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Arashi holding 'AraFes' concerts at National Stadium in 2012 & 2013

July 22, 2012 @ 12:30 am
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Johnny & Associates announced on July 20th that Arashi will be holding its concert at theNational Olympic Stadium in Tokyoon September 20th and 21st. Arashi has held its concerts at the National Stadium for the last 5 years since 2008. Its confirmed that the 2013 concert will also be held at the venue before it closes for a large-scale renovation in preparation for a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

"AraFes" meaning "Arashi's Festival" is the theme for this and next years concerts. The concert repertoire will be centered around a list of songs voted for by fans on Johnnys official homepage. This is the first time that fans requests are incorporated into the concert and the idea came from Arashi members themselves.

Aiba Masaki (29) from Arashi commented, "SinceNational Olympic Stadium will be having a large-scale renovation after two years, we want to do something different for these last concerts held there. We want to hold a concert that is Arashis 'Best of Best'. "

Concerts of Johnnys Jimusho usually feature large numbers of back-up dancers from Johnnys Jr, but its revealed that this concert will have just the five Arashi members performing for the audience.

Aiba, Ohno Satoshi (31) and Matsumoto Jun (28) were in New York at the end of June, gathering ideas for their live concert from attending shows like Broadway musicals and Cirque Du Soleils Zarkana. Aiba remarked, "We want to leverage what we have learned and create a live stage thats completely different than before."

Fans may make their song requests online on Johnny & Associate official website starting from 12pm July 21st to 6pm July 31st (JST).

Source: Sanspo

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