The missing appeared at last! We had just been glad to know their activity
after waiting long time and looked forward
to Japan tour but...... Nobody knew the fact
but it was their last tour..... ATOMIC SWING was playing as ever and
there was no announcement from the stage
especially. On the second day of the tour,
there was just one notice written by marker at the exit of venue in Tokyo. Many fans
were made to know the fact by the paper after
the gig. Anyway "Sendai Macana"
became their final stage. It was the first
time they played in Sendai and it would have
been the last.
Scandinavian tour, which should have taken
before coming to Japan, was cancelled. Thinking back now, I can say I was really
blessed cause they carried out Japan tour
and I was able to see their final with my
own eyes. However I couldn't believe the
fact in those days cause it was too sudden
to understand, too shocking for me. It took
long time until adjusted my mind. Contrary
to our mind, their gigs was great everyday.
I think it's sarcastic, only their music
made me feel fine.
They played 9 songs from 1st album as ever
and 3 songs from 2nd, 5 songs("Gone
In The Smoke","My Last Humiliation","Bought
And Sold","Waiting On A Friend","Walking
My Devil") from "fluff". New
bass player, Anders played ragged bass. His performance and
atmosphere was quite cool, he didn't make
us feel any incongruity. "The Cobras"
wasn't together by this time so the sounds
was simple and tight. It made their splendidly
melodies clear much more.
At the every gig's opening, one of staff
appeared on the stage and said "Just one thing to say, ATOMIC SWING!!!", then member appeared. It was some direction
but quite laughable. And there was one more
laughable situation at Osaka gig, Niclas
said "Ookini, Osaka!!('Ookini' means thank you in Osaka dialect
language)" repeatedlyiNiclas was so
high at Osaka gigj. All over the tour, the
audience was not so many but seemed like
everyone loves them at heart so the gigs
were excited so much. I was feeling I didn't
want to believe the fact, dissolution of
an excellent band......
Well, I think I have to write about the final
gig at Sendai Macana for people couldn't go there. The venue
was small like amateur use(it's rare that
foreign artist plays in Sendai). No space
between the stage and audience, it was very
crowded of course. It's needless to say,
it brought synergy as the final space.
Whenever coming to the end of a song,
end of ATOMIC SWING was getting near.
heart was almost bursted but I calmed
told to myself to watch the last gig.
couldn't be calm at the last before
Niclas screamed "Are you ready for 'Stone Me Into The Groove'!!!" and began to play that intro in a moment! Exploded all together!!
"When you blow up if you don't it now?
It's the last!!!" Everyone was feeling
so. We sang with tragic shout and love for
their music. The encore was "Carnival
Stall" and "Panicburgh City(of
course blew up again)" as ever...plus
"Revival Days" only the last gig!! We were full of indescribable
emotion, it was too suitable for the last
ATOMIC SWING put a period to their history
like this. The remains was a sensation as
the same as after 1st tour, mix juice addiction. The new history has been already begun.
How would it taste? Would they make addict
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Atomic Swing - Bossanova Swap Meet 1997 Japan (Live)