Dir En Grey/Timeline

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1974

February

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

December

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

1976

February

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

1977

March

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

1978

February

  • 24. – Shinya is born in Kuzuha, Hirakata in the Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

1981

April

  • Shinya enters the Kuzuha Rose Kindergarten in Hirakata, Osaka.

1984

April

1986

April

  • 02. – 聖飢魔II (Seikima II) release their debut single 蝋人形の館 (Rōningyō no Yakata), which Kaoru buys a little while later.

1987

April

  • In his fourth year in elementary school, beginning in April 1987, Shinya's family has their house demolished and a new one built. For that reason, he and his family live elsewhere for one year.

September

  • 19., 20. or 21. – On one of these days, Kaoru goes to Ichinomiya to attend Michael Jackson's concert, but because he doesn't have a ticket, he stands on a nearby bridge and manages to see inside the Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium.

1988

April

  • Kyo enters the Toka Junior High-School in Kyoto.
  • In his fifth year in elementary school, beginning in April 1988, Shinya's family returns to their old home, where they stay until Shinya's second year in junior high-school.

1989

April

  • In his second year in junior high-school, Kyo learns about Atsushi Sakurai from a classmate and becomes interested in rock music.[1]
  • Kaoru enters high-school.[2][3]
  • 21. – Kaoru buys X Japan's major debut album BLUE BLOOD.[2][3][4]
  • 25. – Kaoru goes to his first live of X Japan at Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Osaka. It inspires him to learn playing guitar.[2][3][4]

1990

April

  • In his second year in high-school, beginning in April 1990, Kaoru forms his first band DIE:STERIA.[3][5]
    • It's possible that the band was already formed in the latter half of his first year.[2]
  • In his first year in high-school, beginning in April 1990, Die watches a live of his senior's ZIGGY cover band P-SHOCK at their high-school's culture festival and decides he also wants to be in a band.[6]
    • He forms his first band that year, but due to others wanting to play the guitar, Die plays drums instead.[5][6]

October

  • In October of his first year in junior-high school,[7] beginning in April 1990, Shinya forms his first band with a friend. They copy PERSONZ and BUCK-TICK in Shinya's basement, using a cowbell as a snare.[8]

1991

  • At the age of 15, which he turned this year on February 16, Kyo buys a guitar and tries to play X JAPAN's songs. He also tries to play bass.[5]

January

  • In January of his first year in junior-high school,[7] beginning in April 1990, Shinya buys a drum set with his New Year's money.[8][9]

February

  • 09. – Toshiya goes to his first concert, Hideaki Tokunaga in Nagano, likely on this day.[4][5]

March

  • Kyo completes compulsory education. He begins to work at Kyoto's Central Market, where he meets members of ALBATROSS and later joins them as a roadie.[5][10]
  • Die buys his first guitar during the Spring before his second year in high-school.[5]
  • 22. – Kyo possibly attends his first live of Strawberry Fields on this day at 京都MUSE HALL.[1][4][10][11]

April

  • In his third year in high-school, beginning in April 1991, Kaoru performs on a stage for the first time at his high-school's culture festival.[3]
  • In his second year in high-school, beginning in April 1991, Die discovers D'ERLANGER and aims to be like their guitarist CIPHER. He begins to play guitar and performs on a stage for the first time at his high-school's culture festival,[12] as a member of his female kendo senior's LINDBERG cover band.[5][6]
    • Around two months later, he performs a live with his own band.[12]
  • In his third year in junior high-school, beginning in April 1991, Toshiya tries playing the guitar as his first instrument.[4][13]
  • In his second year in junior high-school, beginning in April 1991, Shinya's family moves to the Hyogo Prefecture.[5]

1992

  • At the age of 16, which he turned this year on February 16, Kyo puts on make-up for the first time as he is performing as the vocalist of a roadie band.[12]

March

  • Towards the end of Kaoru's third year in high-school, DIE:STERIA disbands.
    • In SHOXX #70, Kaoru says that he continued with his band for a year after graduating from high-school, so it's possible they did not disband.[5]
    • In Dokugen, while talking about CHARM, the interviewer says that the band continued after Kaoru graduated from high-school. The exact circumstances aren't clear.[3]

April

  • Kaoru attends a vocational school for bookkeeping for one semester, from April to September.[3]
  • In his third year in high-school, beginning in April 1992, Die joins the student council to be able to perform at this year's culture festival.[14]
    • In SHOXX #70, Die says that he was asked to be the vocalist for a ZIGGY cover band. This might've been during his third year in high-school.[5][14]
  • In his third year in high-school, beginning in April 1992, Die attends his first live, of ZIGGY.[5]
  • Toshiya enters the Nagano Shunei High-School.
  • In his third year in junior high-school, beginning in April 1992, Shinya's family returns to their old home in Osaka.[5]

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).[10]
  • 29. – Kyo attends LUNA SEA's live at 京都ROCK天国.

December

  • 05. – Kyo attends Kuroyume's live at 京都ROCK天国.[10][15]

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, 1993.[15]

March

  • If DIE:STERIA didn't actually disband around March 1992, they disband around this time.[5]
  • Toshiya sees hide and TUSK on SHOXX #15 (March 1993) and is inspired to try on make-up.[12]
  • Towards the end of his third year in junior high-school, Shinya performs on stage for the first time at the Kuzuha Civic Center. There, he plays drums in four or five of five or six bands at his high-school's graduation ceremony.[5][8][16]
    • The exact number of bands Shinya played drums in isn't clear, as he has given both numbers in various interviews. One of the bands covered Kamaitachi, another the singer Shizuka Kudo, a third the band Princess Princess and in a fourth, the vocalist performed songs in the style of Yutaka Ozaki.[8]

April

  • Shinya enters high-school where he forms his first serious band, 人工天使 and performs with them for the first time, at 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • Die enters a vocational school, likely the Osaka School of Music, for one year, from April 1993 to March 1994.[4][5][14]

May

  • Die attends Eikichi Yazawa's live at 大阪厚生年金会館. The possible dates are: May 20, 21 and 22.[14]
  • 21. – Kyo possibly hands out leaflets after a live of LUNA SEA at 京都会館 on this date. The other possible date is January 17, 1994.

August

  • Kyo forms his first band 月蝕.

September

  • 29. – 月蝕 makes their live debut at 枚方BLOW DOWN.

October

  • In the latter half of his second year in high-school, beginning in October 1993, Toshiya forms his first band with his friends.[5][8]
  • 23. – 月蝕 performs at 京都ROCK天国.

December

  • A band picture of 月蝕, published in Band x Artist #7 (May 2000), is dated to December 1993.
  • 26. – 月蝕 performs at 京都ROCK天国.

1994

January

  • 15. – Kaoru does not attend the coming-of-age ceremony. He also isn't in a band at this time.[17]
  • 16. – 月蝕 performs at 京都ROCK天国.
  • 17. – Kyo possibly hands out leaflets after a live of LUNA SEA at 京都会館 on this date. The other possible date is May 21, 1993.

February

  • Sometime after February, CHARM forms.

March

  • 20. – 月蝕 performs at 京都ROCK天国.
  • After one year, Die leaves the vocational school and moves to Osaka.[4]

April

  • In his third year in high-school, beginning in April 1994, Toshiya's first band reforms and he also forms 如月.[5][8] With one of them, he performs on a stage for the first time at his high-school's cultural festival.[4][5][8] They cover songs by LUNA SEA, LADIES ROOM and BUCK-TICK.[16]
    • About a month later, he performs at a live house for the first time.[8] This was around his graduation in March 1995.[5]
  • In his second year in high-school, beginning in April 1994, Shinya's band 人工天使 disbands and he joins Siva.[5]
    • His family also moves again during this time.
  • 11. – 月蝕 performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN, along with with Kisaki's band LAYBIAL. 月蝕 disbands after the live,[18] Kyo and Kisaki meet for the first time.[5]

May

June

  • Viṣṇu records a demo tape, five copies are given out as a present by the magazine Azalie.
  • A band picture of Siva, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to June 1994.

