Saturday, January 11, 2003
My Last Deg Live
(the one with the pentagram on it)
The lights go out and the place explodes, that techno-beat intro they’ve been using starts pulsing, everyone shouts on cue and the two giant screens flanking the stage start flashing images from Deg’s Zepp/Citta shows — Kaoru in his red-and-white harlequin leather, Kyo caked in crusty white flakes, Die headbanging in his shiny blue suit, Kyo again, Toshiya, Die again, Kaoru again, Shinya, Toshiya, Kaoru… — “the whole last year has been leading up to tonight!” they seem to be saying. And the crowd believes.
Then Shinya’s name flickers and dances on the screen, and out waltzes Shinya, and everyone cheers. And Die, and Toshiya, and Kaoru, and finally Kyo — and the cheers quadruple in ferocity. Everyone idolizes Kyo! I wonder what the other guys think, I wonder what i would think in their position… “Well, he’s definitely the crowd favorite, so i guess I’m a little jealous, but fuck it, we split the profits equally, and i’ve got enough girls cosplaying me to keep my spirits up anyhoo…”
Kyo: “Dir en grey desu.”
The band beat their instruments noisily. Dun dun dun dun dun dun!!!! The crowd screams.
Shinya hits his hi-hat: 1, 2, 3, 4…
(Or was Mr. Newsman the second song? Damn my rusty innards! Somebody find me a trustworthy online setlist before i embarrass myself!)
They play pretty much the whole Six Ugly E.P, and follow that with the bulk of Kisou. No Gauze at all, no Macabre til later, no indies anything unless the new Byo Shin counts. That’s the first hour or so.
Then it’s the new single, Drain Away, (due out 11/22) and here’s where my memory gets fidgety… but i’m gonna go with my gut and say they stopped here and left the stage. We’ll see what the DVD says when it comes out in a few months.
When they re-emerge, the first lilting piano phrases of Ain’t Afraid to Die drift up — and it’s beautiful… but i find myself hoping they’re gonna pull a “Osaka-jo I’ll” and stop abruptly and Kyo’ll yell Baka! and they’re crash through Zan. But when we hit the chorus of Ain’t and the snow starts falling from the ceiling — it’s gorgeous — i realize that that ain’t gonna happen, so i relax and enjoy the ride. And at the middle break, no one interrupts the silence (eerily!), and Kaoru’s crunchy little guitar flicks sound out before he slides into the solo, and yeah, Ain’t Afraid to Die is a pretty cool song.
Then they storm through Jessica (which, i realized, is far and away my favorite Deg song — it’s happy and it’s heavy, everyone loves to crowdsurf for it… it embodies all that’s cool about a Deg live.)
Then Filth… then an intermission, and when they finally return, KR Cube and Rasetsu Koku and… bang, done.
So that’s the basic skeleton. Here’s the juicy details:
Oops, outta time, see ya tomorrow!