Kamijo – singer and leader of the band Versailles – was in Paris on July 4th, for his unique concert in Europe.
Inspired by the French baroque and the world of Louis XVII, quite naturally the singer wanted to perform his first solo concert in Paris.
Needless to say, Kamijo’s fans were there : I arrived around 6p.m and the queue was already consequent. The fans were eager to see the singer, to discover his set list and also to share his world.
Kamijo’s French fan club organized various events in order to thank Kamijo for his coming. One of them was the reason why we could see many red roses in the hand of the majority of the audience : to respond to Kamijo’s wish to see the Divan du Monde flowered.
When we entered the venue, we had the pleasure to hear that the show was sold out. The fans came in very quickly and we could feel the atmosphere was about to be very good.
Around 8.45pm, the audience started to scream “VIVE LE ROI” and the black curtain fell down. The tone was set, we would travel in time with Kamijo and his fans.
The stage was minimalist, but that was not a problem as we could feel the important charisma emanating from Kamijo when he and his musicians made their entrance, during the music introduction.
Their clothes, their attitude, everything was there to carry us away with them in the amazing world of Kamijo.
The audience cheered the singer with rhythm when Yamiyo no Lion started. And at the end of the song, Kamijo tried to welcome his public with some French sentence : « Bonjour, Bonsoir, ça fait longtemps. Vous allez bien? Je voulais vous voir. Vous êtes prêts ? »
The public seemed to appreciate the effort and screams were even louder. Kamijo looked satisfied with his effect and followed with the title Moulin Rouge. The entire venue sang the chorus with him. Fans waved their Roses in the air and Kamijo got one to share this moment alongside the audience. Then at the end of the song, he removed the petals and threw them in the public.
Kamijo seemed comfortable with his French public and didn’t hesitate to play with his charms, to what the majority of the public (largely female) answered with pleasure.
And it was not the little sound incident that happened before Genso Trianon that would have put down the adrenaline of the show. The problem fixed, the show went on and it was with a French “Let’s go” that Kamijo carried on with Tsuioku my love. The crowd was reactive and the singer didn’t hesitate to interact with them. That all combined was a pleasure to the eyes and ears. With Presto, he even seemed to dance with the crowd, which was very cute.
Then came the moment of Sacrifice of Allegro. The musicians left the stage and Kamijo was able to show us all his talent as a singer. The arms went up in the crowd and everyone was moving to Kamijo and his melody. Alone on stage, he showed us how much he liked his fans by shaking some hands and coming very close to the public, running from one side to the other. He seemed to be given it all to his fans. At that time, the songs went on in a row : Bastille, Dying-Table, Sonata, Mangetsu ni Adagio.
After more than one hour of show, the crowd didn’t seem to have lost energy and Kamijo kept on saying “Thank you” to his beloved fans.
At the ends of Throne, Kamijo, alongside his musicians, greeted and thanked the audience. The crowd answered with “VIVE LE ROI”. They left the stage but very quickly cameback to do an encore. Kamijo took a french flag, on which fans left some messages, and did a speech in Japanese before performing the two very last songs of the show, the wonderful Unmei and Louis enketsu no La vie en Rose.
With more than15 songs, Kamijo carried the audience into his world, showing everyone that he was close to his fans by creating an incredible harmony with the crowd present that night.
Review by Cristina