Celebrating Yukosan's 33rd birthday in grand fashion where lucky fans were able to attend this special concert event it all begins with a slide & clip show presenting a few profound moments leading up to the backstage gathering of Yukosan and her live band. Yes live band!! Although it's becoming more and more common in H!P concerts and t.v. shows the use of a live band is something that H!P really should utilize more often if not always. J-Pop through the 80's & 90's seemingly always had the presence of a live group and even idol groups employed a live band which toured with them regularly. Morning Musume first began with a live group but that soon went away and I can only imagine the cost of having one being the sole reason for such a change as a live band brings an entire extra element to performances making them about a thousand times more "lively." Ah it sounds like a pun but I mean it literally. 🙂
After the VTR opening we are treated with a slight surprise as "Hajimete no happy birthday!" opens the concert with 4 Eggs performing with Yukosan entering about mid way through the performance. I'm not familiar with the 4 girls performing with Yukosan and I'm assuming they're H!P Eggs and they stay after the first MC for the second song performance "Go Girl~koi no victory~." I thought this was a really nice touch to open the concert! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine seeing Yukosan perform either of these opening songs, especially "Go Girl…" 😀 And if anyone's wondering if a 33 year old can still perform with pep, cuteness, & fire Yukosan quickly extinguishes those questions as she delivers all 3. Another great aspect of watching an older member of H!P perform is the deep wit included in her MC segments and anyone familiar with Yukosan's personality from her days with Momusu and thereafter surely will know what I'm talking about.
The song lineup is a great one filled with an array of hits ranging from Momusu, classic J-Pop from the 70's, Yukosan's solo works, as well as an awesome performance of "Bokuraga ikiru MY ASIA!!!" Yukosan performs the 10th anniversary group's song towards the end of the concert just before her second and final encore and she belts it out in a way that makes it seem like the entire concert was just building up to that moment! While Yukosan's vocals shine at a high level throughout the entire concert, it definitely goes to another level when she performs this song and you can really feel just how meaningful and special "Bokuraga ikiru MY ASIA" is! In the moment I immediately then started feeling that perhaps Yukosan should have been in the 10th anniversary group as she in a way defines Momusu as the group's original leader. Just hearing her vocals during this song gave me goosebumps and it was an awe inspiring performance for sure. While the concert is filled with great songs some of my favorite performances other than the ones that I previously mentioned were "Nagaragawa no hare", "Futarigurashi", "1973 hit medley", GET ALONG WITH YOU", "Tokyo Bijin", "DO MY BEST", & "Yu.u.wa.ku."
There's a notable band performance that occurs while Yukosan is going through a wardrobe change as the audience is treated to a jazzy rendition of "Summer Night Town." All band members are featured in separate solos during the performance and these are top notch musicians no doubt! Yukosan is also joined on stage with a special guest for a few duet performances and speaking of Yukosan's wardrobe for this concert…she looked simply incredible!! Going from a stylish dress to sexy black shorts & top to cute casual wear Yukosan looked gorgeous throughout the concert. I don't think I've ever seen her look sexier!
The concert reached a very touching and magical moment when 2 celebrities appeared on stage (one was actor Ishida Issei) and presented Yukosan with flower bouquets, a birthday cake, and a rendition of "Happy Birthday!" 😀 The wonderful shocked look on Yukosan's face said a million things and this was pure joy to watch unfold! The audience also really got into the celebration and what a sweet moment to have captured here in this concert.
Fans were truly treated to a feisty and lively performance and one thing that I hope for in the future is more Yukosan involvement whether it be on t.v. shows or in concerts as this concert DVD really shows us just what we've been missing for the most part and getting so little of for such a long time.