Apr 20, 2012
Hikashu will reunite with Godzilla Legend and Charan-Po-Rantan at Fuji Rock Festival 2012
They will do it again. Hikashu did a special concert with Godzilla Legend and Charan-Po-Rantan last year, and there will be a reunion at this year's Fuji Rock Festival, the biggest rock event in Japan.
The personnel and instrumentation are the same. 3 horns (trumpet, trombone, baritone saxophone/bass clarinet), a guitar, and double trio (2 keyboard, 2 bass and 2 drums) with 3 vocalists. All the members of Hikashu, Charan-Po-Rantan, a stellar cast from Japanese jazz scene including the members of Shibura Shirazu Orchestra, and the founder of Godzilla Legend (and ex-member of Hikashu), Inoue Makoto. All of them are to be present.
The godzilla legend's performance last year was just awesome. The sound was so full and thick. And Charan-Po-Rantan sang the famous tunes from classic Mothra movies.
Needless to say, the Hikashu's set was terrific as well. Having Inoue Makoto as a guest, they played nearly two hours (although there were three acts before them!). At the end of the gig, the audience was quite overwhelmed.
This is the second time for the band to perform at Fuji Rock. The first time was 2010 and it was also a memorable moment.
We'd say this is the great opportunity to see the band, and you should consider this seriously. Perhaps the band will play some rare tunes for the gig (as they did in 2010), and this time they team up with Godzilla Legend and Charan-Po-Rantan. This line-up may not be the last, but apparently not so often. This year's festival will be held on 27th, 28th & 29th July 2012.
Right now, there are many things still uncovered. For instance, the schedule is not announced so we cannot tell you which day Hikashu and co. will appear. We'll keep updating about the event so stay tuned.
Fuji Rock Festival official site
This year's line-up (more to come - still updating)
Fuji Rock Festival 2012
The introductory clip by the organizer, Smash Japan.
The event's coverage by Axiom Magazine. As you can see, the weather can be very bad, so preparation is a must.
Hikashu & Tomoe Shinohara Live in Concert, NYC
The clip contains a footage from Hikashu's performance at Fuji Rock Festival 2010, at 1:20.
Fuji Rock Festival 2012 update
Godzilla Legend 2011 video