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This is the band history of Dir En Grey from their former bands to their major success in 1999. The timeline was compiled from information found on setlist.fm, livehis, this blog and of course Dir En Grey's OHP and fan magazine. The more detailed setlists (with MC, SE etc.) were taken from the original live reports that were published in magazines around that time.

1974

February

  • 17. – 薫 (Kaoru) is born in the Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

December

  • 20. – Die is born in the Mie Prefecture, Japan.

1976

February

  • 16. – 京 (Kyo) is born in the Kyōtō Prefecture, Japan.

1977

March

  • 31. – Toshiya is born in the Nagano Prefecture, Japan

1978

February

  • 24. – Shinya is born in the Ōsaka Prefecture, Japan.

1989

  • Kaoru enters high-school, where he joins his first band DIE:STERIA and performs on a stage for the first time at the high-school festival.

1990

  • Die enters high-school, where he watches a live of his senior's band at their high-school's culture festival and decides he also wants to be in a band.

1992

  • Die, now in third year of high-school, joins the student council to be able to perform in his first band at this year's culture festival.
  • DIE:STERIA breaks up around April, when Kaoru and the other band members graduate from high-school.
  • Kyo joins ALBATROSS as a roadie around April, after completing compulsory education.

August

  • Kyo sees an ad for Kuroyume's 中絶, released on July 20, in the ロッキンf magazine (likely the August issue).
  • 29. – Kyo attends LUNA SEA's show at SPORTS VALLEY京都.

December

  • 12. – Kyo attends Kuroyume's show at SPORTS VALLEY京都.

1993

  • Kyo works as a roadie for Kuroyume four times at 寝屋川VINTAGE BAR. The possible dates are: March 13, June 20 and July 29, 30 and 31.
  • During his first year of high-school, Shinya performs at a live house with his first band 人工天使 for the first time. The live house was most likely 枚方BLOW DOWN.

March

  • Toshiya sees hide and TUSK on SHOXX #15 (March 1993) and is inspired to try on make-up.

May

  • Die attends Eikichi Yazawa's show at 大阪厚生年金会館. The possible dates are: May 20, 21 and 22.
  • 21. – Kyo hands out leaflets after a show of LUNA SEA at 京都会館.

October

  • 23. – 月蝕 performs at SPORTS VALLEY京都.

December

  • A band picture of 月蝕, published in Band x Artist #7 (May 2000), is dated to December 1993.

1994

  • Sometime after February, CHARM forms.
  • Sometime after March, Toshiya performs on a stage for the first time at a high-school festival in third year.

January

  • 16. – 月蝕 performs at SPORTS VALLEY京都.

June

  • A band picture of Siva, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to June 1994.

October

  • 10. – 狂殺会 performs at 寝屋川VINTAGE BAR.

November

  • 08. – Siva performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • 11. – Siva performs at 梅田GUILD.
  • 13. – Siva performs at 大阪城天.
  • 16. – Siva performs at 心斎橋BAHAMA.

December

  • 10. – A band picture of Siva, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to December 10, 1994.

1995

  • Die begins to perform at live houses with Ka・za・ri.

January

  • Siva performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN and disbands after the show.

April

  • 22. – Ruby performs at 市川CLUB GIO.

May

  • 05. – Ruby performs at 枚方BLOW DOWN.
  • 10. – Ruby performs at 金沢vanvanV4.
  • 24. – Viṣṇu performs at 京都MUSE HALL and disbands after the show.

June

  • Toshiya begins to work as a roadie for GOSICK for about six months.

July

  • A picture of Kaoru, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to July 1995 and commented with "CHARM early days".
  • 24. – Masquerade performs at 京都MUSE HALL.

August

  • Shinya and Kyo meet for the first time when Kyo comes to watch Shinya's session band.

September

  • Shinya and Die meet for the first time when Ruby and Ka・za・ri perform at the same show.
  • 30. – Masquerade performs at 大阪amHALL.

October

  • 12. – Masquerade performs at 京都MUSE HALL and disbands after the show.
  • Kyo moves from Kyoto to Osaka sometime later this month.

November

  • 03. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 難波ROCKETS.
  • 18. – Toshiya attends Pierrot's live at 長野LIVE HOUSE J.
  • 21. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 心斎橋BAHAMA.

December

  • La:Sadie's officially forms.
  • 03. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 大阪城天.
  • 23. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 寝屋川VINTAGE BAR.

1996

January

  • A picture of CHARM, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to January 1996 and commented with "later days".
  • A picture of Ka・za・ri, published in MISSIONxxxx Vol.6, is dated to January 1996.
  • 08. – La:Sadie's records their first demo tape 架空ト現実 at Studio Wins.
  • 12. – Ka・za・ri performs at an "Activity Hiatus Live" and goes on hiatus after the show.
  • 14. – La:Sadie's performs their first show at 京都MUSE HALL.
  • 30. – 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at 大阪amHALL.

February

  • 廃人黒薔薇族 performs at an unknown location and disbands after the show.
  • 09. – CHARM disbands.
  • 15. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪amHALL. Guitarist 紫緒 secedes after the show and guitarist KAORU is recruited.

June

  • Toshiya joins GOSICK as their support bassist.
  • 15. – GOSICK performs at 横浜CLUB 24.
  • 23. – GOSICK performs at 市川CLUB GIO.

July

  • 07. – GOSICK performs at 松本音屋敷.
  • 13. – GOSICK performs at 池袋CYBER.
  • 21. – GOSICK performs at 長野LIVE HOUSE J.
  • 30. – GOSICK performs at 市川CLUB GIO.

August

  • 03. – GOSICK performs at 名古屋MUSIC FARM.
  • 20. – La:Sadie's performs at 市川CLUB GIO. The future members of Dir En Grey meet for the first time when Toshiya comes to greet La:Sadie's after their show.
  • 22. – La:Sadie's and GOSICK perform at 長野LIVE HOUSE J.

October

  • 23. – La:Sadie's and GOSICK perform at 宇都宮VOGUE. GOSICK disbands after the show.
  • A picture of D†L with Toshiya, shown in BAND x ARTIST #7, is dated to 1996.

December

  • 20. – La:Sadie's performs at 大阪BRAND NEW and announce their disbandment for January 1997 after the show.

1997

January

15. – La:Sadie's disbands.

Deathmask

Dir En Grey's very first show.

  • 24. – 長野 Live House J
    • In volume 65 of Shoxx (July 1998), Kaoru explains 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 Band x Artist volume 3, they performed under the name DEATHMASK and played 黒夢 cover songs. According to an interview with Toshiya, they met on January 23 and on the next day, they booked two hours of studio time to practice. At the show, they played around four songs and Toshiya also performed with D+L.
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Title Notes
1. Unknown 黒夢 cover.
2. Unknown 黒夢 cover.
3. Unknown 黒夢 cover.
4. Unknown 黒夢 cover.


February

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, according to an interview in Apres Guerre #19 (March 1997), was thought to mean "Grey Silver Coin" (灰色の銀貨 Haiiro no Ginka). It was supposed to convey a music and an image that wasn't caught by neither black or white, so they picked "grey".

Interestingly, there's a demo tape released in 1995 by the visual-kei band Lareine, one of the songs on that tape is called "Dir en gray". It opens with the line 灰色のあなたに dir en gray Haiiro no anata ni dir en gray, which both means "To you in gray" and would actually fit the intended meaning of the words, as opposed to "Grey Silver Coin". In the aforementioned interview, Kyo also mentions that he knew that phrase before, so Lareine's song is most likely the source for Dir en grey's band name. Why they thought that "dir" means "silver coin" remains unclear, but they would later become aware of their mistake.

In turn, Lareine got the name "Dir en gray" from a band called Dir & Gray, a visual-kei band that was active around 1991. The original meaning behind the name was "dill of grey colour" (dill is usually white) and was coined by guitarist SHOW. Interestingly, their name was written with the same Katakana as Dir En Grey, ディル・アン・グレイ, even though "and" would be written as アンド ando in Japanese.

