Dir En Grey/1998

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1998

January

  • 15. – Release of the store-sold version of 「楓」~if trans CRYSTAL VIDEO BOX.
  • 15. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Shinjuku LIKE AN EDISON was planned for this day, but it had to be postponed due to a snowstorm. Shinya also had his coming-of-age ceremony in the evening.[1]
  • 16. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Nagano Shinseido.
  • 17. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Nagoya Yenbenya.
  • 18. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Osaka DEAD ONE.
  • 20. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Fukuoka Yoshida Music FRESTA Kashii Store.
  • 22. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Kanagawa Duke Takamatsu Store.
  • 23. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Kyoto JEUGIA Sanjo Main Store.
  • 24. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Kanazawa van van Music Factory Kanbayashi Store.
  • 25. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Yamagata SOUND THROB.
  • 25. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Sendai Super Record.
  • 27. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Sapporo GURU GURU.
  • 30. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Gunma Shinseido Maebashi Store.
  • 31. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Niigata RISKY DRUG STORE.
Lives in January
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.01.14 渋谷ON AIR EAST 「楓」~if trans
Mechanism For Leave-sin-

February

  • 01. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Tokyo Harajuku ROCK LOVE.
  • 02. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-repent one's sins- at Tokyo Shinseido Karuche 5 Kinshicho Store.
  • 15. – Release of 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998 Mechanism For Leave-the scene of the tragedy-
Lives in February
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.02.21 博多DRUM Be-1 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.02.23 広島NAMIKI JUNCTION 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.02.24 松山SALON KITTY 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.02.26 金沢vanvanV4 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.02.27 新潟CLUB JUNK BOX 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-

March

  • ??. – Shinya writes ゆらめき.
  • 21. – Dir En Grey attends the JEEZ Talk Event.
  • 23. – Kaoru and Die record the rhythm guitar for JEALOUS in Osaka.
  • 24. – Immediately after their performance, Kaoru, Die and Kyo fly back to Osaka to continue recording JEALOUS.
  • 29. – Talk Live "Dir en grey vs Kō Koike (Oricon CEO)" takes place at Oricon U-Wave Space Roppongi.
Lives in March
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.03.01 山形SUNSET STUDIO 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.03.02 仙台MACANA 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.03.04 前橋club FLEEZ 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.03.05 長野LIVE HOUSE J 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.03.07 心斎橋MUSE HALL 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.03.08 名古屋CLUB QUATTRO 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998
Mechanism For Leave-the scence of the tragedy-
1998.03.22 梅田HEAT BEAT SHOCK WAVE'98 春の嵐
1998.03.24 福岡DRUM Logos SHOCK WAVE'98 春の嵐
1998.03.28 川崎CLUB CITTA' SHOCK WAVE'98 春の嵐

April

  • Around April, Dir En Grey has an outdoor shooting for the -I'll- music video, in the mountains between Nagano and Gifu.
  • 26. – A talk event at the "Comic World 34", held at Messe Akishima, Tokyo, takes place.
Lives in April
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.04.05 名古屋DIAMOND HALL SHOCK WAVE'98 春の嵐

