ONE OK ROCK Announce Worldwide Live Stream ‘Field of Wonder’ for October 11

24.August.2020 | MUSIC

ONE OK ROCK have announced their first ever online concert, ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming, which will be streamed worldwide on October 11, 2020.

The band will perform from an audience-less venue – ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba. Tickets are now available for both Japanese and international fans via the stream’s official website.

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    Press pre-showing

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    Noda added to Kajiwara’s comment, saying, “We could go to space or another world whenever we wanted. Whatever you can’t do in a real concert, you can do at a virtual one.”そ

     

    “If you go virtual, everyone around the world can be in the same place,” explained Takeda. “When I read comments on social media when we did this last time, I saw a lot of people say how they were able to enjoy themselves with people they didn’t know and communicate with people overseas. I feel we were able to foster something new for fans.”

     

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    Tokyo Bay No.2 Sea Fort

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    Live Report


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    Red Bull Secret Gig has taken place at over 10 locations in six countries worldwide, and this was the first time for it to be held in Japan. It took about a month to roll out the megaphone images across Japan from April.



    For the concert, the audience were split into two groups at No.2 Sea Fort and transported to the island aboard a small Red Bull Secret Gig ferry from Mikasa Terminal in Yokosuka. It took about 30 minutes for them to reach their destination, during which they could look out at the picturesque bright blue and sun-basked sea. Excitement was high amongst King Gnu’s passengers. Constructed between the mid-Meiji Period (1867-1911) and Taisho Period (1912-1925), No.2 Sea Fort saw the Imperial Japanese Army there before WWII, and later the Imperial Japanese Navy used the island as the key spot to protect Tokyo. The shipping of materials to build King Gnu’s stage began a week before the show started. Lots of mirrors which reflected the silver framework of the stage, as well as megaphones and other decorations, gave a dystopian vibe to the venue.

     

    Both groups of fans were treated to performances at the Red Bull Street Jam until they arrived at the island, which saw Red Bull dancers and artists put on a show of breakdancing, freestyle football, and double dutch sessions. Everyone was off the boat by 15:40, and they didn’t have to wait long for the main act to make an appearance. The sound of steel drums surrounded the crowd, white smoke filled the air, and flames roared high from the stage, signalling the start of what was to be a very special day for King Gnu lovers. The band members rolled up to the stage: Daiki Tsuneta began to strum his guitar while Yu Seki began drumming a tight rhythm. The groove ignited the moment Kazuki Arai entered the music with his bass as the band opened with their first song, Senryo Yakusha. The aggressive sound was offset when Daiki Tsuneta and Satoru Iguchi entered with harmonising twin vocals. The band showed off their dynamic performance skills as they offered both a solid yet explosive showcase. Keeping with the exciting energy, they cracked the gears up as they moved on to Sorrows. The stage lit up in a blaze of flames while black smoke shrouded the stage. It was a breathtaking backdrop to behold as the fire, smoke, stage, and setting itself was akin to a mirage floating in a desolate wasteland. But the smell of the smoke, the heat of the crowd, and most of all the flesh and blood of the band’s performance confirmed to everyone that this experience was indeed real.

    Aerial shot of the concert

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    After a short interval, the band moved onto Hikotei. The flames erupted for this heated performance, and black smoke poured around the stage, so much so that the band couldn’t see, but this only served to enhance the performance in all its grand and massive sound. Some of the song’s lyrics struck a cord as they reminded one of how our lives have been drastically affected since 2020.



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    SET LIST

    1. Senryo Yakusha
    2. Sorrows
    3. Kasa
    4. McDonald Romance
    5. Hikotei
    6. Slumberland
    7. The hole
    8. Teenager Forever
    9. Summer Rain Diver

     

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    “Geo-Cosmos is an exhibit that was made to connect lots of people allowing them to see the everchanging Earth from space. It uses several different pieces of scientific data to project the real appearance of the earth and shows the possibilities of 3D visual representation created by scientists and creators. This concert will serve as a new challenge for Geo-Cosmos. We hope you look forward to seeing Geo-Cosmos ‘transform’ on the live stage in this fusion of the real and the virtual.”

