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.

Versailles World Tour Dates

Despite tragedy and some pretty heavy hard-times hitting the band last year, it would certainly seem that Versailles is fighting back with a lot of gumption. They are without a doubt putting the “world” back in the term “world-tour” this year with their extensive international circuit, circling through Japan, North and South America, and Europe. The band announced that they will perform 7 more dates in Japan, wrapping it up on September 4th with a tour-final at CC Lemon Hall. Here are the final dates for the rest of the tour– with South America and European dates included.

Versailles World Tour 2010

-Method of Inheritance-Latin America

June 04  Sao Paulo / BRAZIL

June 06  Santiago / CHILE

June 09  Buenos Aires / ARGENTINA

June 11  Lima / PERU

June 13  Mexico City / MEXICO

-Method of Inheritance-Europe

June 26 Oslo / NORWAY Samfunnssalen ※Desucon (Guests)

June 27  Moscow / RUSSIA

June 29  Helsinki / FINLAND

June 30  London / UK

July 02  Baecelona / SPAIN

July 03  Montpellier / FRANCE

July 06  Amsterdam / HOLLAND +SOLD OUT!+

July 07  Cologne / GERMANY

July 09  Hamburg / GERMANY

July 11  Budapest / HUNGARY

July 13  Paris / FRANCE

“Method of Inheritance”-Arousal-

07/19 Club Citta Kawasaki
08/10 Nagoya Bottom Line
08/13 Hakata Be-1
08/19 Osaka BIG CAT
08/22 Sendai Darwin
08/27 Sapporo CUBE GARDEN

“Method of Inheritance”-GRAND FINAL-

CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES

09/04 CC Lemon Hall

Source: Official website

girugamesh Stays at Home Summer ’10

+Updated 5/31+

Dates for girugamesh‘s summer tour 2010 were published this morning. For everyone who expected their winter/spring Japan tour to be followed up with something a little more international…sorry. I mourn with you.

However, the good news is (depending on how you felt about NOW, that is…) that a new single has been confirmed for Summer. The details have yet to be announced, but the teaser confirmation is out!

girugamesh SUMMER TOUR 2010 Dates

2010.7.2(fri) SOLD OUT
Harajuku ASTRO HALL

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.7.6(tue) SOLD OUT
Nagoya HUCK FINN

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.7.8(thu) SOLD OUT
Nishikujo BRAND NEW

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.7.10(sat) SOLD OUT
Okayama PEPPER LAND

OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00

2010.7.11(sun)
Hiroshima Bad Lands

OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00

2010.7.13(tue)
Fukuoka DRUM SON

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.7.15(thu) SOLD OUT
Himeji MUSHROOM

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.7.17(sat)
Tokushima club GRINDHOUSE

OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00

2010.7.21(wed)
Kanazawa VanVan V4

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.7.23(fri)
Nigata CLUB JUNK BOX mini

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.7.25(sun)
Sendai MACANA

OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00

2010.7.28(wed)
Sapporo COLONY

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.8.11(wed) SOLD OUT
Shibuya O-WEST

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

2010.8.12(thu) SOLD OUT
Shibuya O-WEST

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00