giru goes global

Although we’re only halfway through February, I’m already impressed by the amount of overseas activity I’ve seen announced. Compared to the typical moaning and groaning of global Visualists moping about the lack of Jrock in their local livehouses, 2011 is already proving itself to be a promising year for international J-metal moshing.

First we heard of D setting out to vamp up Europe and one of our own hulking southern states with their worldwide debut. Then MIYAVI announced another European tour to promote the release of album WHAT’S MY NAME. The cherry on top was almost headline news that exist trace will be making an appearance at Seattle’s SakuraCon. Almost. But not quite.

On February 5th, controversial cherry-boys girugamesh turned a few Visualist realities (including mine) upside down with the release of not only European tour dates for their 2o11 world tour, but also the mind-blowing confirmation that they will, in fact, be performing at the East Coast’s own Anime Boston (April 22-24). I have no more mind left to be blown. Or so I thought. giru is very, very slowly leaking at least a few more US dates, beginning by tacking a Pennsylvania show on right after they blow up Boston. The boys will share the Starlight Ballroom (Philadelphia, PA) stage with Acey Slade & The Dark Party, who opened for D’espairsRay at their Webster Hall live last year

Although more dates are still in doubt, so far things are looking up for at least a modest US tour- major cities might stand to hold their breath, as I wouldn’t be surprised to see giru hit up the usual hot-spots. But remember, that’s simply my assumption, and if they don’t announce other dates/cities, I refuse to be held responsible for any sense of false hope instilled in your tender Visualist heart.

girugamesh WORLD TOUR 2011 “Here we go!!”

EUROPE DATES
03.05 Tochka / Moscow, Russia
03.06 GlavClub / St.Petersburg, Russia
03.08 Nosturi / Helsinki, Finland
03.11 Columbia Club / Berlin, Germany SOLD OUT!
03.12 Diesel / Budapest, Hungary
03.13 Backstage / Munich, Germany SOLD OUT!
03.15 La Laiterie / Strassbourg, France
03.16 Le Trabendo / Paris, France
03.18 O2 Academy Islington / London, UK
03.19 Zeche / Bochum, Germany SOLD OUT!

USA DATES
04.22 Anime Boston 2011 / Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

04.25 Starlight Ballroom / Philadelphia, PA
With Acey Slade & The Dark Party
Tickets

04.26 Crash Mansion / New York, NY *NEW*
With….Acey Slade & The Dark Party? Presumably.
Tickets

04.27 Jaxxroxx / Springfield, VA *NEW*
With Acey Slade & The Dark Party
Tickets

JAPAN DATES
06.04 Hiroshima Namiki Junction
06.06 Nagoya Electric Lady Land
06.08 Osaka umeda AKASO
06.10 Fukuoka DRUM Be-1
06.18 Sendai Darwin

GRAND FINAL
6.26 Zepp Tokyo

Honestly, the reason it took so long for me to post the announcement was because every time I tried to articulate the news, it came out something like awuhetralksjfvkjalhwe7cbytnle98i3784tGIRUGAMESHjhdgflajhg. Considering giru has long been on my Top 5 Bands to See Live Before I Die list, I was (and still am) incredibly stoked to hear that they will at least be shredding through the US to shred a few stages. Although I originally had plans in place to head out to Seattle for exist trace, fortunately I saw the girugamesh announcement before plane tickets were acquired and cons were reg’ed, and was able to do a 180 turn around and head for Boston. Am psyched for the show, and def hoping for a balanced mix of old and new tracks…More on the latter coming soon, so, as always, keep reading SG.

VAMPS Coming to Venues Near YOU!

Here’s an update on the VAMPS 2010 world tour…So, are you going?

