Dir en grey at Atlanta's Center Stage. If you have ever read a live report written by me then you already know I don't really write in order of what happened during the actual show, I tend to just write what ever I remember as I go, and if you haven't read a live report I have written then now you know lol.
Ok, so I had to work that morning and coudn't really line up at the ass crack of dawn, however someone was saving me a spot and I joined up with them after I got from work around 2:30, the line was really uneventful unlike some other Dir concerts I have gone to, so lets skip to doors opening, we go in and I get a spot thats 3rd row in front of Toshiya, I could actually see pretty decent as there wasnt too many tall people in front of me and was actually content with the spot. However by the end of the opener I was pushed in front row. I'll talk more on that, the drama it caused and a mini rant later, for now I will talk about The Human Abstract who wasn't utter garbage, but I wouldn't say I liked them, however it is partly thanks to them that I got front row. Anyways they came on played for 30-35 minutes maybe 6 or 7 songs, and a few times they called for a pit and even more suprisingly got them. And I say this because most of the time the crowd is totally ignoring the opener or booing just waiting for Dir en grey, but the opener got alot of cheers and participation from the crowd. And it was that participation that got me to the front row, so thaks The Human Abstract for getting the crowd to participate and thanks crowd for moshing.RANT TIME if you don't want to read this and get right to the Dir en grey action skip the next few Paragraphs!
Every single time the crowd would mosh I would get pushed up, and the front rows in trying to keep there spot was pushing back, which was a big mistake really. You got people pushing forward and your pushing backwards and when your pushing backwards you are making a GAP in the crowd which lets someone get pushed in that GAP, the best thing you can do in the front row is to lean forward and hold on to your spot not push back, does anyone else agree? I am not going to lie and say oh it was all the crowds fault that I was in the front, because if I saw an opportunity to move closer I did, however the majority of it was the crowd pushing on me and me just angling my body so the force would send me in the direction I wanted to go in.
Now when I got to the front row the girl in the spot and the girl next to her were not happy, and rightfully so. However once I was to the bar I would not let them move me and boy did they try. However while I am not one of those who will bite and fight to push their way to the front, Once I am on the bar I am pretty fucking immoveable, because unlike people who get there spots taken I know how to hold on to my spot. And actualy the girls comments that made me really want to stay there more than their actions, because I have bruises and shit on my back and side from them digging into me, elbowing and even punching me, and eventually I would have moved because they were really hurting me, but each fucking time one of them would say something to me it made me want to stay there even more not because they were calling me a bitch cause I would be calling me a bitch too, but because they were WHINING. When one of the girls went to the security guard whining about pushing and how they stood in line for x hours and people are pushing them, and the guard told her its a rock concert what do you expect, I wanted to stay on the bar even more.
I seriously found it hillarious and started laughing when she started whining to her boyfriend and other friends about she stood in line for x hours and got in line at x time and that if they wanted the front they should have stood in line for x hours and gotten there at x time, and that she should be able to enjoy the show without people pushing on her and her friends. When she said that I actually looked at her and asked her if this was her first concert cause It was so fucking naive what she was saying. You can not go to ANY concert not even a Dir en grey concert but ANY rock concert and expect not to get pushed seriously, that whole whining I got here early and stood in line and you shouldn't push at people cause you didn't get in early amused me and pissed me off to know end seriously. Ranting Done.
Dir en grey
came on about 20 minutes after The Human Abstract, the same old roadies and Nora was setting them up and like usual idiots were screaming for the roadies and Nora. The band came on Shinya-I forget excatly what he was wearing but I remember his Shirt looking really nice. And he looked really good too. Kaoru in black jeans, black shirt looking very Kaoru ish. Toshiya looking fucking SEXY OMG his new look might not come across well in pictures but he looked GOOD in person. Had on a white T shirt, I think it might have had a design on it, black cargo pants, and some Doc Martins. His hair is growing out abit on the shaven side and was a bit like peach fuzz. I forgot what Die had on but his hair is very nice and was dark, and he looked pretty good, a bit skinny but nowhere near the pictures we saw from earlier this year. Kyo had on a emerald green track suit, that looked very nice on him under the lighting. He lost his shirt very quickly but never lost his hard on. LOL.
The setlist in no particular order and not even in full was - Sabir, Obscure (first 2 songs and the only songs beside the last I remember in order) the Fatal Believer, Repetition of Hatred, Merciless Cult, Bugaboo, the IIIrd Empire (last song), Kodou, Clever Sleazoid, Agitated Screams of Maggots, Ryoujoku no Ame, Hydra 666, Dozing Green, Glass Skin, and Conceived Sorrow, there were more songs that were new and I didn't know (since I haven't listened to the leaked album) or just forgot.
Glass Skin- while my initiial impressions of it was meh its really good live, and I think its a song that comes across better live than on recording.
Dozing Green is still meh to me even after seeing it live.
Obscure and the IIIrd Empire are always awesome no matter how many times I have seen them performed live.
It took me until the middle of the songs to recognize Merciless Cult and Kodou as the songs they were which was so odd, as I normally have instant recognition of those 2 as they were and are favorites from WTD.
