Anyways, sorry for the late post! I'm soooo backed up on posts right now! I just saw The GazettE at the Budokan yesterday and I'm trying to write up the Dir en grey entry while not forgetting The GazettE show and I'm seeing one last show tomorrow so my brain is exploding. Thus, I also want to apologize (so much apologizing today... I'm so stupid...) for any inaccuracies in this blog. My memory has probably gone to hell since the show and I may not have everything perfect. Some songs and events might not be lined up properly, etc. If you were at the show and notice an inaccuracy, please forgive me.
So I wound up
getting into the concert about 1200 people after Ashley did. We hatched
this plan in which Ashley would watch the door for me and then, upon
spotting me, wave her arms frantically in the air so that I could find
her and use her as an excuse to push in towards her. She's tall so this
didn't seem like it would be too difficult. When I got inside, she
actually did see me and wave her arms. Then I began squeezing my way
through people while apologizing and saying, "I have a friend up there!"
Most people didn't really react to this. One guy looked annoyed but
then shrugged when I said I had a friend. I think it's because so many
people duck out after the initial rush that having a few people shove in
at the beginning doesn't do anything. So yeah, I managed to get in
beside Ashley. For this show, we decided to take Die's side since we
were on the other side on Tuesday. We were a little worried about
taking Die's side since his mood had been so bad the day before, but we
figured he'd probably be more cheerful this time.
at the previous show, everyone rushed forward about five minutes before
the show began, and for seemingly no reason. I don't really know what
triggered it. The only trouble was that we then had to stand there
completely squished and hot for five minutes while nothing happened on
stage. Oh well. Ashley and I got up within about six rows or so from
Die (moved up to fourth row eventually). There were some odd people in
the back of the crowd too. At first, some guy made a loud,
dinosaur-like screech from the back of the venue. Everyone whipped
around in surprise, then started laughing. Only a few minutes later, a
couple of guys started going "Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!" and making various
battle-cries. We whipped around again and could see the arms of some
guys spinning their towels in the back. Yeah, this was going to be
And then the lights went down and the show began! Here's our setlist:
SE: Kimigayo (arranged by Kaoru)
LIE BURIED WITH A VENGEANCE
THE FATAL BELIEVER
Doukoku To Sarinu
THE DEEPER VILENESS
Gyakjou Tannou Keloid Milk
AGITATED SCREAMS OF MAGGOTS -unplugged-
NEW AGE CULTURE
Gaika, Chimoku ga Nemuru Koro
Sajou No Uta
Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami
REPETITION OF HATRED
AGITATED SCREAMS OF MAGGOTS
again, the show opened with Kaoru's curiously dark and evil
rearrangement of Japan's national anthem. Very strange. Everyone began
surging forward again and we immediately had people fleeing for their
lives in the crush. As for those of us who stayed, I guess we just took
in as much air as possible and prepared for the long-haul.
band came out one-by-one like always. Much to my surprise, Shinya had
cut his hair! Just like Toshiya in June, Shinya decided to get a
haircut between shows. It's still blond and curly, but now it's even
all the way around and around shoulder-length (and layered, I think).
Also, he was wearing the exact same thing as the day before but his
white, long-sleeved shirt was unbuttoned very low. Die was wearing a
white wife beater with a sleeveless black hoodie and black pants and
looked much happier than the day before. He held up a fist and grinned
and nodded at everyone as he took his position. Toshiya and Kaoru were
also dressed identical to the day before. Kyo was wearing a jacket and
white pants with massive wallet chains hanging from them. The waistband
of his boxers was visible even before the show started. He also had his
hair gelled back in a sort of Elvis style. The band took their places,
took their instruments, smiled and nodded at us, and then, without any
warning, Kyo bent over and unleashed a gut-wrenching growl.
Oh hell, we're starting with Zan?!