According to an interview in Shellruby #1 (1998), the band had around 20 possible names and decided on "Dir En Grey" at a family restaurant. At first, Kyo and Toshiya didn't like it, they thought it sounded uncool and too similar to "GLAY". According to Toshiya on the radio show Nack5 FM Triangle Super Audition, one of the other names the members had in mind was "Kisaragi". It was taken from a high school band of Toshiya.

March

DirEnGrey1997

Dir En Grey in March 1997.

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
    • At the end of the event, a session band with Toshiya on bass played "Get The Glory" by Laughin' Nose.
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Title Notes
EN1. Get The Glory Laughin' Nose cover.
(Vo. ?, Gt. ?, Gt. ?, Ba. Toshiya, Dr. ?).


April

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'. According to Kaoru in Shellruby #1 (1998), the band had created five or six songs on April 28.

覇叉羅 presents JENOSIDE ZONE vol.5

  • 01. – 難波 W'OHOL (secret show)
    • w/ 覇叉羅, STELLA MARIA, zɔ́ːdi̽æ̀k
Setlist unknown.
  • 04. – 博多 Logos' (secret show)
    • w/ 覇叉羅, deas':la, MISSING TEAR, VISAGE
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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

In May 1997, Dir En Grey officially made their live debut. According to Kaoru in Shellruby #1 (1998), they recorded their debut EP MISSA in the first ten or so days of May and created four or five new songs until their debut live. According to Toshiya in the same magazine, they spent three nights in the studio.

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

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


June

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

  • 14. – 目黒鹿鳴館
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Title Notes
SE Video partially available here.
1. 霧と繭 Video partially 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 partially available here.
8. GARDEN
EN1. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
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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

MissaAdd

An ad for the instore event on July 13.

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 Shinjuku 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 Shinsaibashi 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 Shinsaibashi 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
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Title Notes
SE
1. 霧と繭
2. GARDEN Video available here.
MC
3. 秒「」深 Video available here.


August

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. – 大阪 COWBOY WORLD
Setlist unknown.
  • 03. – 大阪 COWBOY WORLD
Setlist unknown.
  • 07. – 新宿 LOFT
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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
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Title Notes
1. 「S」
2.
3. 刹那
4. Erode
5. 新曲2 Commonly known as Re:birth.
6. 新曲3 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
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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.

Behind the Mask

  • 27. – 川崎 CLUB CITTA'
    • w/ HAIL,SLAG-JAP, カナリヤ, Néil, 幻, Lucifer, ROSE, Angel・Dust, Orphee, Rave craft, LEMONADE, PARANOIA, SPEED SLAVES, La Valliere, 黒蝪蝶
Setlist unknown.

Dir en grey Presents MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW

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


September

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
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Title
1. 蒼い月
2.
3. 秒「」深

Dir en grey Presents MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW

  • 07. – 名古屋 Heart Land
    • w/ STELLA MARIA, Lúcide
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Title Notes
1. 新曲3 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3 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 (覇叉羅)
    • After RISE OF INSANITY's set, the band shuffled their members and played two cover songs.
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Title Notes
1. 霧と繭
2. 刹那
3. Erode
4. 「S」
5. INSANITY 覇叉羅 cover.
6.
7. GARDEN
EN1. 親愛なるDEATHMASK 黒夢 cover
(Vo. 京, Gt. Die, Gt. 舜 or SIN, Ba. LEAYA, Dr. K助).
EN2. X X Japan cover
(Vo. hideki, Gt. 薫, Gt. 舜 or SIN, Ba. Toshiya, Dr. Shinya).

EXPERIENCE EYES'97

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


October

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
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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3 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
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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3 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

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

December

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

1998

January

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

  • 14. – 渋谷ON AIR EAST
    • All attendees received a signed photo as a present.
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Title Notes
1. mazohyst of decadence
2. Ash
3. UnknownDespaira Lost
4. 蒼い月
5. Erode
6. 4 (仮) Early version of raison detre.
7. DRUM SOLO
8. 惨劇の夜
9. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
10. 「S」
11.
12. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN
  • 15. – An Instore Event at Shinjuku LIKE AN EDISON was planned for this day, but due to a snowstorm it had to be postponed.
  • 22. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Kanagawa Duke Takamatsu Store.
  • 23. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Kyoto JEUGIA Sanjo Main Store.
  • 24. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Kanazawa van van Music Factory Kanbayashi Store.
  • 25. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Yamagata SOUND THROB.
  • 25. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Sendai Super Record.
  • 27. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Sapporo GURU GURU.
  • 30. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Gunma Shinseido Maebashi Store.
  • 31. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- Niigata RISKY DRUG STORE.


February

  • 01. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Tokyo Harajuku ROCK LOVE.
  • 02. – Release Commemoration Signing Session 「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave -repent one's sins- at Tokyo Shinseido Karuche 5 Kinshicho Store.
  • 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
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Title Notes
1. 惨劇の夜
2. 「S」
3. 刹那
4. 新曲4 Early version of raison detre.
5. Erode
6. 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

「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
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Title Notes
1. 秒「」深
2. 「S」
3. 蒼い月 Video partially available here.
4. Ash
5. GARDEN Video partially available here.
  • 24. – 福岡DRUM Logos
Setlist unknown.
  • 28. – クラブチッタ川崎
Setlist unknown.
  • 29. – Talk Live "Dir en grey vs Kō Koike (Oricon CEO)" takes place at Oricon U-Wave Space Roppongi.


April

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

  • 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
    • During this concert, it was possible to buy the JEALOUS single in advance.
⇵ 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
MC
6. raison detre
7. Ash
8. Dr. solo
9. Vo. solo
SE
10. mazohyst of decadence
11. 蒼い月
MC
12. 「S」
13.
MC
14. 秒「」深
EN1. JEALOUS
EN2. GARDEN
EN3. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
  • 10. – Instore Events at Geo Toyotama Store, Shinseido Meguro Store and LIKE AN EDISON.
  • 11. – Instore Events at Shinseido Karuche 5 Sendai Store, Geo Nagisaka Store and Super Record.
  • 12. – Instore Events at Geo Nagai Store and SOUND THROB.
  • 13. – Instore Events at Geo Tsuchizaki Store, Geo Akita Hiroomote Store and RISKY DRUG STORE.
  • 14. – Instore Events at Geo Fujioka Store and Shinseido Nagano Station Building Store.
  • 15. – Instore Events at Shinseido Maebashi Store and Geo Higashirinkan Store.
  • 16. – Instore Events at Geo Kitashinjuku Store, Shinseido Karuche 5 Shinjuku Store and Brand X
  • 17. – Instore Event at JEEZ Shinsaibaishi Store.
  • 18. – Instore Events at Geo Ube Store and Geo Yamaguchi Store.
  • 19. – Instore Events at Yoshida Music Fresta Kashii Store and Geo Fukuoka Chihaya Store.
  • 20. – Instore Event at Geo Tsunan Store.
  • 21. – Instore Event at Duke Takamatsu Store
  • 22. – Instore Event at JEUGIA Sanjo Main Store.
  • 23. –
  • 24. – Instore Events at ROCK LOVE and Shinseido Karuche 5 Kinshicho Store.
  • 25. – JEALOUS enters the Oricon single charts on number 35.
  • 25. –
  • 26. – Instore Event at Geo Kanjodorihigashi Store.


June

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.
MC
4. JEALOUS
5. 蒼い月
6. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN


July

SHOCK WAVE ILLUSION

  • 02. – 大阪城野外音楽堂
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. JEALOUS
2. 蒼い月
3. GARDEN
4. 秒「」深
  • 16. & 17. – Dir En Grey has a shooting for the -I'll- music video.

SHOCK WAVE ILLUSION

  • 19. – 日比谷野外大音楽堂
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. JEALOUS
2. UnknownDespaira Lost


August

  •  ??. – Dir En Grey appears on the radio show FM-YOKOHAMA.

in the secret cradle ~蝋蜥蜴と硝子蜂~

  • 03. – 中野サンプラザ
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE
1. JEALOUS
2.
3. Erode
MC
4. UnknownDespaira Lost
5. raison detre
MC
6. 新曲2 Commonly known as Re:birth.
7. mazohyst of decadence
8. Vo.solo
9. 蒼い月
MC
10. -I'll-
11. Ash
12.
13. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
EN1. 惨劇の夜
EN2. 秒「」深
EN3. GARDEN
  • 04. – 中野サンプラザ
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE
1. mazohyst of decadence
2. GARDEN
MC
3. UnknownDespaira Lost
4. raison detre
5. 「S」
6.
MC
7. 藍紫色
8. Vo.solo
9. Ash
MC
10. NS1 Eary version of 蜜と唾.
11. 蒼い月
12.
13. 秒「」深
EN1. -I'll-
EN2. JEALOUS
EN3. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
EN4. GARDEN Not played for unknown reasons.

a knot発足記念イベント Dir en grey in OKINAWA

  • 05. – Welcome Night
  • 06. – Special Event
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. JEALOUS Acoustic version.
2. GARDEN Acoustic version.
3. ジェットコースター・ロマンス KinKi Kids cover.
  • 07. – Last Night Party
  • 07. – Dir En Grey appears on the radio show BAY-FM.


September

  • 14. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Nikkan Hitto, where they perform a short version of -I'll-.


October

TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]

  • 06. – 名古屋ボトムライン
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
01. JEALOUS
02.
03. 惨劇の夜
04. raison detre
05. UnknownDespaira Lost
06. 藍紫色
07. mazohyst of decadence
08. 蒼い月
09. Ash
10. 「S」
11. NS1 Eary version of 蜜と唾.
12.
13. 秒「」深
EN1. -I'll-
  • 07. – Release of 妄想格外劇 and 妄想統覚劇.

TOUR Deep [sink], Deep [gaze], Deep [agonize], Deep [-]

  • 07. – 金沢AZホール
Setlist unknown.
  • 09. – 熊谷VOGUE
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
01.
02. Ash
03. UnknownDespaira Lost
04. raison detre
05.
06. Erode
07. 藍紫色
08. 秒「」深
09. 惨劇の夜
10. 「S」
11. 蒼い月
EN1. JEALOUS
EN2. -I'll-
EN3. GARDEN
EN4. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
  • 12. – 仙台マカナ
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
01. UnknownDespaira Lost
02. 秒「」深
03. 惨劇の夜
04.
05. raison detre
06. Erode
07. 藍紫色
08. 「S」
09. NS1 Eary version of 蜜と唾.
10. 蒼い月
11.
EN1. JEALOUS
EN2. -I'll-
EN3. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
EN4. GARDEN
  • 13. – 札幌ペニーレーン24
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
01. JEALOUS
02. 惨劇の夜
03. UnknownDespaira Lost
04.
05. Erode
06. raison detre
07. mazohyst of decadence
08. Ash
09. NS1 Eary version of 蜜と唾.
10.
11. 秒「」深
EN1. -I'll-
EN2. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
  • 15. – 新潟CLUB JUNK BOX
Setlist unknown.
  • 17. – 梅田ヒートビート
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
01. 秒「」深
02. 惨劇の夜
03. UnknownDespaira Lost
04.
05. raison detre
06. 藍紫色
07. mazohyst of decadence
08. JEALOUS
09. Ash
10. NS1 Eary version of 蜜と唾.
11. 蒼い月
12.
EN1. -I'll-
EN2. GARDEN
EN3. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
  • 19. – 広島ナミキジャンクション
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
01. Ash
02.
03. 惨劇の夜
04. UnknownDespaira Lost
05. raison detre
06. Erode
07. 藍紫色
08. 「S」
09.
10. 蒼い月
11. 秒「」深
EN1. JEALOUS
EN2. -I'll-
EN2. GARDEN
EN3. 新曲1 Early version of 残-ZAN-.
  • 20. – 博多DRUM Be-1
Setlist unknown.
  • 22. – 松山サロンキティ
Setlist unknown.


