20:35 PM

Blade from MySpace sent me this report of his experience at the Seattle concert. Thought I'd go ahead and post it here:

As for the concert, it was very crowded and many were dancing.
In between songs, Ami and Yumi would speak in English from cue cards, it is cute and humorous.

They talk about getting a tour of Starbucks' headquarters earlier that day.

They did songs from the new CD, Splurge and some of the older songs. The Mole-like song was great. They had two guys in hard hats doing the dance moves with the girls.

One their guitar players was doing Angus Young moves during the show, he was introduced as "Angus." Heh.

During "Red Swing" they used red lights throughout the song.

My only problem with the show was that it started an hour later than posted. I was rather upset about that.

I will want to see their show again when they come to Seattle.


Andrew on: November 14, 2007, 09:39:21 PM

Here's another report from the Seattle show posted on my MySpace page by Richard:

I saw Puffy AmiYumi last night in Seattle. The show could have been a disaster. The crowd was small (around 250), and the opening act did a no show. Puffy AmiYumi put on a great show no matter. The small crowd was very enthusiastic. It looks like most of the band is different from the last trip up here 2 years ago. Just the bassist and keyboardist remain. Lots of favorites and about 5 new songs thrown in. If you're on the west coast...SEE THEM LIVE!!


Cerahbes on: November 15, 2007, 08:27:48 AM

odd - I recall the band being all the same except the drummer compared to last year


Jeff on: November 15, 2007, 08:43:38 AM

Angus was there, I'm not sure about the bassist and I'm not sure about Shigeo Naka. Here is a photo from last year that I took:

I dunno, you tell me if that's Shigeo. I didn't think so at the time, but the pic kinda looks like him. Ami's latest blog post makes it sound like he's never toured with them before, though (she says his own band toured here twice so he knows the US... she doesn't mention him being with them before).


Cerahbes on: November 15, 2007, 08:53:44 AM

ahh you are right, maybe that other guitarist IS different , but bassist is the same, its Max - can't remember his japanese name =)


Andrew on: November 15, 2007, 09:15:08 AM

For easier future reference here is what Ami said in her blog about Seattle:

Then in Seattle (on our travel day) there was a really funny episode which our manager will probably write about. I talked about it during the MC for those of you who were there.

So Seattle was just as cold as Vancouver!
The venue was a theatre so you were probably able to watch sitting down, but personally I like the venues without seats cause....
anyway, every has different opinions so...

On this tour, Guitar Naka-san, Drum Kawanishi-san, band staff Da-san are new to the whole Puffy AmiYumi US tour experience but they are so professional that they don't panic about any troubles making them so dependable.
Thinking back to the days of our first tour...it's so embarassing.
Actually, Naka-san has toured the States twice with his own band so he really knows how to interact with the audience!


yom1970 on: November 15, 2007, 09:20:44 AM

Quote from: Cerahbes on November 15, 2007, 08:53:44 AM
ahh you are right, maybe that other guitarist IS different , but bassist is the same, its Max - can't remember his japanese name =)

The bassist's name is Hiroharu Kinoshita... If you can't remember, just call him Kii-chan, as Japanese fans do. I bet most of them don't remember his real name either. Smiley

And, yes, the guitarist on Ami's side during Splurge tour was Kenji Fujii, not Shigeo Naka.
I think the other guys (except drummer, of course) are the same with the last year.


Cerahbes on: November 15, 2007, 09:53:21 PM

hrm what would be the reference to a lil japanese girl yelling something about him being a mushroom? sorry but the lil chick to my right yelled something like that at the bassist =) and the girls on my left explained to me that she said something along the lines of his name being a mushroom or somef


Andrew on: November 15, 2007, 10:13:40 PM

Here's a re-post from our new forum member Dai's report from the Seattle show:

Here is my personal experience of the show that was at the Moore in Seattle... btw 1st time poster and 1st time view this forum.. to me other then a few small things... it was sooo freakin awesome. but i wish i would have been told the time would be bumped up... I rushed out of work and like mad to get there and it was delayed by 1 hour due to lack of no opening act(1) but i had what i thought great seats left floor A3... as the start... it was mind blowing... not just music and the band but being 2 feet or so from the speakers but that just added to the excitement there was a few other items of a group of people that came in about 1/3 of the way into it but it would make it sound like a rant then a review and experience...how ever i will say if that drunk bast@rd had not did a football catch in front of me i would have caught her shirt >.< and no it was the drunk guy yelling about it >.....< and i did what they asked and didn't take any pictures.... wish i did but prolly would have got caught being so close x.x;;

