Dir En Grey/Timeline

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1974

February

  • 17. – 薫 (Kaoru) is born in the Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

December

  • 20. – Die is born in the Mie Prefecture, Japan.

1976

February

  • 16. – 京 (Kyo) is born in the Kyōtō Prefecture, Japan.

1977

March

  • 31. – Toshiya is born in the Nagano Prefecture, Japan

1978

February

  • 24. – Shinya is born in the Ōsaka Prefecture, Japan.

1989

April

  • Kaoru enters high-school.
  • 21. – Kaoru buys X Japan's major debut album BLUE BLOOD.
  • 25. – Kaoru goes to his first live of X Japan at Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan in Osaka. It inspires him to learn playing guitar.

1990

  • Kaoru forms his first band DIE:STERIA in his second year of high-school (starting in April).

April

  • Die enters high-school, where he watches a live of his senior's band at their high-school's culture festival and decides he also wants to be in a band.

October

  • Shinya joins his first band in October of his first year in junior high-school.

1991

  • Kaoru performs on a stage for the first time in his third year of high-school (starting in April), at his high-school's culture festival.
  • In his second year of high-school, Die discovers D'ERLANGER and aims to be like their guitarist CIPHER.

March

  • 22. – Kyo possibly attends his first live of Strawberry Fields on this day at 京都MUSE HALL.

April

  • Kyo completes compulsory education. He begins to work at a market, where he meets members of ALBATROSS and later joins them as a roadie.

1992

March

  • DIE:STERIA breaks up around March, when Kaoru and the other band members graduate from high-school.

April

  • Die, now in his third year of high-school, joins the student council to be able to perform in his first band at this year's culture festival.
  • Kaoru attends a vocational school for bookkeeping for one semester, from April to September.
  • Toshiya enters the Nagano Shunei High School.

August

  • Kyo sees an ad for Kuroyume's 中絶, released on July 20, in the ロッキンf magazine (likely the August issue).
  • 29. – Kyo attends LUNA SEA's show at SPORTS VALLEY京都.

December

  • 05. – Kyo attends Kuroyume's show at SPORTS VALLEY京都.

1993

  • Kyo works as a roadie for Kuroyume four times at 寝屋川VINTAGE BAR. The possible dates are: March 13, June 20 and July 29, 30 and 31.
  • During his first year in high-school, Shinya performs at a live house with his first band 人工天使 (Jinkō Tenshi) for the first time. The live house was most likely 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • Toshiya and his friends form きさらぎ (Kisaragi) in the latter half of their second year in high-school, beginning in October 1993.

March

  • Toshiya sees hide and TUSK on SHOXX #15 (March 1993) and is inspired to try on make-up.

April

  • Shinya enters high-school.
  • Die enters a vocational school, likely the Osaka School of Music, for one year, from April 1993 to March 1994.

May

  • Die attends Eikichi Yazawa's show at 大阪厚生年金会館. The possible dates are: May 20, 21 and 22.
  • 21. – Kyo possibly hands out leaflets after a show of LUNA SEA at 京都会館 on this date. The other possible date is January 17, 1994.

October

  • 23. – 月蝕 performs at SPORTS VALLEY京都.

December

  • A band picture of 月蝕, published in Band x Artist #7 (May 2000), is dated to December 1993.

1994

  • Sometime after February, CHARM forms.
  • Sometime after March, Toshiya performs on a stage for the first time at a high-school festival in third year.

January

  • 16. – 月蝕 performs at SPORTS VALLEY京都.
  • 17. – Kyo possibly hands out leaflets after a show of LUNA SEA at 京都会館 on this date. The other possible date is May 21, 1993.

April

  • 11. – 月蝕 performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN.

June

  • A band picture of Siva, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to June 1994.

July

  • Viṣṇu debuts at an unknown location.

October

  • 10. – 狂殺会 performs at 寝屋川VINTAGE BAR.

November

  • 08. – Siva performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • 11. – Siva performs at 梅田GUILD.
  • 13. – Siva performs at 大阪城天.
  • 16. – Siva performs at 心斎橋BAHAMA.

