5 - Oh yeahhhhh! Osaka! - 8 November 2000.
Well it's time to attend our second
show of this year's Mötley tour, and the venue is certainly a lot
closer to our hotel this time - only 2 subway stops. However, we still
leave a little earlier, hoping to catch up with Jessica and utilise our
passes to hopefully meet the band before tonight's show. It just so
happens that the concert venue is basically right above the subway
station, so it isn't far to walk tonight. Coming to the top of the
stairs, there are people everywhere for tonight's sold-out show! This
place is buzzing like you wouldn't believe! Immediately we head towards
the desk where tonight's guest list is held to collect our tickets for
the show, which also includes a stick-on guest pass (pictured below),
which we don't really need due to our existing VIP passes.
We search around the venue looking for the doorway
leading to the backstage area. We come around a corner and there is a
young guy standing in front of a doorway with various pieces of paper
in his hand. There are also a few people milling around, some seated on
a leather lounge which is situated near the doorway - we figure we must
be in the right place. We approach the door and show the guy our passes
and motion towards the doorway. He doesn't speak English, but we can
tell that he is telling us we can't go through the door. The paper he
has in his hands has images of the various passes people will be
wearing at tonight's show and where they can be used, and more
importantly, where they cannot. As best I can, I begin to tell this guy
that our passes allow us to get beyond that door, however he doesn't
understand and insists that we cannot go past him. It even says on the
paper next to the picture of the pass we have - "No Stage, No Dressing
Room". Even after pointing this out to him, he still does not
understand and we decide that it probably would be best to wait until
after the show before we try again.
The venue for tonight is a
multi-tiered theatre/concert hall which I'd guess would hold around
4000 people. Our seats are located in an open-boxed area just to the
left of centre stage - we should have a great view of Sixx from here!!
Time to set up the video camera. The seats are that close that I will
have to make sure I am zooming out instead of zooming in. I set-up the
tripod in the small stairwell so I am not blocking the view of the fans
directly behind me. I'm all set up and ready to go but something is
bothering me. Due to this venue being smaller, and the fact that the
area our seats are in stands out fairly prominently, I get a funny
feeling that filming tonight's show won't be that easy. Me and the
video camera stick out like a sore thumb in this place!
enough, within a few minutes of setting up, someone is hassling me
about the camera. I try to explain to him that I have been given the OK
by Mötley's management to film the shows - there was no trouble at all
in Tokyo. I show him my VIP pass and he walks off to go ask someone
else about the situation. Just as he leaves, Mötley's sound man Davie
Kirkwood approaches and laughs and says to me, "You're not going to be
able to use that thing in here!" After telling him that Jeff Varner
from Left Bank said everything would be fine, he replied, "How would he
know? This is Japan!!" Typical Scotsman! Haha!
Now the Japanese guy who first started questioning me is back and
points to the sound-desk up the back. Well, it seems that if I want to
film this show, it's going to have to be from there. I guess something
is better than nothing, so I fold up the tripod and organise the spare
tape and battery. Just as I'm about to move, Will, Mötley's lighting
guy, walks past grinning and greets us with, "Hey you fucks!" Hehe...
So up to the sound-desk I move and set up my camera
again, right next to Davie Kirkwood. Well I guess this gives me the
chance to actually see what Davie does during the show, and to check
out what equipment is being used. Within minutes, Frank Zappa's "Crew
Slut" is playing, kicking off yet another show in Japan. The lights go
down for the intro before Mick walks out to centre-stage to begin the
familar opening to "Kickstart My Heart". No technical problems at all
tonight either! I'm not sure if it's because of tonight's smaller,
sold-out venue, but to me it seems that the audience is just as wild
and enthusiastic as they were at the Tokyo show!
Tonight's set-list is the same as
last the Tokyo show, expect for a couple of minor changes. "Knock 'Em
Dead, Kid" was played instead of "Too Young.....". It was great to hear
some classic Crüe from my favourite Crüe album "Shout At The Devil".
