Tonight we went to a rock concert at the Moore Theater for Puffy, a band whose music I fondly recall from my time in Japan. I was never a big fan of their music, though they had some catchy music and they were obviously at the height of their popularity back in 1998, as I heard their music all the time on T.V. and at stores and at karaoke.
Some years later in the U.S. they were discovered by somebody at Cartoon Network, who had them compose the opening theme for their show Teen Titans. Teen Titans was an amalgam of Japanese animation art style and a U.S. super-hero show and their catchy theme song bridged the two styles fairly well. Then later, Cartoon Network created a show called Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi based on these singers. I watched this show a lot when I was in Boston and had cable television.
Due to their popularity on Cartoon Network, the concert tonight had quite a few parents with kids. There were also quite a lot of teenagers, some looking a bit like anime convention-goers. Then there were more than a few Japanese, probably here on student visas, and some Japanese-White couples, like Hitomi and myself. Perhaps there were fans from Japan as well. I can imagine for serious Puffy fans, they wouldn't be able to see Puffy in a small venue like the Moore Theater in Japan.
The bad, or should I say unfortunate, was the theater was hardly full and quite a few seats were empty. And perhaps because of the kids or because it's Tuesday or because not everyone knows Puffy's latest music, including myself, the audience on the whole was not terribly pumped up. And since Ami Yumi are pretty women, I would have liked it if they dressed not in baggy shirts plus pants but something a little more befitting a rock performer.
The good was they do have a talented band, diverse and interesting musical composition, stage presence, singable lyrics, and Ami and Yumi sing fairly well. They also had the sense to put some of their better-known songs (high-of-their popularity songs) in at the end and encore so the audience finally got up and acted a bit more enthusiastic at the end. (That is not to say their new songs weren't strong, it's just nostalgia and familiarity plays a factor in enjoyment of music. In fact, what keeps people from some music, e.g. classical, is simply lack of exposure.)
We bought two of their more recent CDs, but somehow we didn't end up with their most recent CD, apparently a concert exclusive, due to confusion on my behalf. Both CDs came with signboards containing their signatures. Hitomi will rip them and we'll be better prepared for their return tour in perhaps a few years.