On 4 June 2017, Megumi Nakajima held her first concert since her return to her music career at Shinagawa Stellar Ball. The light was shining on the stage, and along with the band’s music and the fans clapping, the enthusiasm in the venue gradually rose. At that point, Megumi Nakajima appeared wearing a pink dress and said ‘Thanks for waiting!’ in a cheerful voice.
The first song was ‘Saikou no Shunkan’. The fans pushed Nakajima forward with their cheers as she sang ‘Koko ga Start Line’, which was the B-side to her first single since her comeback. The tension was high from the time the curtains opened and did not drop while ‘Sonna Koto Ura no Mata Urabanashi Desho?’ was sung.
It was a concert that seemed to look back on the road that Megumi Nakajima has walked. At the beginning, she performed, as expected, ‘Tenshi ni Naritai’, one of her two debut songs. In the middle of the gallant musical phrase, a powerful aura emanated from Nakajima as though she were trying her best to spread her injured wings. She transformed into a cute and popular idol as she waved her hands. Next up was the 2010 selection, made up of songs you can comfortably listen to. In ‘Kamisama no Itazura’ the harmonica was played by the bandmaster, Chappy-Daisensei, while Nakajima gently provided vocals. Then came the last song before Nakajima’s hiatus in 2014. The performance of ‘Wish’, included on her third album, overflowed with positive energy.
For the first time, Nakajima perfomed ‘AME (Rain)’, a song by Swedish artist Rasmus Faber on which she was featured. The concert focused on electronic music and the set list was made up of such songs, but in the midst of this, ‘Raspberry Kiss’, a song familiar to fans, was also incorporated. The lyrics ‘Love for you’ sung in the intro have become the title of the concert. ‘Transfer’ and ‘Marble’ were performed using an original arrangement by the band.
In the future, I want to be able to sing songs that I was not able to sing before. Today was the first step towards that.
Just around this time last year, Nakajima was thinking about ending her hiatus. However, she says she didn’t imagine that she would be holding a concert with so many people in attendance. She was positive saying, ‘I want to convey how serious I am.’ She expressed her joy, saying ‘I could burst into tears,’ making the audience laugh.
‘Everyone who came to the concert today, those who support me from wherever they are, my friends, family, and staff. I am standing here because all of you support me. From now on as well, while it may not be a completely straight road, I will walk forward without losing heart.’ The last song for the day, ‘Watashi no Sekai’, the first single since her comeback, was sung with all of these feelings channeled into it. Nakajima, who gained her wings with her debut song, caused a storm and is now flying through the sky once again.
The audience called for an encore using Nakajima’s nickname, ‘Mamegu’. Nakajima once again took to the stage in a white dress and sang an a capella version of ‘Baby’ to rising cheers from the audience. The Macross F medley from ‘Houkago Overflow’ included ‘Open, Ranka!’, ‘Kira☆’, ‘Dokun, dokun’ and the crowd’s excitement reached its peak. She said, ‘I am also thankful to Ranka Lee who was one of the reasons I was able to debut.’ She then performed ‘Golden ~I’m Glad I Fell in Love With You~’. With both arms raised, Nakajima embraced the scenery that shone with yellow glow sticks. ‘We’ll always be together!’ she said with a smile.
Next came a double encore, and Nakajima came out wearing a customized concert t-shirt. She seemed to be happy and having a lot of fun. She changed her feelings of regret into laughter saying, ‘Won’t everyone just come to my house?’ and sang the last song, ‘Ai wa Meguru’. The venue overflowed with love during the ‘love is coming back’ call and response.
Including the medley, 23 songs in total were performed. The concert lasted almost 3 hours. The spectators yelled, ‘Welcome back!’ to Nakajima who showed us a performance that was as if she just let loose all the power she had saved up.
‘I want to make an album! I want to go on tour!’
With those words, even if you wake up from this dream of a concert, the promise will still remain in your heart. When it was time to leave, Nakajima cheered on the spectators saying, ‘Let’s all work hard from tomorrow!’ That day was also Nakajima’s last day as a 27-year-old. She tied up a rough year with this amazing concert.
Photo from Megumi Nakajima’s Comeback Concert
Photo : 能美潤一郎
Megumi Nakajima Live 2017 “Love for you” Set List
1. Saikouno Shunkan
2. Sonna Koto Ura no Mata Urabanashi Desho?
3. Uchuu teki DON-DOKO-DON
4. Tenshi ni Naritai
5. Be MYSELF
6. Sunshine Girl
8. Pumpkin Cake
9. Love (Koi)
10. Kamisama no Itazura
11. TRY UNITE!
15. Flower In Green
16. Raspberry Kiss
19. Watashi no Sekai
20. What’bout my star? @Formo ~Interstellar Flight~ Rainbow Coloured ♥Kumakuma ~Anata no Oto~ Houkago Overflow
21. Golden ~I’m Glad I Fell in Love With You~
23. Ai wa Meguru