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This is the band history of Dir En Grey from their first live show in 1997 to their major success in 1999. The timeline was mostly based on setlist.fm, livehis, Dir En Grey's OHP, and this blog. The more detailed setlists (with MC, SE etc.) were taken from the original live reports that were published in magazines around that time.

1997 Edit

January Edit

15. – La:Sadie's disbands.

  • 24. – 長野 Live House J
    • In volume 65 of Shoxx (July 1998), Kaoru says that "in Nagano, before [they] became Dir en grey, [they] did a copy of a certain band and performed here for the first time with the current members." According to an unknown magazine, they performed under the name DEATHMASK and played 黒夢 cover songs. There are few pictures available of this show.
Setlist unknown.


February Edit

02. – Kyo, Kaoru, Die, Toshiya and Shinya form Dir En Grey (stylised as Dir en grey). The exact date was provided in the magazine Dir en greyやろうぜ in 1999. The name is a combination of German "dir", French "en" and English "grey" and was thought to mean "Grey Silver Coin" (灰色の銀貨 Haiiro no Ginka).

March Edit

In March 1997, Dir En Grey joined their friends in 覇叉羅 on their tour. They also recorded their first demo tape, titled 業 / 蒼い月, at M4 Studio in Osaka.

覇叉羅 presents JENOSIDE ZONE vol.5

  • 31. – 名古屋 Club Quattro (secret show)
    • w/ 覇叉羅, WITH SEXY, STELLA MARIA, DELAY
Setlist unknown.


April Edit

In April 1997, the tour with 覇叉羅 continued. Later, Dir En Grey performed a secret show at an event at 川崎 CLUB CITTA'. Around this time, they also began recording their debut EP MISSA.

覇叉羅 presents JENOSIDE ZONE vol.5

  • 01. – 難波 W'OHOL (secret show)
    • w/ 覇叉羅, STELLA MARIA, zodiak
Setlist unknown.
  • 04. – 博多 Logos' (secret show)
    • w/ 覇叉羅, deas':la, MISSING TEAR, VISAGE
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. 「S」
2.
3. Erode
4. 蒼い月
5. 秒「」深
  • 24. – 渋谷 ON AIR WEST (secret show)
    • w/ 覇叉羅, SPEED SLAVES, LAREINE, Kneuklid Romance
Setlist unknown.

クラブチッタ川崎主催イベント

  • 27. – 川崎 CLUB CITTA' (secret show)
    • w/ Jubilee, CHARISMA, DlociA, Flame
Setlist unknown.


May Edit

In May 1997, Dir En Grey officially made their live debut.

15. (about) – Dir En Grey finishes the recording of their debut album MISSA, as estimated by Die in an interview in FOOL'S MATE #189.

16. & 17. – Dir En Grey has photoshoots for the MISSA booklet and the GARDEN music video.

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.

HYPER MIX

  • 30. – 難波ROCKETS (secret show)
Setlist unknown.

結成記念ワンマンライブ

  • 31. – 難波ROCKETS
    • First official show as Dir En Grey.
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 霧と繭 Audio available here.
2. 「S」 Audio available here.
3. 蒼い月 Audio available here.
4. 刹那 Audio available here.
5. Erode Audio available here.
6. 新曲 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
Audio available here.
7. Audio available here.
8. 秒「」深 Audio available here.


June Edit

In June 1997, Dir En Grey only played three shows, one of them a secret show at an event. At each of the other two shows, they distributed a special message tape.

NEO Behind the Mask

  • 13. – 目黒鹿鳴館 (secret show)
Setlist unknown.

ワンマンライブ

  • 14. – 目黒鹿鳴館
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE Video partly available here.
1. 霧と繭 Video partly available here.
2.
3. 刹那
4. Erode
5. 蒼い月
語り Spoken-word performance of 惨劇の夜.
6. 「S」
7. 秒「」深 Video partly available here.
8. GARDEN
EN1. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. GARDEN
2. 刹那
3. Erode
4. 蒼い月
5. 「S」
6. 霧と繭
7. 秒「」深
8.
EN1. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.


July Edit

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.

03. – Instore Event at Osaka DEAD ONE.

04. – Instore Event at Kyoto JEUGIA Sanjo Main Store.

13. – Instore Event at Shinkiba 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 Shinsaibaishi Store.

8ビート・ギャグ創刊記念ライブ SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2

  • 26. – 難波 W'OHOL
Setlist unknown.

27. – Instore Event at Osaka Miyako Shinsaibaishi Store M-Cube.

