Leslie Kee reviews “The Last Destination Live 2006″

All Akina fans and fellow VAMPires,

I am crying now if you can’t see … because my beloved friend has written me an email about him catching Akina’s final performance at the Tokyo Forum. He was meant to attend the concert with our fellow VAMPires on the 30th in Yokohama, but due to bad weather, he had to give it up because of a CM shoot with Koda Kumi. He told me that he was trying to watch the last concert on the 8th August with a TV producer but couldn’t commit to it. So, I begged him not to miss the concert after reading all the fabulous reviews that our fellow VAMPires had gushed about after they returned home. Here is his email:

 Dearest James

Wow, I have to say Akina is a killer on stage.
I have probably seen more than hundreds of concerts in the last 12 years
in Japan,  but nobody is like Akina,  what a perfectionist on stage, and the
most incredible experience for me,  was that all the audience stood up 
throughout the entire 150 mins concert !!!    
Not even Yuming nor Ayu nor Hikaru’s live ever have such response
from the audience,  inspite of the mega scale in big halls.
Guess that all your Akina’s fans must have already shared with you their
feelings for this The Last Destination Live.   Luckily enough was that I 
was sitting in the middle, 10 rows from the stage, very very good seat
and her charm and power that night, was just so irresistable !
In her 2nd encore, she sang Momoe’s 夢先案内人,  Takeuchi Mariya’s 
September  and Slow Motion,  which was requested by the audience.
She performed those 3 songs without any music, but so beautifully.
I managed to enter backstage, as I met actress Kanda Uno (who acted
in the drama with her,  and is also one of the 300 artists in my book)
and she was very nice to have brought me in.  However that night, 
according to Akina’s record management (Universal Record) , she was
not in the mood to meet anyone,  so even Uno has no choice but to
leave without meeting her.
Almost there, so close, but too bad.   However I have a great talk with
Universal Record,  and began to understand many reasons why Akina
refused so much major offers in the last 10 years of her career.
Akina thinks very deeply,  and will only accept projects and jobs if
she feels it.   Sometimes it’s also about timing.  
Please keep on loving Akina – she is such a lengendary Diva, and I <!–
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promise you that one day,  not very far from now,  I am going to photograph
her with the most amazing beauty which we have been missing from her,
for a long time.
By the way, my SUPER STARS Book will be out on 10 November 2006.
Opening party on that evening,  at the Omotesando Hills,  Tokyo.
Another 3 more months from now !
You take care, both me and Ryan send our love to John.
Love and Peace
Leslie Kee
go visit my agency\’s website,  as it has been changed and also you can
read my words written for SuperStars Project.

On Aug 4, 2006, at 4:42 PM, James Lew wrote:

Hi Leslie,

How are you? Hope the shoot for Koda Kumi is working out well so that it frees you up for Akina\’s concert on the 8th. The guys absolutely enjoyed the Yokohama concert because she was so wonderful in it. They are currently uploading a copy of the concert secretly recorded, so that those who didn\’t attend can listen to it.

I am sorry I couldn\’t make it but I did sacrifice last year for John so I have to be fair here. I am praying that you will be there to watch it and that you may even get to meet her.

Send my love to Ryan.

Love,

James

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promise you that one day,  not very far from now,  I am going to photograph
her with the most amazing beauty which we have been missing from her,
for a long time.
By the way, my SUPER STARS Book will be out on 10 November 2006.
Opening party on that evening,  at the Omotesando Hills,  Tokyo.
Another 3 more months from now !
 
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This is such a fabulous review from someone who is not a core Akina fan but who loves and admires her as well and I am so touched by the comments. I feel almost as if I was there watching and screaming with Leslie, which we had not done since 1994. This is a wonderful testament to Akina’s prowess and I can’t wait to watch the performance on TV now. Thank You Akina. You have made all of us fans very happy and extremely proud of you.
 
Lastly, for those of you who are in Tokyo on the 10th November, please go and support Leslie on his launch. I am sure you will see many famous artistes there if they are free. Yuming will be writing the foreword/preface for the book, so she might be there too. Thank you lastly to Leslie for keeping our dreams alive!!!