Warning: My photos of the live are not the greatest, I am very sorry. My GIFS are not so bad, the sound on the live is not very good.
Arrived at the venue around 7:40p to find that the doors were not opened and we would be in a long line that went down MASS Ave. We were in front of a vegan burger bar that looked really interesting called Veggie Galaxy. Will have to try it the next time I am in town. There are a lot of people asking that questions about the line. Every one says it’s a singer from Japan. The questioners then walk away.
Doors open at 8 , our line is moving and we are in front of 2 buses! I thought there was an opening band, but not. The club next door had a concert also. Hyde’s bus is behind it.
I took a photo at the end of the show on the way to the car. Thank you so much for coming back to Cambridge. MID EAST seems to be a place he must have enjoyed to come back to. I have seen a bunch of bands here in the past, Legendary Pink Dots, Hovercraft, Add N To X, adult. shellac , dead voices on air, trans am, and 2 years ago VAMPS!! also the club next door was called ‘TT the Bears’ and saw a lot of awesome bands there too. anyways
We are in and the line for the merch is so long. I go to the bar for a drink and wait for my friend to text me when she is here. The place is getting busy, there is a huge mural and a lot of people are taking selfies in front of it. sorry I got no photo of it. I am so bad at selfies.
My friend arrives in the city and we go outside to meet her. We stand next to Hyde’s bus for a few minutes. While waiting for my friend the line for the merch just disappeared and I got to purchase so much of Hyde’s merch!!
My friend and I make our way to the stage and there is a big dude with a camera on the stage and another dude with a selfie stick that is pointed at the stage. these guys are big an annoying, I see there are a few girls standing on a bench behind us and it’s actually a real nice spot. My friend and I jump up and the show begins!!
Here he comes
Hyde started off the show with Fake Devine. All the members came out one by one in masks and coveralls. Himself came out in a hooded trench coat with a mask that only hid half his face. The walls in the background where spray painted neon colors, and the on back of the the bass player’s Ali(IMOCD , MONORAL, radio personality too) jumper said ‘NEOTOKYO’ I didn’t get a very good view of the guitarist, Pablo(Fake? , Lisa, Polpo) or the drummer, Natsu(Nocturnal Bloodlust) sadly. Fake Divine, was released around Halloween last year. It was loud and fast and heavy. This is not one of my favorite songs that he put out, but it sounded so good live and the chorus just catches you and you find yourself screaming along. “I’m fighting to stay, I’m fighting to stay, I’m gonna fake divine, And save myself this time”
After Light came up right after Fake Divine , this is my favorite song! I was so excited to hear it live. Hyde’s head was banging up and down to the music, There was a woman who i didn’t know who stood next to me on the bench rocking to it too. This is the first appearance of the megaphone. Up next was VAMPS inside of me. Made me miss KAZ so much. Megaphone came out again.
Two Face. Out. Set In Stone. & Don’t Hold Back. There was a noisy synth jam before one of these songs, or maybe it was before Zipang, I cannot remember, but i do remember the keyboard player jamming and making interesting sounds with his synthesizer in between songs. I am not too familiar with these songs, I’ve only listened to the album in full 2 times, I’ve played Set in Stone and Don’t Hold Back once on iheart but because of the explicit lyrics I try not to play music with f-bombs, sometimes, I adult and it is overlooked. Jrock bands are just so naughty Zipang , Everyone wanted to hear the Japanese version of this song, including myself, but it was still beautiful, wished Yoshiki was there playing the piano. Maybe in the future, they will play in NYC.
I am not sure at what time they stopped playing and started speaking. Ali was speaking in a high pitch little girls voice and also spitting all over the place (ew) he mentioned they were touring this summer with In This Moment and to check them out. Hyde was walking around in circles on stage. He then also started to speak and his voice so soft and feminine, just the cutest and his English has gotten a lot better!
Who’s Gonna Save Us was up next more screaming clapping and headbanging. Lion was after, I thought this was an older Hyde song that i had not ever heard, but apparently it is new and I still have never heard it. Bad DJ Sakura!
The music for Underworld starts Hyde made us all scream our heads off. And said louder when we were done. I have never yelled so hard , I was coughing, sweating, and screaming like a maniac. “YEAH !! YEAH !! YEAH !! YEAH !! TAKE ME TO THE UNDERWORLD !! again shocked to hear him do another VAMPS song. I loved it, it did make me miss the rest of the band Kaz and Juken, and Arly and Jin(even tho he was hidden) Juken almost hit his head on the ceiling a few times. The MID East Club has a low ceiling and tall people have a disadvantage. Also made me think about the interview IHEARTJROCK had 2 years ago at the very same venue in the bus. We had asked “where is the underworld’ and Hyde answered, ‘Everywhere!’ Still enjoyable, arms flailing everywhere, bodies moving side to side.
There is another break in the music. Hyde is saying Cambridge and everyone is yelling. So happy he came back to MIDEASTCLUB. The place was pretty packed and I had heard it was sold out, but I think there were more at this show then the VAMPS show 2 years before. There were a lot of females!! lol we love our Hyde.
At this time, he made everyone sit down. We were screaming and clapping and sitting. Then he made us , jump up and clap. Me being on a wooden bench with a bunch of other people, I didn’t jump, i did clap scream and get up from my sitting position to rock to the next song, which is also another favorite of mine. The synth line from the intro to Another Moment played and we all ‘whooooo-oooohhhh’ Sick was next explicit lyrics what is with jrockers dropping f-bombs?? Our poor little radio station can get into some serious fines.
Then there is Mad Qualia , still have yet to hear this song while playing DMC5 , but I still enjoy listening to it in my car on my way to work most days, or on the way home from work with the windows down. This version live was also great!
Mad Qualia ended and abruptly started into Midnight Celebration II . I was super excited. I screamed to my friend “YAY Midnight Celebration while clapping and yelling.. (lol. I’m so easily amused.) Then they went off stage. Still on the bench, my friend starts to scream for them to come back and do an encore. The crowd joins in, someone is screaming ‘HYDE’ no one leaves, the band come back to the stage and again i miss Natsu entering! Hyde says a few words and tells the crowd to turn on their flashlights.
The song that ended the evening was ‘Ordinary World’ the phones lit up the dark basement of the MIDEASTCLUB. All the lights were turned off but could see, everyone held their phones up in the air and swayed back and forth. I could sing along to this one because I remember it since I was a kid!! It was a rockin cover. I got video of it, and I loved when he lifted his arms up.
They ended the show and everyone cleared the stage. Few people remind in front of the stage to take selfies, I got a few photos of the stage, and i tried to take a photo of the pedals Ali had but it was all blurry. My phone really sucks at taking photos indoors.
We exit the bar and meet the rest of the party outside. We are talking and I look over and see Natsu standing outside talking to a photographer smoking a cigarette. 🙂 I took a photo, but it did not come out at all. I had to go and could not stay to meet anyone. :”””<
Until next time, Hyde had said “See you soon” so hopefully I will be able to see him again soon.
Hyde’s performance at the MIDEASTCLUB on 5/17 is 10000000 or 5 broken IHEARTJROCK hearts
This is a photo from after the show, how can you play synths like this?
I was upset again because I could not see Natsu, the drummer. I did see him outside the venue after the show tho. Ali from Monoral and IMOCD on bass and Pablo on guitar, Hiroko on keys.
My phone sucks, sorry these photos. Best I could do. I was on a bench not to far from the stage. More interested in the live then taking a beautiful photo.
my merch, i bought a t shirt, stickers, magazine and bag photos from the magazine.
My gifs. I hope you like.