On August 27th, avex soloist Goto Maki appeared at the label's annual summer concert "a-nation", where she thanked her fans for their support throughout her long career.
This year, the music event celebrated its 10th anniversary. The first concert was held in Ehime on July 30th, followed by subsequent concerts in Fukuoka, Aichi, Osaka, and Tokyo (which held a final two-day live). Five Ito-Yokado stores in three different prefectures affected by March's Tohoku disaster provided free viewing of the Tokyo lives, while money earned by the sale of tickets and goods were donated entirely to charity.
The performance on the 27th was a special one for Goto Maki fans, as it was her final 'a-nation' concert.
"To all the fans who have supported me 'til now, and to everyone I met with at a-nation, really, thank you very much!" she said to the crowd.
Goto Maki continued with the announcement, "Many of you may already know, but I, Goto Maki, have had a full year and will be taking a long break beginning in January of next year." "But, even though I'm saying this, there are still several months left until my last [live] in December. Since I hope I can run through it Goto Maki-style with all the strength I have, please cheer me on!"
Afterwards, the singer brightly performed two of her songs, causing the entire venue to pump their fists in the air with excitement. Goto Maki will be holding her last solo concert on December 4th with two performances, thus marking the end of her activities as a singer for a while.
Meanwhile, the concert on the 27th also included X JAPAN as a secret guest. During the intro movie, the lights outlined a silhouette of YOSHIKI playing the piano, which drove the crowd wild as they started screaming for the band. X JAPAN sang a total of five songs, including their hit track "Niji".
"Were you surprised today?" teased YOSHIKI during an MC segment. "Since we were away I was wondering what would happen, but since you welcomed us so warmly, I gave up those thoughts. Ah, we're the band called X JAPAN."
Other artists performing that day included Koda Kumi, TRF, AAA, Suzuki Ami, mihimaru GT, and AFTER SCHOOL. There were a total of sixteen artists and eight hours of live performances.
Check out photos from the event below!
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Source + Photos: Oricon
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Posted by 0 pt Sunday, August 28, 2011
Goto Maki thanks fans for their support at her final "a-nation" live
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