PAulfromAustralia

Shiroten Performer
Shiroten Performer
http://www.stormcellar.com.au
Hi all members although I have been to Japan seeral times ,  I have not been able catch them live. i live in Australia , ad i don't know if they will ever come here.

I would like to hear from people who have to lives and here how they felt before during and at the end of the concert.

I will just have dream and watch lives on the net .  I saw them live , at the encore I am sure I would have tears of joys in my eyes , because i am so proud of these four little girls , doing so well at lives.

They rock live and are always better than their records , when they add the Scandal energy, smiles and hard playing styles.  

That must be a wonder to experiance as a viewer of the show live.

thanks in advance , Paul  in Oz

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Darkath9

Indie Artist
Indie Artist
It's really hard to describe the overwhelming feelings that I experienced. There's nothing better than a Scandal live. Going to a live is something that every Scandal fan should do at least once, but a lot don't live close enough or have enough money to travel. I live in the Southeastern United States. I saw them in Chicago last year for the very first time. I was 18 years old at the time. I was a pretty serious fan up until the concert, but afterwards my heart was set entirely on them for well over a year now. I'll never forget the feeling of absolute ecstasy that was generated just from being in their presence let along the hype and power of a live performance. One day, you'll go to a live and someone else will ask this question. The ultimate answer is "You'll have to see for yourself" since it's not something that can be easily explained in words.

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saldiven

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I saw them last year at Anaheim and Los Angeles.

They give a great show. I like to think that a band's "10" performance is the sound that you hear on their albums. They have the advantage of multiple tries to get things right, plus the perfect sound environment, and (of course) the mixing table. Compared to that hypothetical "10" of the album quality sound, their live performance was around a 9. I was really surprised at how well all of the ladies sang; usually, vocal quality is the thing that differs the most between live and studio performances.

Also, the ladies made a big effort to engage with the fans, speaking to the audience during their MC's and engaging in their on stage shenanigans Tongue

Lastly, the people you meet at a Scandal show are amazing. Everyone was very friendly and fun to hang around (over two days, probably spent 20 hours or so standing in line with them). It has been almost a year, and I still communicate with several of them over Facebook fairly regularly. I hope to meet them all again sometime soon :D

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tonymiller

International Performer
International Performer
Yes I was lucky enough to see them in London on their 'Hello World' Tour and they were awesome !
They looked so small in real life but then Haruna is only 153cm tall, but they still managed to fill the theatre with their presence.
And like saldiven said they go out of their way to engage with their audience even speaking to us in English.

I would definitely go to see them again if I get the chance Happy


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Metal Mickey

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I saw them live 3 times and going to see them in June again.
Only want to mention that Rina's drumming is pretty loud.
I will say louder than any drummers I'd seen live. Be prepared!

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cantacanta

Caless Student
Caless Student
Without a doubt, Scandal lives are worth the money and a must for any fan.  I think your perception of the performance will vary depending on the venue.  I've seen them at Budokan from both the upper section and from three rows away on the area floor and they sounded better live than on their albums.  Some venues just have poor acoustics.  For example, some venues produce a lot of feedback.  I think the band's staff will make their best effort to minimize these interferences but I've been to venues that just suck.  I think this is more of a problem when the band is away from venues to which they are familiar. 

Way back in the Baby Action era, I was doubtful of their live performance capabilities but I believe that was due to Haruna battling a vocal problem.  Actually, I don't believe there was a DVD/Blu-ray release for a live performance during this era. 

In any case, these girls can rock the house and you don't need to be a fan to enjoy the show.  If anything, their performance has only improved as time has progressed.  In the past, I've read critiques that they've used too much Auto-Tune for their studio albums.  If used, they sure don't need it!  Get yourself to a show!  You'll enjoy it!

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metalleo

International Performer
International Performer
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I always think the feelings you experience from watching them live for the first time depends on how heavily you're already invested in them at that point. I myself discovered SCANDAL shortly before their 2011 Singapore concert, which I didn't attend due to not knowing of it. My first concert only came 2 years later, by which time I was already a huge fan of them. Looking back, I was and am still thankful I didn't attend their 2011 concert, since as a new fan I don't think I would have felt the same level of excitement I felt in 2013. Much of the excitement from 2013 stemmed from the anticipation of watching them for the first time in 1+ years as a fan, and this excitement wouldn't have been present if I watched them so soon after discovering them. 

