Dean Fujioka’s Musical Transmute Tour 2021 Begins, First Day Report

10.September.2021 | MUSIC

On September 4, popular actor and musician Dean Fujioka began his Musical Transmute Tour at the Kawaguchi Comprehensive Cultural Center Lilia in Saitama Prefecture.

 

 

Photo by Kayo Sekiguchi

Photo by Kayo Sekiguchi

Photo by Kayo Sekiguchi

Photo by Yukitaka Amemiya

Photo by Yukitaka Amemiya

 

 

The new tour is not only Fujioka’s first live tour since the Born to Make History Tour in 2019, but also his biggest national tour to date, with over 20 shows planned in 18 cities. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the pop artists return to the stage, as last year’s Asia tour never came to fruition.

 

In this first performance, plenty of popular tracks made appearances, such as Shelly, and Searching for the Ghost. Fujioka’s latest song Runaway was performed to massive fanfare, while four unreleased tracks rounded out the 1 hour and 45 minute performance. These new tracks were Sayonara, Sukima, Missing Piece, and Spin the Planet.

 

It was clear, however, that Neo Dimension was the song which truly set the theme of the tour. The track is an updated version of My Dimension, originally released as a track Fujioka used to introduce himself and express his intentions. Now, he sees it as more of a compass, and intends to use it as a way to lead him and his audience into the future. Dean Fujioka is an artist who prides himself on his evolution, and his willingness to attempt new things on stage. Neo Dimension is meant to express that side of himself in musical form.

 

The concert showcased parts of the singer which reminded us of his early career, while other moments made it clear how much he has evolved and changed over time. His time on stage wasn’t random–each moment was a visualization of how his career has changed.

 

Prior to the start of the tour, Fujioka announced that his third album Transmute will be released in December 2021. This will be his first album in three years, his last being History in the Making. The album will contain the four new tracks played during the show.

 

The title, Transmute, holds an important message. “It’s important to mutate in order to survive in today’s chaotic world, and to thrive in an unpredictable future,” Fujioka says. This tour will play an important role in helping fans unravel and understand the meaning of those words.

 

Text by Jun Fukunaga

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