~Dai


Puffy Love on: November 22, 2007, 08:46:33 PM

Here's a few pics of the Moore Theatre gig. I'll just link to the photog's flickr page so's you can see them where they are.

http://flickr.com/photos/brucedene/


Puffy Love on: November 22, 2007, 09:27:25 PM

Reading the comments from the above posted pics, again someone (not all that familiar with Puffy) commented about how cute the girls were even though they dress UNsexy!!! Real Puffy fans know that they dress that way on purpose!!

It's one of the things I love about 'em.............that they're up there selling the music, not their 'hotness.'

Oh, here are some pics from the other side of the stage (the Ami side):

http://flickr.com/photos/saltywet/sets/72157603159126322/


Jeff on: November 23, 2007, 07:46:13 AM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 22, 2007, 09:27:25 PM
It's one of the things I love about 'em.............that they're up there selling the music, not their 'hotness.'

Well, to be fair to people who say that, there was an interview with Eigo a while back where the interviewer asked them what they would do if someone told them they had to be sexier to work in the United States, and they answered something like "this is as sexy as we know how to be!" So I don't think they're purposely trying *not* to be sexy, they're just being what they are. But they've got nothing against sexiness. They're not intentionally selling themselves as "that unsexy band".

And sometimes I think they totally are sexy anyway. I mean, come on!


Puffy Love on: November 23, 2007, 07:59:55 AM

Well, your pic shows us that they KNOW how to be sexy! Have you seen the Lavshuca photos? They are absolutely gorgeous AND dolled-up!

Jeff, sometimes I think your love of Puffy just blinds you to reality. You don't think that women know EVERY trick to turn guys on? Let me spell it out for ya: show off your ass and your breasts! Generally, Puffy does NEITHER. I truly believe they are aware of how sexuality is used to sell music acts (how can one ignore the girl groups like Morning Musume, Perfume or Speed), they just choose NOT to go that route. But I could be wrong.

BTW, I read another Puffy interview in which Yumi said that if they had to use sexuality to sell their goods she would go home.


Mode7 on: November 23, 2007, 10:02:58 AM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 23, 2007, 07:59:55 AM
Well, your pic shows us that they KNOW how to be sexy! Have you seen the Lavshuca photos? They are absolutely gorgeous AND dolled-up!

Jeff, sometimes I think your love of Puffy just blinds you to reality. You don't think that women know EVERY trick to turn guys on? Let me spell it out for ya: show off your ass and your breasts! Generally, Puffy does NEITHER. I truly believe they are aware of how sexuality is used to sell music acts (how can one ignore the girl groups like Morning Musume, Perfume or Speed), they just choose NOT to go that route. But I could be wrong.

BTW, I read another Puffy interview in which Yumi said that if they had to use sexuality to sell their goods she would go home.

Quoted to the bone. (Though, the part pertaining to Jeff's view doesn't apply to my opinion.)

Yeah, that's pretty much how it is.. at least here for quite a number of female music acts in the U.S. Flaunting those bodily assets acts as an image and money multiplier. The Puffy we know does not rely on such tried-and-true, dare-I-say shameless promotion.

On a side-note, the Kuchibiru Motion PV demonstrates Puffy's image despite what is actually shown. I see them acting about in revealing clothing in what might be called sexual movements, but I just end up laughing it all off because it's such a rapid departure from the standard Puffy we all know. In the end, that's not who they really are (as PUFFY, the music duo).


Puffy Love on: November 23, 2007, 02:07:10 PM

Great points which brings up a question in my mind that I have no answer for. I realize that Puffy was originally "put together" by Sony and they seemed to have had commercial exploitation in mind from the very beginning. Why WE love them so much is a combination of their natural talent/charm/wit and that they were fortunate enough to work with producers who created perfect pop music.

But many of their songs seemed to be tied in with whatever it is that they're advertising at the moment: the Yamaha Vino ads coincided with Circuit No Musume and Oriental Diamond is used for the ANA ads and Kirubishu Motion is tied to the Luvshuca ads. The Luvshuca ads have given them a chance to "role play" in a way that we've never seen and from what I understand, has even made the Japanese turn their heads and say, "Wow, this is a different Puffy than we've known!"