Ooooh geez. So yeah, that was a hilariously violent way to start off
the show. Unlike at Tuesday's show, the audience was much more agitated
and unstable (probably because it was the tour final). We swayed a lot
and had a lot of near-falls, though the collapsing mostly stayed to a
minimum. Still, we were able to synchronize and coordinate all our
headbanging, so it was still a good feeling. Kyo's melancholy seemed to
have dissipated somewhat from Tuesday's show. He didn't seem to have
any sudden somber moments, so maybe he was feeling a little bit better.
Zan was LIE BURIED WITH A VENGEANCE which was just a good excuse for
all of us to yell "fuck!" over and over again. That was followed by THE
FATAL BELIEVER, which also happened to have been the third song on
Tuesday. Then the band took a break. Toshiya was already sweating like
crazy, but he probably feels better now that his hair is short. I saw
Kyo go over and have a quick conversation with Shinya, though I don't
know what they were saying. Also, when Die walked back to the front of
the stage to prepare for the next song, the whole right side of the
audience suddenly started going, "Die! Die! Die! Die! Die! Die!"
over and over again. I was shocked because I've never seen Dir en grey
fans do that. At first I felt like it was a bad idea because it's not
fair to the other members to cheer specifically for one member like
that. However, it really was incredible how effective the chanting was.
Die, who had been extremely angry at the end of Tuesday's show, stood
there looking around the audience with a somewhat confused look on his
face. Then, this seemingly uncontrolled grin spread across his lips and
he cocked his head at us like a puppy. Still looking very amused by
our chanting, Die shook his fist at us and then lifted his whole guitar
over his head and shook it. If I am to assume that the fans cheered for
Die because of his mood on Tuesday then... good job, fans, it really
worked. Die was so unbelievably cheerful after this moment that it was
like he became a different person.
The band returned to
rock us the hell out with OBSCURE. I think it might have been even
this early in the show that Toshiya started wandering around. Not
wanting Die to get all the cheering on the right side of the stage,
Toshiya came over to our side and started grinning and curling his
finger at us. The people around me were screaming "Toshiyaaaaaa!" and
the shoving got about twice as bad as before. Toshiya just grinned at
the reaction before skipping back to his side of the stage. I was
surprised OBSCURE showed up on both nights but it was totally awesome.
Kyo swapped out the second chorus for pure singing. He stood upon the
crate, one arm held out, and belted us with voice.
next was STUCK MAN. This was as fun as always. With his mood so
greatly improved, Die kept coming up to the front of the stage and
leaning towards us while mouthing words at us and grinning. Even caught
him singing along a little.
After that was Doukoku to
Sarinu, which I absolutely love (also surprised it was played both
nights). The audience sang along as loud as possible and it was totally
We also had THE DEEPER VILENESS after that.
Shinya on those drums... just amazing. He throws his arms about every
which way and creates absolute thunder. As I said in my other post,
there are certain songs where I like to watch certain members. This is
the song where I like to watch Shinya. He's such a monster on the drums
and even with his shorter haircut his hair was flying around like
crazy. He makes drumming look so damn easy... how does he do it? As
the song wound down, Die and Kaoru allowed the venue to overflow with
strange, rolling feedback while Kyo sang random, tuneless notes. His
singing continued even as the feedback faded, drifting into...
-inward scream- solo. For this solo, Kyo focused on a lot of deep,
sutra-like chanting and mumbling. Amidst his mumbling, he would
occasionally tense up and release high-pitched squeals from his body.
Sometimes he made these noises that I could best describe as "Jurassic."
He also sang loud, heavy notes. At one point, while holding a note,
Kyo began smacking himself in the chest. After another deep breath, he
held another note and began thrusting the side of his hand against his
neck to create a staggered, somewhat choked sound effect. His solo was
stunning and effective as always. The audience barely dared to move or
breath while he performed.