May

An ad for the instore event on May 10.
  • ??. – Sometime in May, Kaoru begins creating the main chord progression of アクロの丘.
  • 05. – Release of 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-UnknownDespaira Lost- ~裁きの血舞台~
  • 05. – Foundation of the official fan club 「a knot」.
  • 07. – Toshiya and possibly other members of Dir En Grey attend the funeral ceremony of hide, who had passed away on May 2. Munya, Toshiya's former bandmate in GOSICK, is also in attendance. This would turn out to be the last time they would see each other before Munya passing away in early 1999.
  • 10. – Release of JEALOUS.
  • 10. – Instore Events at Geo Toyotama Store, Shinseido Meguro Store and LIKE AN EDISON.
  • 11. – Instore Events at Shinseido Karuche 5 Sendai Store, Geo Nagisaka Store and Super Record.
  • 12. – Instore Events at Geo Nagai Store and SOUND THROB.
  • 13. – Instore Events at Geo Tsuchizaki Store, Geo Akita Hiroomote Store and RISKY DRUG STORE.
  • 14. – Instore Events at Geo Fujioka Store and Shinseido Nagano Station Building Store.
  • 15. – Instore Events at Shinseido Maebashi Store and Geo Higashirinkan Store.
  • 16. – Instore Events at Geo Kitashinjuku Store, Shinseido Karuche 5 Shinjuku Store and Brand X
  • 17. – Instore Event at JEEZ Shinsaibaishi Store.
  • 18. – Instore Events at Geo Ube Store and Geo Yamaguchi Store.
  • 19. – Instore Events at Yoshida Music Fresta Kashii Store and Geo Fukuoka Chihaya Store.
  • 20. – Instore Event at Geo Tsunan Store.
  • 21. – Instore Event at Duke Takamatsu Store
  • 22. – Instore Event at JEUGIA Sanjo Main Store.
  • 23. – Instore Event at Plaza Cultural Center.
  • 24. – Instore Events at ROCK LOVE and Shinseido Karuche 5 Kinshicho Store.
  • 25. – JEALOUS enters the Oricon single charts on number 35.
  • 25. – Instore Event at an unknown Geo store.
  • 26. – Instore Event at Geo Kanjodorihigashi Store.
Lives in May
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.05.05 渋谷公会堂 「楓」~if trans
Mechanism For Leave-UnknownDespaira Lost-
~裁きの血舞台~

June

Lives in June
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.06.21 北九州SUMIX HALL ESTA A Birth Day

July

Lives in July
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.07.12 大阪城野外音楽堂 SHOCK WAVE ILLUSION '98
1998.07.19 日比谷野外大音楽堂 SHOCK WAVE ILLUSION '98

August

  • ??. – Dir En Grey appears on the radio show FM-YOKOHAMA.
  • a knot発足記念イベント Dir en grey in OKINAWA
    • 05. – Welcome Night
    • 06. – Special Event
    • 07. – Last Night Party
  • 07. – Dir En Grey appears on the radio show BAY-FM.
Lives in August
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.08.03 中野SUNPLAZA ~in the secret cradle~
蝋蜥蜴と硝子蜂
1998.08.04 中野SUNPLAZA ~in the secret cradle~
蝋蜥蜴と硝子蜂
1998.08.06 豊見城市城城址公園 Dir en grey in OKINAWA

September

  • ??. – After shelving the song for some months, Kaoru continues working on アクロの丘.
  • 02. – Dir En Grey has a photoshoot in Harajuku for the magazine Teens Label.
  • 03. – Dir En Grey has interviews for MGAZETTE, GB and SHOXX.
  • 05. – Dir En Grey works on the pre-production of new songs, likely their debut singles.
  • 06. – Dir En Grey continues to work on the pre-production of the new songs.
  • 07. – Dir En Grey has a meeting with SHOXX representatives.
  • 09. – Dir En Grey works on the mixdown of the lives at 中野SUNPLAZA for the 妄想格外劇 VHS.
  • 11. – Kaoru attends a wrestling match at Nippon Budokan.
  • 14. – Dir En Grey has interviews with CDスキット, パーシャス, Hair & Make, L Teen, ラクダス, POP BEAT and SHOXX.
  • 14. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Nikkan Hitto, where they perform a short version of -I'll-. You can watch it here
  • 15. – Dir En Grey has a photoshoot for the October issue of SHOXX. Afterwards, they sifted the 妄想格外劇 video.
  • 16. – Dir En Grey goes shopping and afterwards continues to sift the 妄想格外劇 video.
  • 17. – Dir En Grey has their artist pictures taken.
  • 18. – Dir En Grey records a comment for the radio show ウルトラCount Down, has an interview with ARENA37°C, a meeting for the live at Nippon Budokan in November and then filmed Pop File for TBS. Afterwards, they were apparently held in a hotel for three days to work on music.
  • 19. – Toshiya is allowed to leave the hotel for an appointment with Killer.
  • 20. – Dir En Grey is allowed to leave the hotel and continues to work on the mixdown for the 妄想格外劇 VHS.
  • 21. – Dir En Grey has a meeting for the artist and SHOXX photo check.
  • 22. – Dir En Grey continues to sift and mixdown the footage for 妄想格外劇.
  • 24. – Dir En Grey has a rehearsal. Also, the guitar Toshiya ordered for his younger brother arrives.
  • 25. – Dir En Grey continues to rehearse.
  • 26. – Dir En Grey continues to rehearse. Afterwards, they visit their old producer and take a look at their official homepage.
  • 27. – Dir En Grey continues to rehearse. Afterwards, they go to LAREINE's live at Tokyo Nippon Seinenkan, but Toshiya stays in the car to sleep.
  • 28. – Dir En Grey has photoshootings for Vicious and Bandやろうぜ.
  • 29. – Dir En Grey has interviews for Vicious, Zipper, FOOL'S MATE, Clap X and Shellruby.
  • 30. – Dir En Grey continues to work on the pre-production of the new songs.
Lives in September
Date Venue Tour/Event

