Monday, August 09, 2004
Las Vegas in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo
Bassist of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas plays instrumental fusion-rock with a sampler. Their show tonight at the Que was very gripping stuff. I noticed that the super-tall pony-tailed bassist was the bassist also for Honesty, which I wrote about before.
The First Rule for listening to shows at Tokyo rock clubs: the first band is almost never any good, so have patience while they play. They are the new bands that are trying to get experience. They often don't have any stage presence, or much that is compelling to say in their songs. But it's important to put up with the first band, and not give up and leave for other forms of entertainment. That's not only because it's a nice thing to do, but because the bands that follow may be great and their shows life-changing, or at least quality-of-life-enhancing. Tonight, too, the first band was pretty hopeless, but then I got to see Las Vegas, Clisms and Cruyff in the Bedroom.
I don't understand, though, why the first band's singer kept on saying over and over how he was nervous. I don't want to know! Are you trying to drag the audience members down with you into your world of anxieties and insecurities?
You're getting paid to perform, so perform, don't whine!