NORTH AMERICA

FRIDAY, OCT. 1 – AVALON HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES

SUNDAY, OCT. 3 – THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, SAN FRANCISCO

SATURDAY, OCT. 9 – ROSELAND BALLROOM, NEW YORK CITY
(same weekend as the New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con)

EUROPE

TUESDAY, OCT. 12 – SALA APOLO, BARCELONA
(Spain’s National Day, a public holiday)

SATURDAY, OCT. 16 – ESPACE GRANDE ARCHE, PARIS

ASIA

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 24 – SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS CENTER, SHANGHAI

SOUTH AMERICA

SATURDAY, NOV. 6 – TEATRO CAUPOLICAN, SANTIAGO

TICKETS: Full list of ticketing vendors available @here

Source: Official MySpace

Inheriting the World~ Versailles Tour ’10

You heard correctly! Despite 2009 having been a year of hardship for the band, Versailles~PQ is making a strong come-back in these early days of ’10. Despite the passing of Jasmine-You in August, the band persevered and made an appearance at the V-Rock Fest ’09 in October with a guest bassist. On January 20th, ’10, they released their debut major album, Jubilee, and starting February 28th, the band will inherit the world– well, Japan, anyway– with a nationwide tour.

Versailles World Tour 2010 ~ Method of Inheritance -APOSTLES-

2/28 Yokohama Sunphonix Hall
Open: 5:00 / Start: 6:00
SOLD OUT!

3/05 Nagoya Bottom-Line
Open: 6:30 / Start: 7:00


3/07 Okayama IMAGE
Open: 6:00 / Start 6:30


3/09 Kobe VARIT.
Open 6:30 / Start 7:00

3/11 Matsuyama Salon Kitei
Open: 6:30 /Start 7:00

3/13 Fukuoka Drum Be-1
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00


3/14 Kagoshima SR HALL
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00


3/16 Kyoto MUSE
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

3/21 Niigata RIVERST
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

SOLD OUT!

3/22 Kanegawa VanVan V4
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

4/02 Sendai darwin
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

4/04 Sapporo Kraps Hall
Open: 6:00 / Start 6:30

All tickets: Advance purchase, ¥4,500 / Door price (as if!) ¥5,000

Note: A ¥500 drink charge may be applied.

Method of Inheritance -JUBILEE-

■The following 2 performances’ tickets go on sale February 27th. The P and L codes will be announced shortly.
Note: P-codes and L-codes refer to Japanese concert-ticket buying systems.

4/18 Osaka Midou-Kaikan
Open: 6:30 / Start 7:00

4/30 Tokyo JCB HALL
Open: 6:00 / Start 7:00

Advance booking/ All tickets ¥4,500, At the door: ¥5,000

+JAPANESE INFORMATION+

“Method of Inheritance”-APOSTLES-

2月28日(日) 横浜SUNPHONIX HALL

OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00

SOLD OUT!

3月05日(金) 名古屋ボトムライン

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

*名古屋公演のチケット購入につきましては下記の電話番号にてお問合せくださいますようお願いいたします。

ぴあ: 0570-02-9999(Pコード 342-021)

ローソン: 0570-084-004(Lコード 41384)

サンデーフォークダイレクトセンター: 052-320-9000

3月07日(日) 岡山IMAGE

OPEN 18:00 / START 18:30

Pコード:341-559 / Lコード:66694

3月09日(火) 神戸VARIT.

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:342-510 / Lコード:57854

3月11日(木) 松山サロンキティ

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:342-589/ Lコード:66827

3月13日(土) 福岡Drum Be-1

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-552 / Lコード:86324

3月14日(日) 鹿児島SR HALL

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-552 / Lコード:86325

3月16日(火) 京都MUSE

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:342-510 / Lコード:57854

3月21日(日) 新潟RIVERST

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

SOLD OUT!

3月22日(月) 金沢VanVan V4

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-675 / Lコード:55280

4月02日(金) 仙台darwin

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

Pコード:341-821 / Lコード:25088

4月04日(日) 札幌Kraps Hall

OPEN 18:00 / START 18:30

Pコード:341-716 / Lコード:19657

■前売 ¥4,500 当日¥5,000

*入場の際に別途ドリンク代500が必要となります

Method of Inheritance -JUBILEE-

■下記2公演の一般発売日が2月27日に変更となりました!

Pコード Lコードは後日お知らせします。

4月18日(日) 大阪御堂会館

OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

4月30日(金) 東京JCB HALL

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

■前売/全席指定 ¥4,500  当日¥5,000

++Source++

Official Website