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Well, from what I’ve seen this morning, people on Tumblr have refrained from really dumb pranks for April Fools’ Day so far. (I HATE the whole April Fool’s thing. Hate,hate, hate it.) Of course, someone posted the inevitable “New GazettE World Tour dates announced! APRIL FOOL!” but I haven’t seen anyone trying to claim anyone had died or disbanded. Yet.

Meanwhile, I found out that my personal picture for getting to the GazettE fall shows is a lot better than I thought it was. Usually, the month of September is a pretty heavy one for me, since we’re at the tail end of the proofreading process for directories. I figured the only show I could possibly try going to was the Mexico one, since that is on a Friday (and would require me to take only one day off from work if I fly down Thursday night).

Well, it turns out our printing schedule is different this year, and we’re done with proofing the first week of September – a couple of days before the Mexico show, in fact. Meaning that also opens up the possibility of going to one of the Europe dates! (No, I wouldn’t go to more than one. Alas). I figure that the Mexico one might sell out immediately – even with the Global Fan Club thing – since all the fans in North America will be trying to get down there, so it’s nice to know I have more options! (The South America shows are a bit to south. My personal yardstick is this: If travel to a certain concert site would be almost equivalent to the time and expense of flying to Japan, might as well go to Japan. Fortunately, most European destinations fall under the yardstick).

(Seriously, someone should take a poll of how many U.S./Canadian fans are traveling to these concerts and send the results to PSC so they can use them as ammo with promoters over here. “See this? THIS is how many fans were willing to TRAVEL TO OTHER COUNTRIES to see this band! Now, let’s add in the number of people who WANTED to go but couldn’t. Still think this band wouldn’t make a profit for you?”)


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Apr. 1st, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
If I wasn't plannning on seeing them in December, I would totally make the treck to Mexico to see them xD But I like where you're goig with that survey idea lol
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
It will probably be the one and only way they'd be able to convince promoters on this side of the Pacific that bringing them over would be worth it. But yay for you being able to see them in Japan! (Getting tickets will probably be a hell of a lot easier!)
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
I could see it working though! That or having a huge petition when they want to have a world tour again. I'm thinking that because of the timing, this is more like a "testing the waters" kind of world tour before they acutally attempt a real world tour.

I might make it to their final in December/January, depending on when they fix the final date. I seem to have a knack for seeing them at finals xD
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Testing the waters has been my theory with this all along. Both for GazettE, and for other acts. If this goes well, PSC might send Gazette to North America and the UK, then let their other bands tour overseas (probably Alice Nine and SCREW first, since those seem to be the non-GazettE PSC bands with the biggest overseas followings).
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Well, seeing as SCREW has already done a European tour, they might be using the GazettE to see how far the fanbase reaches by going to Central and South America. PSC is pretty hard assed about their bands, so it doesn't surprise me that they're being hesitant. Also, the GazettE is squeezing this tour in right before their next Japan tour; they're going to exhaust themselves! I'm really worried for their health because no matter who you are, back to back tours are stressful :(
Apr. 1st, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
I loathe April Fool's too, LOATHE! *makes Ruki!frown face* Although, his joke was rather cute and easy to see through. *g* He tried to make us worry.

I was pleasantly surprised by Tumblr people's restraint! I actually thought it was going to be terrible... So that was nice! :)

And yay for having a little more choice in what live you can go to! \o/
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
I actually didn't see his joke yesterday - I'll have to go looking through the Tumblrs that usually carry the translations. (He doesn't have to try very hard to make fans worry - see the flat-out meltdown over that "Fear of losing voice" tweet!)

Yeah, the worst thing I saw on Tumblr was the Mishapocalypse thing, which was more silly than anything else. I thought some jerk would fake an official news report saying someone had died or disbanded, and all hell would break loose. (I still remember when someone created a panic years ago by putting out a seemingly official statement saying that a coalition of manga artists were trying to shut all fanworks down).
Apr. 1st, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
The survey idea sound great. Hoping to get to Mexico but fear it will sell out before I can get tickets. If so may cry like a baby! But you have a point it is not that much more to go to Europe nowadays. Hmmm....if I miss this will have to set up a serious saving for Japan!
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
I think EVERYONE will cry if those tickets sell out. Seriously, you're going to have the entire North American fanbase AND the entire Mexican fanbase trying to get in, and I don't know how big that place is. That's why I'm figuring it will be good to have a Plan B (and C, for that matter).
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
GFC membership has no value on the global tours, because ticket offices have their own policies (and no interest in implementing PSC's because there are no resources for this), so no one gets special treatment when purchasing them. Unless the event organizer sets up their own ticket office, which I think they won't do... So, getting tickets shouldn't be a problem, because everyone is on the same line. :) I'm already totally stressed out, because last time the tickets were sold out in six minutes...
And sadly, the Gazeboys have their reasons not to come to America.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
It's going to be a free-for-all when those tickets go on sale. If they sold out quickly before, it's going to be twice as quickly now, because there's more of an international fanbase than there was the last time they toured outside of Japan (around the time of Stacked Rubbish, I believe).

