Renowned singer-songwriter Masayoshi Yamazaki recently found himself embroiled in a storm of social media controversy following an unconventional live performance, which deviated from audience expectations. The crux of the contentious issue stemmed from Yamazaki making remarks like "I don't want to sing today" onstage. These comments resulted in his agency issuing a public apology on the 23rd and offering ticket refunds, a gesture indicating an attempt at resolving the issue.
This peculiar incident occurred at the Mito Civic Center on the 21st, leading to a lot of unhappy posts from what seem to be people who attended the show. Many shared things like "Yamazaki said, 'I don't really want to sing today,'" and "The conversation continued without substance." Some reports even talked about people leaving early, and there was even a dispute between Yamazaki and an upset fan who wanted a refund. Normally, Yamazaki plays more than 20 songs, but this time, he only did 8.
It turns out that Yamazaki's did this on purpose. His tour was meant to be more "raw" and simple, without a backing band, and with a lot of talking to the audience. In a previous show in Zama City, he did 16 songs, which is still less than usual.
But not everyone got what he was trying to do. Some fans defended him and liked the talking, but others were confused and not happy about the change. So, people had mixed feelings about the show.
To deal with the situation, Yamazaki's agency said, "Since the show was different from what we planned, we'll give refunds to anyone who wants one. We're really sorry for any trouble." This shows the agency is trying to fix things, but we'll have to see how it affects Yamazaki's reputation.