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First concert in the US was a big success

One of the biggest acts at Anime Expo this year was Porno Graffiti. They've been around a long time and have worked on a number of anime tie-ins over the years, so their fans were excited to hear that the band would be performing for the United States for the first time at the intimate Club Nokia venue in downtown Los Angeles.

We have a ton of photos from the concert along with a set list and impressions. Let us know if you made it out to see them and what you thought, or where you'd like to see them next if you missed them this time. 

I will say that these guys are definitely pros. They not only performed wonderfully, with not a single major mistake that I could hear, but they also knew how to work a crowd. They consistently had the audience that was likely in the thousands clapping along, pumping their fists, jumping up and down, and even laughing during their MC segments where the attempted to teach the audience Japanese.

The night's set list stuck to their usual rock territory, although there was a ballad or two thrown in. Of course, given their presence at Anime Expo, the anime tie-ins were abundant as well. Here was the evening's set list:

01. Apollo
02. Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezutomo
03. Matataku Hoshi no Moto de
04. Hitori no Yoru
05. Anima Rossa
06. Saudade
07. Winding Road
08. Ai ga Yobu Hou e
09. Century Lovers
10. Mugen
11. Melissa
12. Haneuma Rider
13. Music Hour

Encore:

13. Agehachou
14. Dilemma
15. Melissa

Yes, the band performed three encores. And yes, they performed live harmonica on stage for "Winding Road." After what seemed like an eternity of clapping, the band came out for the set of encore performances, which included a number of fan favorites.

They finally finished the performance, shouting out the crowd how grateful they were to have fans in the United States, and even silencing the crowd at moments so they could speak even after their mics had been turned off. It was obvious how surprised they were by the response they received, and it was heart warming to see them basking in it. With the final words of, "We will back here," they left the stage, and everyone left satisfied.

I think their first outing in the United States was a huge success. They're great performers and they bring a lot of energy, which is exactly what their fans wanted. I've seen some pretty disappointing performances from Japanese acts over the years, but this wasn't one of them. Hopefully they'll hit a venue near you in the future, as they're definitely worth seeing if you're a fan. 

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Jayson Napolitano was Destructoid's Music Editor, specializing in coverage of game music, chiptunes, and more. After driving both friends and family insane by humming his favorite melodies from v... more + disclosures


 


 



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