2 DVDs!!!!..22 performances!!!….156 minutes!!!! It's Mr.Children!!!! my most favorite♥ band in the world's recently released concert DVD "Tour 2009 Shumatsu no confidence songs"~!!!! To say that I was *gushing*** with excitement on its arrival may still be an understatement~ ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！as this is already my most favorite♥ concert release of the year~ ＼(^o^)／☆！！！I think they're the most *wonderful*..*amazing*..*catchy*..band in the world~♥……oh and there's also The Beatles~♥!…(^q^)!
For a bit of a memory lane~ look into Mr.Children, please click~ here ＾ ＾。
Mr.Children has often presented us with some of the most unique album art designs っo(*´∀｀)o!。。and this DVD has a really really imaginative vision of a musical♪ island paradise…just take a look and find all of the ordinary and not so ordinary components which comprise the cover artwork~ which comes complete with guitar bridge, koi oasis, microphone tower, keyboard stairs, speaker buildings, mushroom slide, coffee mug/ disco ball tower, volcano, deer and the details go on and on……oh~ and if you look a bit closer "Mr.Children" is also spelled out ingeniously in all of the island commotion across the lower half of the island~!
It's so *cool~y* detailed and intricate that found myself gazing at it for quite awhile….until okay~! it's time to watch the concert already~! (人∀`*)
In addition to the most *awesome* cover artwork~ there's also a large fold out style poster which doubles as the concert's liner notes on its reverse side~ ＾ ＾。
This concert was filmed at Japan's legendary Budoukan~!…and what really makes Mr.Children's♥ lives so so *special~* aside from their of course most awesome songs♪～ is how much they improvise and re~arrange so many of their songs o(*´∀｀)o゛！And with a full arsenal of most amazing and talented musicians they're able to re~create and often times re~invent Sakurai~san's musical♪♪～ masterpieces which can take twists and major turns from what you're used to hearing on their albums~..truly so many surprise improvisations and entirely new intros/interludes within their songs….always so refreshing~ always so breathtaking just being able to witness how much they put into all of their live appearances~!
Before heading into six favorite♥ performances which I've included below and speaking of amazing intros into songs, here's one of my most favorite♥ special intros which appears on Mr.Children's "Home Tour 2007-in the field-"…which I still like to call it their "turtle♥bunny" DVD~ o(*´∀｀)o゛♥
Just below ↓↓↓ Mr.Children's performance of their beautiful ballad "Shirushi" begins with an acoustic intro…..so amazingly~amazingly~!! *sweet~!!! (*´∀｀*)♥♥♥
~Just love how Sakurai'~san's acoustic solo blends seamlessly into the group's live performance as the video with Sakurai~san sitting under a tree heads straight into the heart of the song~♥ ………(゜∀゜)………。
I so needed to begin with "HANABI!!!" It's my favorite♥ song from Mr.Children's 2007 album release.."Supermarket Fantasy" (which is heavily supported here on this concert DVD~ (*´∀｀*) ) after some inner debate & struggle ( `_)乂(_' )。。。(・o・)！as at first I couldn't decide between "HANABI" or "Esora"..both such *awesome* songs~!!!! ~♥~!!!!
Here's just a tiny bit of those special intros which I earlier mentioned~…and here Sakurai~san sooooo genki♥ and *energetic~*!!!! The original pv~ for "Esora" is so so *cute* too~!…I'm sad that YouTube ate it…(;´□｀)
~Just imagine…….the *feeling* of having written a song♪..selling over 1.9 million copies..winning the prestigious song of the year award~!!..and having your song♪ then serenaded by an entire audience filling Nippon Budoukan~ ＾ ＾。For Mr.Children that most beloved song♪ and fan favorite♥ is "innocent world" and it's now a long time running tradition for Sakurai~san to ask the audience to sing entire verses & chorus parts and as they've resonated throughout arenas across Japan~ so it's also heard here~…….gives me goosebumps~!!!! just listening (人∀`*)♥♥♥
~Simply, one of Mr.Children's *cutest* songs♪ (*´∀｀*)♥ The style here is very reminiscent of early Mr.Children releases~…especially the *tinkering* of what I think is a xylophone?…the bars you tap with a tiny mallet..＾ ＾。
~*Warm* and mesmerizing~ melody♪……and listen for the sweet* lead in from the middle interlude back to the chorus~ (*´∀｀*)♥♥♥
~Extremely cool guitar riffs~!….and Tahara Kenichi~san's guitar *tone* here is ………(゜∀゜)………。♥！！The build~up to the chorus too….one of Mr.Children's best~ ＾ ＾。