Abs of Steel! Cheeky Parade Perform Intense and Physical Live at Akasaka Blitz!
After spending their spring traveling across Japan and training via their “Cheeky Boot Camp” live house tour, Cheeky Parade was ready to show their gains when they took the stage at “Cheeky Parade LIVE 2015 Cheeky MONSTER～Fukkin Dai-Hokuran-Kai” at Akasaka Blitz on June 28, 2015.
The World Standard (aka Wa→Suta) was the opening act, performing “Doki Doki♡today” and “Inu-Neko. Seishun Massakari” as the audience scrambled to take pictures and video of them. This was followed by a short skit where Hina Nagai, Seran Mizorogi, and Asami Watanabe, dressed in gaudy fluorescent athletic clothes and afro wigs, lead the audience in some aerobics in order to warm-up for the live.
The dramatic pipe organ intro of “SINFONIA 〜Apocalypse of Monster〜” seeped into every crack and open space of Akasaka Blitz as 9 large pictures of the midsections of the members of Cheeky Parade were lowered down from the rafters. As they were introduced, each member took a dance solo. “Check It Out (Heavy Metal version)”, replaced the playful electronic blips of the original with crushing guitars and whipping hair as Cheeky Parade got their fans riled up under the dimly lit stage.
The stage lit up as Cheeky Parade moved right into their popular early song “BUNBUN NINE9′”, the fans chanting the MIX during the long instrumental intro and the members names as they sang their verses and popped and locked through the dance break. The pace slowed slightly with “Tactics” but Cheeky Parade’s angular robotic dance moves were sharp and precise.
Stopping to greet the fans, their usual self introduction was full of new information about the members and a hip-hop dance style. Citing that the name of the live was “Fukkin Dai-Hokuran-Kai” (Abdominal Expo), Yuriya Suzuki pointed to the pictures hanging above the stage and asked the audience how their progress was in working out their abs was, stopping them from attempting to lift up their shirts. Splitting the venue in half, the members lead the fans in a “Cheeky Monster” chant battle, resulting in a deafening roar.
Fists shot skyward and elbows flared out as Cheeky Parade launched into “Kizuna PUNKY ROCK!!” under red stage lights, the audience chanting loudly. Things reached a fever pitch with “C.P.U.!?”, several small mosh pits breaking out on the floor area. Midway through “C.P.U.!?” the music stopped and it was decided that in keeping with the theme of the live, Momoka Kodakari and Mariya Suzuki would do sit-ups while the rest of Cheeky Parade finished the song. Of course, they would be expected to keep singing their parts at the same time. Momoka had her belly patted while it was pointed out that her picture was a drawing and Marin Yamamoto challenged her to show her professionalism by accepting the challenge. Momoka struggled and took several breaks, wearing a pained expression as sweat poured down her face. The back of Mariya’s military shirt was soaked as she stumbled off of the table.
The roles reversed as Momoka’s voice became more powerful with the following song “Challenger” and Mariya continued to wince while attempting to keep up with the modified choreography, which now incorporated additional core-crushing moves. Members slipped offstage during the mid-tempo “Fly Higher”, leaving Yuna Sekine, Mariya and Yuriya Suzuki, Rino Shimazaki, and Momoka Kodakari to spread their wings and get the fans excited with some heated footwork.
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