Most Expensive Dinner Show

明菜、聖子超え…飾りじゃない5万円ディナーショー

今年デビュー25周年を迎えた歌手の中森明菜(41)が大みそか、千葉・浦安市のホテルオークラ東京ベイで、初のディナーショー形式のカウントダウン・コ ンサートを行う。そのチケット価格は、これまで国内アーティスト最高額だった松田聖子(45)の4万8000円を2000円上回る5万円に設定されてい る。女王の交代だ。  カウントダウンは「応援し続けてくれたファンとともに節目の年越しを過ごしたい」という明菜の提案で実現。チケットは、ファンクラブを対象に先行発売して、すでに即日完売している。明菜人気の底力を改めて証明した格好だ。

当日は、午後8時半からディナーが供され、10時半から明菜のステージがスタート。ともに2008年のカウントダウンを行い、歌以外の「スペシャルな企画も準備している」(主催者)という。

それにしても、気になるのが、1人5万円というお値段。

これまで国内のディナーショーの最高額というと、今年3月に開かれ物議をかもしたマイケル・ジャクソンの来日イベントで、プラチナ席が40万円だった。 これは別格としても、国内アーティストでは、4万8000円の聖子が人気、価格とも長らくディナーショー女王に君臨してきた。

明菜のコンサート関係者は「別に価格を競っているわけではない。ファンの方、一人ひとりが満足してもらうショーを構成するためにこの価格になった」と説明する。

このカウントダウンに先立ち、明菜のクリスマス・ディナーショーが先週末9日、那覇市のパシフィックホテル沖縄を皮切りに始まった。明菜の沖縄でのス テージは4年ぶり。ステージは2回で、こちらは4万円。「沖縄では相当高いチケット代だが、700枚のチケットは即日完売だった」(地元スタッフ)。

全国10都市で17公演を行う。「歌姫伝説 Best Selection」と題したショーは、「原始女は太陽だった」で幕を開け、「北ウィング」「十 戒」「飾りじゃないのよ涙は」まで、ヒット曲を惜しみなく披露。また、日本レコード大賞の企画賞を受賞した異色の演歌カバー・アルバム「艶華」から「天城 越え」や「無言坂」、そして「越冬つばめ」にも挑戦している。

This report basically confirms what we already know about the first Countdown Live that Akina is holding, and how her 50000 yen per person entry fee makes her the “Queen”, taking over the “crown” from Seiko, who’s previous highest ticket price was 2000 yen cheaper. This Countdown Live will be a special project from the dinner show (we shall see how special that is – as special as her “Best Concert Pamphlet ever”?) and they will ensure that it is planned to satisfy all fans. Tickets for the show has sold out to all fanclub fans on the same day of release, which I guess is good news, but this can only be confirmed when we see how many seats there are in the venue.

Akina started her series of 17 dinner shows at 10 venues this year at Okinawa yesterday, which marks her first time in four years she has performed there. With ticket prices set at a high 40000 yen, it is very encouraging to know that tickets also sold out on the same day of release (Leally?)

The theme of the dinner show was 「歌姫伝説 Best Selection」 and she started off the show with 「原始、女は太陽だった」, followed by 「北ウィング」、「十戒」、「飾りじゃないのよ涙は」 and many other hit songs. She also picked up the challenge by covering the songs 「天城 越え」, 「無言坂」、and then 「越冬つばめ」 from her long awaited “Record Taisho Special Project” award winner 「艶歌 -Enka-」 .

A positive report in all, and I must say a morale booster for the VAMPires and our friends who are catching her dinner show this year.

P.S. I read all the comments under the Record Taisho post, and I believe if I had not remembered wrongly that Akina actually made the comment in 1988 when she last won for 「Tattoo」 that she would withdraw from all award ceremonies onwards in 1989. This explains why she wasn’t featured anymore after that. There were also rumors that she insisted on singing 「I Missed “The Shock”」 on that night, which angered TBS, but I am skeptical of this rumour. I strongly believe that she didn’t perform during the night because she was sick. If anyone watched “The Best Ten” leadup, they will see what a sore throat she had then.

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

3 thoughts on “Most Expensive Dinner Show

  1. Absolutely. She has so much success this year with her CD+DVD packaging, I won’t be surprised she will be using that format for all her upcoming releases. If she doesn’t release a countdown live DVD, then maybe a segment on an accompanying DVD will definitely spur sales. Please Akina, no more video clips unless they are at least of the あの夏の日 standard. Omigod, even then, I think the standard is not high. LOL.

  2. i am highly skeptical about those "special" claims. and yes, Jamez, you took the exact words outta my mouth wrt the Concert Tour Booklet that was supposed to be "The World’s Strongest". so ew.

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