When the solo ended,
Oriental-like music began playing and, like at the 6/29 show, the whole
audience went "whooooooa!" Yeah, it's time for Gyakujou Tannou Keloid
Milk! I'm so excited that one of my favorite Kisou songs has returned
to the lineup! Unfortunately, pretty early on, Die suddenly stopped
playing. I froze, thinking it was a repeat of yesterday, only to
realize Die had broken a string. This time he didn't seem particularly
mad. He just stood there looking slightly disgruntled while he waited
for a change of guitar. After getting a new one, Die went right back to
being happy, as if nothing had even happened. Anyways, this was a ton
of fun. Toshiya was prowling the stage and improvising a lot of the
bass line. Kaoru was strutting around and nodding his head at everyone.
Die looked so happy I thought he might burst. He would headbang like
crazy, then stop suddenly and cock his head at the audience with a big
smile on his face. I don't know how appropriate it is to call a 35 year
old man "cute" but... I'll be damned if Die wasn't the cutest thing
I've ever seen at this show.
The next song up was
ROTTING ROOT. Something I forgot to mention in the last blog is that
Kyo has started to do a new thing in the chorus that I love. At the
June shows Kyo was playing around with different voices during the
chorus, but I think he's finally found the one he likes. When Kyo yells
"fucking tricky men!" (and the audience shouts it just as loudly with
him) he now finishes it off by "meowing" the word "men." In a very
high-pitched voice he goes "me-e-en" like a cat meowing. It sounds
absolutely fantastic. It just fits so well for some reason.
next was another fantastic rendition of Shokubeni. I remember Kyo's
solo section was particularly incredible this time. It really seemed as
if he couldn't get the words out of himself. He was stomping the crate
over and over with each word and turning red from the effort of
projecting his voice across the audience without the microphone. He
started hitting himself in the chest and, even without a microphone, the
sound could be heard all across the venue. He threw every ounce of
strength into every word and managed to battle his way back into the
This was followed by BUGABOO which was amazing as
always. They did the same trick as Tuesday where they shot plumes of
smoke onto Kyo while he stomped the crate, adding a hissing noise to the
When it was over, the stage went dark and Kyo
bent over double and began screaming wildly into the microphone.
AGITATED SCREAMS OF MAGGOTS -unplugged-. This was a particularly
ferocious performance of ASOM -unplugged-. Kyo stomped and growled so
much that he dropped to his knees pretty quickly, even before the slower
part. More strangled, semi-human noises came out of him. Everyone
watched in amazement. A boy next to me actually started
hyperventilating and panting during this song. I was going to ask him
if he was okay but then the performance ended. The boy actually bailed a
few songs later.
Just like at Tuesday's show, ASOM
-unplugged- went straight into DOZING GREEN, which was awesome. This
was followed by NEW AGE CULTURE. That song is great live! The whole
string section gets to shout along and it looks like so much fun! Die,
who was still explosively energized, actually ran over to Kaoru's side
of the stage during this song and stood next to him with an expectant
look on his face. Kaoru looked up and quickly figured out what Die
wanted. The two of them faced each other, waited for a good part of the
song, then began slow-headbanging at each other simultaneously. It was
sooo funny. Die was laughing like crazy and even Kaoru couldn't hide a
small smirk at Die's enthusiasm. While Kaoru and Die headbanged at
each other, Toshiya ran over to our side so we wouldn't get lonely. He
was grinning like crazy and running around in front of the stage riling
us up. I didn't even know where to look anymore - everyone was being
Next up was -saku-. Absolutely fantastic.
Kyo stood upon the crate during the chorus and sang his heart out. Die
was still going crazy and he actually dropped to his knees at the edge
of the stage and began playing on the floor. He shook his hair all
around, grinned at us, threw his head back, and went nuts. Then, as I
mentioned before, he stopped suddenly, looked at us, smiled, and cocked
his head like a puppy. He kept doing that all night. It's like... he's
35 and I'm trying to take him seriously and stuff but... damn was he
When this song was over, there was a brief pause
before the next song. Toshiya ran over to our side of the stage and
then jumped up onto Shinya's drum platform. Shinya, of course, didn't
even flinch or look at him. How very Shinya! Anyways, Toshiya stood up
there, poised and ready, and then the band went into Gaika, Chinmoku ga
Nemuru Koro. Toshiya played the whole beginning of the song up there.
