Get ready for gladiator sandals, The Perm, and the Satoshi-boogie…

I hope they leave the gladiator sandals at home.

I admit, I’ve entered a sort of state of denial about the lack of orange-highlighted dates on my sidebar calendar.

I like to flatter myself and primp my shameless vanity by assuming that lulls in the activity of Secret Garden are duly noted out there. Although I’m daily shelving a hankering to be on here spewing my snotty opinions about the noxious new releases of Jrock Today, likely setting out on the road to becoming some kind of embittered critic, while squirreling away my secret adoration of the more Kpoppian ventures of girugamesh, I hope to be able to post more regularly again eventually. In the meantime, I will continue to ask for your patience.

I notice that I’m not the only one who has been lagging in their post count lately, though. In fact, most of the blogs I read regularly (you know who you are) seem to be kind of slow these days. I remember those sweet, sweet, broke days of living on a whim and blogging sun-up to sun-down without a care in the world other than being totally cash-strapped. But remember this, kids, make good use of your blissful free time and become magnanimous forerunners of the future before the shackles of the 9-5 routine enslave you and stunt your entrepreneurial developments. What these other slaves to the system tell us is partly true, you get used to it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stop being  frustrating. Ah, who am I kidding. The life of rampant hedonism is obviously the one for me. I’ll start a terrible Visual Kei band and do nothing but wine, women, and sleep, all in varying degrees of debauchery.

Now that we have my future sorted out, shall I spend the next thirty minutes of our time (so precious, according to the previous paragraphs) talking about something else equally inane and patronizing while I try and remember what I started this post to talk about? Nah, just kidding, I’m not that depraved yet.

This news apparently popped up over the weekend (proof that the world continues spinning even when I’m out of the loop. How dare they.), and although I admit it’s taking some time to sink in to the remains of my mushy brain, melted to the consistency of chunky 3-day-old applesauce zombifying slowly on the kitchen counter by too little sleep and too much caffeine too many days in a row, I’m pretty pumped to be able to announce this at last.

girugamesh WORLD TOUR Confirmed!!

2011.3.05 Tochka
Moscow, Russia

2011.3.06 GlavClub
St.Petersburg, Russia

2011.3.08 Nosturi
Helsinki, Finland

2011.3.11 Columbia Club
Berlin, Germany

2011.3.12 Diesel
Budapest, Hungary

2011.3.13 Backstage
Munich, Germany

2011.3.15 La Laiterie
Strassbourg, France

2011.3.16 TBA
Paris, France

2011.3.18 O2 Acedemy Islington
London, UK

2011.3.19 Zeche
Bochum, Germany

The band has apparently taken a leaf out of D’espa‘s book and is reaching out to fans for suggestions regarding their, y’know, tracklist for the tour. Hurry–together we can make a stand against having to ruin our current record by accidentally hearing Color live…

All snark sheathed for the time being, this is actually news that, once it fully establishes itself in my gelatin-filled skull, is worth getting psyched over. They are one of the bands that I would really stretch to see…and although Europe is a bit too much of a stretch (especially at risk of showing up to a disco-ball and Satoshi’s shuffle-boogie), ShuU started rumors on their official Facebook that more information (cough dates and locations cough?) is to follow. Holla, US? I think we’re ready for Color.

Not only that, but they have also announced a brand new album. The question I want you to answer, Visualists, is that of whether the album actually still runs a chance of stirring some response by returning to their raucous roots, or striking a new chord by actually going out on the limb of innovation and, god forbid, inspired creativity. This positive anticipation of giru‘s actions (recently so disturbing) is edged, we all know, by the woolen itch of doubt; the fear that it could really be rock-bottom. The maker or breaker. Takers?


Versailles Leaves Japan for World Tour After All!

Looks like Versailles PQ will be taking their world-tour, y’know, worldwide after all. Their first international dates were announced this morning, along with a hearty promise for more to come.

Versailles International Dates:

-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

Period: from late June until the middle of July

To be announced soon!


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Full list of Japan tour dates

Samurai Black is Back

Although the confirmed dates for Miyavi’s US 2010 tour were cancelled due to the Visualist samurai king’s departure from P.S.C. Company, it would seem that he is making a pretty quick recovery now that he has signed with big-deal Japanese label EMI Music Japan.

Although, unfortunately as of right now I can’t be the bearer of too-good news and announce another round of US dates….It was announced that the world-tour ’09 live DVD Neo Tokyo Samurai Black World Tour Vol. 1 will be released on March 24th.

Just a few days after the release of the DVD, Miyavi will begin his Neo Tokyo Samurai Black World Tour 2010– the world being, you guessed it, Japan. He has dates confirmed beginning March 28th in Okinawa, and hitting all the hot-spots nationwide in time to be back in Tokyo on May 29th at Stellar Ball for the final.

Miyavi’s Neo Tokyo Samurai Black World Tour 2010 Confirmed Dates (Japan):

2010/03/28 沖縄/OKINAWA/宜野湾 HUMAN STAGE
2010/04/01 鹿児島/KAGOSHIMA/SR HALL
2010/04/02 熊本/KUMAMOTO/DRUM Be-9
2010/04/05 福岡/FUKUOKA/DRUM Be-1
2010/04/06 岡山/OKAYAMA/IMAGE
2010/04/11 大阪/OSAKA/SHANGRILA
2010/04/12 京都/KYOTO/KYOTO MUSE
2010/04/17 松坂/MATSUZAKA/M’AXA
2010/04/19 浜松/HAMAMATSU/窓枠
2010/04/22 金沢/KANAZAWA/vanvan V4
2010/04/24 神戸/KOBE/VARIT.
2010/04/26 札幌/SAPPORO/PENNY LANE 24
2010/04/28 仙台/SENDAI/darwin
2010/04/29 郡山/KORIYAMA/Hip Shot Japan
2010/05/29 東京/TOKYO/Stellar Ball

Be hopeful– even the Japanese can’t get away with having “world-tours” confined to Japan!


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