July

October

  • 2. – Kaoru goes to the 7th Tokyo International Film Festival in Kyoto, where Bridget Fonda is present for the premiere of the movie The Road to Wellville.
  • 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.[3]
  • 31. – Kaoru attends X Japan's 白い夜 (Shiroi Yoru) live at the Tokyo Dome.[3]

1995

January

  • Siva performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN and disbands after the live. Except for the bassist, the members move their activities to Osaka and form Ruby along with Kisaki on bass.
  • 12. – Viṣṇu performs at an unknown venue.
  • 15. – Die attends the coming-of-age ceremony and helps as a member of the commitee.[17]
  • 17. – During the Kobe Earthquake, Kaoru works at a glass factory in Osaka. He is also a member of CHARM at this point.
  • After the Kobe Earthquake, Die works part-time as a builder of temporary shelters. He is also a member of Ka・za・ri at this point.

April

  • In April 1995, Toshiya enters a vocational school of arts in Nagano. Around this time, he also begins to work as a roadie for GOSICK for about six months.
    • During his time at the vocational school, he forms cruel.
  • 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.

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

  • In SHOXX #69, Shinya explains that he and Kyo met for the first time in August 1995, when Kyo came to watch Shinya's session band (name unknown, Vo. Unknown / Gt. #4 / Gt. SHIGE / Ba. KISAKI / Dr. Shinya).[19] However, in Haiiro no Ginka #34, Shinya says that their first meeting took place in September 1995. It's currently unknown in which of the two months it happened.
  • 15. – Masquerade performs at 心斎橋MUSE HALL.
  • 25. – Masquerade performs at an unknown venue.
  • 30. – Masquerade performs at an unknown venue.

September

  • ??. – Shinya and Die meet for the first time when Ruby and Ka・za・ri perform at the same live at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE.[19][20][21]
  • 30. – Masquerade performs at 大阪amHALL.
    • In Haiiro no Ginka #34, Shinya explains that he and Kyo met for the first time in September 1995 at Osaka amHALL, when he performed as the drummer of a certain session band (name unknown, Vo. Unknown / Gt. #4 / Gt. SHIGE / Ba. KISAKI / Dr. Shinya).[22] It might have been on this day.

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

  • ??. – Die and Kaoru meet for the first time when Ka・za・ri and CHARM perform at the same live at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE.[4][21]
  • ??. – Ruby performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 03. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 難波ROCKETS.
  • 17. – Kyo performs with Ove's 春陽 (Haruhi), KISAKI and other people as a session band at 大阪amHALL. They perform songs by D'ERLANGER and LUNA SEA.
  • 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.
    • At this live, Kyo and Die likely met for the first time.[23][24]
  • 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 venue on this day.

December

  • La:Sadie's officially forms.
  • 02. – A photo of Kyo at 大阪城天 exists with this date on it. It's unknown if he performed there two days in a row or if the date on the photo is incorrect.
  • 03. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 大阪城天.
    • Afterwards, Kyo distributes a flyer that only reveals his name and the date of La:Sadie's first live on January 14, 1996.
  • 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. – Kaoru and Kyo meet for the first time at Osaka-jo Hall, where Kaoru is handing out flyers for CHARM.[5][19]
    • Kyo showed up with other members of his band, which was most likely La:Sadie's. However, it seems Die and Shinya weren't present.[19]

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 an "Activity Hiatus Live" at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE and supposedly goes on a hiatus afterwards, essentially disbanding.
  • 14. – La:Sadie's performs their first live at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 15. – Kyo does not attend the coming-of-age ceremony.[17]
  • 21. – Ka・za・ri was slated to perform at an event at 京都MUSE HALL on this day. This did most likely not happen.
  • 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 venue and disbands after the live.
  • 10. – La:Sadie's performs at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 14. – CHARM performs at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE VIVRE and disbands after the live.
  • 15. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL. Guitarist 紫緒 secedes after the live and guitarist KAORU is recruited.
  • 19. – Kaoru attends the Smashing Pumpkins concert at Amagasaki Archaic Hall.