Kyo had the audience sing a large part of the chorus for him while
Toshiya (back in his own spot) yelled loudly into the microphone. At
the end of the song, during the big wind-down, Kyo began stomping and
slow-headbanging on top of the crate while growling. The entire crowd
slow-headbanged with him. The audience was totally passionate and fired
up. It was great.
Then the band left the stage as
quickly as they ever do. Die did give us a pretty big smile on the way
out, though. I couldn't believe how happy he was. And then it was time
for encore-calling. It wasn't too bad. It took a long time as usual
but... I don't know, maybe I'm just getting used to it. Then the band
returned. Shinya had changed into a black wife-beater, I noticed. And
Toshiya's hair was magically dry again. Incredible. When Die returned
to our side, the "Die! Die! Die!" chanting started up again. Die
smirked and put up his hood and started laughing. Die lifted up his
guitar and put it over his shoulder and continued smiling at us. It was
nice to see him so happy.
Then Dir en grey went into
Sajou no Uta. You know, this was never really one of my favorite songs,
but the band seemed really into it so it was really enjoyable. Also,
it got the crowd moving instead of the previous pattern of having the
first encore song be slow and sad. However, I must confess... I am sad
that Tokyo never got to have -mushi- in their setlist. That song has
always held a very special meaning to me and I was really hoping Tokyo
would get to hear it at least once like the other cities did. But...
well, if Dir en grey doesn't feel like playing it, then playing it would
be futile. They can only play what they feel, so there's no sense in
even thinking about it. So I just sat back and enjoyed Sajou no Uta and
Die's pretty hair.
Up next was Hageshisa to, Kono Mune
no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami. Totally amazing yet again.
I couldn't believe it, but Die actually dropped to his knees at the
edge of the stage yet again and started playing on the floor and
laughing. Wow, he was like a different person.
was followed by REPETITION OF HATRED. Hell yeah! I've noticed this at
a lot of lives but when Kyo yelled "kamikaze!" the whole audience held
out their arms in salute. I've started doing it too - it's like a
reflex now! I can't remember, but it might have been at the end of this
song that Toshiya decided it would be a good idea to throw his
microphone stand straight into the air. Of course, a wire got tangled
and tossed along with it, and Toshiya came pretty close to breaking yet
another bass. When the next song started, Toshiya looked very fearful
that his bass would sound funny, but thankfully there was no harm done
and he looked pretty relieved.
That next song happened
to be Reiketsu Nariseba, ensuring the crowd would get totally pumped up
during encore. Toshiya was wandering yet again
and continually coming over to our side of the stage. During the
middle section when the music quiets down, Kyo jumped onto the crate
and, like at Tuesday's show, turned around to reveal his giant Kannon
tattoo. He held out his arms and simply allowed us to admire his
impressive new ink. When the song started up again, Toshiya went back
to stomp-dancing in a circle and jumping up and down.
next was AGITATED SCREAMS OF MAGGOTS. This was tons of fun. The whole
audience was rocking forward and backward going "Hai! Hai! Hai!
Hai!" to the beat. When the song ended, Kyo started shouting to the
audience. Once again he was yelling to the back, to the front, to the
boys, to the girls, trying to get everyone to out-shout each other.
Then Kyo started yelling "last song!" Dir en grey quickly jumped into
one of my favorite concert-closers:
this was a wild ride! The audience seemed to realize, quite suddenly,
that this was the last song of the tour final. Thus, everyone flipped
out and the pushing got crazy. We even had some near-falls in the
audience, but we came out of it okay. Kyo was both running around
behind the crate and putting one foot up on the crate to growl at and
scream at everyone. The whole audience would throw their fists and
scream "jaki!" with the string section (some people even managed to jump
on this word, though the result was crashing back down on other
people). Toshiya came over to our side yet again and gave us huge
smiles (I could see his invisible braces, lol). He kept making a "come
on!" gesture at us. Kaoru also decided to wander over to our side (of
course, Toshiya went back to the left when that happened). I was glad
to see Kaoru wander over since he doesn't switch sides very often. He
stood up near the front of the stage and started making hardcore faces
at us and posing while he played. I think Die was even more surprised
by Kaoru's presence than we were and he ran over to Kaoru immediately.
