BABYMETAL’s world tour came to Germany for two club gigs.
Bands like BABYMETAL don’t need an opening act. Right from the first chord, people freak out and even before the three girls come on stage, there is a mosh pit. Opener is – of course – ‘Babymetal Death’, the song introducing the band members. Instruments are played by Kami Band all dressed up in white with white make up which makes them look like the dead from Japanese horror movies.
BABYMETAL start with their party songs ‘Line!’ and ‘Uki Uki Midnight’ and the girls are as cute as in videos and pictures! Highlight for the first songs is the dance performance in which the girls don’t make a single mistake. They jump, run around, show some kind of fight moves and dance like there’s no tomorrow. The interactions between the girls are just so cute!
But Kami Band is not just a backing band. They get they’re five minutes of fame right in the beginning when BABYMETAL themselves leave the stage and let their band perform. People in Huxley’s love it and honor the band by partying like before. After that one, Su-Metal enters the stage alone for a solo performance of ‘Rondo of nightmare’. This is one of the songs showing that she is also a talented singer – not just one of those cute Japanese girls dancing.
But cuteness overload comes back when the other girls, Yuimetal and Moametal, come back in glam gangster hoodies with sparkling skeleton bones. They give Su-Metal a break and perform ‘Onedari Dai Sakusen’ alone which makes people freak out even more (if possible). BABYMETAL combine that gangster attitude with a cool performance – happy faces everywhere.
‘Catch me if you can’ reunites all the girls again. But Su-Metal has another solo number with ‘Akatsuki’ – and that song shows once again how good she is as a singer, even live. Unfortunately, this is the only song to which BABYMETAL wear their dark knight coats – I like that outfit!
‘Song 4’ is another one for Moametal and Yuimetal with a dancing performance. They involve the audience very much just by gestures. Along the whole gig, BABYMETAL do not talk much, but that’s okay. They don’t need words to tell people what to do. Next highlight ‘Megitsune’ is a big metal party and many people try to sing along with the girls. The smaller girls play games with their fans, who have to jump at specific moments or show the fox sign.
‘Doki Doki Morning’ was the first song I know from BABYMETAL and I think it is also the first one that came to Europe. They did the same performance like on the official video that was really nice to see. The last fast and loud song is ‘Gimme chocolate!!’ and Su-Metal asked people to sing together with her – it worked quite well.
Before ‘Ijme Dame Zettai’, a sampler asks why people hurt each other and for whom they do it – BABYMETAL come up with a statement against violence and war and the song fits perfectly with a ballad part in the beginning and a fast part, in which Moametal and Yuimetal do a warrior performance before animating the fans again.
There were still two songs to go but BABYMETAL made a long break before ‘Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!’. People know that this is the big final and once again rock like hell. But BABYMETAL shouldn’t leave the stage without playing ‘Road to resistance’, a song Dragonforce’s Herman Li composed for them. Before the song starts, Su-Metal parts the fans for the last wall of death of the day. Impressive! The smaller girls took BABYMETAL Germany flags and showed them around.
In the end, each of the three girls say a sentence in German: “Vielen Dank” (Thank you), “Passt auf euch auf” (Take care!) and “Bis bald” (See you soon). Nice gesture and so adorable! Some people have tears in their eyes. It feels a bit strange that the concert ends at 9.30p.m., but there are restrictions in Germany that don’t allow children under a specific age to be on stage after 10p.m. And it’s okay, the gig was one of the best I’ve seen this year and the atmosphere was so nice and friendly – it was long ago that I experienced such positive vibes at a concert. If you have the chance to see BABYMETAL on stage – take it!