"This is the 'Riot Tour,' and I'm going to get riotous. Let's start a riot!" said Hirano Aya at the beginning of the first in her four-concert tour of Japan.
It seems they did. The fans in the pit were so riotous that at one point someone was pushed to the ground and Aya had to ask if they were okay.
As you can see from the photos, she was pulling out all the stops.
It seems to have been a highly successful concert. Fans posting on 2channel were thrilled, and said her live singing and performing were getting better and better, and the atmosphere in the hall was great.
Even someone who said he thought her work at last year's Suzumiya Haruhi concert was "awful" said that this year she had risen to "average." Lol. Hard work is part of who this woman is.
She's not doing big halls -- this one was filled with 1200 people -- but sales are good enough that they have added Yokohama (16 Nov) to the original three-concert tour of Tokyo (Shibuya, 24 Oct), Nagoya (30 Oct), and Osaka (14 Nov). True to her ambitious nature, she said she wanted to do bigger and bigger venues.
Aya, who tears up easily in performance, said she was determined not to cry...until Yokohama. I believe, without a lot of justification, that her family home is around there.
One 2channel poster said he saw Shintani Ryouko and Sakakibara Yui at the concert. Kei, whose blog says she is a "trance singer," was there and said she loved the concert, and thought Aya and the band were both excellent. You can hear some of Kei's work from the links at the right-hand side of her blog page. She says she went with her friend Rapbit, who is a rap singer with the same agency and is a big fan of Aya's. In his blog, he says he loved the concert, too.
Aya acted as her own MC, and according to a report on Sanspo said at one point that Hello! Project producer Tsunku♂, with whom she worked on her recent single, told her to let the rhythm soak into her whole body when she performed. Reports on 2channel suggest that is just what she did.
In the Sanspo report it says that she wore three different pink lame dresses, and sang 17 songs. The concert lasted about two hours, and was entirely her and her new band, which is called Goshasei. This name means "Five Chariot Stars" and refers to Auriga, the charioteer constellation.
This is also a reference to the Nantou Goshasei, a band of fighters in Fist of the North Star, which is one of Aaya's favorite manga series. She has said she hung out with the boys in junior high.
Reports on 2channel were generally favorable about the band, and posts said that the drummer and lead guitarist were both excellent. Aya herself has been featuring the band in recent blog posts.
There was a special section set aside for women, and a couple of posts on 2channel mentioned being surprised at how many female fans were there. Some girls even posted.
2. Bouken Desho Desho?
4. Aimai Scream
5. Namida, Namida, Namida
6. God knows…
7. Lost my music
8. Maybe I can't good-bye.
10. Harmonia vita
11. Hoshi no Kakera
12. Unnamed world
15. RIOT GIRL
16. For You
17. Yorokobi no Uta
Most photos above are from the Sanspo report. Below are some photos from Aya's blog, showing the band, and the final rehearsal.
The last photo is of her at a pre-concert mini-live for the media. Below are some photos from her week of rehearsals, including shots of her sleeping, and of her poor feet: because her shoes were chafing her heels as she danced, she went barefoot -- which was almost as bad.