In a resplendent finale to their 15th-anniversary nationwide tour, the legendary Japanese idol group, Momoiro Clover Z, took Tokyo by storm on October 14 and 15. Over four months and a dozen sold-out shows, this captivating tour marked a monumental celebration of their illustrious journey.
On that sunny October Saturday, the streets buzzed with excitement as fans proudly sported merchandise representing their favorite member's color. The venue was a sea of colors, each hue symbolizing a beloved member. The unity among fans, regardless of age or gender, was palpable.
As the clock ticked closer to showtime, the quartet graced the stage, clad in elegant black dresses, a departure from their iconic multicolored uniforms, aligning with the tour's theme, "QUEEN OF STAGE." The concert opened with the 2011 classic "Hashire!"—newly arranged for this special tour. Fans, known as Mononofu, sang along with boundless enthusiasm, setting the tone for the night.
The performance of "DNA Rhapsody" was more Broadway spectacle than a typical idol concert, with six white-clad dancers. "Let's enjoy the night," the four members declared, energizing the crowd and engaging in spontaneous dialogue—an evolution from their scripted stage banter.
The tour featured much-loved classics but also spotlighted their latest single, "MONONOFU NIPPON feat. Tomoyasu Hotei." A collaboration with iconic Japanese guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei, it showcased the bond between the group and their fans.
The concert highlighted moments beyond their music. The members shared anecdotes and thoughts, illustrating their growth during their remarkable 15-year journey. The show concluded with a medley, offering a nostalgic journey through their history, backed by actual music video footage. It was a testament to their transformation from teenagers to top artists and the message of "The Golden History."
As the quartet left the stage, the Mononofu called for an encore, creating a magical atmosphere with glow sticks illuminating the venue. Momoiro Clover Z revealed a new single, "Chikai Mirai," and the audience witnessed its premiere.
The anniversary show wasn't just a celebration of the past. It heralded a new chapter: their seventh album. Momoiro Clover Z left fans with a sense of anticipation and unity.
This was a night of music, emotion, and a testament to the lasting impact of Momoiro Clover Z.
Photo Credits: HAJIME KAMIIISAKA