For those of you Blog-Tickers who are Fish Tankers or members of Love & Media Portable, Buck-Tick have some good news for you. In apology for the postponement of the Fish Tanker's Only Tour 2020, Fish Tank Web and Love & Media Portable will be streaming all the Fish Tanker's Only tour DVDs, one every Sunday, from May 31st through July 12th. Each will be available for 12 hours, between noon and midnight, Japan time.
The streaming schedule is as follows:
May 31st: Fish Tanker's Only 2006
Buck-Tick's first-ever Fish Tanker's Only tour! Hot on the heels of the 13th Floor tours, the set list for this show is dark and smoky, including 13th Floor era gothygoth songs the band rarely perform anymore, mid-90's darker than darkness tracks, and some surprising rearrangements of really old songs. The band members are dressed in simple, classic costumes and the cinematography owes a lot to classic 80's post-punk. If you're one of the fans who's drawn to Buck-Tick's gothical side, this is the show to watch. One of Cayce's favorite Buck-Tick concert videos.
June 7th: Fish Tanker's Only 2008
Buck-Tick's second standalone Fish Tanker's Only tour, with a unique set list, lighter than 2006, featuring many songs from Tenshi no Revolver and Cosmos. This tour was special because the band members' costumes were designed by the fans, winners of the one and only ever costume design contest held by the band. The fan who designed Mr. Sakurai's costume gets bragging rights for designing the single worst costume ever to adorn the contours of Gothique Prince Acchan's much lusted-after body. If you're into attractive men wearing kitschy Christmas decor, this show will send you over the moon.
June 14th: Fish Tanker's Only 2009
Held contiguously with the Memento Mori Rebirth tour, Fish Tanker's Only 2009 features mainly songs from Memento Mori, plus the requisite favorites and oldies. Shamed into submission by the horrified shrieks of fangirls, Mr. Sakurai had already shaved his Memento Mori tour beard by this point, so if beards scare you, have no fear. Back in 2009, Hide was still a little shy and awkward on stage - seems unthinkable now, doesn't it?
June 21st: Fish Tanker's Only 2013
Held contiguously with the Cosmic Dreamer tour, Fish Tanker's Only 2013 is the only Fish Tanker's Only video not to have been filmed at one of the Zepp Tokyo venues - this one was held at Tokyo Dome City Hall - a MarioKart maze of a venue which Buck-Tick have not braved again since. The set list is Yumemiru Uchuu songs plus favorites, oldies, and the elusive "My Baby Japanese," which to our knowledge the band never performed except on this tour. Imai is dressed like a spun sugar pastel elf, Sakurai proudly displays his much worked-out shoulders while being drenched by a rain machine (one of the greatest Buck-Tick moments of all time!) Hide goggles at bikinis before a horde of screaming fangirls.
June 28th: Fish Tanker's Only 2014
Held contiguously with the Arui wa Anarchy tour, Fish Tanker's Only 2014 features Arui wa Anarchy tracks plus back catalog selections veering toward the dark and romantic. ("Hyper Love"! "Heroin"!) If you're dying to see Mr. Sakurai sing the entirety of "Romance" with a mostly-opaque scarf completely obscuring his head, this is the show for you.
July 5th: Fish Tanker's Only 2017
Another standalone, this tour replaced the Atom Miraha standing tour, and therefore features mainly songs from Atom Miraiha No. 9 plus other darkly industrial matching tracks and crowd pleasers. Includes psychedelic graphics, badly behaved fangirls mostly skillfully edited out of the video, and really, really tight leather pants.
July 12th: Fish Tanker's Only 2018
Held contiguously with the Guernican Moon tour, Fish Tanker's Only 2018 is going to go down in Buck-Tick history as "the tour of the lace stockings." The day after this show, Mr. Sakurai collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, but you wouldn't know it from the way he runway models those stockings in this video! The set list features one of our favorite long-lost Hide songs, "Kyouki na Deadheat." As for what and where Hoshino Valley is, we don't know. You tell us.
Unfortunately for those of you who aren't Fish Tank/Love & Media Portable members, you won't be able to watch these streams, because they require a member ID to view... but if you're very keen to view them, you can always join Fish Tank.
In addition to the streams, the Buck-Tick web shop will be reissuing the Fish Tanker's Only tour DVDs/BluRays for 2013, 2014, and 2017 (the first edition of 2018 is still for sale). If you're not a Fish Tank member but you'd like to order any of these items through Cayce, just shoot us an email. We have to warn you that shipping will be delayed, as the Japanese postal service is not currently shipping international parcels - but we will happily hold your items for you till the postal service gets up and running again.
And for those of you jonesing for the new album - good news. Imai is back in the studio, recording. Playing with some surreally angelically conversational guitar effects. And wearing the ugliest mask ever, because Imai just can't get into the mood in the studio unless he's wearing something ugly. That's part of what makes Buck-Tick's magic happen.