NEWS FROM 2000
Warner Box Set
The 10-disc box set released by Warner Music on November 22 is titled "The Century of AKINA -Warner 30th Anniversary Box-" (WPC7-10090~9). For details, please refer to the Warner Music web site or check out the updated discography.
2000 Dinner Show Schedule
Below is Akina's 2000 Christmas Dinner Show schedule with updated links.
Warner To Release Box Set
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Warner Music will release a box set of Akina's re-mastered recordings on November 22, 2000. The 10-disc set is titled "Nakamori Akina Warner Box Set" (WPC7-10090~9).
2000 Dinner Show Update
Two additional dates and venues have been added to Akina's 2000 Christmas Dinner Show schedule:
Charity Concert Performance
Akina will join a number of other female performers for a charity concert entitled "Ladies Act Against AIDS 2000" on November 27th. The concert will be held at Tokyo Koseinenkin Kaikan. All tickets cost ¥5,000 and will go on sale beginning September 29th. Proceeds from the event will go toward furthering AIDS awareness.
For more details, please refer to the Raku Kobo web site.
Akina To Sing Duet
Akina will sing "Second Love" in a duet with Kisugi Takao, the singer-songwriter who composed the music for the song (he also composed "Slow Motion" and "Twilight"). The duet will be included in Takao's upcoming CD "Dear My Company," which will commemorate his 25th anniversary in music. The CD is scheduled for release on November 10th. It will be Akina's first ever duet to be released.
Akina East Live DVD
On August 23rd, Warner Japan will be releasing a DVD of "Akina East Live Index-XXIII," the 1989 concert that featured performances of her first 23 singles.
Akina will be celebrating her 35th birthday on July 13th.
Happy Birthday, Akina! I wish you all the best. May all your wishes come true.
2000 Dinner Show Update
Two more dates/venues have been added to Akina's 2000 Christmas Dinner Show schedule:
On June 16, Universal Victor released concert DVDs for "Utahime: Akina Nakamori Parco Theater Live" and "Felicidad ~ Akina Nakamori Live '97." These concert videos were previously only available in videotape and laserdisc format.
For details, please refer to the videography.
Tokyo Concert Reviews
Akina's initial concert on May 18 in Tokyo was met with glowing reviews.
Some 1200 fans were in attendance at Aoyama Gekijo. The 2-hour 30 minute performance included a total of 18 songs and opened with a series of ballads. The highlight of the show was a powerful performance of "Meu Amor é..." which was met with a very enthusiastic response from the audience. The concluding encore featured a pair of ballads.
Akina's fashions included a long, open-backed, light-pink Victorian-style dress (pictured), a flamenco-style dress, and a white wedding dress which she wore for the encore.
The following links (Japanese-language sites) provide additional details:
Fan Club Newsletter
The first volume of Faith Way's newsletter was published on May 15, 2000. The initial issue features a message from Akina, announcement of Akina's new production company Raku Kobo, the 2000 concert tour schedule, and fan club membership information.
Enclosed with the newsletter was an announcement for the 2000 Christmas Dinner show. The following two dates and locations were indicated:
As you are well aware I'm sure, May 1, 2000 marks Akina's 18th anniversary in the music industry. Many of you (and I as well) have expressed the hope that 2000 would bring about a fresh start for Akina. After some tough times, I know we are all ready to support Akina as she begins a new chapter in her life and career.
With a new fan club, a new production company deal, and an upcoming concert tour, things are looking good!
New Production Company
On April 18th, Akina announced that she had signed a contract with a new production company, Raku Kobo. Tokyo-based Raku Kobo was formed in 1993.
A information page for Akina is currently under construction and will be included on the company's web site.
Fan Club Membership
Akina's new fan club, Faith Way, recently announced its membership and renewal procedures. Click here for the details.
Additional Concert Dates
Three additional concert dates have been added to Akina's 2000 Tour. The information is as follows:
2000 Concert Tour
I just received this fabulous news: Akina will be holding a Millenium Concert Tour in May and June! Here is the schedule:
New Fan Club
Were you a member of Akina's prior fan club(s)? Have you been wanting to join? Great news! Akina has a new fan club and it is called "Faith Way."
The address is:
2-20-1 Kyodo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0052
The fan club is requesting that all correspondence be sent via mail or fax.
Akina's New Year Message
Click here to view Akina's personal message which was sent to her fan club members.
1999 Christmas Dinner Show
I returned from Japan on January 6th, and I'm happy to report that Akina's performance at the 1999 Christmas Dinner Show was truly fabulous!!! I was fortunate to attend the December 24th show at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.
The program for the show was as follows:
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