December

  • 10. – A band picture of Siva, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to December 10, 1994.
  • 30. – Kaoru attends X Japan's 青い夜 (Aoi Yoru) live at the Tokyo Dome.
  • 31. – Kaoru attends X Japan's 白い夜 (Shiroi Yoru) live at the Tokyo Dome.

1995

  • Die begins to perform at live houses with Ka・za・ri. At one point, he performs at a live with a band that Kyo guested in.

January

  • Siva performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN and disbands after the live.
  • 12. – Viṣṇu performs at an unknown location.
  • 17. – During the Kobe Earthquake, Kaoru works at a glass factory in Osaka. He is also a member of CHARM at this point.

April

  • 22. – Ruby performs at 市川CLUB GIO.

May

  • 05. – Ruby performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • 10. – Ruby performs at 金沢vanvanV4.
  • 14. – Ruby performs at 大阪城天.
  • 24. – Viṣṇu performs at 京都MUSE HALL and renames to Masquerade after the live.

June

  • Toshiya begins to work as a roadie for GOSICK for about six months.

July

  • A picture of Kaoru, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to July 1995 and commented with "CHARM early days".
  • 06. – Masquerade performs at 京都MUSE HALL.

August

  • Shinya and Kyo meet for the first time when Kyo comes to watch Shinya's session band.
  • 15. – Masquerade performs at 心斎橋MUSE HALL.
  • 25. – Masquerade performs at an unknown location.
  • 30. – Masquerade performs at an unknown location.

September

  • Shinya and Die meet for the first time when Ruby and Ka・za・ri perform at the same live.
  • 30. – Masquerade performs at 大阪amHALL.

October

  • 02. – Ruby performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • 05. – Ruby performs at 梅田GUILD.
  • 12. – Masquerade performs at 京都MUSE HALL and disbands after the live.
  • Kyo moves from Kyoto to Osaka sometime later this month.

November

  • Ruby performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 03. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 難波ROCKETS.
  • 17. – Kyo performs with an unknown band at an unknown location.
  • 18. – Kyo performs with Ove's 春陽, KISAKI and other people at a session at 大阪amHALL.
  • 18. – Toshiya attends Pierrot's live at 長野LIVE HOUSE J.
  • 18. – Ka・za・ri performs at the "VISUALIZE" Vol:1 event at 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • 21. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 心斎橋BAHAMA.
  • 22. – A photo of a dressed-up Kyo in full make-up exists, so he possibly performed with an unknown band at an unknown location.

December

  • La:Sadie's officially forms.
  • 03. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 大阪城天.
  • 11. – CHARM performs at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE.
  • 15. – CHARM performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 23. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 寝屋川VINTAGE BAR.
  • 24. – 薫 and 京 meet for the first time at Osaka-jo Hall when they are both handing out flyers for their respective bands.

1996

January

  • A picture of CHARM, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to January 1996 and commented with "later days".
  • A picture of Ka・za・ri, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to January 1996.
  • 07. – CHARM performs at an event at 難波W'OHOL.
  • 08. – La:Sadie's records their first demo tape 架空ト現実 at Studio Wins.
  • 12. – Ka・za・ri performs at an "Activity Hiatus Live" and allegedly goes on hiatus after the show.
  • 14. – La:Sadie's performs their first show at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 21. – Ka・za・ri apparently performs at an event at 京都MUSE HALL, despite having gone on hiatus earlier this month.
  • 22. – CHARM performs at 難波ROCKETS.
  • 30. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 大阪amHALL.

February

  • 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at an unknown location and disbands after the show.
  • 10. – La:Sadie's performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 14. – CHARM performs at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE and disbands after the show.
  • 15. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL. Guitarist 紫緒 secedes after the show and guitarist KAORU is recruited.

March

  • La:Sadie's records the demo tape 生命ノ罪 at Studio Boomin.

April

  • 05. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 13. – La:Sadie's performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 23. – La:Sadie's records the demo tape 腐乱ユエニ.

May

  • La:Sadie's begins the recording of their demo tape 十字架ニ捧ゲル夢.
  • 08. – La:Sadie's performs at 難波W'OHOL.
  • 10. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 12. – La:Sadie's performs at 目黒鹿鳴館.
  • 14. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.

June

  • La:Sadie's finishes the recording of their demo tape 十字架ニ捧ゲル夢.
  • Toshiya joins GOSICK as their support bassist.
  • 01. – La:Sadie's performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 09. – La:Sadie's performs at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE.
  • 15. – GOSICK performs at 横浜CLUB 24.
  • 23. – GOSICK performs at 市川CLUB GIO.

July

  • 07. – GOSICK performs at 松本音屋敷.
  • 13. – GOSICK performs at 池袋CYBER.
  • 21. – GOSICK performs at 長野LIVE HOUSE J.
  • 21. – La:Sadie's performs at 目黒鹿鳴館.
  • 23. – La:Sadie's performs at 新宿LOFT.
  • 24. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 26. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 27. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 30. – GOSICK performs at 市川CLUB GIO.

August

  • 01. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪DEAD ONE.
  • 01. – La:Sadie's performs at 難波W'OHOL.
  • 03. – GOSICK performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 04. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪城天.
  • 04. – La:Sadie's performs at 難波W'OHOL.
  • 07. – La:Sadie's performs at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE.
  • 08. – La:Sadie's performs at 浦和NARCISS.
  • 09. – La:Sadie's performs at 町田PLAY HOUSE.
  • 13. – La:Sadie's performs at 前橋RATTAN.
  • 14. – La:Sadie's performs at 熊谷VOGUE.
  • 16. – La:Sadie's performs at 新潟O-DO HALL.
  • 19. – La:Sadie's performs at 横浜7TH AVENUE.
  • 20. – La:Sadie's performs at 市川CLUB GIO. The future members of Dir En Grey meet for the first time when Toshiya comes to greet La:Sadie's after their show.
  • 21. – La:Sadie's performs at 金沢vanvanV4.
  • 22. – La:Sadie's and GOSICK perform at 長野LIVE HOUSE J.
  • 24. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 25. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 29. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 30. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.

September

  • 10. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋HEART LAND.
  • 11. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪BRAND NEW.
  • 13. – La:Sadie's performs at 広島BAD LANDS.
  • 15. – La:Sadie's performs at 博多DRUM Be-1.
  • 16. – La:Sadie's performs at 岡山PEPPER LAND.
  • 18. – La:Sadie's performs at 目黒鹿鳴館.
  • 20. – La:Sadie's performs at 新潟JUNK BOX.
  • 22. – La:Sadie's performs at 札幌MESSE HALL.
  • 24. – La:Sadie's performs at 仙台MACANA.
  • 28. – La:Sadie's performs at 浦和NARCISS.
  • 28. – La:Sadie's performs at 市川CLUB GIO.

October

  • 01. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 09. – La:Sadie's records their first single obje×××.
  • 12. – La:Sadie's performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 19. – La:Sadie's performs at 目黒鹿鳴館.
  • 20. – La:Sadie's performs at 川崎CLUB CITTA'
  • 23. – La:Sadie's and GOSICK perform at 熊谷VOGUE. GOSICK disbands after the show.
  • 26. – La:Sadie's performs at 目黒鹿鳴館.
  • 26. – La:Sadie's performs at 市川CLUB GIO.
  • 27. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋BOTTOM LINE.
  • 29. – La:Sadie's performs at 難波W'OHOL.
  • 30. – La:Sadie's performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • A picture of D†L with Toshiya, shown in BAND x ARTIST #7, is dated to 1996.

November

  • 05. – La:Sadie's performs at 松山SALON KITTY.
  • 07. – La:Sadie's performs at 広島NAMIKI JUNKTION.
  • 08. – La:Sadie's performs at 岡山PEPPER LAND.
  • 18. – La:Sadie's performs at 金沢vanvanV4.
  • 19. – La:Sadie's performs at 新潟JUNK BOX.
  • 21. – La:Sadie's performs at 熊谷VOGUE.
  • 22. – La:Sadie's performs at 目黒鹿鳴館.
  • 25. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 27. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 28. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪BRAND NEW.

December

  • La:Sadie's begins the recording of their single Lu:Ciel.
  • 11. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL.
  • 14. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪BRAND NEW.
  • 20. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪BRAND NEW, where they announce their disbandment for January 1997.
  • 21. – La:Sadie's performs at 梅田GUILD.
  • 22. – La:Sadie's performs at 梅田GUILD.
  • 24. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 27. – La:Sadie's performs at 浦和NARCISS.
  • 28. – La:Sadie's performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 30. – La:Sadie's performs at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE.
  • 31. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪BRAND NEW.

1997

January

La:Sadie's after their last live.
  • 04. – La:Sadie's performs at 江坂BOOMIN HALL.
  • 06. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 07. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 08. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 09. – La:Sadie's performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 10. – La:Sadie's performs at 梅田GUILD.
  • 12. – La:Sadie's performs at 広島NAMIKI JUNCTION.
  • 15. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL and disbands after the show.
  • 23. – Kyo, Kaoru, Die and Shinya travel to Nagano and meet up with Toshiya in a parking lot. From there, they drive to his parents' place, where they spend the night.
  • 24. – In the morning, Kyo, Kaoru, Die, Toshiya and Shinya booked two hours of studio time to practice. At the event, they covered around four songs by 黒夢 (Kuroyume) under the name "DEATHMASK". Toshiya also performed with D†L as their support guitarist, most likely for the last time.
Dir En Grey at their first live as DEATHMASK.
Lives in January
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.01.24 長野LIVE HOUSE J Unknown event

February

  • 02. – Kyo, Kaoru, Die, Toshiya and Shinya form Dir En Grey (then stylised as Dir en grey, since 2006 as DIR EN GREY).

The exact date was provided in the magazine Dir en greyやろうぜ (Dir en grey Yarōze) in 1999. The band name is a combination of the German word "dir", French "en" and English "grey" and, according to an interview in Apres Guerre #19 (March 1997), was thought to mean "Grey Silver Coin" (灰色の銀貨 (Haiiro no Ginka)). It was supposed to convey a music and an image that wasn't caught by neither black nor white, so they picked "grey".

The band took their name from a song on a demo tape released in 1995 by the visual-kei band Lareine. The song is called "Dir en gray" and opens with the line 灰色のあなたに dir en gray (Haiiro no anata ni dir en gray), which both means "To you in gray" and would actually fit the intended meaning of the words, as opposed to "Grey Silver Coin". In the aforementioned interview, Kyo mentions that he knew the phrase before and during a live from Lareine's former vocalist Kamijo in 2015, Shinya explained that they took the band name from the song name and simply changed the letter "a" to "e". This was further corroborated by Kaoru in the WOWOW Special interview in 2020, where he explained that they took the name from the song of a band that was famous at that time. Why Dir En Grey thought that "dir" means "silver coin" remains unclear, but they would later become aware of their mistake.

In turn, Lareine got the name "Dir en gray" from a band called Dir & Gray, a visual-kei band that was active around 1991. The original meaning behind the name was "dill of grey colour" (dill is usually white) and was coined by guitarist SHOW. Interestingly, their name was written with the same Katakana as Dir En Grey, ディル・アン・グレイ, even though "and" would be written as アンド (ando) in Japanese.

According to an interview in Shellruby #1 (1998), the band had around 20 possible names and decided on "Dir En Grey" at a family restaurant. At first, Kyo and Toshiya didn't like it, they thought it sounded uncool and too similar to "GLAY". According to Toshiya on the radio show Nack5 FM Triangle Super Audition, one of the other names the members had in mind was "Kisaragi". It was taken from a high school band of Toshiya. According to Kyo in the aforementioned WOWOW Special interview, they narrowed it down to two names, with three people voting for "Dir En Grey" and Kyo and one other member voting for the other name.

  • ??. – Dir En Grey records their first demo tape, titled 業 / 蒼い月, at M4 Studio in Osaka.
Lives in February
Date Venue Tour/Event

March

Dir En Grey in March 1997.

In March 1997, Dir En Grey joined their friends in 覇叉羅 on their tour, performing their first live as Dir En Grey on March 31.