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    Be sure to check out ONE OK ROCK’s GIPHY campaign too.

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    ONE OK ROCK are set to release their new DVD and Blu-ray ONE OK ROCK “EYE OF THE STORM” JAPAN TOUR on October 28, 2020 features their entire Yokohama Arena set held in Japan last year as part of their nationwide arena tour.

     

    The band launched a special website today (October 15) in promotion of the release where they also announced a playlist campaign and GIPHY campaign.

    Playlist Campaign

    For the playlist campaign, ONE OK ROCK are reaching out to fans to ask them to create the set list of their dreams—what songs they’d want to see ONE OK ROCK perform at a full live concert. Fans will create their playlists on Apple Music, Spotify, and LINE MUSIC and share a link to them on Twitter with the hashtag #oor_dream. One winner will be chosen for each of these three music streaming services for a total of three winners. Their playlist will be posted on the promotional site for the DVD and Blu-ray and they’ll also receive a signed poster.

     

    GIPHY Campaign

    Fans can now get access to a selection of exclusive ONE OK ROCK gifs via the promotional site which can be used on social media. They are free for everyone to use.

     

    ONE OK ROCK’s “Eye of the Storm” tour originally kicked off on September 22, 2019. The show that will feature on the DVD and Blu-ray will be their one at Yokohama Arena which was held in January this year. The release will include a 100-page booklet along with photos, commentary, a live report, and more

  • ONE OK ROCK Plays For 110,000 Fans Simultaneously During Live Stream

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    ONE OK ROCK held their first ever online live stream, ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming supported by au 5G LIVE, on October 11, 2020. The band performed at ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba.

    The stream was originally to be archived temporarily until October 13 but it has been extended to October 15 at 11:59 (JST), so if you missed the stream there’s still time to catch it before it’s gone.

     

    ONE OK ROCK also announced a DVD and Blu-ray release of their Japan arena tour from last year, ONE OK ROCK “EYE OF THE STORM” JAPAN TOUR, which will hit shelves in Japan on October 28, 2020.

    The long tour originally kicked off on September 22, 2019. The show that will feature on the DVD and Blu-ray will be their one at Yokohama Arena which was held in January this year. The release will include a 100-page booklet along with photos, commentary, a live report, and more.

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    ONE OK ROCK is set to release the video of the ONE OK ROCK “EYE OF THE STORM” JAPAN TOUR on October 28, 2020. The tour celebrated the release of their album Eye of the Storm and kicked off on September 22, 2019.

    Alongside the DVD, which includes the performance at Yokohama Arena in January 2020, fans can enjoy a booklet of over 100 pages containing illustrations of the band members, commentaries, reports from the live performance and much more exciting contents. 

     

    For the first time in their career, ONE OK ROCK will be performing live online. The ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming will take place on October 11, 2020 at ZOZO Marine Stadium without a live audience. The stream will go live worldwide simultaneously, providing a whole new experience for fans.

     

    From the wild excitement of a national arena tour to an online stadium live performance without an audience, ONE OK ROCK has so much exciting contents for you to check out.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA Announces Four Weeks Of YouTube Premiere Concert Footage

    06.August.2020 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA has announced that over the next 4 weeks he will premiere his live performance of My Dimension held at Osaka-jo Hall back in 2016 over on his official YouTube channel starting on August 6, 2020 at 20:00 (JST).

    DEAN FUJIOKA wrote My Dimension back in 2008, a song that would go on to be released for the first time in 2013 when it was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I Am Ichihashi: Journal of a Murderer which DEAN FUJIOKA also directed and starred in.

     

    The live performance footage to be premiered is taken from the artist’s concert DEAN FUJIOKA Special Live “InterCycle 2016”.

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA “My Dimension” Live from InterCycle 2016

    DEAN FUJIOKA will premiere more live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel.

     

    The singer-songwriter is re-releasing My Dimension under the song title Neo Dimension on August 19 which breathes new life into the 12 year-old song with new lyrics.

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