I am sufficiently not normal that I can’t just choose a regular title for a blog about my third and final gig of The Gazette European leg of the tour! Its time to write about the ahow in Cologne, so strap in for another poorly written live-report, Alice-style.
As with Paris we had regular entry but as Heresy we had early entry (so after the VIP but before the general admission). As with the other shows, the queuing was done using a numbering system, facilitated by the fans. Each queue had its own numbering set. We arrived early and because of where the venue was, we were able to sit directly outside (hearing the guys rehearsing and sound checking!). They had 3 doors so this helped with sorting the queues. The VIPs had already been sorted by about 5pm and were ready to go in, and it seemed the venue staff were considerably more helpful here than anywhere else. For starters, venue staff were actually visible outside of the venue and helped by making announcements to the crowd every now and then so we knew what was happening. Granted, to begin with these were all in German, but some fans nearby were kind enough to offer up translations for us foreigners. There were quite a few of us not well-versed in German, having travelled in from various places. After a while, some of the announcements were made in German and English but other fans were still kind enough to translate anything that wasn’t in English, for which I am incredibly grateful! There were other fans around too who were up for a chat and I met some lovely people in the queue!
VIP appeared to go in on time and the meet and greet was after the show this time, so I think fans managed to get a bit more gime with the band. We went in at 7pm as Heresy members (this has varied between shows as sometimes Heresy have been let in just before 7 as general admission time is usually 7). There were more Heresy members there this time than in Paris (I can’t comment about London as there was no seperate queue and I had VIP there). I spoke to a few people and have seen the same facea at multiple gigs, which is awesome! It just shows that the guys are worth the journeys to see more than once. (Which I can totally agree with!)
The venue was E Werk. It was a good sized venue and they have played there before (so I assume they like the venue?) There was a balcony area you were able to use as well as the main floor. There was also a viewing platform for wheelchair users and a bar on both floors. The merch stall was in a sensible location and didn’t obstruct the rest of the venue as they sometimes can. I was disappointed to see that the prices had been increased on the merch from previously advertised/sold, sometimes by as much as 10€! It wouldn’t be as bad if it had been advertised at those prices on the event page, but to then increase them and not inform people may have meant people didn’t take sufficient cash to buy what they wanted.
We initially checked the balcony for a suitable viewing spot (we’re getting old and tired and it was our 3rd gig in between travelling and sight seeing as well!). There wasn’t enough space so we decided to go to the main floor but stand more to the side, but still quite close to the front. For a change we decided to be on Uruha’s side (So far I had been on Aoi’s side and basically infront of Ruki). I must say we had a spectacular view and Uruha is quite a sight to behold when he performs! The crowd wasn’t super crazy where we were but just enough that you could get involved and not feel bad about annoying the people around you. Ruki was wearing his black velvet suit tonight instead of the pruple (the one with all the gemstones instead of embroidery). I don’t blame him really, those outfits must be a pain to launder at the best of times, never mind when on tour!
The setlist they played was more different than between Paris and London (setlist image courtesy of and with permission from 24hrojisan.tumblr.com)
I am always impressed that they change up the setlist in between shows. Alot of touring bands will make a setlist and stick to it through the tour, but The Gazette always change at least one song, making the experience just a bit different for each crowd.
As with all my gig experiences, some of the “moments” are hard to plave in order so I’ll try and just talk quite broadly about them but I’ll give context where I can! Ruki usually does an MC after Gush and he has been doing well with speaking at least a little bit of the country’s language. He was a little less adventurous with the German and spoke a bit of English in there too, but its awesome that he’s doing that. I think it shows preparation and care because it must be hard trying to speak that many different languages he is unfamiliar with to a crowd of fans. Alot of bands will just speak English throughout all of Europe (and I don’t blame them! I suck at languages! Tut mir leid to all the Germans I have annoyed with my Britishness while being here!), but the fact he has done this (even if he is using a cheat sheet, who cares?!) absolutely kudos to him!
There was all of the dancing and gestures throughout songs such as Agony, Suicide Circus and of course Insidw Beast. Ruki dancing will always make me smile. It may not be the best and he may be a total dork, but he feels the music and that shows and it makes me smile. No-one wants to watch a statue. He stood with his mic chord in his mouth and the mic dangling for a bit at the start of one song (I don’t recall which it was).
At the end of the ballad, Reita was cuddling his bass after his part had finished. He did this the other day as well but I missed it. He came over to our side of the stage a few times, always getting a massive cheer. Mainly just doing things such as sticking his tongue out at us all. We sadly didn’t see much of Aoi on our side of the stage. He didn’t come over as far even as Uruha’s mic much really. But he still had his beautiful trademark smirk.
From where I was I had a good vantage point of all of the band really but mainly Kai and Uruha. Kai is always a delight to watch drumming. Not just because of the beautiful mono-dimpled smile, but he is so expressive and energetic while playing. Uruha is also really expressive and energetic. I never realised quite how interesting he is to watch with all the facial expressions, mental-levels of headbanging and just boundless energy. All that while playing the way he does is just insane.
Everyone was dancing for Inside Beast (of course). I am impresses the Ruki appears to be trying to sing more of the English phrases during Filth in the Beauty these days (as it was a running joke in the past that he used to just forget the words and left the crowd to sing those parts). At the start of the encore, we have generally had Kai do a bit on an MC (again in different languages but alot of English) and this is generally before the start of Inside Beast before Ruki returns to the stage. This time he said in German (I think this is what he said) “I love you all”. He seemed a little unsure of his wording as he said it and did giggle a little bit at the end of the phrase, (Uru full on snorted and laughed at it) but it was adorable as all hell.
I should probably apologise to those near me during Filth in the Beauty who got whacked in the face by my pigtails when I was headbanging (in the classic Filth in the Beauty fashion: circular) and those who got my pigtails to the face behind me when headbanging to Ugly in the classic Ugly fashion. Although I am proud to say that my pigtails lasted the whole show this time!
At this time this as much detail as I’m able to remember. Sorry it is a little all over the place but I did say it would be a bad report from the start! As I have said previously, I may update posts or write one with any “missing bits” at a later time because its all still a little surreal at this time. Its been amazing to be able to see a band I love so many times in a short space of time when I know some people struggle to see them once. I always find that its a great experience being able to see a band multiple times in a tour, especially if it involves some travelling too and I highly recommend the experience to those who haven’t before. Now there’s just time left to sight-see before I return to the UK, the live-blogs aren’t over yet! Until next time, stay wonderful 😉