After J got in from school he hurried up his homework, put the dog in his room and then we set off to Tokyo. M was already there on business so we'd meet up at Tokyo Station. My only rule was NOT to leave the Bullet train area. Okay, sure. I can do that.
Everything went smoothly, we get off the train and my phone rings. It's M and he says he'll be a little late. Forty-five minutes. Well, gee, J is hungry and so am I so we're gonna grab a bite to eat, then meet you here. J and I head off to find some grub. We walk and walk and find something that looks good. We order. Mail on my phone. It's M again. He'll be here in fifteen minutes. Crap! Food thankfully comes out fast and we devour it, pay the check and head back to our meeting point. We find the meeting point. This is going great! No M though. Odd.
Phone rings. Where are you?
Um...There was much confusion and running around and phone calls back and forth and finally we discovered that I had left the Bullet train area...pushed my little tickets through and voila! Now we were totally on the wrong side of where we needed to be. Much runnng and stair climbing but we eventually made it to the Budokan unscathed, a bit wet, but on time.
The funny thing about the Budokan is that it is like oh-so-famous for bands and all but it wasn't made to be a music hall. It is a martial arts arena. The sound is quite bad. M told me lots of times bands will write on their liner notes that the show was taped here but in reality they'll record it in Nagoya or somewhere else, where the sound is better. It is also very tiny. From the pictures you can see we had nose bleed seats but still we could see quite good. Here is J and the stage before hand.
The place was packed and all those foreigners! I was surprised. We even had an English couple sitting right next to us. Another lovely thing about shows here is that you can drink. They sell beer and the like. So we all sat there drinking our Sapporo beers waiting for the show to start.
It did and it was great! I got chill bumps four times and cried thrice. Today I was reading over some other blogs of people who went and quite a few said they were crying as well. What is up with that??
It was so friggin' good though. The audience went nuts and the band was tight, the sound actually fantastic and they played like all my favorite songs! Well, I wished they'd have played Green Eyes. Sigh... J wanted them to play "Spies" (from their first album) because it has such dorky lyrics. "Spies came out of the water..." Okay~~.
Chris spoke a little. Said, "Thanks for having us at such a hallowed place..." What IS it about super tall, super lanky Englishmen??!!!
It always rains when we go to the Budokan. This time though we had umbrellas. Here is a shot leaving, the sea of umbrellas and the Coldplay sign.
Also, I could have sworn I saw Ringo Starr milling around. I really did!
Speed of Sound
God Put a Smile
Till Kingdome Come
Swallowed in the Sea
In My Place