Japanese singer-songwriter Masayoshi Yamazaki recently made headlines with his first live performance after a controversial incident on October 21st. At that performance, he had remarked, "I don't want to sing today," leading to concerns and criticism from fans. On November 2nd, Yamazaki took the stage in Nagoya at the Nagoya DIAMOND HALL for his vocal-singing live tour, "YAMAZAKI MASAYOSHI 'ONE KNIGHT STAND TOUR 2023'."
At the beginning of the performance, Yamazaki addressed the audience and offered an apology, stating, "I'm sorry for causing you concern." He then proceeded with the show, eventually completing the encore. While he appeared somewhat nervous at first, his demeanor transformed as he delved into a heartfelt dialogue with the audience during the concert.
During a candid moment, he expressed, "I never thought it would be this important. Things are amazing these days." This remark sparked enthusiastic responses from the nearly full house of fans, who encouraged him to share more. The atmosphere grew warm with clapping, applause, and laughter.
Throughout the concert, Yamazaki sang around 18 songs, more than twice the number performed in the previous Mito show. His setlist included hits like "Celery," and he assured the audience, "Today, I'll do it." For the encore, he performed "I'm here."
The October 21st performance at the Mito Civic Center had sparked controversy due to Yamazaki's comment, and some fans had left mid-way. His typical setlist usually exceeded 20 songs, but in Mito, he sang only eight. In response to the backlash, his agency, Office Augusta Co., Ltd., had issued an apology on the 23rd and offered ticket refunds for those who felt inconvenienced by the change in the performance.
You can read about the incident here.
On October 31st, the agency announced that the tour performances, starting from November 2nd at Nagoya DIAMOND HALL, would proceed as planned. The Nagoya live performance was highly anticipated to see how Yamazaki would respond to the incident and continue his tour.