The Wiltern, August 26, 2016
Live report by Nhu Nguyen
The three members of Perfume, a-chan, Nocchi, and Kashiyuka, looked like the most prim-and-proper, best-dressed space invaders a sci-fi movie could ever ask for as they slowly walked down the Wiltern Theater stage staircase on the first night of the U.S. leg of their COSMIC EXPLORER tour. What a way to make an entrance! I admit — the light-up dresses made the moment complete.
The J-Pop group squeezed an Olympic-worthy stage production into Los Angeles’s 1,850-capacity Wiltern Theater, a spectacle that came close to matching what you’d see at their sold-out shows at the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome. When I say Olympic-worthy, I mean Japan’s presentation at the 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony. Some key visual elements that made the Olympics handover ceremony special had been done first by the trio and were on full display at the L.A. show.