Fans can’t wait to see the band perform in Vancouver, where crowds aren’t banned from making noise like in Japan
The purpose of going to a rock concert is more than just hearing the music: you come to see what’s happening on stage, but you often find yourself shaped by what’s going on around you in the crowd. The vibe, the energy and the ground-shaking screams, cheers and chants are what make the live experience complete.
After more than three years of a long wait, fans will soon see Japanese band One Ok Rock rock Vancouver once again.
One Ok Rock is a four-piece rock band formed in Tokyo in 2005. Since their debut in 2007, the band’s emo and rock songs coupled with their aggressive live performances have quickly garnered a huge following, especially from the younger generation.
Using both Japanese and English lyrics in their songs, the group rose to international fame around 2012 with the release of their sixth album Jinsei × Boku =, leading them to concerts and music festivals outside of Japan. Asia.
“It went from zero immediately to 1000,” said William Lam, a Vancouverite who traveled to the band’s last gig in Vancouver in 2019. “The place just started jumping immediately and never went away. all night!”
“They really got the crowd moving, knew what to say and how to make us want more,” Lam added.
After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the popular band is finally returning to North America this fall, bringing English pop-punk band You Me At Six and English pop-punk band Fame on Fire. Their Vancouver show will take place on October 15 at the Harbor Event and Convention Center downtown.
The lead singer of the J-rock band, Takahiro Moriuchi, recently took to Instagram and posted, “Finally!!! Since Japan has not yet allowed (audience to make) sounds at concerts, those who wish to come, please join us!”
Don’t Clap, Don’t Shout: Silent Crowds in Japan in the Age of COVID
When the pandemic took hold, Japan imposed a ban on shouting and singing in stadiums in early 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID.
Since then, silence has become the soundtrack of many musical and sporting events, including the Olympic Games.
In November last year, restrictions were eased as new COVID cases plummeted in Japan. Under the new rule, for events with less than 50% capacity, shouting and cheering from spectators is allowed; for 100% capacity, spectators are still prohibited from making noise.
On social media, people are sharing their recent experiences of going to concerts in Japan, saying most of them still ban cheering.
“It’s ok…(audience) moves their heads side to side in a steady rhythm while clapping their hands,” one Reddit user commented. “Or doing a repetitive hand push in the air.”
Others pointed out that “COVID fear is still high” among organizers, and most events are “focused on selling tickets”, trying to get full capacity and “recouping all the money they can get.” ‘they’ve been losing the last two years’.
“That would be a bit awkward for a music show,” Lam said. “The shouting, shouting and singing together is an integral part of the live experience – it’s a display of passion more than anything else.”
Lam has already secured his ticket and is looking forward to seeing the band live and reliving the thrilling experience he had over three years ago.
“They kept the energy the whole time. There wasn’t really a chance for you to take a break from all the excitement, but that wasn’t a bad thing – they were really, really amazing.