On April 8th, Hamasaki Ayumi (33) performed for the second day at Saitama Super Arena for her nationwide tour. On that very day in 1998, Hamasaki debuted with her single “poker face”.
14 years later, she celebrated her anniversary with 17,000 fans, “It sure is surprising, isn’t it? It went by so fast.” Hamasaki took a commemorative photograph with her dancers and bandmates on stage, “I’m going to continue running toward my 15th year without change, so please look after me!”
After the dance performance, during the encore, Hamasaki returned to the stage for a surprise cake from her dancers. “All I’ve been thinking about has been this live. Before the concert, my chief manager asked me about my 14th anniversary, but when the performance started I forgot about it again.” The audience gave her their blessing, “Thank you guys so much. And, congratulations” she told them.
“ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2012 A~HOTEL Love songs~” is Hamasaki’s 10th arena tour. To play into the theme of her concert, Hamasaki performed her first song wearing an outfit resembling those worn by hotel receptionists.
Afterwards Hamasaki called out to the audience, “Are you guys having fun!?” and performed “Party Queen” and “how beautiful you are” from her latest album. She performed 21 songs in total including her hit tracks “Boys&Girls” and “evolution”.
Hamasaki stared into the audience telling the crowd, “With the love and power I have received from all of you here today, I will be able to show a ton of love starting next week nationwide.”
Hamasaki’s tour will include 28 performances in 12 different cities, finishing on August 12th at Marine Messe in Fukuoka. By then she will have performed for 300,000 people.
Source: Tokyo Hive
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