Special Interview with HYDE & K.A.Z by Toronto+Japan (TORJA) magazine
English translation by: VAMPS Canada
© TORJA magazine (English version published with permission)
We grew up with American music. Becoming like these artists is our dream. [HYDE]
Creating music that transcends differences in race and language is cool. [K.A.Z]
VAMPS started their headline tour “VAMPS North American Tour 2016 with Special Guest Citizen Zero” on November 6th. This is their sixth North American tour and it has been a year since their last visit to the US and Central/ South America.
This headline tour includes Citizen Zero, an American hard rock band from Detroit, Michigan, with six stops in total, spanning across USA, Canada and Mexico. Toronto was the fifth stop for them in this headline tour, and TORJA had the chance to sit down with HYDE and K.A.Z right before the show to talk about their ambition overseas, methods of relaxation and their general impression of Toronto.
HYDE: Yeah, that has been awesome. I hope this headline tour will set us up for next year. We will do an overseas tour next year too, so we would like to come back to Toronto.
HYDE: We grew up listening to American music and after all, I do want to be like these musicians. So, that is the purpose of overseas tours.
© Takaomi Yoshida
K.A.Z.: This isn’t specific to music bands, but if a group member has changed, what we do also changes. I enjoyed these differences…like if a band member changes, the sound would also change.
HYDE: For me, drinking in the evening. And feeling good (laugh). It cheers me up and is a good refresher for the next day.
K.A.Z: After 10 years, I will have pension (laugh).
HYDE: Ah, pension (laugh).
K.A.Z: That is not a message, but your desire (laugh).
HYDE: That is true (laugh). I heard Toronto will be snowed up, right? Sounds awesome to study in this great environment. That is so nice. I want to study! However, actually it is hard to find time to study, so please live in the moment and let’s try our best together!
K.A.Z: I think it is really great that Japanese have traveled to foreign countries and there are a number of successful Japanese in different places and positions. It may be different what we are striving for, but we are the same in that we go out into the world (doing something outside our comfort zone). So, let’s try together!
© Takaomi Yoshida
There were easily line ups for over two blocks from the venue, ‘Lee’s Palace’, with some enthusiastic fans who had been waiting even since the night before. At 8pm, once the venue opened, it soon became a full house. The first opening act was Second Pass, a local Hard Rock band from Toronto. The second band was none other than VAMPS’ tour guest CITIZEN ZERO. Audiences were heated up.
Just past 10:30 pm, VAMPS finally showed up on stage! The venue shook from screams and cheers. VAMPS started with their hit song ‘INSIDE OF ME”, ramping up the audience and quickly building excitement. Suddenly, only after 10th section of the song, there was no sound from one of the speakers. VAMPS went to backstage and had to restart.
However, audience started chanting for the band, and VAMPS came back on stage without much delay, and warmly welcome back onstage as if nothing happened. VAMPS played ‘LIPS’ and ‘REDRUM’ strongly. When they performed ‘SIN IN JUSTICE’, the whole venue united together to shout “JUSTICE!” with raised hands. Heating up more in the middle of the show, VAMPS’ version of ‘DIAMONDS’ (Rihanna) draped the venue in a gentle atmosphere. Following that, ‘WORLD’S END’ had the whole venue jumping with excitement.
There was screams and shouts again when HYDE said, “Nice to meet you, Toronto!”. He spoke fluently in English for his MC, but shouted “ Sugoi! Atsui! (Really hot!)” unable to contain his excitement.
In the encore, HYDE wore the Canadian flag covered in signatures of Canadian fans. HYDE did another MC and thanked the audience, ending the night with ‘DEVIL SIDE’ and ‘SEX BLOOD ROCK N’ROLL’. After the show, K.A.Z had the crowd going crazy again by throwing his guitar picks out to audience.
A total of 17 songs in a two hours’ gig came to an end, even though the audience was left in a high they would not soon come down from. This successful show was the first time for VAMPS in Toronto, Canada. With another overseas tour, next year, our hopes are high that they will be back.
See clips of VAMPS Live in Toronto:
Youtube「Move Canada Japan」