Akina’s Spring 2009 Promise

Two Japanese newspapers have finally confirmed the rumours that have been circulating during her dinner shows.

This is the Sanspo Report:







Akina will finally end her two and a half year “self imposed concert retirement” and will hold a series of concerts promoting her “Folk Songs” cover album that she just released on X’Mas Eve.

The location is still yet to be determined, but it will not be a major concert hall, with Akina preferring a “Live House” and a guitar accompaniment, a style reminiscent of her 2005 “Empress Love” series of concerts.

I believe Akina is hoping that the intimacy and the acoustic live will help to create a warm and nostalgic mood, which I totally agree is the way to go if she is purely singing the “folk songs”.

The NikkanSports report is not too different:


70年代フォークのカバー・アルバム「フォーク・ソング~歌姫 抒情歌~」を発売した歌手中森明菜(43)が来春、フォークライブを計画しているこ とが27日、分かった。最近の明菜はディナーショー以外は行っておらず、実現すれば約2年半ぶりのライブとなる。24日発売の同アルバムはすでに5万枚出 荷の盛り上がりで、ライブ開催の話が持ち上がったという。明菜は「私のファンの方や、もう少し上の年代の方にはギターを弾きながらフォークを歌っていた方 も非常に多いはず」とした上で「今までにないスタイルで、新しい中森明菜を表現したい」と話した。

明菜は一昨年8月の東京国際フォーラムでのコンサートを最後に、ディナーショー以外のステージを事実上、封印してきた。「大きなホールでは納得で きるコンサートができない」が理由。今回は「ライブハウスでやりたい」との意向で、アコースティックライブを想定しているという

I guess this is wonderful news for all Akina fans alike. This would be a great opportunity for those who missed her “Empress Live” concerts, and this is another way to get real up close and personal.

Now, if only she would also go on TV and promote the album too, that would be most marvellous.


6 thoughts on “Akina’s Spring 2009 Promise

  1. Wow..Wow..Wow..

    Now, I just hope the economy is way down hill and the YEN is not going out of this world.

  2. If anyone from HK has the concert schedule, could he or she please send me a email. thanks!!!

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