MARCH 1, 2011 UPDATE: Short Report by Frantic Mom and Rude Boy Video (Audio only)
This Tokyo Concert Experience report from Justcharrie includes an amazing gift of complete uninterrupted audio of the concert so that you can fill in all of the missing pieces AND super clear video of the first few songs. Enjoy!
Going For A Dream
It’s been days since I personally witnessed how Charice alone enthralled the people in the Land of the Rising Sun but here I am, yet to get over the happiness and pride it has brought me. Four months I had waited for this as it was four months ago when I first watched Charice in the David Foster & Friends in Tokyo and when Charice’s international solo concert tour had been announced. Four months of excitement and anticipation for this momentous and historical event in Cha’s zooming carreer.
February 22. The four months of long wait was finally over. I flew to Haneda Airport headed to Nikko Hotel where other Chasters from different parts of the world are already settled a day earlier. The excitement I’ve been feeling since I learned that Japan is the lucky country that will host the first ever international solo concert of the little princess escalates more as I come near my destination. As I was checking-in at the hotel, I overheard someone mentioning my name to a hotel staff and as I turned around to see who was talking, I knew right away who he was – Chaster Clause! I delightfully went to greet him, exchanged hugs and he ushered me to where the other Chasters were joyfully chatting. I met the Chasters with familiar faces: Eve, whose familiar laugh revealed their presence in the lobby (blame it to Fantalk), Tintol, SideburnerSol, and some others whom I knew only in their usernames. LAfan was a surprise to me as I thought of him as another person. Haha, Chaster Clause tricked me on this. Jocelyn joined us later in the afternoon for an early dinner as half of the group are scheduled to watch the concert and wanted to be in the venue not later than six pm. Eve’s Japanese adopted daughter was a big help in getting us to Zepp with ease, without getting lost. (Hello ARZ, LAfan!)
Concert 1st Night
Having arrived at the concert venue, the first thing I noticed was that, the people in line were of all ages- from teens to middle-aged to retirees – predominantly Japanese. Throughout the time that we’re waiting in line, I couldn’t help looking at those grandpas/grandmas who were patiently waiting in line, worried if they could manage to stand long hours of a full concert without any hassle. I then smiled thinking to myself, ’It’s Charice’s power that brought them here…they can make it.’ Well of course they did.
Inside the packed arena, we were so lucky to get a spot around 4 meters away from the stage. Beside me were two Japanese ladies in their 50’s. “Chaster?”, asked one of them. “Hai!”.(Yes!) I replied. That was unexpected. I was asked by a Japanese lady if I were a Chaster? Haha! That’s so cool! We had a little chat and I asked her how she came to know of Charice. She told me that she saw Charice on two TV shows, the first one of which she couldn’t recall the program, and the 2nd one was in Tetsuko no Heya where she chanced upon her humming Doraemon. She loved her when she saw her the first time so when she spotted her again in Tetsuko, she decided to follow the little princess in Zepp. She was so into Charice, imagine, she knows the term “Chaster?!” I could feel her enthusiasm when we talked about Charice. Schoen suggested we invite her to the M&G but she was so shy and she asked me instead to give her regards to Charice and tell her that she will support her all the way. By the way, she told me that her friend’s husband is the writer of Doraemon. (I cleared this schoen ok?) Our princess loves Doraemon, yey, what a coincidence.
The lights began to dim. I started to feel the tension. Excited and nervous at the same time as the moment for the concert to begin gets nearer. Charice…I cited a short prayer that God be with her when she gets on the stage. People began to scream Charice’s name as if they couldn’t wait anymore for her to show up on the stage. The lady beside me was shouting too. “CHARICE! CHARICE!” You can hear that on the video I took. I felt so proud looking around me, Japanese people of all ages, lots of teen-agers, young and old couples, even bald men (hehe) were there, enthusiastic to witness the prowess of the little princess. Cut to the chase, the concert was remarkable. Charice was phenomenal! She was all in one! A total performer! You could hear every word of endearment and astonishment being gushed by those in attendance. “SUGOI”, “KAKUI”, “KAWAI” etc. She was in full control of her voice, full control of the stage, singing and dancing to the amazement of everyone. Was this really her first international concert? She looked like she’s been doing this for years! Oh, I found myself in tears while she’s singing “The Truth Is”. Her earlier struggles suddenly flashed back and seeing the faces of those around me, seeing how she’s loved by the Japanese, I became sentimental. If you loved her performances in videos, I swear it’s 100x better LIVE!