I've watched them a total of 3 times (4 if you wanna consider the Budokan shows in January as 2 separate shows) and each was unique in its own way. The first was memorable in the sense that it was my first time watching them after being a fan for 1.5 years, so you can imagine how it felt. The second was undoubtedly the best, with a couple of up close and personal interactions with RINA at the airport and during the high touch session that I will never ever forget. The third was a mixed bag though. I was expecting a lot from my first concert experience in Japan, but while the acoustics were top notch and I had a solid view from the rafters, the atmosphere up there was disappointing to say the least, on the second night the person beside me never lifted himself from his seat, which made me regret a bit not looking for tickets to the arena seats. That didn't stop me from enjoying myself to the fullest though


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Asia Tour 2013 (Singapore) - 16/03/13
HELLO WORLD (Singapore) - 08/05/15
PERFECT WORLD (Budokan) - 12/01/16, 13/01/16
YELLOW (Singapore) - 04/06/16
10TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL (Osaka Izumiotsu Phoenix) - 21/08/16

Discovery of SCANDAL - 22/07/11
First SCANDAL Concert - 16/03/13
First Banner Chosen and Displayed On SH - 29/04/14
First SCANDAL Concert in Japan - 12/01/16
First Time to Photograph SCANDAL at a Concert - 04/06/16
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spacecadet

Mainstream Artist
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My first time seeing them live was their first Budokan show. I was not that heavily into them before that (I liked them, but I wouldn't have said they were my favorite band), but afterwards I could listen to no one else for a little while. And every subsequent time I saw them I felt the same way. I've seen them four times total over four years, so once a year starting with that show. This will be my first year in the last four that I will not have seen them live.

I feel like they're one of those bands that was born playing live and that's their essence. One of the things that bothers me about some of their more recent music is that it's filled with stuff that they cannot effectively reproduce live and that doesn't really match their live sound. They are a really hard, heavy and powerful band live. Even at the last show I saw, which was only a few months ago in Tokyo, they started out with Stamp! but then went straight into four old songs that they played more powerfully than I have *ever* heard them. Shoujo S, Shunkan Sentimental, DOLL and Everybody Say Yeah! all sounded huge and really, really nasty (in a good way). They've lost a lot of that grunginess on their recent recordings, but they still have it live. In fact they had it *more* at that show during those few songs than at any other I've seen. They were just snarling during Shoujo S and Shunkan Sentimental, especially. It was really like watching them perform the music videos for those songs.

I don't feel like this even comes through on their live DVD's, although it does a little bit on the best ones. But their sound in person is just massive, and at Budokan especially it shook my entire body.

I will say also that watching them do their choreography live is just one of the most fun things ever. I love bands that do choreography in general but theirs is always more fun to watch than anybody else's, and live it always puts a smile on my face. They don't do it for many songs, but they do it for Shoujo S, Overdrive and a couple of others. The show I went to a few months ago was very short and they weren't trying to save their energy, so they were really going all out and putting everything they had into it during Shoujo S, and it was just awesome. They love it too; you can see them all smile when they do it, I mean that's what they went to school for. I wish they'd do more songs with choreography but they've really cut back on it recently.

At the shows I've been to (all in Japan), the crowd has been nuts too. Budokan's probably a special case but even there, I was way up near the top on the side and people were still pretty crazy. At the other shows I've gotten progressively closer and obviously it just gets crazier the closer you get. At my last show I was pretty drenched in sweat when I left.

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tonymiller

International Performer
International Performer
@spacecadet

I agree with you so much, anyone who has not seen Scandal live has missed a whole other side to them and it is not the same on DVD.
I bought my tickets way back in December when I heard they were coming to London in April, my wife said I was too old to go to a Rock concert but she would have had to tie me up to stop me Happy


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PPPeter

Indie Artist
Indie Artist
@tony
You can tell Your wife - there is nothing like "to old to rock", or "to old to go to rock live show". You will see me rocking still in 20 years - even if I'd have to ram my wheelchair in the crowd Tongue
And more to the topic - Scandal live shows have that "true" vibe in them - some spark of joy rising not only in audience but in musicians. And that makes them quite special in crowd of bands that are just performing, neh?

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peachyjumpy

Caless Student
Caless Student
Funny that i read this question today, since a year ago (may 20th, 2015) i had the privilege of going to the Scandal World Tour 2015 [Hello World] Mexico City concert. I was just remembering this.

I am a huge Scandal fan since 2011, and i've been listening to them nonstop ever since. Being a guitar player, i was very fond of Mami in the beginning; after that i developed a massive crush on Rina Love

Sometime ago i was, like yourself, very sad thinking that the girls would never went on tour to Mexico (where i live). So I almost had a heart attack the moment i saw that a concert in mexico was scheduled on their hello world tour; at that same moment i went to the venue and bought a ticket.

I was soo happy when they came to mexico city, i saw the news online, heard a live radio interview and so on (i think they stayed here 3 days). I read that they really liked mexico, and that they had many cheerished memories of this part of the tour.

Actually you can see many scenes of mexico and the concert on their Scandal Documentary Film [hello world]. I was amazed to see my face when watching the dvd, in the part where they celebrate mami's birthday Happy also they went shopping the day of the concert to the very same store i do grocery shopping on weekends.