29. – Instore Event at Tokyo Shinseido Quartier 5 Shinjuku Store.

8ビート・ギャグ創刊記念ライブ SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2

  • 31. – 川崎 CLUB CITTA'
    • w/ ピエロ, LAREINE, Plastic Tree, SHAZNA, SLUT BANKS
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE
1. 霧と繭
2. GARDEN Video available here.
MC
3. 秒「」深 Video available here.


August Edit

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. It is unknown where and when the GARDEN performance was recorded. You can watch it here.

Album「MISSA」発売記念2days

  • 02. – 宗右衛門町 COWBOY WORLD
Setlist unknown.
  • 03. – 宗右衛門町 COWBOY WORLD
Setlist unknown.
  • 07. – 新宿 LOFT
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 霧と繭
2. 「S」
3. Erode
4. 蒼い月
5. 新曲5 Early version of 藍紫色.
6. 刹那
7.
8. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN
  • 08. – 新宿 LOFT
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 「S」
2.
3. 刹那
4. Erode
5. 新曲2 Commonly known as Re:birth.
6. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
7. 蒼い月
8. 霧と繭
9. 秒「」深
EN1. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
EN2. GARDEN
EN3.

10. – Instore Event at Shinjuku Teito Radio.

15. – Kyo, Kaoru and Die appear on the radio show PowerRockRevolution. You can watch it here

8ビート・ギャグ創刊記念ライブ SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2

  • 21. – 市川 CLUB GIO
    • w/ ピエロ, LAREINE, Plastic Tree, SHAZNA, SLUT BANKS
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. 「S」
2.
3. 秒「」深
4. GARDEN

Neo Behind the Mask

  • 23. – 上野水上野外音楽堂
Setlist unknown.

Dir en grey Presents MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW

  • 30. – 心斎橋 MUSE HALL
    • w/ STELLA MARIA, Lúcide, LAREINE
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
2. 蒼い月
3. 「S」
4. GARDEN
5.
6. 秒「」深


September Edit

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 15. September, 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.

8ビート・ギャグ創刊記念ライブ SHOCK WAVE'97 vol.2

  • 01. – 難波 W'OHOL
    • w/ ピエロ, LAREINE, Plastic Tree, BLUE, 覇叉羅
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. 蒼い月
2.
3. 秒「」深
MODSFlyer

A flyer for the MAZOHYST shows.

Dir en grey Presents MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW

  • 07. – 名古屋 Heart Land
    • w/ STELLA MARIA, Lúcide
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
2. 霧と繭
3. 「S」
4. 蒼い月
5. Erode
6.
7. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN
  • 14. – 目黒鹿鳴館
    • w/ STELLA MARIA, Lúcide, Tinker Bell
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
2. 蒼い月
3 「S」
4. GARDEN
5.
6. 秒「」深
  • 15. – 目黒鹿鳴館
    • w/ special guest RISE OF INSANITY
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 霧と繭
2. 刹那
3. Erode
4. 「S」
5. INSANITY 覇叉羅 cover.
6.
7. GARDEN
8. 親愛なるDEATHMASK 黒夢 cover
(feat. 覇叉羅).
9. X X Japan cover
(feat. 覇叉羅).

EXPERIENCE EYES'97

  • 18. – 赤坂BLITZ
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
 ?. 霧と繭 Seen on TV.
Video available here.


October Edit

CRUCIFYFlyer

A flyer for the CRUCIFY shows.

CRUCIFY OF MARIA ・・・TO “MISSA” あなたの『美的・発情・香』を呼び起こす

  • 28. – 渋谷 ON AIR WEST
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE
1. 霧と繭
2. 刹那
3. 新曲4 Early version of raison detre.
MC
4. Erode
5. 蒼い月
6. Dr.ソロ Drum solo.
7. Vo.ソロ Vocal solo.
SE
8. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
9. 新曲5 Early version of 藍紫色.
10. 新曲2 Commonly known as Re:birth.
MC
11. Ash
12. 「S」
S. MC Unclear what the "S." means.
13.
14. 秒「」深
EN1. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
EN2. GARDEN
  • 30. – 心斎橋 MUSE HALL
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 秒「」深
2. 刹那
3. 新曲2 Commonly known as Re:birth.
4. 新曲4 Early version of raison detre.
5. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
6. Ash
7. 「S」
8.
9. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
10. 霧と繭
11. GARDEN


November Edit

25. – Release of the omnibus album Behind the Mask vol.2 1997 -SOL'FINSTERRE-. Dir En Grey participates with Ash.

