VAMPS is a star duo project of Oblivion Dust guitarist K.A.Z and L’Arc-en-Ciel vocalist Hyde. The fairly new side project that launched in February 2008 has been an interest for fans of the duo. On October 9th, the band rocked the crowd in New York at the Roseland Ballroom in Irving Plaza.
VAMPS put on a really fantastic show. The band had really great energy and seemed to be in fine form, and they both looked and sounded great. They packed in quite a lot for the setlist, with a good mix including VAMPS songs drawing from their latest album “Beast”, as well as songs from their first album and a few from HYDE’s solo work. HYDE had the audience in the palm of his hand during his MCs, rousing the crowd up and feeding off of their energy. He also played into the VAMPS persona with some lines like, “I’m hungry… I want to eat some CRAZY AMERICANS!!” which had the audience going wild.
Also of note is the fact that the band played “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” It is one of HYDE’s solo tracks, I’m very glad they played it as it was especially apropos given they were playing their show in New York on John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The band also played the VAMPS cover of Shampoo’s “Trouble”, which is a fantastic up tempo rock cover. All in all they played a tight tight show, very well done VAMPS!!
Here are photos from the concert courtesy of Takayuki Okada.
VAMPS will be performing at the following locations around the world in October:
October 12 – SALA APOLO, Barcelona, Spain
October 16 – Espace La Grande Arche, Paris, France
October 23-24 – INTL. Gymnastics Center, Shanghai, China
November 6 – Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile