●DIR EN GREY’s road does not always go so smoothly.
On Jan 11th they released album『UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded]』. This album included several hits from their former album『UROBOROS』(released 2008) and was mixed by Tue Madsen who has also mixed『DUM SPIRO SPERO』(released 2011).
Their first live show of 2012 was “UROBOROS -that’s where the truth is-” held at OSAKA-JO HALL on January 22nd. This show created the same world-experience as the newly-released album.
DIR EN GREY’s music continues to evolve. But at the same time they also re-create their past music to meet their “now” standards. And so, the year 2012 begins for DIR EN GREY.
●Kyo’s long time damage to his throat became worse, having the doctors give orders for him to stop. In February, it was announced that Kyo will be taking time-off to treat his throat and the band would not be publicly active during that time.
The scheduled U.S. tour with ASKING ALEXANDRIA and TRIVIUM from March thru April was canceled. Everything in Japan was also canceled and their schedule became blank.
●DIR EN GREY’s documentary DVD / Blu-ray from last year’s live show titled『TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 [Europe & Japan]』 and 『TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.2 [U.S. & Japan]』was released back to back on June (VOL.1) and July (VOL.2).
With the release, a loud screening event was held with the participation of DIR EN GREY in the summer.
●On August 3rd, just 1 year after the release of album 『DUM SPIRO SPERO』, they announced that a new single titled 『RINKAKU』 would be released. This will be their 26th single release from a major record label up to date. And on the same day, they also announced that on December 25th “TOUR2012 IN SITU” would take place at TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM.
●Evidently “TOUR2012 IN SITU” was a tour that would start on October 10th at SHIBUYA-AX. This long-awaited, highly anticipated live show was limited for starve-hungry Fan Club「a knot」members only. This tour was publicly announced just 2 hours from the ending of a special 24 hour program on a live streaming network site 「NICO NICO DOUGA」on August 12th. All members from DIR NE GREY except for Kyo appeared to comment on what each member had been doing during the bands active time-off.
●”TOUR2012 IN SITU” consisted of 17 live shows including Fan Club Members Only shows and Mobile Site Members only shows. The tour ended at TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM. 6 days before the TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM LIVE, DIR EN GREY’s new single 「RINKAKU」was released on December 19th. As it was mentioned in the credits, the artwork for this single was done by Kyo which was the major topic for the fans.
On December 31st, DIR EN GREY performs for the first time at an annual countdown event “COUNTDOWN JAPAN 12/13” at Makuhari Messe. They performed for a huge variety of music fans and rocked the house down with their live show. This event concluded DIR EN GREY’s year of 2012.
- 1月11日 Remastered ALBUM 『UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded]』 RELEASE
- 1月11日 Blu-ray 『UROBOROS -with the proof in the name of living…- AT NIPPON BUDOKAN [Blu-ray] Extended Cut』 RELEASE
IN THE DYING MOMENTS
- 01.18 Zepp Tokyo -｢a knot｣only-
- 01.19 Zepp Tokyo
- 01.24 NAMBA Hatch
- 01.26 NAGOYA DIAMOND HALL
UROBOROS -that’s where the truth is-
- 01.22 OSAKA-JO HALL
- 02.08 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
- 06.20 Documentary DVD & Blu-ray 『TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 [Europe & Japan]』 RELEASE
- 07.18 Documentary DVD & Blu-ray 『TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.2 [U.S. & Japan]』 RELEASE
Loud Screening “AGE QUOD AGIS”
- 07.26 Higashibetsuin Hall
- 07.28 DawnCenter
- 07.31 curian
TOUR2012 IN SITU
- 10.10 SHIBUYA-AX -｢a knot｣LIMITED-
- 10.16 SENDAI SUNPLAZA HALL
- 10.18 Zepp Sapporo
- 10.23 KYOTO KBS HALL
- 10.24 KYOTO KBS HALL
- 11.03 KURASHIKI GEIBUNKAN HALL
- 11.04 KURASHIKI GEIBUNKAN HALL
- 11.06 Zepp Fukuoka
- 11.14 Zepp Nagoya
- 11.16 Zepp Nagoya
- 11.20 YOKOHAMA BLITZ -｢a knot｣&ONLINE only-
- 11.21 YOKOHAMA BLITZ -｢a knot｣&ONLINE only-
- 11.26 NAMBA Hatch
- 11.28 NAMBA Hatch
- 12.04 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST (additional)
- 12.06 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST (additional)
- 12.25 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM HALL A
LOUD PARK 12
- 10.27 SAITAMA SUPER ARENA
- 12.19 SINGLE 『RINKAKU』 RELEASE
COUNTDOWN JAPAN 12/13
- 12.31 MAKUHARI MESSE International Convention Complex