November

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. Apparently, parts of the recording leaked and can be watched 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
8. mazohyst of decadence
9. NS1 Early version of 蜜と唾.
10. 「S」
11. 蒼い月
12.
13. 秒「」深
EN1. JEALOUS
EN2. -I'll-
EN3. 残-ZAN-
EN4. GARDEN

??. – Dir En Grey travels to LA to record their debut singles around this time. They celebrate YOSHIKI's birthday on November 20, which happened during the first week of recording.

  • Second Day in LA – Dir En Grey begins the recording of アクロの丘.
  • Third Day in LA – Dir En Grey records the drums for アクロの丘.
  • Fourth Day in LA – Dir En Grey records the bass for アクロの丘.
  • Fifth Day in LA – Dir En Grey records Die's guitar for アクロの丘.
  • Sixth Day in LA – Dir En Grey has a photoshoot.
  • Seventh Day in LA – Dir En Grey records Kaoru's guitar for アクロの丘.
  • Eighth Day in LA – Dir En Grey finishes the recording of アクロの丘 and begins the pre-production of ゆらめき.

26. – Dir En Grey celebrates Thanksgiving at YOSHIKI's place.

  • Last Day in LA – Dir En Grey masters their debut singles and flies back to Japan on the next day.


December

  •  ??. – Dir En Grey goes to Italy for three days, to film the music videos for アクロの丘 and ゆらめき.

1999

January

  • 20. – Dir En Grey makes their major debut with the three singles アクロの丘, 残-ZAN- and ゆらめき.

February

  • 05. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Music Station, where they perform 残-ZAN-. You can watch it here.

March

PSYCHONNECT -嵐の前の暴走-

  • 24. – 赤坂BLITZ -「a knot」only-
    • EN5 was performed as a tribute to Muunya, the guitarist of Toshiya's former band GOSICK.
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
1. アクロの丘
2. -I'll-
3. UnknownDespaira Lost
MC
4. 惨劇の夜
5. Ash
6. NS1 Early version of 蜜と唾.
MC
7. Erode
8.
9. 「S」
MC
10. 蒼い月
11. 秒「」深
MC
12. GARDEN
EN1. ゆらめき
EN2. JEALOUS
EN3. 残-ZAN-
EN4.
EN5. アクロの丘

April

May

  • 26. – Release of Cage.

June

  • 04. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Music Station, where they perform Cage. You can watch it here.

July

  • 14. – Release of 予感.
  • 16. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Music Station, where they perform 予感. You can watch it here.
  • 17. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show Pop Jam, where they perform 予感. It was recorded on July 12 and you can watch it here.

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 27. – 川崎CLUB CITTA'
    • mode:01
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. Schweinの椅子
2. Ash
3. UnknownDespaira Lost
4. Cage
5. raison detre
6. Erode
7. 蜜と唾
8. 蒼い月
9. -I'll-
10.
11. 残-ZAN-
12. GARDEN
EN1. 予感
EN2. JEALOUS
EN3. アクロの丘
EN4. 秒「」深
  • 28. – Release of Dir En Grey's debut album GAUZE.

