Dir En Grey/1998

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January

  • 15. – An Instore Event at Shinjuku LIKE AN EDISON was planned for this day, but due to a snowstorm it had to be postponed. Shinya also had his Coming of Age Ceremony in the evening.
  • 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

  • 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 vol.1 ~春の嵐~
1998.03.24 福岡DRUM Logos SHOCK WAVE'98 vol.1 ~春の嵐~
1998.03.28 川崎CLUB CITTA' SHOCK WAVE'98 vol.1 ~春の嵐~

April

  • 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 vol.1 ~春の嵐~

May

An ad for the instore event on May 10.
  • 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」.
  • 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 JEEZ Sakae Store.
  • 24. – Instore Events at ROCK LOVE and Shinseido Karuche 5 Kinshicho Store.
  • 25. – JEALOUS enters the Oricon single charts on number 35.
  • 25. –
  • 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

  • 16. & 17. – Dir En Grey has a shooting for the -I'll- music video.
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

  • 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 a new song.
  • 06. – Dir En Grey continues to work on the pre-production of a new song.
  • 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.
  • 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 a new song.
Lives in September
Date Venue Tour/Event

October

  • 07. – Release of 妄想格外劇 and 妄想統覚劇.
  • 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

??. – Dir En Grey travels to LA to record their debut singles around this time. They celebrate YOSHIKI's birthday on November 20, which happened during the first week of recording.

  • Second Day in LA – Dir En Grey begins the recording of アクロの丘.
  • Third Day in LA – Dir En Grey records the drums for アクロの丘.
  • Fourth Day in LA – Dir En Grey records the bass for アクロの丘.
  • Fifth Day in LA – Dir En Grey records Die's guitar for アクロの丘.
  • Sixth Day in LA – Dir En Grey has a photoshoot.
  • Seventh Day in LA – Dir En Grey records Kaoru's guitar for アクロの丘.
  • Eighth Day in LA – 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

  • ??. – Dir En Grey goes to Italy for three days, to film the music videos for アクロの丘 and ゆらめき.
    • ??. – On the first day, they shoot scenes for アクロの丘.
    • ??. – On the second day, they shoot more scenes for アクロの丘, this time at an old acropolis
    • ??. – On the third day, they shoot scenes for ゆらめき.
Lives in December
Date Venue Tour/Event