||[Jan. 16th, 2010|05:22 pm]
Utada Hikaru is currently on tour in the US--check her site for dates and locations. I got to see her in her first concert last night and was quite impressed. The location of the concert was kind of crappy, but the concert itself was great. She sang a lot of songs from her US albums (primarily the 2nd album), but I enjoyed listening to them live even without much familiarity. What was *really* awesome was that she sang a bunch of Japanese songs. The highlight was "First Love." Half the audience sang with her. She also sang "Automatic," "Clean and Simple," "Sakura Drops," and "Can You Keep a Secret?" I don't know if she'll sing as many Japanese songs in the other venues, since I'm not sure there will be an incredible number of Japanese people in the audience like we had last night.
In any case, she sounds great live. She sounded almost just like her recordings, going strong singing almost straight through for over 90 minutes. I'd highly recommend trying to see her if you can. My tickets were around $35, which I thought was quite cheap!