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AKB48 New York Webster Hall Live Concert USA DebutAKB48 New York Webster Hall Live Concert USA Debut

AKB48 NY Webster Hall Live Concert USA DebutThe popular Japanese female group AKB48 made their USA debut at New York City famous club, Webster Hall, on September 27th, 2009. If you don't follow Japanese pop music, then chances are that you have never heard of AKB48 like a lot of the audience at the concert. But like the audience, you will soon find out that you have been missing out on a group that has been growing insanely popular in Japan. Sixteen of the 65 AKB48 members was on hand for this concert, which includes Tomomi Itano, Atsuko Maeda, Minami Takahashi, Sayaka Akimoto, Haruna Kojima, and more. AsiaFinest.com was glad to be there to cover AKB48 USA debut concert!

The AKB48 concert took place on a Sunday afternoon at 5pm at NY's famous Webster Hall. Audience members were given glow sticks and AKB48 bandanas as they entered the club. For a lot of the audience here, this was their first exposure to AKB48 so they really had no idea what to expect. Some came because they heard and saw a preview at the New York Anime Festival the day before. The concert started soon after 5pm. They opened the concert with their signature song, "Aitakatta". AKB48 then follow the intro song with "Baby! Baby! Baby!" and "Namida Surprise." After those three songs, each member of the group introduced themselves in English and Japanese. Most AKB48 members had limited English language skills, so it was a little hard to understand what some were saying, but it was cute and the audience didn't mind and enjoyed the segment.

The group then divided into smaller singing groups to perform songs like the very catchy "Nagoya no Cherry", "Bye Bye Bye", and the cute "Ame no Doubutsuen" which had the group members wearing cute animal costumes. Next came "Nageki no Figure" which the audience didn't act with excitement like the previous songs. All that changed with the song "Blue Rose". Up till this point, AKB48 can be summed up with one word, cute. Then came "Blue Rose" and the cute became extremely sexy. Four of the members came out and performed this hard rock song in a very sexy leather outfit and the audience went wild! Everyone at this point was pretty much mesmerized and was screaming in excitement. Definitely the hottest performance of the night. The audience cheered wildly as the song ended.

The final sets of songs included "Boku no Taiyou", "Bingo!", and "Oogoe Diamond". Some of these songs were sang in a special English version. "Hikoukigumo" came next which involved the concert audience by encouraging them to put the red AKB48 bandanas that was given out early to use and wave them enthusiastically. Lastly AKB48 sang "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" and said goodbye for the night. This prompted the obligatory chants of encore by the audience.

AKB48 did not disappoint and came running back out with I Love New York T-shirts. The encore set of songs included their newest up tempo and highly addicting song "Iiwake Maybe". Honestly I thought AKB48 sang Let Me Be! in the song chorus, but it was actually "Maybe!". After "Iiwake Maybe", it was "10nenzakura," and an encore of "Oogoe Diamond" in English. The group then said their goodbyes yet again. The audience was not about to let AKB48 leave without trying for one more encore. Chants of AKB! - 48! started..

AKB48 surprised the fans and came back out for a second encore! They sang "Hikoukigumo" once more. The audience members that didn't know of AKB48 at the beginning of the concert was now jumping up and down and waving their AKB48 bandanas. The whole crowd was loving it. Everyone was jumping in sync to the point where Webster Hall's floor felt like it was about to cave in. You can just feel the excitement and love that the entire audience was showing for AKB48. Sadly this was truly the last song of the night as AKB48 said their goodbyes for the final time.

It was a great concert, one that far exceeded what I was expecting. The concert converted me into a huge AKB48 fan. AKB48 sang most of their hits songs for their debut concert. If you are new to AKB48, then be sure to check out the songs listed in this review. Just listening and watching AKB48 does not compare to the experience from a live performance. You have to see AKB48 live to experience the insane amount of energy and fun in their concert. If there was any non fans audience members before the concert, they were all converted into huge fans afterward. Be sure to check out our pictures and definitely the videos of AKB48 US debut concert at Webster Hall.

Review written by Ben Li of AsiaFinest.com.
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