Thanks, I read it.
I think you have have misconstrued my original post as being in the opinion that Plastic Tree is not a “world tour band,” but you rewrote almost exactly what I said, except in more detail.
I do have something more to add, speaking to you and to the rest of the kurage: signing a petition like “JRock world tours” is actually quite useless. Many fans don’t understand how booking gigs works and so they’re quick to call bands “selfish” or “ignorant” when they don’t perform in a town/city/state/country near them. This is what I said in my original post, but I will say it again here: whether or not a band plays in a certain city depends on whether or not a venue can guarantee a certain audience, AND THEN if the band can fit it into a schedule. It also doesn’t matter how much the band wants to have a world tour. An artist is not going to fly somewhere and perform for free. They need a guaranteed audience to even consider it.
Plastic Tree just doesn’t have enough fans concentrated in one city. What kurage SHOULD be doing is creating petitions for major cities where they live and sending them to the VENUES, not the artists. If the venues receive these, then they will talk to the band and work out something. So a “world tour” petition is not going to do anything useful if only 10 people from each country sign it. In that case, you would need over a million signatures for it to be useful, and quite frankly, Plastic Tree doesn’t have that many fans.
No, you’re not bothering me at all!
Overseas kurage often joke (or not) that Plastic Tree is refusing to do a world tour. I don’t think the band is actually refusing, but it does take a lot of effort and resources to play gigs in other countries. Plastic Tree has toured Europe before though.
I think the main problem is that Plastic Tree is still not a very famous band. It has a cult following, for sure, but they aren’t even well-known among the Japanese (I’ve spoken to several students, none of which had ever heard of the band). It seems that Plastic Tree has a bunch of fans because this is the Internet, but I don’t think they have enough to send them around the world. Plus, bands who want to go overseas usually have to wait for invitations from venues saying that they can promise an audience, and then the band has to fit that into their schedule. In all honesty, I don’t think there are enough kurage concentrated in a particular area to fill up a venue.
So whether or not they go on a world tour before they split all depends on how famous they become.
Plastic Tree is planning to release their Tent 3 performance (from April 14th, 2012) on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 19th, 2013. Both versions will include bonus features (“Piano Black” music video and backstage footage from the Ink tour) and a CD with live performances of all of the songs from “Ink” performed at Yokosuka Geijutsugekijou on March 7th of this year.
As far as I know, it isn’t on YouTube or anything like that.
The clip is from the extras on cali≠gari’s Mannequin CD.
At that time, cali≠gari had said that they were disbanding, and so they did a show with MUCC and Plastic Tree. Each band had their own setlists, but in the end, all of the bands collaborated together to perform cali≠gari’s songs.
I have the DVD files on my computer if you want me to upload them, but the parts where the members of Plastic Tree and MUCC appear are quite short.
Yes. It’s buchio7610.
I can’t. Not at the moment, at least. The only reasons I’ve found were on various fansites and since they were all different, I’m pretty sure that they were all just speculations. The only real evidence I can find is the fact that Bucchi doesn’t seem to be associating with Plastic Tree at all now.
However, I’m hoping that is one of the questions I can answer by embarking on this biography project. I’m sure the answer is out there somewhere.
It’s actually 着, which doesn’t really have a good English equivalent in that context. By itself, the kanji means “clothes,” or “to arrive,” etc. That kanji is used to represent Japanese ringtones, too.
Hmm… that’s a good question. I don’t think we’ll ever know the real answer, but we can speculate. I’ve seen a few theories:
He may be the type who loves selectively, but when he does love someone, he gets very attached. In that case, a break-up would probably leave him pretty bitter and might make him reluctant to try again. That could explain the negativity in his answers and in his lyrics. However, keep in mind that hardly any band members take those questionnaires seriously.
On the other hand, it’s difficult to believe someone of his age has only had one relationship. Then again, the dating customs in Japan are so rigid that statistics are showing 40% [or something] of men aged 40+ have never had sex, and now there’s a growing asexual trend among young people. With that being said, his songs might be written about multiple “crushes” or “fantasies.”
Lastly, they could all be made up. Writers/poets/etc. don’t always have to write about their lives. Sometimes it’s more interesting to make things up. Given how Ryutaro seems negative toward love in that interview, perhaps he doesn’t want to be in a relationship and just doesn’t care. His one true passion seems to be music, after all. In that case, why would he write love songs? Because love songs sell and are pretty easy to write.
But this sort of stuff is taboo among Japanese bands because “single, attractive men” are what causes teenage girls to give their money to the record companies. If they openly talked about their relationships (even going so far as talking about engagements, marriage, or children), they might lose fans.