I want to give props also to the band especially to Troy being the Musical Director. They were incredible. There was never a dull moment in the concert. Anyway, I tried to capture the event but unfortunately I was caught too early at the beginning of the concert. The security ordered me to turn off the video cam. He was shouting to other securities, “Foreigners are taking vids!”. LOL. He stayed around for long. I failed to capture the video but I tried my best to capture even just the audio. I groped the record button while the video cam was in my pocket. You will notice the sudden change of sound quality. Listen to her Doraemon, it’s so cute! The Japanese loved it!
After the concert, everyone was still in her spell. I could overhear people talking of how great the concert was. How incredible Charice was. Some said they loved the Michael portion. You could hear “Charice” everywhere. Charice…Charice…Charice…
If there was a hang-over for drinking too much alcohol, well, I got a hang-over for having my mind full of Charice. The scenes in the just concluded concert were captured still in my brain. The way she smiled, the way she moved around the stage very professionally – all those were stuck in my brain and I couldn’t sleep. I hadn’t slept at all.
The first night was phenomenal and I couldn’t get enough of the princess so I decided to watch again. Yes, Schoen had some influence, lol. But everyone couldn’t get enough of Charice so almost all of the first batch watched again. If there would be 3rd night, I’d be lining up again. Same as the first night, the 2nd night was FULL HOUSE! Again, all ages. Again, phenomenal performance! I had only one regret though. After the concert, I saw people lining up, this time, to buy Charice merchandise. CDs and pamphlets were being sold. I overheard the attendant saying “SOLD-OUT!”. It turned out that the sold-out she’s talking about were the CHARICE T-SHIRTS. Still lots of people wanted to buy her T-shirt but it’s already sold-out. Dang! I didn’t know they were selling Charice T-Shirt! I could have bought one for me earlier. I bought Charice pamphlet during the first night.
HD/HQ video from the second night! Click the screen to start
Playlist: 1-Rocketeer/Crazy in Love. 2-Empire State of Mind. 3-Replay/Pyramid.
4-Only Girl. 5-Telephone. 6-Firework
Video Uploaded by Hachiko0223
Meet & Greet
It’s been my dream to hug Charice and have a solo picture with her. I almost got my wish when I watched her for the first time in DFF Tokyo but it wasn’t meant to be. So when the news broke that there’d be M&G, my heart leaped for joy. There is hope. Truly there is hope. My dream was realized. Charice arrived at the M&G still energetic and playfully got along with us. It was one of the best moments of my life. I was able to hug my princess and had a picture with her. I owe this to my fellow Chasters who made this possible. Thank you guys!
Congratulations Charice for your very successful international concert debut. It was a very proud moment watching you up there on the stage capturing the heart of every one of us. You are a delight to watch cuz you always carry your heart in your every performance. God will always guide you on your journey.
Audio of Complete Concert (90 minutes)
Video Uploaded by Abilidades
A LUXURIOUS PRESENCE
As I sit here on my couch wondering how I can express this experience I had from an amazing journey which I was very blessed to get included, I still find it difficult where to begin…even a week has already passed….
We all heard how wonderful the concert was, how the Japanese adores Charice, how they appreciate her talent. That night, every one of us was caught by surprise. Charice has become a woman oozing with confidence. She did cover songs as if it was penned for her originally; she OWNED each one of them. She glided on stage weightless. She ruled the stage like a wild fire. It was wonderful to witness her transformation right before our very eyes. The night ended with a BANG! Our hearts filled with mixed emotions, pleased but clamoring for more; our hands were numb from clapping but ready for encore; our feet was sore but ready for another round of dancing; we just simply can’t get enough of HER…C H A R I C E!
As we headed back to the hotel, I couldn’t help to notice the smile on our faces as we thank Chaster Clause who brought us together; who served as the MAGNET who pulled us in one place; who took a chance to bring us closer regardless how far we have to travel.
We are a group of fortunate people who came from different places, backgrounds, ages and professions. But none of us felt different from one another. None of these served as a hindrance to demonstrate how we truly feel. We found immediate comfort talking to each other, sharing our thoughts as well as our excitement from our trip though most of us met for the first time. But we chatted endlessly sharing the same passion and dreams for Ming. We hope for the best and an endless beacon of her STAR.
The plane landed on LAX but it feels like I left my heart in Tokyo. That fun and bonding moments we collectively shared together is PRICELESS. The words of wisdom from Chaster Clause will always serve as reminders on how the power of giving is all about and on how fulfilling to make ones dream come true. Despite of all the blessings, he never utters words of self-entitlement but instead master the art of HUMILITY.
by Frantic Mom, Charicemania.com
Here’s Rude Boy: The Other Side of Charice:
Video Uploaded by ja34peters, Audio by Abilidades