Lives in March
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.03.31 名古屋CLUB QUATTRO JENOSIDE ZONE Vol.5

April

In April 1997, the tour with 覇叉羅 continued. Later, Dir En Grey performed a secret show at an event at 川崎CLUB CITTA'. According to Kaoru in Shellruby #1 (1998), the band had created five or six songs by April 28, 1997, four or five of them being on MISSA. Three of these songs were 「S」, Erode and 秒「」深, which have been performed as early as April 1. The other songs might have been 蒼い月 and , which were also performed on that day. However, it's unclear if Kaoru meant either of them as they had already been recorded in February. Other songs he possibly meant are GARDEN and 惨劇の夜, the latter would be included on MISSA as 霧と繭.

Lives in April
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.04.01 難波W'OHOL JENOSIDE ZONE Vol.5
1997.04.04 博多DRUM LOGOS JENOSIDE ZONE Vol.5
1997.04.24 渋谷ON AIR WEST JENOSIDE ZONE Vol.5
1997.04.27 川崎CLUB CITTA' クラブチッタ川崎主催イベント

May

Dir En Grey in May 1997.

In May 1997, Dir En Grey officially made their live debut. According to Kaoru in Shellruby #1 (1998), they recorded their debut EP MISSA in the first ten or so days of May and created four or five new songs until their debut live. Two of those were most likely 刹那 and 新曲1. According to Toshiya in the same magazine, they spent three nights in the studio.

  • 16. & 17. – Dir En Grey has photoshoots for the MISSA booklet and the GARDEN music video.
  • 30. – Kaoru appears on the radio show PowerRockRevolution. The 業 / 蒼い月 demo tape can be heard in the background. You can listen to the interview here.
Lives in May
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.05.30 難波ROCKETS HYPER MIX
1997.05.31 難波ROCKETS 結成記念ワンマン

June

In June 1997, Dir En Grey only played three shows, one of them a secret show at an event. At each of the other two shows, they distributed a special message tape.

Lives in June
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.06.13 目黒鹿鳴館 NEO Behind the Mask
1997.06.14 目黒鹿鳴館
1997.06.27 大阪COWBOY WORLD

July

An ad for the instore event on July 13.

In July 1997, Dir En Grey released their debut EP MISSA in Japan. They also appeared on various TV shows, at instore events and participated in the SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2 tour.

  • 03. – Instore Event at Osaka DEAD ONE.
  • 04. – Instore Event at Kyoto JEUGIA Sanjo Main Store.
  • 13. – Instore Event at Shinjuku LIKE AN EDISON.
  • 18. – Instore Event at Shibuya INDIES HOUSE.
  • 20. – Instore Event at Harajuku ROCK LOVE.
  • 25. – Release of MISSA.
  • 25. (earliest) – Kyo, Kaoru and Die appear on the TV show Jee Jee Trap. You can watch it here.
  • 26. – Instore Event at Osaka JEEZ Shinsaibashi Store.
  • 27. – Instore Event at Osaka Miyako Shinsaibashi Store M-Cube.
  • 29. – Instore Event at Tokyo Shinseido Quartier 5 Shinjuku Store.
Lives in July
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.07.26 難波W'OHOL SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2
1997.07.31 川崎CLUB CITTA' SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2

August

  • 01. – Kaoru and Toshiya appear on the radio show PowerRockRevolution. You can watch it here.
  • 02. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show ROCK STREET. It is unknown where and when the GARDEN performance was filmed. You can watch it here.
  • 10. – Instore Event at Shinjuku Teito Radio.
  • 15. – Kyo, Kaoru and Die appear on the radio show PowerRockRevolution. You can watch it here
Lives in August
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.08.02 大阪COWBOY WORLD ~MISSA発売記念LIVE~
1997.08.03 大阪COWBOY WORLD ~MISSA発売記念LIVE~
1997.08.07 新宿LOFT ~MISSA発売記念LIVE~
1997.08.08 新宿LOFT ~MISSA発売記念LIVE~
1997.08.21 市川CLUB GIO SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2
1997.08.23 上野水上野外音楽堂 Neo Behind the Mask
1997.08.27 川崎CLUB CITTA' Behind the Mask
1997.08.30 心斎橋MUSE HALL Dir en grey Presents
MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW

September

In September 1997, Dir En Grey continued the tours they had begun a month earlier. They also played on the EXPERIENCE EYES'97 event. Most notable is the show on September 15, one of the shows where they performed with and covers of other bands.

