Here are two videos I appear in for Tommy’s new album coming out in a coupla weeks. I wrote all lyrics on two songs. I’m a lyricist! I also did an interview for an Indonesian blog, and I answered a lot of good questions! http://relawankonser.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/intvw-aoma-may-2013/
This (nebulous measure of time) in Jimi
LUNA SEA Guitar & Bass Exhibit at ESP Shibuya Craft House
I read that the ESP shops were holding a LUNA SEA instrument exhibit, so I stopped by the Shibuya Craft House to take a look. Inside, they had several of J’s basses and SUGIZO’s guitars on display, including some broken in pieces, and two TVs displaying live footage of LUNA SEA above. I guess since INORAN is now using Fenders, his ESP models got axed =( All the instruments had signs on them that read, “guitar/bass used by the actual person” and “DON’T TOUCH PLEASE.” I took a few quick pictures of the exhibit and then some of the Dir en grey models, since I know a lot of people here are DEG fans =)
There was a box on the side of the display table filled with old LUNA SEA guitar/bass ads, some dating as far back as 1993/1994(!). One of the store workers saw me looking at them and told me that you get a poster only if you buy a LUNA SEA guitar/bass model. Then he asked me if I was going to see their upcoming Budokan shows. I nodded my head and told him I’m from the US, and we talked a bit about LUNA SEA, SUGIZO’s guitars, etc. Of course he tried to convince me to buy a guitar, but I told him as tempting as that was, I didn’t have room in my luggage for it. He showed me the LUNA SEA Complete Gears book on the table and asked me if I owned any of SUGIZO’s instruments. I pointed to the Edwards ES-100 PR-III guitar and black Kranz violin in the book, and then he asked me which of SUGIZO’s guitars was my favorite. After some thinking, I pointed to the Brilliant Mixed Media Eclipse on display, which he then took down from the wall and asked me if I wanted to hold it(!!!). He mentioned S.K.I.N., and I tried to tell him it’s very Yoshiki-like to only do one concert. I don’t think he quite understood what I meant… Now that I think about it, maybe he was referring to SUGIZO’s Navigator S.K.I.N. guitar - oops! Anyways, it was cool to see some of SUGIZO and J’s old instruments and practice my Japanese =)
Sugizo’s guitar picks — “STOP WARS: May the Peace with you” (Be motherfucker, Be with you!)
Collecting picks is a nice way to own something physical by a favorite band that doesn’t break the bank or take up a lot of space.