Asia On Tour feat. Miyavi | Slot Machine | Kiha & the Faces
Miyavi, Japanese singer, songwriter, record producer, and now international actor, is now on the last stops in the U.S. portion of his World Tour which began in February to promote his latest album, Fire Bird. This year also marks his 15th anniversary as a solo artist and to thank his fans, he released ALL TIME BEST “DAY 2” on April 5.
Kiha & the Faces, an indie rock band from South Korea, started the show. Their set was about an hour in length, and they sang some songs in both English as well as their native Korean. They even preformed a cover of “Once in a Lifetime,” by one of their favorite American bands, Talking Heads. They met the crowd with a lot of excitement and were very entertaining to watch! Kiha, the lead singer of the band, was very funny, and his bandmates were equally charismatic and seemed very enthusiastic about performing for us.
Next was Slot Machine, a modern rock band from Thailand. Again, their set was about an hour, and they sang mostly songs in English and one or two in their native Thai. One of Thailand’s biggest rock bands, they were very flashy and gave off an ’80s alternative rock vibe. The lead singer belted out high notes and the lead guitarist exuberantly hopped around the stage and into the mosh pit at times. At the end of their set, they offered a message of peace and unity across cultures and language.
Saving the best for last, Miyavi was the closer. This was my second time seeing him in New York; this time he was only on for a little over an hour, but he didn’t disappoint. He met the packed house with open arms, relaying messages of gratitude, love, unity, and hope for the future. He recently move to Los Angeles with his wife and two young daughters and has begun work with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, visiting refugee camps around the world.
The set list included “Raise Me Up” as the opener, on to “Fire Bird,” “The Others,” and “Afraid to be Cool” from his more recent albums, and to commemorate his 15th anniversary, fan favorites “What a Wonderful World” and “What’s My Name?” He even preformed his interpreted and arranged theme to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
Miyavi’s full set list included:
Raise Me Up
So on it
Where Home Is (feat. Melody)
Youth of the nation
Afraid to be Cool
Cry like this
Mission: Impossible Theme
What a Wonderful World – day2mix
What’s My Name – day2mix (Track co-written with Melody)
Miyavi’s World Tour remaining shows:
Tuesday, April 25th | Asia on Tour featuring Miyavi | House of Blues Chicago, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, April 26th | Asia on Tour featuring Miyavi | Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON
Sunday, May 7th | Miyavi | Academy Islington, London, London, GB SOLD OUT
He will also be making an appearance at the new Tokyo X Brooklyn, a two day Pop Culture festival bringing together two cultures, Tokyo and Brooklyn, featuring an exciting lineup of musicians, a variety of culinary favorites, innovative technology, artists, and performers on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14.