Grooving room only!
It would seem that Denki Groove can hardly put a foot wrong these days. The duo who celebrate their 20th anniversary next year played to a full house at All Night Fuji on the Orange Court last night.
A steb down from their second to headline spot on the Green Stage in 2006 you might say? I say no, just a more appropriate venue and time for them. Always the crowd pleasers, Takkyu Ishino & Pierre Taki put on a good show with a very energetic stage performance, amongst other things entering the stage dressed in neon suits. They do know how to make an entrance.
With a huge back catalog to choose from, they favored tracks from their latest album "J-POP", a tongue in cheek nod to Japan's music industry. The crowd ate them up, and I would suggest that there were close to as many in the audience at All Night Fuji as for their last FRF gig, on the much larger Green Stage.
The punters loved them through to the last beat, and I didn't see anyone fleeing before the final curtain. It was a different story when they finished though, with a mass exodus. This says something, with the ultra-popular-in-Japan (and just about everywhere else) Paul Van Dyk coming up, that so many would choose to leave after Denki Groove. But no concern to me. The crowd went from Yamanote at 9am to Yamanote at 11am in comfort level as they left. Once the outpouring slowed to a trickle, it remained the biggest All Night Fuji crowd in my four years here. I guess Denki put a lot of them in the mood for more!
Photos by by Hiroki Nishimuraaaaa
Reported by Dominic Raos (2008.07.26 / 14:45)