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 28. – 川崎CLUB CITTA'
    • mode:02
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. JEALOUS
2. 惨劇の夜
3.
MC
4. 「S」
5. ゆらめき
6. Cage
7. 304号室、白死の桜
MC
8. MASK
9. 蜜と唾
10. 予感
11. Schweinの椅子
MC
12. 蒼い月
13. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN
EN2. アクロの丘
EN3. 残-ZAN-
  • 30. – 尼崎ライブスクエア -「a knot」only-
    • mode:03 Mr.GAUZEMAN
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. 秒「」深
2. 惨劇の夜
3. -I'll-
4. 304号室、白死の桜
5. Ash
MC
6. UnknownDespaira Lost
7. 蜜と唾
8. JEALOUS
MC
9.
10. 蒼い月
EN1. Schweinの椅子
EN2. GARDEN
EN3. 残-ZAN-
  • 31. – 神戸チキンジョージ
    • mode:04
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. Schweinの椅子
2. Ash
3. UnknownDespaira Lost
MC
4. Cage
5. raison detre
6. -I'll-
MC
7. 蜜と唾
8. 蒼い月
MC
9.
10. 残-ZAN-
EN1. 予感
EN2. JEALOUS
EN3. アクロの丘
EN4. 秒「」深

August

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 01. – 神戸チキンジョージ
    • mode:05
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. JEALOUS
2. 惨劇の夜
3.
MC
4. ゆらめき
5. Erode
6. 304号室、白死の桜
7. 「S」
MC
8. MASK
9. 蜜と唾
10. 予感
11. Schweinの椅子
MC
12. 蒼い月
13. 秒「」深
EN1. GARDEN
EN2. アクロの丘
EN3. 残-ZAN-
  • 02. – Kaoru and Toshiya appear on the radio show Yantan Music Max Monday.

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 03. – 大阪IMPホール
    • mode:06
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. Schweinの椅子
2. Ash
3. UnknownDespaira Lost
4. Cage
5. raison detre
6. ゆらめき
7. -I'll-
8. 蜜と唾
9. 秒「」深
10.
11. 残-ZAN-
EN1. アクロの丘
EN2. JEALOUS
EN3. 蒼い月
  • 04. – 大阪IMPホール
    • mode:07
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. 惨劇の夜
2. JEALOUS
3. ゆらめき
4. Erode
5. 304号室、白死の桜
6. 「S」
7. 予感
8. MASK
9. 蜜と唾
10. Schweinの椅子
11. 蒼い月
12. 秒「」深
EN1. アクロの丘
EN2. GARDEN
EN3. 残-ZAN-
  • 06. – 京都ミューズホール
    • mode:08
Setlist unknown.
  • 07. – Dir En Grey appears on the TV show CDTV, where they perform 予感. You can watch it here.

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 07. – 京都ミューズホール
    • mode:09
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. 304号室、白死の桜
2. 惨劇の夜
3.
4. ゆらめき
5. Erode
6. 「S」
7. 予感
8. MASK
9. 蜜と唾
10. Schweinの椅子
11. 蒼い月
12. 秒「」深
EN1. アクロの丘
EN2. GARDEN
EN3. 残-ZAN-
  • 08.-10. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 Event at TOWER RECORDS Umeda Store.

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 09. – 名古屋ダイアモンドホール
    • mode:10
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1.
2. -I'll-
3.
4. Cage
5. raison detre
6. 予感
7. Ash
8. 304号室、白死の桜
9. MASK
10. 蜜と唾
11. 秒「」深
12. Schweinの椅子
13. 蒼い月
EN1. アクロの丘
EN2. JEALOUS
EN3. 残-ZAN-
  • 10. – 名古屋ダイアモンドホール
    • mode:11
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 11. & 12. – Dir en greyの「ぬっ」 Event at TOWER RECORDS Kobe Store.

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 15. – 長野Live House J
    • mode:12
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 16. – 長野Live House J
    • mode:13
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 18. – 新潟フェイズ
    • mode:14
Setlist unknown.

SUPER LIVE’99 in TOKUSHIMA

  • 22. – アスティー徳島
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
1. 残-ZAN-
2. ゆらめき
3. アクロの丘
4. Cage
5. mazohyst of decadence
6. Schweinの椅子

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 23. – Zepp Fukuoka
    • mode:15
Setlist unknown.
  • 24. – 広島ナミキジャンクション -「a knot」only-
    • mode:16 Mr.GAUZEMAN
Setlist unknown.
  • 26. – 高知キャラバンサライ -「a knot」only-
    • mode:17 Mr.GAUZEMAN
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 29. – 仙台BEEBベースメントシアター -「a knot」only-
    • mode:18 Mr.GAUZEMAN
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 31. – 札幌ペニーレーン24
    • mode:19
Setlist unknown.