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 Sign Event 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. This live is listed in the band's history book, but not on flyers from that time. It's possible they did not perform, considering they also performed at 難波W'OHOL on this day.
  • 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. Toshiya comes to greet La:Sadie's after their live, but apparently he only spoke to Kyo and possibly Kaoru and Die.
  • 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

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 live.
  • 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

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. – After La:Sadie's is done rehearsing for that day's live, Shinya goes to meet Toshiya at KFC Umeda HEP Street.[25] After talking for a while, they go to meet Kyo, Kaoru and Die, making this the first time all five future members of Dir En Grey got together.[26]
  • 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.
  • 15. – Toshiya attends the coming-of-age ceremony.[17]
  • 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 book two hours of studio time to practice. At the event, they cover around four songs by 黒夢 (Kuroyume) under the name "DEATHMASK". Toshiya also performs 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".[27] 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 "如月 (Kisaragi)". It was the name of one of Toshiya's high school bands. On The Freedom of Expression, Kaoru mentioned that the alternate band name was a two-kanji word. 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 continues. Later, Dir En Grey performs a secret live 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, as well as GARDEN, which was performed on April 24. The other songs might have been 蒼い月 and , which were also performed on April 1. However, it's unclear if Kaoru meant either of them as they had already been recorded in February. The last song was most likely 惨劇の夜, which would be included on MISSA as 霧と繭. In an interview in ARENA37°C (February 1999), Kaoru mentions that 新曲1 was already being written in April as well, but only debuted at their formation live in May.

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.
  • 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 live 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. The live on July 26 was postponed due to a typhoon.

  • 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. The GARDEN performance was most likely filmed on June 27. 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 / SUPER FEVER BATTLE
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.
  • 30. – Dir En Grey leaves FRONT MISSION and joins the newly-formed label sun-krad.
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 shoots the music videos for 「楓」~if trans.
  • ??. – 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

  • 15. – Release of the mail-order version of 「楓」~if trans CRYSTAL VIDEO BOX.
  • 31. – Die attends X JAPAN's disbandment live at Tokyo Dome.[5]
Lives in December
Date Venue Tour/Event

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.[17]
  • 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,[28][29] 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

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.
  • ??. – At the end of February, Kaoru begins working on Cage.
Lives in February
Date Venue Tour/Event

March

  • 21. – Dir En Grey returns from LA, where they're recording the Cage single.
  • 25. – After performing アクロの丘 as a tribute the day before, Toshiya goes to his late friend Munya's home to light an incense and speak to his mother.
  • 31. – Dir En Grey returns to LA to continue the recording.
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

  • ??. – Dir En Grey begins the recording of their debut album, GAUZE.
  • 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

