PASSPO☆ Touches Down at New Airport During 6th Anniversary Autumn Tour Finale
PASSPO☆ finally announced the details of their re-debut single “Mr. Wednesday” (release date: February 24) after the emotional arrival of the evening flight of their 6th anniversary autumn tour “PASSPO☆ Flight Tour ROCK Shuunen Tour Arigato-Bin Shinagawa” finale at Stellar Ball on November 28.
Petit PASSPO☆ again prepared the passengers for departure, this time diving right into “Zenryoku Swimmer” and finishing up with the entertaining and slightly acrobatic “Go Fight! Fly High!”.
Evening Flight – Departure: 6:30pm (JST)
A retro-styled introduction video complete with a vintage convertible accompanied “Immigration Control” as the passengers eagerly awaited the appearance of PASSPO☆. The flight kicked off with the energetic yet less aggressive than usual (there was no mosh pit) “Himawari”.
Next up to bat was “No.1 Boy”, the members sending signals, pitching, and swinging for the fences with Anna Tamai (aka Anya) calling out a home run at the end. Greeting the passengers as the flight stabilized, Mio Masui (aka Miomio) blamed a slight vocal incident on some people in first class (front of the stage) smiling at her too much. Looking for a way to promote their specially designed 6th anniversary towels, captain Ai Negishi (aka Aipon) offered it up as a convenient way to save up all the sweat from the live and treasure it forever. Despite a quip from Anya about the smell that would result from attempting to keep a sweaty towel for eternity, Naomi Anzai (aka Naomin) encouraged everyone to make their towels super sweaty, a sort of unusual way to get them more excited. In order to make that happen, PASSPO☆ turned up the heat with “HONEY DISH”, Natsumi Iwamura (aka Nachu) and Yukimi Fujimoto (aka Yukkii) tossing Miomio into the air like fresh popcorn and everyone cooking up fluffy imaginary pancakes. The evening performance of “Cosmic You” finished without the return of Awa Odori like it did during the afternoon flight.
PASSPO☆ then began the inflight programming with a Count Down TV-styled movie hosted by animated versions of Ground Crew bandmaster Penne To Arrabbiata, graduated members Makoto Okunaka, Kaho Sakuma, and the currently inactive (indefinite hiatus) Sako Makita hosting. Time circuits in the style of the Back to the Future” De Lorean counted up the years as the crew navigated through a 13-song medley of their history. The passengers raised their voices to PASSPO☆’s debut song “Let it go!!”, raising the volume with “Go On A Highway, and waving their towels to “LALALOVE TRAIN”. Things began to get more spontaneous and loose as Miomio broke into an impromptu “Pee-Wee Herman dance” before Anya was caught red-handed engaging in her usual stage antics. The towels were back in force during “Hello” before the 2011 section came to an end with “Kiss = Suki”. Moving into 2012, there were the festive latin rhythms of “Kimi Iro no Samba” and punk pop of “Dear My Friends”, lead vocalist Shiori Mori’s voice cutting through the wall of distorted guitars, as Nachi and Miomio flashed Anya. After “With XXXX”, Miomio ushered in 2013 with “Onegai”, transitioning into the sentimental “Growing Up”. The pick slides and aggressive beats of “「I」” had the passengers waving their penlights wildly, the medley peaking with loud cheers when Makoto Okunaka’s graduation song “TRACKS” appeared on the horizon, the first time it had been performed since January 1, 2015. As video clips from PASSPO☆’s 6 year history flashed by on the screen at the back of the stage, there was an air of anticipation as to who would sing Okunaka’s lines. Ai Negishi stepped forward to fill that role, tears streaming from her eyes as she sang.
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