  • ??. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Hot Wave. You can watch it here.
Lives in September
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.09.01 難波W'OHOL SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2
1997.09.07 名古屋HEART LAND STUDIO Dir en grey Presents
MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW
1997.09.14 目黒鹿鳴館 Dir en grey Presents
MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW
1997.09.15 目黒鹿鳴館 Dir en grey Presents
MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW
1997.09.18 赤坂BLITZ EXPERIENCE EYES'97

October

  • 09. – Kaoru and Die participate as support guitarists at the distribution live of SHUN's (ex-VASALLA) demo tape SHUN SOLO PROJECT EPISODE:00. Rumour has it that one or more members of DIR EN GREY participated in the recording of this demo tape, but according to SHUN, he recorded it on his own.
Lives in October
Date Venue Tour/Event
1997.10.28 渋谷ON AIR WEST CRUCIFY OF MARIA TO “MISSA”
あなたの『美的・発情・香』を呼び起こす
1997.10.30 心斎橋MUSE HALL CRUCIFY OF MARIA TO “MISSA”
あなたの『美的・発情・香』を呼び起こす

November

  • ??. – The band had a meeting in the morning and an interview in the afternoon. Later, Shinya and Kyo went to Toshima-en, an amusement park in Tokyo.
  • 25. – Release of the omnibus album Behind the Mask vol.2 1997 -SOL'FINSTERRE-. Dir En Grey participates with Ash.
Lives in November
Date Venue Tour/Event

December

Lives in December
Date Venue Tour/Event

1998

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

  • 11. – A flyer 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 is アクロの丘 (Akuro no Oka). However, this schedule was scrapped in favour of releasing three singles at once in January 1999.
  • ??. – 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

1999

January

  • 20. – Dir En Grey makes their major debut with the three singles アクロの丘, 残-ZAN- and ゆらめき.
Lives in January
Date Venue Tour/Event

February

  • 05. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Music Station, where they perform 残-ZAN-. You can watch it here.
Lives in February
Date Venue Tour/Event

March

Lives in March
Date Venue Tour/Event
1999.03.24 赤坂BLITZ PSYCHONNECT~嵐の前の暴走~

April

Lives in April
Date Venue Tour/Event

May

  • 26. – Release of Cage.
Lives in May
Date Venue Tour/Event

June

  • 04. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Music Station, where they perform Cage. You can watch it here.
  • 25. – Kyo and Die appear on the radio show bay-fm.
Lives in June
Date Venue Tour/Event

July

  • 14. – Release of 予感.
  • 16. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Music Station, where they perform 予感. You can watch it here.
  • 17. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Pop Jam, where they perform 予感. It was recorded on July 12 and you can watch it here.
  • 20.–22. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Nagano TOWER RECORDS.
  • 24. – Kaoru and Toshiya appear on the radio show TOKYO FM.
  • 24. & 25. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Niigata TOWER RECORDS.
  • 27. & 28. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Sendai TOWER RECORDS.
  • 28. – Release of Dir En Grey's debut album GAUZE.
  • 31. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Sapporo Pivo TOWER RECORDS.
Lives in July
Date Venue Tour/Event
1999.07.27 川崎CLUB CITTA' PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:01
1999.07.28 川崎CLUB CITTA' PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:02
1999.07.30 尼崎LIVE SQUARE PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:03 Mr.GAUZEMAN
1999.07.31 神戸CHICKEN GEORGE PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:04