September

PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE”?-

  • 01. – 札幌ペニーレーン24
    • mode:20
Setlist unknown.
  • 15. – 名古屋市民会館
    • Final mode:I
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 16. – 大阪厚生年金会館
    • Final mode:II
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 19. – 横浜アリーナ
    • Final mode:III
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
  • 20. – 目黒鹿鳴館 (secret show)
    • Final mode:IV
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. 惨劇の夜
2. 「S」
3. Ash
MC
4. UnknownDespaira Lost
5. MASK
6. 蜜と唾
MC
7. Schweinの椅子
8.
MC
9. 蒼い月
10. 秒「」深

October

  •  ??. – Kyo and Die are guests on the Japanese radio station Rock Vision802. It was recorded on June 25 and you can listen to the interview here.

November

  • 17. – Release of GAUZE-62045-.

December

Dir en grey YELLOW SPECIAL EVENT

  • 13. – 西麻布SPACE LAB YELLOW -「a knot」only-
    • Exclusive event for a knot members, with DJ sets, a dance floor, a bar and a lounge. One of the rare shows where Dir En Grey covered other bands. You can watch some clips of this event here.
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
DJ Time
1. 「S」
2. UnknownDespaira Lost
MC
3. ゆらめき
4. 304号室、白死の桜
MC
5. MASK
6. Ash
DJ Time
7. JEALOUS Vo. 井上M, Gt. 薫, Ba. Toshiya, Dr. マー君.
8. STAB ME IN THE BACK X cover
(Vo. 井上M, Gt. 薫, Ba. Toshiya, Dr. マー君).
DJ Time
9. 予感 Acoustic version
(Vo. 京, Gt. Die, Dr. Shinya).
10. 二人静 Akina Nakamori cover
(Vo. 京, Gt. Die, Dr. Shinya).
11. -I'll- Acoustic version
(Vo. 京, Gt. Die, Dr. Shinya).
DJ Time
12. Schweinの椅子
13. 蜜と唾
MC
14. 蒼い月
15. ROCKET DIVE hide with Spread Beaver cover.
MC
16. 秒「」深

師走の夜に足四の字固め!?

  • 15. – 名古屋ダイアモンドホール -「a knot」only-
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. 蜜と唾
2. UnknownDespaira Lost
MC
3. 惨劇の夜
4. 「S」
5.
MC
6. Schweinの椅子
7. Ash
8. MASK
MC
9. 蒼い月
10. 秒「」深
EN1. JEALOUS

本当にこれでいいんですね ハイ あなたは何人目ですか 一人目です
僕は数え切れない子供を殺しています あなたは許せますか
・・・・・もう一度聞きます 本当にこれでいいんですね ハイ 用意は
いいですか ハイ では始めましょう

  • 18. – 大阪城ホール
⇵ Toggle Setlist ⇵
Title Notes
SE GAUZE -mode of adam-
1. ゆらめき
2. Schweinの椅子
3. UnknownDespaira Lost
4. Cage
5. raison detre
6. Ash
7. 304号室、白死の桜
SE
8. mazohyst of decadence
9. MASK
10. 予感
11. 蜜と唾
12. 蒼い月
13. 秒「」深
EN1. アクロの丘
EN2. GARDEN
EN3.
EN4. JEALOUS
EN5. -I'll-(イントロ)~残-ZAN-
-I'll-(Piano Ver) Walk-out BGM.
Dir En Grey
DiscographyTimelineMembers
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) PoemsUROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)ARCHE (2014)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)The Insulated World (2018)
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)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)人間を被る (2018)
Other Songs
INWARD SCREAMList of Demos, Rares and Others