Via /m/, the good 4chan board: JAM-- sans Rica Matsumoto, sadly-- just played the first show of their ongoing world tour in Taipei. There is a set list. It would make sense if the set list for Taipei and the set list for Baltimore were similar, yes? Judging by what was played at the Taipei show, it would make also me the happiest boy in the world. Check this set list to live the Taipei show vicariously, and forgive some of the awful flashing Imeem pages:
No Border: JAM's most recent original singles bookend the show.
Rocks: SUPER ROBOT! SUPER ROBOT!
STORMBRINGER: Retired JAM member Ichiro Mizuki, grandfather of the super robot theme song, appears on this track, but I assume he won't appear from the shadows to surprise us. Not that I don't want him to.
Dead or Alive: You know how there's a song when the hero gets a powerup and beats the christ out of somebody? This is that.
Garo~SAVIOR IN THE DARK~: Garo is supposed to be Japanese superheroes for grown-ups. When I hear that I figure the speaker means Japanese superheroes for 16-year-old boys. So I've been meaning to watch it.
The Gate of the Hell: One of my friends said he's only going to Otakon if they play this song, so now he probably has to go.
Asu he no Houkou: This is, believe it or not, from an h-game. I think this is the only time JAM (collectively) has done this, but I could certainly be wrong.
And then, OH MAN, OH GOD, OH MAN, members do their old, famous solo songs:
SOLDIER DREAM~Saint Seiya~(Kageyama): saying the name of the show during the song is always the right thing to do.
Yuusha-ou Tanjou (Endou Masaaki): GAGAGA GAGAGA GAOGAIGAR. Yuusha-oh Tanjou is one of my favorite super robot songs because, like the rest of Gaogaigar, it has this fervor that borders on the religious.
Kurenai no Kiba: This is one of those cool songs where they yell the special move during the song. You have to yell the special move during the song too. Otherwise it doesn't work.
Then solos again:
SEVENTH MOON(Fukuyama Yoshiki): I would rather he did the fuckawesome Makka na Chikai but I do love Fire Bomber.
We Are!(Kitadani Hiroshi): YOU WANNA BE MY FRIEND?
CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA(Kageyama): The original Dragon Ball Z song is about how if there ever was a dinosaur in a mountain of icicles, I would want to train it to ride a ball. Kageyama and I agree completely on this point. That would rule so hard.
Battle Communication: An insert song from a Yu-Gi-Oh series, I believe. About PRAYING TO THE GOD OF BATTLE.
PORTAL: Ending theme to the PS2 game Super Robot Wars Original Generations: the only JAM Project slow jam in this list
Break Out: the important part of this song is "WHOA! WHOA-O-O-OOOOOOOOOAAAAAAA! SUPER ROBOT WAAAAAAAAAAAAR!"
SOUL TAKER: The only things anybody remembers about Soultaker are Komugi and this song. I guess since this didn't work out, that's why Akiyuki Shinbo just does moe shows now.
HERO: Again, recent original single.
Hagane no Messiah: JAM's first song for Super Robot Wars (way back in 2001's Alpha Gaiden).
GONG: The successor to SKILL is fantastic except for it's not SKILL, and how can you put that kind of pressure on a song?
SKILL: JAM's magnum opus. It's a song about MORE and MORE and MORE.
OH GOD. OH MAN. OH GOD, OH MAN, OH GOD! OH MAN! I'm really hoping they don't decide to change any of this for the Baltimore show just because nobody knows any of these songs. They're all so great that it shouldn't matter. This shit is gonna be so real that I don't think anybody in the universe is ready for it.