Die, being way too enthusiastic for his own good, pressed up behind
Kaoru and started to reach under Kaoru's arm to try and play his guitar.
Kaoru, being too serious for his own good, nudged Die's arm out of the
way and wouldn't let him. Aaaaaaw. I'm not going to lie, I felt kind
of sorry for Die. Mostly because I once saw Kaoru sneak up on Die and
play his guitar for him at another show, and I think Die should be
allowed to do the same thing back to him. However, Die didn't seem even
slightly fazed by the arm-block and the enormous, wide-mouthed smile
never left his face. Instead, he did something kinda... strange... and
just kept pressing up closer and closer behind Kaoru with his whole body
against him. Um, Die...? Kaoru had a rather strained look on his face
like Die was invading his man-space. Girls around me were squealing or
just making sounds like "whoa!" I'll admit, I was a little surprised
by Die's, um... "friendliness." Eventually, Die moved to the side a
little and threw an arm around Kaoru and hugged him. At that point,
Kaoru just made a face like "oh, alright, if you must be so damn
cheerful" and let Die hug him for a good ten seconds. Die just
continued laughing and smiling like Christmas had come early. Die was
just being too cute for his own good.
Then the song
ended and the show was over. The band stayed around for a surprisingly
long time. Kyo stood on the crate clapping his hands. Then he pointed
at his eyes, pointed at audience members, and clapped again. He jumped
back down and I thought he was just going to leave like he usually does,
but instead he grabbed three bottles of water. He had one in each hand
and was holding the third bottle in his mouth and walking around like
that. Whoa, ouch, how did he do that? Then Kyo began to take each
bottle and throw water over the audience. Yes, three bottles worth of
water. Kaoru was walking around smirking and throwing picks into the
audience. He made sure to throw picks on his own side as well as our
side of the stage. Toshiya also wandered around, grinning and throwing
picks at us. He was also throwing water and water bottles. He threw
this one water bottle and it was soaring right towards me. As I was
about to reach for it, the water splashed me right in the eye and I
flinched and missed. The guy next to me got it. Oh well! Die was also
laughing and throwing a ton of water. He even crouched down at the
front of the stage to throw some, and pretty much handed a girl on the
barrier his bottle. Toshiya gave us all a big bow and started clapping
his hands, so we clapped with him. Shinya came out from behind his drum
set with his water bottle ready. He had it set up with the straw so
that he could water-gun us. While Kaoru was on our side throwing picks,
Shinya snuck up behind him and shot the water over Kaoru's shoulder
into the crowd. Kaoru didn't even notice! The whole audience was
laughing and I don't think Kaoru even knew why! As always, Shinya
didn't even so much as twitch a facial expression. Totally stone-faced.
Then Shinya jumped up onto the crate and began throwing drumsticks.
Then he took his tour towel and stood there folding it. Everyone was
watching him with this look on their face like, "...what is he doing?"
Shinya folded, folded, folded, until the tour towel was round like a
soccer ball. Then he threw it into the air and attempted to side-kick
it into the crowd. His aim sucked and it only went into the third row,
but everyone started cheering anyways. Shinya jumped back down and I
saw a quick little pout on his face for failing to kick the towel-ball
very far. At this point, the whole band was gone except Die, who
continued to smile and laugh and throw picks. As Die left, he grinned
and waved at the audience the whole way across the stage. Wow, what a
difference from Tuesday. Wow.
And that was the show! Sorry if this report was no good... I'm brain-dead.
Hope you enjoyed! The GazettE post is coming up next so stay tuned!