As an American, I would normally find such "commercialization" distasteful but that's only because I see how detrimental it is to American culture. From what I've observed from my vantage point in northern Indiana, I don't see the same effect in Japan. What I do see is a lot of emulating of America's culture though!!

Seattle Concert Reports - Page One

Mode7 on: November 23, 2007, 04:14:42 PM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 23, 2007, 02:07:10 PM
Great points which brings up a question in my mind that I have no answer for. I realize that Puffy was originally "put together" by Sony and they seemed to have had commercial exploitation in mind from the very beginning. Why WE love them so much is a combination of their natural talent/charm/wit and that they were fortunate enough to work with producers who created perfect pop music.

But many of their songs seemed to be tied in with whatever it is that they're advertising at the moment: the Yamaha Vino ads coincided with Circuit No Musume and Oriental Diamond is used for the ANA ads and Kirubishu Motion is tied to the Luvshuca ads. The Luvshuca ads have given them a chance to "role play" in a way that we've never seen and from what I understand, has even made the Japanese turn their heads and say, "Wow, this is a different Puffy than we've known!"

As an American, I would normally find such "commercialization" distasteful but that's only because I see how detrimental it is to American culture. From what I've observed from my vantage point in northern Indiana, I don't see the same effect in Japan. What I do see is a lot of emulating of America's culture though!!

I was thinking of that recently and here's my answer: Puffy just isn't as big as it was years ago. At least, with the recent resurgence on song sponsoring, Puffy is in it for the extra money... and it's well needed (I suppose) considering Ami's and Yumi's music isn't selling like they were in the late 90s.

Well, money and attention anyhow.


Jeff on: November 23, 2007, 05:39:50 PM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 23, 2007, 07:59:55 AM
I truly believe they are aware of how sexuality is used to sell music acts (how can one ignore the girl groups like Morning Musume, Perfume or Speed), they just choose NOT to go that route. But I could be wrong.

That's not the choice they're making. See below:

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BTW, I read another Puffy interview in which Yumi said that if they had to use sexuality to sell their goods she would go home.

You're talking about the same interview. Here's the translation from EigoTown:

"Beginning with the joke that we're being as sexy as we possibly can: this is our limit. But frankly, we've never really been ever told that you have to be a certain way, or that you have to choose certain clothes to wear, or that you have to sing a certain kind of music. We've been very blessed in that we've been able to have free reign with our music and with our fashion, etc. If there really were that kind of pressure to be very very sexy, we'd probably choose to give up show business and go back home and carry on the family business.

In the United States, if there is that kind of pressure, we probably would not agree to go on. In fact, one of the things that we said with our American colleagues was that we don't want to change our character just because we're going to go to the United States. We just want to stay the way we are, and our partner said that's absolutely fine. So we would like to continue as we are. Still, do you want us to be more sexy?"

I think somehow that interview has gotten misconstrued as them saying "we don't want to be sexy", which is not what they're saying at all. They're saying they don't want to be pressured into being something they're not, which is a totally different point to be making. There's no intent to *not* be sexy in what they wear; they just wear what they want to wear.

Maybe someday they'll start wearing sexy clothes all the time because it's what they like. Just don't call it a sellout when/if that happens Smiley


Puffy Love on: November 23, 2007, 09:36:26 PM

Jeff, I was the one who posted anonymously on your blog in your posting about what you think is wrong with Puffy's management's promotion of them in America. And just like on that thread, I think we're in about 98% agreement on our assessment (for whatever THAT's worth!) of Puffy. I never meant that they were consciously NOT trying to be sexy................it's impossible as beautiful as they are! I only meant that I thought they were aware that turning on the sex appeal (re: showing more skin and physical assets) would probably be an EASIER way to gain attention but they choose not to out of principle. It's one of the things I love the most about them. BTW, I notice the same quality in Go!Go!7188 and someone who's music I just found today, the former street singer Yui. Have you heard her yet?


Mode7 on: November 23, 2007, 10:46:16 PM

"they choose not to out of principle"

and that's why I love them so. It's easy for women in the entertainment industry to fall back on overt sex appeal in order to gain attention. It's also overdone. Seriously. Puffy cuts the B.S. when it's so convenient for them to just do what seems to be normal nowadays!


DoAsPuffy on: November 23, 2007, 10:54:27 PM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 23, 2007, 09:36:26 PM
someone who's music I just found today, the former street singer Yui. Have you heard her yet?

