ボタンThe Parkinsons @ Yuyake Matsuri

in Kiami, Hokkaido(24th Jan '03)

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The Parkinsons
Just doing a couple of gigs in Tokyo, Osaka and possiblly Nagoya, most of the bands and artists having visited Japan say, "Yeh, we did a tour in Japan." What a laugh! Coming to a country with population of 120 million, if you are not capable to visit more than a few cities and doing a few gigs, I guess you are not anything but money maing machine with the best cost performance which seems to be nothing different from just a product of music industry.

But a few bands and artists, mostly far from "music industry, have got guts to do a long tour in Japan. I guess most of booking agents or management would never accept this idea of "never money making business", but a musician wants to play and lots of music fans far from big cities should be given a chance to face to them. I believe the Parkinsons is one of those few bands trying to do a real tour here in Japan.

Kicking off at Shinjuku Loft in Tokyo and played in Sendai and Hirosaki in northern end of Honshu, the Parkinsons were moving up to Kitami in Hokkaido, the most nothern island in Japan where I joined in them. Driving from Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, on a land completely covered by snow in blizzard, all of the boys were saying that they have never been to this cold land in their life.

What was waiting for them in snowstormed town, however, was real hot audience and local bands.
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Though the Parkinsons gave a big impact at Fuji Rock Festival '02, I imagine there were not more than hundred people from Hokkaido there as the cost of travelling to Naeba, where the festival was held, from Hokkaido is quite a lot and nobody could expect lots of audience at the venue called Yuyake Matsuri, "Sunset Fair", without any support of the local poeple. I found a few fans of the parkinsons in the audience, but it was obvious that the most of the poeple brought in by those support bands.

Despite of the heavy duty blizzard, there were about 80 people in the venue and a local punk out fit called TRICYCLE kicked off the show and HEADROCK followed. The amazing one was the one, called QUACK, came out just before the Parkinsons. Influenced by Kemuri, their straight ska-punk was good enought to warm us up and gave a great impact for all of us and the Parkinsons.

After the show, I got a CD-R copy of their works and should say they are damn good and if you get a chance to see them, you should never miss them.


report and photos by hanasan

The Parkinsons tour in Japan
with TRICYCLE, HEADROCK and QUACK
25th Jan. 03 @ REST in Obihiro
with Underground 13th flow, Jay's, Onion Bakudan and Accel Tribe
26th Jan. 03 @ Casino Drive in Asahikawa
27th Jan. 03 @ Bessie Hall in Sapporo (JPN version)
27th Jan. 03 @ Bessie Hall in Sapporo (ENG version)
6th Feb. 03 @ Fandango in Osaka
with Wakusei
20th Feb. 03 @ Takutaku in Kyoto
with no supporting act

The official site of

the Parkinson

http://www.theparkinsons.xoasis.com/

The album info :
Sound Circus Label (in JPN)


The latest album

The Parkinsons

"A Long Way To Nowhere"
(UK import / US import / 国内盤)


The new album (out in '04)

The Parkinsons

"Reason To Resist"
(UK import)