  • 01.–07. – The band spends the first week of July in the studio.
  • 08.–14. – The band spends four nights and five days at an abandoned coal mine, shooting various music videos.
    • 08. – On the first day, they shoot scenes for the Schweinの椅子 and 蜜と唾 music videos.
    • 09. – On the second day, they shoot scenes for the 304号室、白死の桜 music video.
    • 10. – On the third day, they shoot scenes for the 304号室、白死の桜 and Schweinの椅子 music videos.
  • 12. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Pop Jam, where they perform 予感. It was aired on July 17 and you can watch it here.
  • 14. – Release of 予感.
  • 15.–22. – The band spends the third week of July rehearsing and working on music.
  • 16. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Music Station, where they perform 予感. You can watch it here.
  • 19. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Countdown TV.
  • 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. – Dir en greyの「めっ」 (Dir en grey no "Meh") special radio program at FM Sendai and FM Fukuoka.
  • 25. – Dir en greyの「めっ」 (Dir en grey no "Meh") special radio program at FM Hokkaido-AIR'G-, FM Tokyo, FM Aichi and FM Osaka.
  • 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.
  • 30. – Dir En Grey films the music video for MASK at the live at 尼崎LIVE SQUARE.
  • 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.
  • 05. – The band goes to Kyo's home, where they eat his mother's kimchi stew.
  • 07. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show CDTV, where they perform 予感. You can watch it here.
  • 07. – Dir En Grey films an interview for Viewsic, it airs on November 13 along with footage of the September 19 live.
  • 08. – Toshiya meets up with the guitarist of the band he first played at a live house with, meaning either 如月 or his other high-school band.
  • 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. – Toshiya goes to his family's house and meets up with friends to go drinking.
  • 14. & 15. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 (Dir en grey no "Nuh") campaign at Okayama TOWER RECORDS.
  • 15. – After the live, Toshiya and Kobayashi go to the home of Munya, the deceased guitarist of Toshiya's old band GOSICK, to light incense sticks.
  • 16. – After the live, Toshiya goes drinking with two female friends from art school.
  • 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-.
  • 24. – The GAUZE-62045- video campaign takes place at Akita Joinasu, Toyama Marie 7F Orbis, Fukui Matsukiya Music Factory Omiya and Okinawa ROCK in OKINAWA.
  • 25. – The GAUZE-62045- video campaign takes place at Iwate (Morioka) Persona, Kanazawa AZ Hall, Tottori Talk 616 4F Space 616 and Miyazaki Nishimura Gakki.
  • 26. – The GAUZE-62045- video campaign takes place at Aomori Rabina Hall, Fukushima Outline, Shimane Shimane Kenmin Kaikan Multi-Purpose Hall and Kagoshima CAPARVO Hall.
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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あなたは何人目ですか
一人目です
僕は数え切れない子供を殺しています
あなたは許せますか
・・・・・
もう一度聞きます 本当にこれでいいんですね
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用意はいいですか ハイ
では始めましょう

Post-1999

You can find more information on their history, releases and other details at vk.gy: https://vk.gy/artists/dir-en-grey/

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 READ Vol.0002
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 FOOL'S MATE August 2000
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Dokugen
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Shellruby #1
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 SHOXX #70 (December 1998)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 BANDやろうぜ April 1999
  7. 7.0 7.1 DIR EN GREY PLAYERS BOOK
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 BANDやろうぜ May 1999
  9. FOOL'S MATE July 2003
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 FOOL's MATE January 2003
  11. consequence.net
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 ARENA37°C #213 (June 2000)
  13. POP BEAT January 2001
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 DIR EN GREY GUITAR BOOK feat. 薫 & Die
  15. 15.0 15.1 Dir en grey Yarouze
  16. 16.0 16.1 ロッキンf October 2000
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 ARENA37°C #220 (January 2001)
  18. Azalie 京都特集
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 SHOXX #69 (November 1998)
  20. SHOXX #68 (October 1998)
  21. 21.0 21.1 ARENA37°C #207 (December 1999)
  22. Haiiro no Ginka #34
  23. ARENA37°C #199 (April 1999)
  24. VICIOUS Back Issue (December 1998)
  25. TOUR14 PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?- bonus disc
  26. DIR EN GREY BASS & DRUMS BOOK feat. Toshiya & Shinya
  27. https://twitter.com/manatsunatsu820/status/627806792123154433
  28. premium pause special issue (July 1999)
  29. pause (February 2000)

Navigation

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) PoemsARCHE (2014)The Insulated World (2018)PHALARIS (2022)

UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)

Mini-Albums MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles 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)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)
Cassette Tapes 業 / 蒼い月 (1997)1997.6.14 目黒鹿鳴館 (1997)1997.6.27 COWBOY WORLD (1997)
VHS 「楓」~if trans~ (1997)「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998 Mechanism For Leave-the scene of the tragedy- (1998)「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-UnknownDespaira Lost- ~裁きの血舞台~ (1998)妄想統覚劇 (1998)妄想格外劇 (1998)
Other Releases (2011)
Cover Songs 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