A lot to share from our four nights at Tokyo’s Orchard Hall.
We played here a few years ago, so it’s a familiar setting, and we know the sound is good, which is really important.
Because the sights are the same each night, I’ve combined the four nights into one diary entry.
Even the setlist has a lovely look to it in this venue
Backstage and dressed for the show.. sometimes I just have to take a picture of me!
Really good show. Though we’re all a big jet lagged and tired, sometimes that looseness leads to good things happening.
I try to get my first audience photo quickly. It’s necessary because once people see me with the camera up, that’s the ‘signal’ to take their own photos, and the look of the audiences quickly changes!
As I said, an excellent show!
Next day, Wednesday, we’re right back and soundchecking again. I’m trying to get some closups of the guys.
Okay, that’s a bit small, and I know some of you are following the sets. Here’s a better pic of it from soundcheck:
Very cool show again, and quite a different bunch of material.
Here’s the audience
Here’s an interesting aspect of the applause at end of our shows, wherever we play: it’s thunderous when we end the last piece, and when I take that first picture. But then it gets really quiet as people need their hands to take their own photos. There’s an amazing drop off of volume to almost silent… do you see anyone clapping in the above photo? We understand, of course, and will keep bowing, even though it sounds like they’re done. (And we know the clapping will pick up again after their pictures.)
Our tour mgr. Dave Salt grabs my camera for a shot with me…
Two great shows… this will be a memorable stand here in Tokyo.
Back at the hotel, don’t think I’ve stopped taking pictures of the views!
Day three, our Thursday show.
(I’ve highlighted a gentleman on the right of the third row, who was very kindly clapping!)
Ready for Friday, and our fourth show.
Something different; we’ve been asked to wear our stage clothes at soundcheck… band photos are being taken.
So, that’s it for this opening of our Japan tour. We’ll be back for more Tokyo shows in a few weeks, but now it’s off to the North, and a show in Sapporo, where it’s snowing.