previous works




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buttonRobert Randolph and The Family Band (11th Dec @ Nagoya Quattro)
buttonRobert Randolph and The Family Band (9th Dec @ Shinjuku Liquid Room)
buttonBETAGARRI (29th Nov @ Uneno The Church)
buttonSORROW (27th Nov @ Sendai Junk Box)
buttonSORROW (26th Nov @ Koriyama #9)
buttonBETAGARRI with The 3peace, SHOP LIFTER, & MIZZ (24th Nov @ Club Phase, Takadanobaba)
buttonBleach (22nd Nov @ Shinjuku Antiknock)
buttonおじゃんになるかも (6th Nov @ Shimokitazawa 440)
buttonSleep Walker (17th Oct @ morph_tokyo)
buttonThee Michelle Gun Elephant (11th Oct @ Makuhari Messe)
buttonElvis Costello (1st Oct. @ Nakano Sun Plaza)
buttonKatteni Shiyagare (29th Sep @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonKEMURI (20th Sep. @ Kawasaki Club Citta)
buttonKEMURI (10th Sep. @ Oita Drum Top's)
buttonKEMURI (9th Sep. @ Kagoshima Caparvo Hall)
buttonKEMURI (7th Sep. @ Fukuoka Drum Logos)
buttonKEMURI (5th Sep. @ Hiroshima Quattro)
buttonKEMURI (4th Sep. @ Yonago Belier)
buttonKEMURI (30th Aug. @ Chiba Look)
buttonKEMURI (30th Aug. @ Rising Sun Rock Festival)
buttonTheatre Brook (15th Aug. @ Rising Sun Rock Festival)
buttonTheatre Brook (22nd Jun. @ Shinjyuku Liquid)
buttonHore! Hore! Live Vol.2 (13th May. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonBanda Bassotti (12th May. @ Kawasaki Club Citta)
buttonBanda Bassotti (11th May. @ Osaka Big Cat)
buttonBanda Bassotti (10th May. @ Nagoya Bottom Line)
buttonBanda Bassotti (5th May. @ Ueno Church)
buttonJackson Browne ( 4th May. @ Nakano Sun Plaza)
buttonJackson Browne (2nd May. @ Nakano Sun Plaza)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring Brahman and Banda Bassotti (19th Apr. @ Paci' Paciana, in Bergamo)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring Brahman and Banda Bassotti (18th Apr. @ Zapata, in Genova)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring Brahman and Banda Bassotti (17th Apr. @ Giornata dell'Arte e della Creativita Studentesca in PISA)
buttonNada Trio, Agricantus & Mongol 800 (13th Apr. @ Piazza Del Tribuni Rome)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring The Unity Squad, Rude Bones, Mongol 800 and Banda Bassotti (12th Apr. @ Villaggio Globale Rome)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring Betagarri, Brahman, Banda Bassotti and Obrint Pas (11th Apr. @ Villaggio Globale Rome)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring Capdown, Doberman and Banda Bassotti (28th Mar. @ Centro Social Padova)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring Banda Bassotti, Capdown and Doberman (27th Mar. @ Centro Social Bologna)
buttonThe Street Beat Festival featuring Capdown, Doberman and Banda Bassotti (26th Mar. @ Auditorium Flogin Firenze)
buttonSleep Walker (21st Mar. @ the Room, Shibuya)
buttonKatteni Shiyagare (20th Mar. @ Shinjuku Liquid Room)
buttonJohnny Marr & The Healers (1st Mar. @ Shinjuku Liquid Room)
buttonThe Parkinsons (20th Feb. @ Kyoto Takutaku)
buttonPrince Buster with the Determinations with DJ Gaz Mayall (10th Feb. @ Shinjuku Liquid Room)
buttonThe Parkinsons, WAKUSEI (6th Feb. @ Juso Fandango)
buttonSleep Walker (28th Jan. @ Yokohama Motion Blue)
buttonThe Parkinsons, LOLITA NO.18, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, ZARIGANI5, WAKUSEI (27th Jan. @ Sapporo Bessie Hall)
buttonThe Parkinsons, LOLITA NO.18, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, ZARIGANI5, WAKUSEI (27th Jan. @ Sapporo Bessie Hall) - English version
buttonThe Parkinsons, DEFLEXION, ZARIGANI5, Accel Tribe, The Johnny Boys (26th Jan. @ Asahikawa Casino Drive)
buttonThe Parkinsons, Onion Bomb, Accel Tribe, etc (25th Jan. @ Obihiro Rest)
buttonThe Parkinsons, Quack, etc (24th Jan. @ Kitami Yuyakematsuri)
buttonSleep Walker (28th Jan. @ Yokohama Motion Blue)
buttonJAG : for kids left behind in a battle field (17th Jan. @ Shinjuku Liquid Room)

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