Call time this morning was 8am. No vehicles, just had to walk 500 feet or so to the venue. Nice.
The Japanese punters (fans) are all brought into the building in an extremely organized manner. They're grouped together outside based on where their seats are located, and then escorted in by a person holding a sign with their the number of their seating area affixed to it. Very orderly, very well behaved. I loved it.
Afterwards, a bunch of us went back to RockRock for a few hours. We had the private VIP room to ourselves, but we mostly hung out in the regular bar area. All the bartenders greeted me like royalty. Guess I was tipping pretty well the other night whilst banging my head. And they wouldn't let me buy anything for the first hour or so that I was there. I finally had to insist that they let me pay for my drinks.
I was standing near the front door of the club when a small group of total hotties came in. Someone in our group pointed out the tall brunette and said that she was Japamela, the Japanese Pamela Anderson. She's probably the most famous groupie in Japan and she lives here in Osaka. After hearing about her for a couple of weeks, I finally got to see her. Never got a chance to take a photo of her, but here's a couple I downloaded to share with you…I have no idea who these band dudes are - like I said, I downloaded these shots.
Tonight, she's got dark hair, a la this shot:That's Sid, the DJ from Slipknot, standing next to her in this photo. Guess it's a couple of years old.
I ran into her in the foyer leading to the unisex bathrooms. I suppose because I'm not Japanese, she asked me if I worked for the band. I talked to her for a few minutes and she wasn't ballistic or anything, so I walked her into the private room so she could hang out. And then as soon as I put her in there, I walked the hell back out of there - her reputation, like that of Little Rock Connie, has preceded her.
The DJ here at RockRock is totally cool. He played every song I requested, both the other night and tonight. I had a blast here and hope to come back someday. I'll always prefer "old man" bars, but I was digging the ROCK!