YUI is someone I admire ever so much (equal to or maybe even more than Puffy) because what she is doing now is pretty much what I want my career to be. Her personality is so genuine, innocent, and true. And she's an amazing songwriter. <3

I'm thankful for musicians like Puffy and YUI.

[Off-topic]
You mentioned that you were from northern Indiana? I'm from NW Indiana!! What town are you from?! (you can PM me if you're uncomfortable saying the town here, lol)
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Puffy Love on: November 23, 2007, 11:20:11 PM

I'm in South Bend. I should probably post this in the "introduction" forum, but I'm a 51-year old male who has played guitar in bands since 1975 (the year Yumi was born!). I first saw Puffy on LinkTV with their video for Boogie Woogie #5. I just recently got high-speed access at home so I've become hooked on streaming video. I rememeber how enchanted I was with Puffy (and knew that they had a cartoon show that my 8-year old granddaughter loves) and one of the first things I did was to start searching for them on YouTube. I was instantly hooked.

BTW, the music I play out live is primarily blues music. I have a jump blues/swing band with two horn players. I also have a three-piece version of the band where we explore all sorts of roots music--rockabilly, country, swing, blues and rock and roll. I'm gonna try and talk them into working up Moguralike and be the first band in South Bend history to sing a song in Japanese. I think I can sing it, only an octave lower! Shocked

Here's a cheesy video of me playing and singing on YouTube. I have to admit that it's pretty loose as the band had only been together for a little over a month when it was recorded:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JdvD8H9ah8

Enjoy! Grin


Jeff on: November 23, 2007, 11:27:33 PM

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they choose not to out of principle

The difference is in them choosing consciously not to do something out of principle vs. choosing to just do what they want to do. I don't think they do anything out of principle. They're not an act that stands on issues. The only principle they seem to have is to be true to themselves and have fun, and to not let anyone take that away from them. Probably one reason why they've stuck around for almost 12 years now.

They use their sexuality when it suits them. The only caveat seems to be that *they* want to be the ones who decide when that is. They don't want to be pressured into it. But I don't think they have any principle against selling themselves based on sex; otherwise the Kanebo, Crazy Virgin, Kuchibiru Motion, plenty of magazine spreads and other stuff wouldn't exist. They're not doing that stuff for charity, it's all promotion for Puffy.

I do agree that we are generally about 98% in agreement Smiley

I just think there's a distinction there that some people don't make. I don't think Puffy are a band that "stands for" anything at all, and I think there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. They're just gonna have fun however they can at any given time and they're gonna do whatever they think they need to do to be successful, and whether that means being sexy or not being sexy, it's all good.


DoAsPuffy on: November 23, 2007, 11:45:38 PM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 23, 2007, 11:20:11 PM
I'm in South Bend.

Sweet! That's not drastically far from where I live. I'm from Chesterton (a few minutes from Lake Michigan). It's a cute town, lol.

AHH SORRY FOR BEING OFF-TOPIC! Shocked Imma stop now...


Puffy Love on: November 24, 2007, 12:31:28 AM

I looked at your photobucket pix and saw that you were at the World Pulse Fest in '06 so you must know South Bend. I've been to Chesterton many times, having played all around there but never IN Chesterton.

Oh, and I spent from 1996 to 2003 living in Andrew's town, Indianapolis. I used to play at the Fountain Square Theatre a lot. Perhaps Andy knows that place.......

Since there are a quite a few Puffy fans here in the midwest, we will HAVE to have a meet and greet before next year's Puffy show in Chicago..............I know they're gonna come!! Tongue


Mode7 on: November 24, 2007, 03:11:34 AM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 24, 2007, 12:31:28 AM
Since there are a quite a few Puffy fans here in the midwest, we will HAVE to have a meet and greet before next year's Puffy show in Chicago..............I know they're gonna come!! Tongue

Though I don't live in the midwest, it would be imperative for those of us going to future concerts to perhaps arrange for some sort of meetup at the concert for people from the forum. Of course, necessary precautions and all should be made if any concerns arise.. but it's an idea nonetheless to explore.


Cerahbes on: November 24, 2007, 10:34:27 AM

I'm totally up for it, last year's Chicago show - my roommate and I met some other Puffy fans and had a blast together, we went out to dinner after the show ... and before that day we never knew each other existed hehe

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