Monday, March 12, 2012

Alice Juban Live + Stage Dives

I have made no secret how much fun it is to attend an Independent Idol live .There is a freedom and connection that you can`t find with a major. A special bond with idol and wota so to speak.
If you take the time to watch these mini concerts from start to end, you will see what I mean.

Alice Juban mixes traditional and untraditional idol in one. With hockey masks, toy swords, chainsaws, stage diving [last song after the magic trick], magic, headstands, fainting [member intro].

When you attend a major concert, there is a great high income show maybe or maybe not live singing, no errors to be expected, but the artist and fan are separated and kept to a distance. At an indie , there is no separation , fans can touch an idol , hand them things and even get on stage as an opening act and do supporting dances and chants and the idols will be caught peaking at them.
Idol can have a birthday and you can hand her gifts and cake from your front row spot.

The things that you can experience greatly outweigh the fact that it is a small venue or your first time seeing the group. If you go into it with the acceptance that indie idols make up 95% of the genre and work hard for what little they make , you`ll understand why that one shot photo she shot backstage before the show to sell after the show , was done with love . It`s not a fancy agency glossy, instead it`s idols taking photos, writing a cute sharpie message and selling it for a few yen.Just enough to buy a snack or a meal afterwards.

The long conversations with the idols, you get to have at times at their sales tables, the laughs and jokes exchanged are all things, which I would never trade for a major concert ticket.

There is a time and place for everything, including a major venue concert, but in the end, there is something to be said for being in the small live house, helping an idol step up on a platform near the front of the stage and her handing you her color towel, when she steps down as a way to say thanks.

It`s the little things that makes these small live houses so special .While not everything I have mentioned is in these clips, it doesn`t take much from this live to bring back memories of past times.

Show 2

This video features the stage dives from three different camera angles

One more drink please

1 comment:

  1. I read what you posted a while ago, but I didn't have time to watch any of the videos until now. I really appreciate what you said about indie idols. You should say this again when people are busy talking about how awesome AKB48 or H!P groups are. I thought Alice Juban was an interesting group. Perhaps their songs were schizophrenic, with metal, idol pop and rap mixed together at times (which, unfortunately, is not something I'm real fond of), but it's certainly unique. I wish I could be in Japan to see my favorite groups live, shake their hands, have a photo of me taken with my favorite members, and buy exclusive merchandise that I can't order from a store such as CD Japan or YesAsia. Indie idol supporters are a unique breed, because we care about the groups of tomorrow today. Even if our favorite group doesn't record lots of hit songs, we know in our hearts that they have as much talent as the major idols do!


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