The audience reacted well to this vintage tune as well. The other
difference with tonight's set-list concerns the encore/closing
performance. Tonight's show ended with "Live Wire" instead of "Shout At
Osaka - November 8, 2000
Kickstart My Heart
Same Ol' Situation
Punched In The Teeth By Love
Knock 'Em Dead, Kid
Home Sweet Home
Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Hell On High Heels
Looks That Kill
Piece Of Your Action
Girls, Girls, Girls
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Shout At The Devil
After the show, we head back around
to the door leading to the backstage area, to see if we might have some
success this time around. Yoko from Rock Rock appears with a few
friends of hers, all them wearing guest passes. There are a few people
waiting around at this stage, including a Canadian guy that is here to
see Mark - Sam's drum tech. He speaks Japanese so we ask him to do some
translating for us. We explain to him where our passes can be used and
that the young guy at the door seems to be confused. He translates all
of this for us but the door guy tells him that he has been given
instructions that everyone is to wait where we are currently standing.
Looks like we are getting nowhere here, so we have no choice but to
wait until someone that knows us comes out the door!
Soon, a lady wearing a 2-way radio
device comes out the door and we ask her if Jessica is around. We show
her our passes and she tells us that Jessica is downstairs, and that we
are to wait where we are. It seems like an eternity before anyone else
comes out the door - Mark, Sam's drum tech, comes out and greets his
Canadian friend before retreating downstairs. We give a quick "Hello"
and ask him to let Jessica know that we are up here waiting for her.
About 10 minutes later Jessica appears, and apologises for keeping us
waiting, although we understand that she was busy doing her job. I
think we are more annoyed that we had trouble using our passes to get
down to the catering area!
We walk down the stairs and into what was the dressing
room for Sam and the Crüe Sluts. In the middle of the room is a big
road-cased wardrobe with a big SATD pentagram on it. For some reason I
didn't get a chance to take a picture of it, perhaps it was because I
was distracted by Jessica handing over a nice cold Corona!! I think I
may have also removed a copy of the set-list while in this room as well
- haha!! We then walk into the catering room where there is heaps of
food on the table, mostly untouched. Since I haven't eaten all day, the
thought of saving some $$ and devouring some of this stuff suddenly
becomes overwhelming. Jessica says it's ok to help ourselves as the
band has left the venue and the food just gets thrown out anyway.
Within seconds I've opened up a loaf of bread and thrown on some cheese
and whatever cold meats were there - a gourmet sandwich Osaka-style!!
It looks like things are starting to
wind up at the venue, so we decide to head back to the hotel and then
onto Rock Rock for the after-show party, but not before I've made
another sandwich and grabbed another Corona (a "roadie" as we call
them, as in "one for the road") to drink on the way back to the subway.
The crew are heading to Hiroshima tomorrow while the band will remain
in Osaka for another day. It turns out that our hotel is around the
corner from the ANA Hotel - Hiroshima, so we agree to call Jessica
tomorrow, before Mötley's staff attend a Japanese BBQ with the Japanese
production crew. We exit the venue and make our way to the subway,
arriving at Rock Rock almost 20 minutes later.
There is quite a few people here tonight, many of them
greeting us - the western strangers who they appreciate having in their
bar. We have a few drinks and a I film some of the crazy action going
on in the club. Buckcherry's "Lit Up" kicks in and I soon have the
whole room singing along - everyone's here to have fun tonight! I thank
my good friend Sajee once again for having us at his club. The
hospitality here is second-to-none - 2 years in a row Sajee, Nobel, and
Yoko, as well as the other staff, have looked after me and made me feel
most welcome. After exiting the kitchen area, Sajee motions to the both
us to come back in and you can tell by his "sign language" that he's
offering a smoke - haha!! I politely decline and decide to kick back
and check out the action. Meanwhile Bono has gone back into the kitchen
and one of the guys collecting cover charge at the door rushes in there
also. Bono appears about 5 minutes later after his session in the
kitchen with the cook, Sajee, and the door-guy. We say goodbye to
everyone, especially my fabulous female friends Yoko and Tomoko, it's
not hard to love this place!!!!! What a great ending to our few days in
Osaka - Rock Rock definately rocks!!!!!!!!! It may be a low-key club,
but it's not hard to see why a lot of bands tend to hang out here when
Tommorow, we're Hirsoshima-bound -
this trip can only get better!
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