For the first time in over two years, Luna Sea kicked off with another Asian tour! With two new cities on the line-up, it was a toss-up whether we were flyiing to Hong Kong, Singapore, or Bangkok. In the end, it was the promise of good food and a good time (like meeting Inoran!) that lured us to Bangkok.
Just like the band it was our first time at Impact Arena, Bangkok’s massive convention and concert venue located forty five minutes by car from the city. There are a number of ways of getting there, including trains and shuttles. We were lucky enough that our Bangkok pals volunteered to drive us there so it was hassle-free going to and from the venue.
The goods line was mercifully short, and there was still a good supply of merch even if the pamphlets were already sold out as early as ten minutes after opening. Pricing is pretty good — although not as cheap as Hong Kong (where we managed to amass a good number of merch), was till less expensive than Japan.
After an excruciating two hour wait, the Impact Arena staff started letting people into the hall. The hall is much smaller than Hong Kong, with only half of the actual occupancy range utilized. Tickets sales were probably not as good as expected, however that did not deter the promoters from pushing through with the gig.
What sucked though was that with the new layout, fans who purchased Silver tier tickets were shuffled off to Bronze without a partial refund. Fortunately, we Gold ticket holders were not affected by the changes, however friends in the Silver section were understandably pissed. Good thing the band and the live was brilliant — it helped chase away everyone’s bad mood
Luna Sea World Tour
~The End of Dream~
Live in Bangkok
End of Sorrow
The End of The Dream
Bass Solo: J
Drum Solo: Shinya
I for You
Security at the Thai gig was not as stringent as Hong Kong, and many fans (myself included) got away with taking photos of the gig with our phone cams. This may come off as a bit hypocritical, but while the occasional snap is okay, recording the whole gig is not cool 😐
We stood behind this girl who had her Galaxy Tab up the entire time and she kept getting in the way of our view of the stage >.> Good thing that we managed to slide our way to the left to get an unobstructed view of the stage. Again, quick snaps here and there are fine and dandy, but blocking the view of fans behind you will mean an arrow to the knee.
If Luna Sea returns to Bangkok, would we fly there again? Sure, why not! Although we had an easier time at the Hong Kong gig (and we suspect, the Singapore gig as well), there was a something special about the Bangkok gig that makes us want to come back and do it all over again.