●DIR EN GREY spends the early half of this year working on their new album.
IN April, they were nominated BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND at the Hammer Golden Gods 2008 organized by METAL HAMMER Magazine in Europe. They are yet again the first Japanese band to be nominated.
In May, they tour Japan with 16 shows. After the tour, they go back to recording their new album.
●In September they release their new single “GLASS SKIN”, a long 11months since their last release.
At the same time, their Japan tour starts, a tour with18 shows.
From November to December their headlining US tour begins hitting 22 cities.
During the tour, on November 12th they release “UROBOROS” the most extreme album up to date.
This album was also released at the same time in 16 other countries.
It was ranked 114th in the US Billboard Album Chart, but ranked near the very top on the “hot seekers” chart. A chart where the artist not ranked in the top 100 would be ranked as a new comer.
On December 28th, they perform “UROBOROS-breathing” a complete experience of the new album at Osaka-jo Hall where it has been almost 9 years since they last performed.
●Music Video “Dozing Green” was again voted #1 by the viewers choice Top 25 Metal Videos on MTV’s show The Headbangers Ball.
This is the second time they have been voted #1 since their music video “Saku”.
TOUR08 DEATH OVER BLINDNESS
- 05.01 NAMBA Hatch
- 05.02 NAMBA Hatch
- 05.03 NAMBA Hatch
- 05.05 CRAZYMAMA KINGDOM
- 05.06 CRAZYMAMA KINGDOM
- 05.08 CLUB DIAMOND HALL
- 05.09 CLUB DIAMOND HALL
- 05.16 Zepp Sendai
- 05.17 Zepp Sendai
- 05.19 Aomori Quarter
- 05.20 Aomori Quarter
- 05.23 YOKOHAMA BLITZ
- 05.24 YOKOHAMA BLITZ
- 05.28 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
- 05.29 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
- 05.30 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
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- MAIN STAGE : X JAPAN / LUNA SEA / DIR EN GREY
- 05.04 AJINOMOTO STADIUM
- 09.10 SINGLE『GLASS SKIN』RELEASE
TOUR08 THE ROSE TRIMS AGAIN
- 09.10 SHIBUYA-AX -｢a knot｣only-
- 09.11 SHIBUYA-AX -｢a knot｣only-
- 09.15 Matsuyama Multi-Purpose Community Center
- 09.17 Zepp Fukuoka
- 09.18 MIYAZAKI WEATHERKING
- 09.20 HIROSHIMA CLUB QUATTRO
- 09.21 HIROSHIMA CLUB QUATTRO
- 09.24 Zepp Tokyo
- 09.25 Zepp Tokyo
- 09.27 KBS HALL
- 09.28 KBS HALL
- 10.01 Zepp Nagoya
- 10.03 NAMBA Hatch
- 10.04 NAMBA Hatch
- 10.07 NIIGATA LOTS
- 10.08 NIIGATA LOTS
- 10.10 Zepp Sendai
- 10.12 Zepp Sapporo
- 10.18 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST (additional)
- 11.12 7th ALBUM『UROBOROS』RELEASE
OVER SEAS（US / CANADA）TOUR08 THE ROSE TRIMS AGAIN
- Support Act : THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
- 11.05 Revolution -Ft.Lauderdale, FL / U.S.-
- 11.07 Firestone -Orlando, FL / U.S.-
- 11.08 Center Stage -Atlanta, GA / U.S.-
- 11.10 Rams Head Live -Baltimore, MD / U.S.-
- 11.11 The Theatre of Living Arts -Philadelphia, PA / U.S.-
- 11.12 Wilbur Theatre -Boston, MA / U.S.-
- 11.14 Terminal 5 -New York, NY / U.S.-
- 11.15 Le Medley -Montreal, QU / Canada
- 11.16 Kool Haus -Toronto, ON / Canada
- 11.18 Clutch Cargo -Pontiac, MI / U.S.-
- 11.19 House of Blues -Chicago, IL / U.S.-
- 11.20 First Avenue -Minneapolis, MN / U.S.-
- 11.22 The Eagles Club -Milwaukee, WI / U.S.-
- 11.23 Pop’s -Sauget, IL / U.S.-
- 11.25 House of Blues -Houston, TX / U.S.-
- 11.26 Palladium Ballroom -Dallas, TX / U.S.-
- 11.28 Marquee Theatre -Tempe, AZ / U.S.-
- 11.29 The Wiltern LG -Los Angeles, CA / U.S.-
- 11.30 Warfield Theatre -San Francisco, CA / U.S.-
- 12.02 Hawthorne Theatre -Portland, OR / U.S.-
- 12.03 The Showbox -Seattle, WA / U.S.-
- 12.05 Gothic Theatre -Englewood, CO / U.S.-
- 12.24 YOKOHAMA BLITZ
- 12.25 YOKOHAMA BLITZ -「a knot」only-
- 12.26 YOKOHAMA BLITZ -「a knot」only-
- 12.31 NAMBA Hatch
- 12.29 OSAKA-JO HALL