On the evening of May 28th, FLOW performed at FanimeCon's MusicFest in the San Jose Civic Auditorium. FLOW has scarcely ever come to America to hold a concert; therefore this rare and highly anticipated performance was not to be missed. Unfortunately, the band requested for a strict no photography/no video policy during the concert, so pictures of the event are unavailable.
The concert started off with a brief introduction of the band by the main vocalist and then jumped right into the music. They played most of their popular songs that the audience would know including the Eureka 7 opening song "Days", Naruto Shippuden opening song “Sign”, Code Geass opening/ending songs “COLORS” and “WORLD END”, and finally the Naruto opening song “GO!!! (Fighting Dreamers)”. They even made it a point to perform one of their newer songs “CALLING”, which is the ending song to the new anime Heroman, created by Stan Lee and Studio BONES.
The overall performance was fantastic and the band did a great job of getting the crowded involved. Somewhere in the middle, FLOW played their cover of “Surfin' USA” and got everyone in the auditorium to do the wave. Though a little awkward at first, it was an extremely enjoyable and fun moment.
The concert ended before the scheduled time. As a whole, the concert felt a little short, but the band did play consecutive songs with little breaks in-between. The audio level of the concert was set louder than normal, and upon leaving the San Jose Civic Auditorium, the audience’s ears were ringing. FLOW managed an encore at the end, though unfortunately, when they returned to the stage, 20% of the audience had already left their chairs and exited the doors.
Overall, FLOW was a refreshing and nostalgic experience for old-fans and new-fans alike. FanimeCon’s MusicFest was a great success, with no technical difficulties; FanimeCon will have a hard time to top this off next year in 2011.