August

  • 01. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Sapporo Pivo TOWER RECORDS.
  • 02. – Kaoru and Toshiya appear on the radio show Yantan Music Max Monday.
  • 05. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Shibuya TOWER RECORDS.
  • 07. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show CDTV, where they perform 予感. You can watch it here.
  • 08.–10. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Umeda TOWER RECORDS.
  • 11. & 12. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Kobe TOWER RECORDS.
  • 14. & 15. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Okayama TOWER RECORDS.
  • 19.–21. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Fukuoka TOWER RECORDS.
  • 23. & 24. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Hiroshima TOWER RECORDS.
  • 27. & 28. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Fukuoka TOWER RECORDS.
Lives in August
Date Venue Tour/Event
1999.08.01 神戸CHICKEN GEORGE PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:05
1999.08.03 大阪IMP HALL PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:06
1999.08.04 大阪IMP HALL PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:07
1999.08.06 京都MUSE HALL PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:08
1999.08.07 京都MUSE HALL PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:09
1999.08.09 名古屋DIAMOND HALL PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:10
1999.08.10 名古屋DIAMOND HALL PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:11
1999.08.15 長野LIVE HOUSE J PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:12
1999.08.16 長野LIVE HOUSE J PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:13
1999.08.18 新潟PHASE PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:14
1999.08.22 ASTY Tokushima SUPER LIVE'99 in TOKUSHIMA
1999.08.23 Zepp Fukuoka PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:15
1999.08.24 広島NAMIKI JUNCTION PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:16 Mr.GAUZEMAN
1999.08.26 高知CARAVAN SARY PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:17 Mr.GAUZEMAN
1999.08.29 仙台BEEB BASEMENT THEATER PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:18 Mr.GAUZEMAN
1999.08.31 札幌PENNY LANE24 PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:19

September

Lives in September
Date Venue Tour/Event
1999.09.01 札幌PENNY LANE24 PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
mode:20
1999.09.15 名古屋市民会館 PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
Final mode:I
1999.09.16 大阪厚生年金会館 PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
Final mode:II
1999.09.19 横浜ARENA PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
Final mode:III
1999.09.20 目黒鹿鳴館 PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-
Final mode:IV

October

  • ??. – Kyo and Die are guests on the Japanese radio station Rock Vision802. It was recorded on June 25 and you can listen to the interview here.
Lives in October
Date Venue Tour/Event

November

  • 17. – Release of GAUZE-62045-.
Lives in November
Date Venue Tour/Event

December

  • 16.–18. – The Dir en grey EXPRESS PREFESTIVAL TOUR 1999 takes place, a special event before the final live of the PSYCHONNECT tour. 800 fans were invited to spend three days with the band at the hotel Plaza Osaka. They were brought to the hotel via a designated Dir En Grey train, threw an early birthday party for Die at the hotel, watched the 脈 (Myaku) music video and participated in a talk event with the band and their staff. The fans also received a towel and an A3 poster as a present. On the third day, the fans were brought to the Osaka-jo Hall via bus, where they watched the band perform.
Lives in December
Date Venue Tour/Event
1999.12.13 西麻布SPACE LAB YELLOW Dir en grey YELLOW SPECIAL EVENT
1999.12.15 名古屋DIAMOND HALL 師走の夜に足四の字固め!?
1999.12.18 大阪城HALL 本当にこれでいいんですね
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Dir En Grey
DiscographyPromotional Versions
Albums
GAUZE (1999) PoemsMACABRE (2000) Poems鬼葬 (2002)VULGAR (2003)Withering to death. (2005)THE MARROW OF A BONE (2007) Liner NotesUROBOROS (2008) PoemsDUM SPIRO SPERO (2011) PoemsUROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)ARCHE (2014)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)The Insulated World (2018)
EPs
MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles and Others
業 / 蒼い月 (1997)1997.6.14 目黒鹿鳴館 (1997)1997.6.27 COWBOY WORLD (1997)「楓」~if trans~ (1997)JEALOUS (1998)-I'll- (1998)脈 (2000)【KR】cube (2000)太陽の碧 (2000)ain't afraid to die (2001)embryo (2001)かすみ (2003)朔-saku- (2004)GLASS SKIN (2008)激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 (2009)LOTUS (2011)DIFFERENT SENSE (2011) (2011)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)人間を被る (2018)The World of Mercy (2019)落ちた事のある空 (2020)朧 (2021)
Covers and Features
Covers: 親愛なるDEATHMASKINSANITYワルシャワの幻想EASY MAKE,EASY MARKNATIONAL MEDIA BOYS
List of all covered songs on setlist.fm
Features: 葬送絶彩 feat. 京Witch Huntアンプサイ
Other Songs
INWARD SCREAMSE新曲2藍紫色刹那