Gig review: Loudness finishes off a great year with a knockout performance in Roppongi

Masayoshi Yamashita, Akira Takasaki and Minoru Niihara of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Masayoshi Yamashita, Akira Takasaki and Minoru Niihara of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

By Stefan Nilsson, Roppongi Rocks

Loudness finishes off a great year with a sold-out performance in Roppongi and a knockout set-list decided by the fans.

Akira Takasaki of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Akira Takasaki of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Loudness has been creating and performing great music since 1981. First they made a name for themselves in Japan in the early 80s and followed that with some success in Europe and North America in the mid-80s. Three decades later, the veteran Japanese metal band is better than ever. They are a hardworking band but they are also a band that works smart. They still sell tickets to their shows, most of which are quickly sold out. They continuously offer their loyal fans something new or different to spend their money on, both live experiences and constant releases of different albums and DVDs (most recently the Loud Out Fest live DVD). They also have an impressively extensive and constantly changing range of Loudness merchandise.

Akira Takasaki of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Akira Takasaki of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Over the past couple of years, Loudness has played a number different of special anniversary shows, celebrating various anniversaries for the band and its classic albums from the 80s. This evening they offer us yet another special show: this time it is a full set which has been decided by fans voting on their favourite songs. The concept works very well. The set list is fantastic and the band is in a good mood and on form. We obviously get some of the usual favourites, such as “S.D.I.’”, “The Sun Will Rise Again” and “Crazy Nights”. But we also get some songs that are not played live that often, such as “Ghetto Machine”, “Metal Mad”, “Slaughter House” and “Soldier of Fortune”. For those of us who have seen Loudness live often, it is great to see a somewhat different set list from the usual one.

Masayoshi Yamashita and Masayuki Suzuki of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Masayoshi Yamashita and Masayuki Suzuki of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

2017 is set to be busy for Loudness with more anniversary shows, festival gigs and work on a new studio album which is expected to be released next winter. They will tour both in Japan and internationally and in May they will once again host their own festival, Loud Out Fest in Tokyo. The sun will indeed rise again for this band and their loyal fans.

Loudness – EX Theater Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan, 30th December 2016, set list

  1. Ghetto Machine
  2. Milky Way
  3. Metal Mad
  4. The Sun Will Rise Again
  5. Let It Go
  6. Speed
  7. Slaughter House
  8. Ares’ Lament
  9. Like Hell
  10. Gotta Fight
  11. Loudness
  12. Soldier of Fortune
  13. Dream Fantasy
  14. S.D.I.
  15. In the Mirror
  16. Crazy Nights
  17. Crazy Doctor
Minoru Niihara of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Minoru Niihara of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Loudness – band members

Akira Takasaki – guitar

Minoru Niihara – vocals

Masayoshi Yamashita – bass

Masayuki Suzuki – drums

www.loudnessjp.com / Loudness on Facebook

Masayoshi Yamashita, Akira Takasaki and Minoru Niihara of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Masayoshi Yamashita, Akira Takasaki and Minoru Niihara of Loudness. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

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