December Edit

15. – Release of the mail-order version of 「楓」~if trans~ CRYSTAL VIDEO BOX.

1998 Edit

January Edit

「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -sin-

  • 14. – 渋谷ON AIR EAST
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
2. Ash
3. 刹那
4. 蒼い月
5. Erode
6. 新曲4 Early version of raison detre.
7. 惨劇の夜
8. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
9. 「S」
10.
11. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN
  • 22. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 23. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 24. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 25. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 25. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 27. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 30. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 31. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.


February Edit

  • 01. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 02. – Release Commemoration Autograph Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins-.
  • 15. – Release of 「楓」~if trans~ TOUR1998 Mechanism For Leave -the scene of the tragedy-

「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -the scence of the tragedy-

  • 21. – 博多DRUM Be-1
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 惨劇の夜
2. 「S」
3. 刹那
4. 新曲4 Early version of raison detre.
5. Erode
6. 新曲8 Early version of mazohyst of decadence.
7. 蒼い月
8. Ash
9. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
10.
11. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN
  • 23. – 広島ナミキジャンクション
Setlist unknown.
  • 24. – 松山サロンキティ
Setlist unknown.
  • 26. – 金沢VAN VAN V4
Setlist unknown.
  • 27. – 新潟CLUB JUNK BOX
Setlist unknown.


March Edit

「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -the scence of the tragedy-

  • 01. – 山形サンセットスタジオ
Setlist unknown.
  • 02. – 仙台MACANA
Setlist unknown.
  • 04. – 前橋club FLEEZ
Setlist unknown.
  • 05. – 長野 Live House J
Setlist unknown.
  • 07. – 心斎橋ミューズホール
Setlist unknown.
  • 08. – 名古屋クラブクアトロ
Setlist unknown.

SHOCK WAVE'98 vol.1 ~春の嵐~

  • 22. – 梅田ヒートビート
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. 秒「」深
2. 「S」
3. 蒼い月 Video partly available here.
4. Ash
5. GARDEN Video partly available here.
  • 24. – 福岡DRUM Logos
Setlist unknown.
  • 28. – クラブチッタ川崎
Setlist unknown.


April Edit

SHOCK WAVE'98 vol.1 ~春の嵐~

  • 05. – 名古屋ダイアモンドホール
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. 蒼い月
2. GARDEN
3. 秒「」深


May Edit

  • 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」.

「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -UnknownDespaira Lost ~裁きの血舞台~

  • 05. – 渋谷公会堂
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE
1. 惨劇の夜
2. UnknownDespaira Lost
MC
3. Erode
4. 新曲2 Commonly known as Re:birth.
5. 藍紫色
6. raison detre
7. Ash
8. Dr. solo
9. Vo. solo
SE
10. MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE
11. 蒼い月
12. 「S」
13.
14. 秒「」深
EN1. JEALOUS
EN2. GARDEN
EN3. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.


June Edit

GRADATION オムニバス発売記念イベント「A Birth Day」

  • 21. – 北九州小倉スミックスホール
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. Ash
2. UnknownDespaira Lost
3. レイズンデートル Early version of raison detre.
4. JEALOUS
5. 蒼い月
6. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN


July Edit


August Edit


September Edit


October Edit

  • 17. – Release of 妄想格外劇 and 妄想統覚劇.


November Edit

TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-] Final More Deep [sympathy]~meet evil with evil~

  • 02. – 日本武道館
    • Last indies live show.
    • In an interview, Kyo calls it the number 1 on Dir En Grey's black history list and a painful memory. The band originally wanted to release footage from this concert, but decided against it when they saw how bad they performed. A fan recording is available here.
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE Ende Neu (Panacea Mix)
by Einstürzende Neubauten
1. 惨劇の夜
2. UnknownDespaira Lost
3.
4. raison detre
5. Erode
6. Ash
7. 藍紫色
SE
8. MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE
9. NS1 Early version of 蜜と唾.
10. 「S」
11. 蒼い月
12.
13. 秒「」深
MC
EN1. JEALOUS
EN2. -I'll-
EN3. 残-ZAN-
EN4. GARDEN


December Edit

1999 Edit

January Edit

February Edit

March Edit

April Edit

May Edit

June Edit

July Edit

August Edit

September Edit

October Edit

November Edit

December Edit

Dir En Grey
DiscographyTimeline
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)
EPs
MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles and Others
業 / 蒼い月 (1997)「楓」~if trans~ (1997)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)蜜と唾 (2011)UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)詩踏み (2016)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)人間を被る (2018)
Other Songs
INWARD SCREAMList of Demos, Rares and Others