I've actually heard there were problems when other Japanese bands played in America. As in, fans being horrible stalkers. (Which is why I'm glad someone put out a tweet telling fans how to behave and not behave for these concerts).
Apr. 2nd, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but luckily we get a bigger venue than last time. But I'm still anxious as fug. This might also be me being delusional, but somehow it feels like everyone's taking it much more calmly than six years ago. Or then because it's all moved to fb and I'm not on it, so I don't know, ahhahaha~! :D

You Americans have the classic case of 1 person ruining it for the entire fandom. Some chick sent Ruki her nudes and told him how she would/wanted to rape him. It was quite a big deal back when it happened and Ruki was pretty upset, believe it or not.
Dir en grey has had similar experiences with fans being total stalkers and barging in in the tour bus without permission etc. Not very cool.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
They haven't actually put the tickets on sale yet. When that happens, THEN all hell will break loose. (There were some people who didn't take it calmly, though - like the ones who bitched at Aoi over Twitter).

I'd heard about the Ruki stalker thing - supposedly, he wrote Chijo about it (the song I call "I WANNA FUCK MICE AND THROW OVER CHAIRS," because I swear, it sounds like Ruki screams that at one point). I didn't know the jerk who did it was American, though. Ghaaa. I apologize to the fandom on behalf of my country.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Nah, and that stresses me like woah. And I'll stress even more when I know when the tickets will come on sale. x___X And I don't get why the fuck you have to bitch on the band members for not coming to place X or Y. I mean, come on! It certainly won't make them anymore eager to come see you if all you do is whine. Good God, Aoi may be a drama queen, but he doesn't deserve that shit. None does. :C

Ahhahhaaa, I haven't listened to it that closely, but I don't have a hard time believing that at all! XD And it's not your fault that someone else wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed... I mean, I'm certain he likes boobs as much as the other guy, but sending messages about suggested sexual assault isn't cool on any level. I remember Aoi flipped his shit and was furious in his FC blog about it. The other three didn't speak up much, but Ruki was upset and Aoi batshit. x___X I feel so much second hand embarrassment about that whole issue!
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
Ah-hah. Yes. Getting tickets. I'm not worried about that part at all, really. -_-;
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
I think we're all worried about it - especially since, it seems, the last time they played in Europe, they sold out like POOF. And the international fanbase wasn't as big as it was now. (Let's face it, GazettE could probably sell out Madison Square Garden, with the number of people willing to travel to see them. Or the biggest concert venue in London - Wembley, I think?)
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
I get especially antsy when I see people saying they're going to go to several gigs - what about us poor people that will only manage to go to one, if at all? D: I wish I had that self-confidence! And amount of money! (Hmm, probably the O2, actually. That place is massive!)
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but for this? They should put a cap on it. One show to a customer. If you want to see them more than once, go to Japan. (Unfortunately, there's no way they could trace that except through credit card numbers, and if they're that rich, I'm sure they have multiple credit cards).

I've heard about the O2. That would be the perfect place. Pretty much the European equivalent of Tokyo Dome. Hopefully, they'll keep that in mind if my theory about this being a "testing the waters" tour is correct, and they're planning on including London next time.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
Someone on Twitter did make a fake account and pretended to be B7KLAN, announcing that Mejibray were coming to Europe in September. Cue very angry fans who have been waiting to see them for quite some time and were not amused.

I don't think the GFC will matter when it comes to buying tickets, since it didn't with SCREW, but you never know. I'm glad you might have more than one choice, in any case. :)

Edited at 2013-04-02 10:57 am (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
That's the kind of fanjerk stuff I was afraid was going to happen - and the joke was ill-timed, given the announcement of GazettE's not-quite-world tour.

I figured plans B, C and D were necessary, given how many people will be scrambling to try to see this band. (Hell, I've already come up with Ultimate I Give Up Plan E, which is going to Japan next year and trying to time it so it's when both Alice Nine *and* GazettE are touring. There's always at least one point during the year where their schedules intersect).

Maybe those of us who can't get into the international shows should just have a big Gazecon in some centrally accessible location, where we can watch videos together and at least have the fun time of being with other fans.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
If the Mexico tickets sell out and you are planning on coming over to Europe... I can help you out with the tickets, also I am living only 1h from Munich and it seems like most german fans will attend the Dortmund show :D
So just in case lol
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm definitely keeping that option open! I know it's easy to fly over to Germany from my neck of the woods, anyway, Lufthansa operates out of Newark Airport (I took that flight when I went to Austria/Hungary about five years ago).
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