October

  • 04. – A sign and photo event takes place somewhere in Tokyo for the 1000 winners of a lottery held by Shinseido to commemorate the release of -I'll- (1998).
  • 07. – Release of 妄想格外劇 (1998) and 妄想統覚劇 (1998).
  • 09. – After their live, Dir En Grey appears on the radio show ウルトラCount Down.
Lives in October
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.10.06 名古屋BOTTOM LINE TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.07 金沢AZ TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.09 熊谷VOGUE TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.12 仙台MACANA TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.13 札幌PENNY LANE24 TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.15 新潟CLUB JUNK BOX TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.17 梅田HEAT BEAT TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.19 広島NAMIKI JUNCTION TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.20 博多DRUM Be-1 TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]
1998.10.22 松山SALON KITTY TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]

November

  • 02. – At their last indies live, Kyo announces the release of two major debut singles for January 20, 1999.
  • 11. – A flyer, most likely published in October or earlier, gives this date as the release date of Dir En Grey's debut single. Although the title had yet to be decided at that time, the flyer also provides the catalogue number AMDM-6268, which would become the アクロの丘 (Akuro no Oka) single. However, this schedule was scrapped in favour of releasing three singles at once in January 1999.
  • 17. – Dir En Grey travels to LA to record their debut singles on this day. They celebrate YOSHIKI's birthday on November 20.
    • 18. – Dir En Grey begins the recording of アクロの丘.
    • 19. – Dir En Grey records the drums for アクロの丘.
    • 20. – Dir En Grey records the bass for アクロの丘.
    • 21. – Dir En Grey records Die's guitar for アクロの丘.
    • 22. – Dir En Grey has a photoshoot.
    • 23. – Dir En Grey records Kaoru's guitar for アクロの丘.
    • 24. – Dir En Grey finishes the recording of アクロの丘 and begins the pre-production of ゆらめき.
    • 26. – Dir En Grey celebrates Thanksgiving at YOSHIKI's place.
    • Last Day in LA – Dir En Grey masters their debut singles and flies back to Japan on the next day.
Lives in November
Date Venue Tour/Event
1998.11.02 日本武道館 TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-] Final
More Deep [sympathy]~meet evil with evil~

December

  • ??. – Around Christmas,[2][3] Dir En Grey goes to Sicily (Southern Italy) for three days, where they shoot the music videos for アクロの丘 and ゆらめき.
  • ??. – Dir En Grey shoots the music video for 残-ZAN- over the course of two days.
Lives in December
Date Venue Tour/Event
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  2. premium pause special issue (July 1999)
  3. pause (February 2000)