Hydra 666 will never be the awesomeness that is Hydra, but it was pretty bad ass live.
Personal observations and opinions of the members.
Shinya- as I said he looked good, he played well but I really didn't spend to much time looking at him which is the norm.
Die- I really didn't glance to much over at Die, but It seemed for the most part that he was uninterested in the crowd. I wouldn't say he was in a bad mood, but he seemed really focused on himself and not the crowd while he was playing. He was moving and he was active and spinning around on stage but it seemed as if he was in a zone and that he was kind of playing for himself to himself and not for the crowd - Does that make sense to anyone? He went up to the crowd at the end of the concert but even then he didn't play with the crowd he just went to the front and played. He threw a few picks maybe 7 or 8 but he had what looked like 25 of them on his stand. He was the last person to leave the stage and it seemed as if when he was throwing the picks that it was the first time he really LOOKED at the crowd because he was taking his time looking over the crowd analyzing it before he threw each pick.
Kaoru - Was kind of boring to watch so I didn't watch him much, he just stood and played and occasionally would go up and tease the crowd but as I said he was mostly boring, he threw his picks pretty quickly and left the stage pretty fast, he did however throw all of his.
Ok now Toshiya and Kyo really made the show for as they were who I was pretty much focused on.
Toshiya- AGAIN, he looked sexy but enough about his looks. Like Die he seemed to be in a zone however unlike Die he was aware of things and of his surroundings. He was VERY active and was spinning and jumping and came up to the crowd more than anyone else. I say he was in a zone but he would come out of himself from time to time and look down at the crowd, pump his fist, his chest and make eye contact for a few moments before he went back into his zone. I think he was really feeling the crowds energy and enjoying himself up there. I have stood directly in front of every member and I definately feel like the best place to stand is in front or betwee Toshiya and Kyo because they really give you what you want. Toshiya gives lots of crowd encouragement, and while Kyo might not put so much effort into the crowd the effort he puts into his performance is amazing.
Kyo- Was ON tonight. He didn't really play with the crowd he just looked up at us in that intense Kyo way, but performance wise it was great. He did his chanting/prayer which I love so much (and it pissed me off when the crowd was screaming) and this whole weird conversation to himself that was great and put chills down my spine. Its hard to explain and you really need to see it in person, but it was as if his two sides was battling out. His demon was the low deep growling and his angel was this high pitched screaming/moaning. And it was if the two sides were fighting it out inside of him and he was just vocalizing their fight. It was amazing and really just put chills down my spine and must have put chills down everyone elses spine because the crowd was relatively quiet during this. He didn't say anything to the crowd but last song and walked off the stage immediatly after the song was over.
This kind of scares me, but for some reason I am getting the feeling that while Kyo LOVES performing and Singing that he is kind of getting tired of doing it with Dir en grey, and I pray that I am wrong but its a feeling I have had for the past few years that has been coming through to me with his music and his performances. Which really makes me sad cause I love this band so much and I don't want to see them disband. But it seems to me as if Toshiya and Die seem really into the band, Shinya and Kaoru are just going for the ride, and the Kyo is ready to do his own thing. And when that does happen I will be at the last show, Hell when It comes to that point, I might
do some things that I wouldn't be proud of just so I can see the last tour in its entirety, but I honestly really don't want to think about that. However if I can't see the whole tour I will definately be at the last show before they disband no matter how much money.Also no matter what they do as long as the music is good I will follow them even if they do seperate. BUT ENOUGH SADNESS (and thoughts of me doing things for money).
Kyo had a hard on for the majority of the show, at first I thought I was imagining things but after I while I realized that I wasn't and that it was pretty impressive. AND what I found hillarious was that no one in my group wanted to admit to seeing the same thing lol. I brought it up, and was like this might be crass and I might have just been seeing things but was Kyo sporting a boner? At that point everyone started laughing and was like I saw it too I just didn't want to say anything in case I was imagining it lol, and that was a topic brought up for the rest of the night lol.
The Crowd- Was nuts there was some serious moshing and crowdsurfing, and one girl kept trying to crowd surf and launch herself to the stage and amost succeeded! I got kicked in the head by a crowdsurfer and the security guard kept asking me if I was ok, and at one point I was so focused on the band that the security guard shoved my head down (so I wouldn't get kicked again). My whole body hurts right now, and I am bruised and banged up.
If you bought a copy of the new CD before the show (not after they were not letting you go back and buy one) then you could get it signed, Kaoru and Shinya camed out and signed I said Thank You, Great Show to them Shinya smiled and said Thank You and Kauro just looked at me lol.
I didn't have alot of money so I didn't buy everything, I just bought one of the T-shirts there were 3 designs, the CD which was 15 for the regular (which I bought) 25 for the deluxe which I preordered already. So yea like WTD I will have 3 copies lol. A signed U.S copy, My Deluxe U.S copy, and my Japanese Copy that I never cancelled but really should lol.
The show as a whole was not the best show I have seen them. The Albany show with the Deftones, The Nokia Theatre, Zepp Tokyo during the 2006 winter tour (I forgot the the name) were all fucking awesome, but it was still a very good show.