So, for the concert itself, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Not only the music was so great, seeing them so close was something i would never think possible, but the effort the girls put onto everything at their lives was something most bands simply don't do. They spoke all their MC parts in spanish !! Only the part where Mami thanked everyone after wishing her a happy birthday (cake included) was translated.
I think most (if not all) of the people where really happy with the concert. Some came from a very long distance to see Scandal.

I can't believe a year has passed. I really thing they are the best band in the world. Hope they come again to mexico. Of course i would go to their concert. Long live to Scandal.


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stivo

Caless Student
Caless Student
hi, woar... i was last year on the concert in Essen(Germany Wink ) and this was the BEST Concert in my life!... 4 little Japanese Girls stay in the front and begins to Talk in german O.o this was sooo NICE... ok Tomomi have a little Fail, this was realy funny and Cute...

but the stage was too smal Sad (i have it say :D )
this year looks the concert hall smaler then last year :/ (maybe is this nice or realy Bad... Tomomi need more Terretory for Jumps and Runs... cute Wildthing Wink )

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lethaldj13

Shiroten Performer
Shiroten Performer
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first time i saw them in hong kong just few days ago...

uh....

ive become a mad man xD

jumping, head banging, throwing the towel upwards on rina's drum cues xD

yeah... my adrenaline was way up high... best live ive ever been into xD (sorry other favorite bands)


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MamiNoodles

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The first time I saw SCANDAL live was at the Hong Kong leg of Hello World Tour on 05/29/2015. It was an overwhelming experience. They indeed performed and sounded better live on stage. However, the sound system and acoustics are piercingly loud specially for a relatively small venue and for me who stands at the front row.

Rina's drums were too powerful that micing was barely needed. Mami's guitar tone is crunchier and thicker than what we hear on Youtube. Haruna's vocal micing was remarkable. Her guitar setup through a rented Fender Twin Reverb amp was pretty balanced and sounded almost like James Hetfield's back in the early 80s. Tomomi had the most balanced setup (both bass and vocals) in my opinion.

If I was just curious and in love with the band when I rediscovered them in June 2014, I became obsessed with them after watching them live, LOL!

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Don Dio

Shiroten Performer
Shiroten Performer
I saw Scandal for the first time in May 2015 on the Hello World Tour at the Los Angeles House Of Blues.  

I was hesitant to go to the show at first since the tickets were pricey for the Sunset Strip, but I was enjoying their albums very much and really wanted to hear for myself if they could play live.  All the videos on YouTube were impressive, but there's nothing like that live experience.  At the time I had no idea they rarely come to the States.  Boy, I'm glad I went.

They were energetic; the music was tight; they recreated all the harmonies you hear on the record.  I rarely go to shows and actually dance-- I must have broken a sweat half way through the second song.  The crowd was lively and I got swept away.  It was weird to be at a show that wasn't in English, but I found myself singing phonetically as if I knew Japanese.  It was so much fun I went home and immediately bought a ticket for the next night's show in Anaheim at their House of Blues! 

I stood on Mami's side of the stage for the LA Show and Tomomi's side for Anaheim. Now whenever I hear these songs off my iPod I imagine their expressions from when they played the songs live, and it makes me smile.  Mami's "Whoa-ho" face during "Your Song" is forever burned on my brain as the cutest face I think she has ever presented.  As for the others, it was hard to see Rina behind the drum kit, but she really swings live (in the Charlie Watts sense).  For a little lady, she can pound pretty good.  The fans went crazy whenever she was announced or when she came center stage to sing "Oyasumi." And Haruna, she is the essence of cool.  I kept thinking I was watching a Japanese Chrissy Hynde. 

To put it all in perspective, I go to a lot of concerts, about 50 a year.  The two back-to-back Scandal shows (which in my mind feels like one big concert) is so high on my list for one of the best overall concert experiences.  The only way it could have been better was if I took advantage of the VIP package and got to meet them beforehand.  If the timing were right, this is the only band I would consider flying to another country to watch perform.

One last comment about the crowd: I went alone.  I knew nobody who knew who Scandal was, and I didn't think that many people did either.  I was stunned to see how packed the LA HOB was (Anaheim was even more so because it's slightly smaller).  I hadn't seem that venue filled with that many people since I last saw Stevie Wonder there 10 years before (and Prince was there!).  Everyone I met in line and inside were really cool.  That is always a plus for a band when the fans are cool too.  Trust me, I go to a lot of punk shows.

Paul, I hope you get a chance to catch them live sometime.  You won't regret it.

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fishmcdippers

Caless Student
Caless Student
I saw them live last year at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA (USA).  The HoB is a small venue by most measures.  Scandal definitely rocked the house though.  Their energy was amazing.  I've seen big names like Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani in shows with lots of production value, but Scandal's show has been the best live I've seen so far.  I saw Dempagumi.inc live two weeks ago who, while entertaining (and cute), were nowhere near as good as Scandal.

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