Hello! Project 2009 Winter Wonderful Hearts Koen - Kakumei Gannen - / Elder Club Koen - Thank you for your LOVE! - / Hello! Project

Track Listing

  1. I WISH / Nakazawa Yuko, Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa RIka, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki
  2. I Know / All
  3. VTR
  4. MC
  5. Juunen Ai / Nakazawa Yuko, Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Yasuda Kei
  6. Screen / Abe Natsumi
  7. Koi no Telephone GOAL / Abe Natsumi
  8. MC
  9. Lalala Sososo / Mano Erina
  10. Give Me Up / Melon Kinenbi
  11. Kenchana ~Daijoubu~ / Maeda Yuki
  12. BABY! Koi ni KNOCK OUT! / Yasuda Kei, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Ogawa Makoto
  13. MC
  14. 100kai no Kiss / Matsuura Aya
  15. Yeah! Meccha Holiday / Matsuura Aya
  16. Tanpopo (Single version) / Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Shibata Ayumi, Konno Asami
  17. Agekai ni Dakarete / Iida Kaori
  18. This is Unmei / Melon Kinenbi
  19. Ai ~Suite Room~ / Viyuden
  20. Boogie Train 03 / Fujimoto Miki
  21. Kuyashi Namida Porori / Nakazawa Yuko
  22. MC
  23. Magic of Love / Inaba Atsuko, Maeda Yuki
  24. Aoi Sports Car no Otoko / Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari, Inaba Atsuko, Melon Kinenbi, Miyoshi Erika, Okada Yui
  25. Thanks! / GAM (Chorus dancers: Inaba, Maeda, Melon, Miyoshi, Okada)
  26. Kizuna / Matsuura Aya (Chorus: Fujimoto, Inaba, Melon, Miyoshi, Okada)
  27. MC
  28. Come Together / Ongaku Gatas
  29. Narihajimeta Koi no BELL / Ongaku Gatas
  30. Love Machine / All
  31. Encore
    MM OG Medley:
    • Morning Coffee / Nakazawa, Abe, Iida, Yasuda, Yaguchi
    • Manatsu no Kousen / Nakazawa, Abe, Iida, Yasuda, Yaguchi
    • Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT / MM OG
    • The Peace! / MM OG
    • LOVE Machine / MM OG
  32. Koisuru Angel Heart / All, except Matsuura
  33. MC
  34. Never Forget / All
  35. MC

Review

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club VTR

This is the Elder club concert recorded at Nakano Sun Plaza on January 11, 2009.  Much like the Wonderful Hearts show the venue was packed with many H!P faithful.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club I Know

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club MC 01

The MC for this show was a solo Makoto.  It was strange not seeing him with one of his usual co-hosts (Yaguchi, Inaba or Ogawa) by his side.  I gotta say the dude has some interesting hair. I don’t know if he’s had the same style since his Sharan Q days or not, but if  he has been rocking the cut since that time props to him.  Not many people can pull off that look.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club I Wish

The show started off on the right foot (for me) when the lovely Charmy appeared to sing the opening lines of I Wish.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club I Wish

This was basically a Morning Musume OG performance even though it’s not really credited as one. A great way to kick off the concert although I found that Nakazawa & Yaguchi did sound a bit shaky at the beginning of the song. Nothing awful or anything, it’s just with all that crazy dancing involved with this song they sounded a tiny bit winded.

The other opening track was Aya Matsuura’s I Know & it was performed by the entire Elder Club ensemble.  Another high energy performance that got the crowd hyped for the rest of the concert.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Juunen Ai 02

Juunen Ai is a song I have not heard before. Yes I still have much to discover about the deep catalog of H!P songs.  It’s a catchy tune & all the women involved harmonized so nicely. Something I feel is kind of lacking on the Wonderful Hearts side of H!P.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Juunen Ai 03

I may be in the minority here but I believe Yasuda Kei is kinda hot.  I’m  just saying…

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Screen

Has Abe Natsumi aged at all? She looks the same as when she first joined Morning Musume so many moons ago.  Not that I’m complaining, just a simple observation.  She performed Screen & Koi no Telephone Goal and the fans were quite vocal during her performances. Actually the audience was  quite vocal anytime she was involved in anything during the concert.

During the an MC segment Mano Erina was introduced. I was wondering WTF she was doing there.  At the time of this concert she was pimping her song La La La So So So and I guess this was a way to endear her to the audience.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club La La La So So So

Although this is one of her boring piano songs I actually like it because it was the first time I sensed a bit of potential in her. Yes she’s cute but man it was hard watching this performance without dozing off.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Give Me Up

Melon Kinenbi singing Give Me Up was a real treat. Not only is it a great song but it allowed for the members to show off their vocal gymnastics a little.  I did find their wardrobe questionable though.  It’s like they were dressed for a St. Patrick’s Day parade or something.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Give Me Up

Although boss Saito looked fucking yummy so no complaints about that at all. =)

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Give Me Up

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Give Me Up

Another cool thing about this particular performance were the people sitting on the benches in the background.  They looked like they were having a lot of fun.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Baby Koi ni Knockout

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Tanpopo

Many original lineups (or close remnants of them) of popular groups were reunited during this show. Amongst them were Pucchi Moni and Tanpopo.  Baby! Koi ni Knockout is a killer track and this performance was full of energy and was great to watch.  In contrast Tanpopo was more subdued and mellow.  It’s such a sweet song.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Ai Suite Room 02

Biyuden is the one group I miss the most in H!P.  Yes their songs may have been somewhat cutesy pop bordering on cheese but they’re catchy & you can’t beat the kind of fan service this group provided.  Next to Morning Musume this is the best group Rika has been a part of (IMO).  It’s such a blast to watch them on stage.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Thanks

Lastly there’s GAM.  Although Thanks! isn’t my favorite song of theirs I still have love  for it. Having a few members from the Elder Club sing backup vocals was pretty cool.  But of course it all about the Ayaya & Mikitty and it was awesome seeing them together again.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Ishikawa VTR

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club Ishikawa VTR

The MC segments of this concert were interesting.  Usually I find these kind of meh but there were a couple of great corners. I’m talking about the throwback footage about Fujimoto and Ishikawa. Seeing a 16 year old Miki and a 15 year old Rika was sweet.  Watching their reactions to the old video footage was funny. Yossy’s reaction to watching the footage of Rika was even better.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club OG 02

The Morming Musume OG Medley started off with Morning Coffee and Manatsu no Kousen.  Those early songs sure had some complex harmonies and the OG’s pulled them off perfectly. I only hope that maybe the current lineup will get songs like these one day.

Hello Project Winter 2009 Elder Club OG 03

The rest of the medley was completed with Ai Araba It’s Alright and the classics The Peace! and Love Machine.

Like the Wonderful Hearts concert this one ended with a ballad (Never Forget).  Rather fitting since the entire group would be graduating soon after this show. An excellent show overall.

Hello! Project 2009 Winter Elder Club Koen – Thank you for your LOVE! –

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