Jun 17

[press release] VAMPS at Otakon

VAMPS Add Convention Stop for Otakon© Members – Autograph Session, Q&A Added Due to Groundswell of Support

VAMPSBaltimore, MD (June 16, 2009) – VAMPS, featuring HYDE and K.A.Z, have added a special appearance at Otakon 2009 to their busy tour schedule. The duo had already announced a special concert in Baltimore on Thursday, 16 July 2009, to coincide with Otakon.
Originally, HYDE and K.A.Z were to depart early Friday for their next concert, meaning they would not be available for any convention appearances. Otakon had arranged for members to submit questions for the band, and the original plan was to answer them via video, and show the video at the convention. However, the groundswell of support from Otakon’s membership led the band to reconsider, and in the end VAMPS decided a more personal response was warranted.

“I guess we must have made a good impression on HYDE a few years ago,” said Jim Vowles, Otakon’s head of Guests, Industry, and Press Relations, referring to HYDE’s appearance with L’Arc~en~Ciel in 2004.

“We were delighted to find that he and K.A.Z were interested in working Otakon into their tour. We were able to work out a special pre-Otakon appearance and a bit of cross promotion. When the responses started coming in, I guess everyone got excited. We’re delighted and flattered that they changed plans to meet the fans.”

Exclusively for Otakon members, VAMPS will give out special passes at their SONAR show on Thursday. These passes will grant priority access to the band’s panel and autograph sessions at Otakon on Friday afternoon. (You must be registered for Otakon to attend the panel and autograph sessions.)
Otakon also plans to make special arrangements for pre-registration pickup on Thursday to allow concert ticket holders to pick up their Otakon badges early without missing the concert. (Otakon allows pre-registered members to pick up their badges Thursday evening, prior to the convention.) Details will be posted on the Otakon Web site in the coming weeks.

VAMPS will appear at Baltimore’s SONAR on 16 July 2009. The autograph session and Q&A panel will take place on Friday afternoon, 17 July 2009, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

For ticket information for the SONAR concert, please visit http://www.vampsliveusa.com/

For more information and updates, please visit the Otakon VAMPS page at http://www.otakon.com/2009vamps.asp

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.


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  1. Lena

    That was an amazing concert me and my friends got in the front row for the concert and I caught Ju-kens Gatorade who actually and I hate to say this really rocked the crowd dude was alll over the stage playing the bass. Kaz was pretty quiet didn’t move around the stage a lot

    The sonar staff was pretty unprofessional they let fans get over the barrier and the Vamps staff had to be the ones to tell the fans they had to move ..but not before Hyde let them grope him ..lucky bastards lol

    They played most of the songs from the vamps album &&& SEASONS CALL!!!

    and I guess someone didn’t get the memo because they forgot to hand out the special passes at the concert for the Q&A the next day

    ..but no matter

    I was in the front row on the left side for the Q&A most of the questions were pre done by submission on the Otakon site those whose questions where choose got a gift

    for those that want to know what it was it was..

    VAMPS LIPGLOSS!!!!! and EYESHADOW!!! ( how freakin’ sugoii!)

    here’s what they said:

    Hyde and Kaz walk into the room both wearing jeans and a T-shirt and black oversized circle rockstar sunglasses (Hyde did take them off after a few questions but Kaz left his on) They sat down at the table

    Hyde ” WE’RE VAPMS THANKS FOR COMING” (Blows Kisses)

    1. What’s 1 thing you always wanted to do but never had the chance?

    Hyde “Make soba from scratch”
    Kaz looks at Hyde ” Make a dish from scratch and then break it”

    2. Have you had a chance to eat American food during the tour?

    Hyde “CRAB, soo many many Yummy Yummy” ( this is an inside joke he has with Balitmore fans)

    Kaz “Crab me too”

    3. What motivated you to choose Usa for this Tour?

    Hyde “Ano… I want an American girlfriend” (crowd fangirl screams)
    Kaz ” I love to stay in the US”

    4. If you could meet Anyone Dead or Alive who would it be and why?

    Hyde “Jesus Christ”
    Kaz ” I’ll have to think about that (he never did give his answer)

    5. If you could have a special power what would it be and why?

    Hyde: ” Flying, but not like superman (makes flying arm movements to show he means to glide across roof types like a vampire)

    Kaz: ” Invisiblity, (and why) is a secret”

    Hyde: ” He wants to look in the girls bathroom” (crowd cheers)

    Kaz: (give an embarrased laugh) “Hai, I want to look in the girls bathroom”

    6. What are your favorite Anime?

    Hyde: ” Evangilion end movie its motherfucking great! (crowd: we dont have that here) I recommend you take a plane to Japan and go see it.

    Kaz: ” Death Note” (crowd cheers)

    7. What is the Craziest thing to happen to you on tour?

    Kaz: ” I jumped off the high stage and broke my heel (maybe he ment ankle) ..I got injured”

    Hyde: “Everyday is Crazy”

    8. What is different about American fans? (I’m not 100% sure that was the question)

    Hyde: ” Americans are more open and dynamic they make me feel more open to freely express myself”

    Kaz: ” Very nice people , feels better than Tokyo”

    9. Whose your favorite singer?

    Hyde: (thinks) ” Jim Morrison”

    Kaz: ” Sting”

    10. whould you Tour wiht anyone else like Gackt?

    Hyde: looks suprised at the name of Gackt, translator tells him the question he looks to Kaz and says ” Sting, the Police”

    11. I’m from chicago have you been and would you tour there?

    Hyde “iie, no” ( crowd awes because they thought he ment he doesn’t want to go to chicago) Hyde makes a face like what I do .. the translator tells him and he goes
    ” I want to go to Chicago” (crowd cheers)

    Translator: Do you you have a message for your American Fans?

    Hyde: ” Thanks soo much for coming to the panell, so many people here, your so nice to us, I don’t want to go , We’ll come back!”

    Kaz: ” I’m glad to see you guys thank you for coming and see you guys again”

    Hyde starts eating cake ( it was chocolate)
    Kaz looks like he want to take Hydes cake

    they exit waving to the fans .Hyde still had his cake in hand lol

    ~ fin

    1. Kytrax

      Oh awesome, thanks for posting this. I had heard that the Q&A was much more fun and exciting. Press got jip.

      1. Lena

        It was realllly great because you could tell they were there for the fans not for the press ..the press had to get in line just like everyone else with no special passes

        1. Kytrax

          There was a press conference for press and it was not very useful. They skirted around all the serious questions and half the questions during the press conference were useless fluff.

          I’d have skipped it if the bar was open.

  2. Victoria Goldenberg

    I’m glad they worked out something so Vamps could show at Otakon.

    Does anyone else find the press release oddly confessional?

    1. Laura

      Very. Hyde seemed pretty at ease, which was… well, touching.

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