It was a rather cool and cloudy day in NYC the day The Gazette came to perform. I arrived at the venue (PlayStation Theater) around 6 pm that afternoon and I saw the beginning of the line filled with fans wearing the shirt from the last live, I knew that was going to happen so I decided to wear a black dress and duster instead. The line for the show wrapped around the block towards Broadway and we were the last ones in line briefly before more fans trickled in. There was a man behind us who kept on talking to us and we were not really in a social mood(combination of gummy and drinks from earlier in the day was still coursing through my body…Sadly I was supposed to meet friends at the venue, too) There was a lot of foot traffic on Broadway for a Monday and everyone had to cut through our line , bumping and pushing us around until about 10 minutes before the doors opened.
We got separated from the line so the foot traffic could get passed without causing more of a mess. I took video of a building I was staring at and also a photo of a giant teddy bear in a shop on Broadway. The time passed quickly and before I knew it I was inside the venue. The PlayStation Theater goes down a big flight of stairs and leads to a wall. The wall displayed The Gazette logo, and I meant to take a pic of it, but I never did. Turn around the corner and see the line for the merchandise was really long! I decided it was a good idea to get to the stage instead of waiting in that hell of a line, VIP got first dibs on the merch before the regular folk to, so I go to the front of the stage and was amazed how close I got!! I was on the right of the stage ( Kaz’s side or at the Gazette show , Uruha’s side!! )I stood and waited while listening to the fans talk about kpop, and some spoke about the last show , and I was just like “GET ON STAGE I AM SO CLOSE” The light’s dim and 99,999 starts, the crowd yells as all the members walk on the stage. A man with the selfie stick, on the other side of the fence is taking video of the crowd for the upcoming documentary that I hope they will release to overseas fans!! The band starts into ” Falling ” Our arms go up and we rock to the song, it is perfect and tight. Arms wailing bodies moving to the music and Ruki is dancing. They continue to rock with the next songs on the CD, ‘Ninth Odd Smells’ and ‘Gush’ they go so fast, I am so busy dancing and headbanging and cheering because I am so close and so happy! AOI struts his stuff and inches his way in front of us. The faces on the group are motionless and just ooze sex and beauty and wonderful things that cannot be touched or looked at. I stare at Uruha almost all the time I am on the floor in front of the stage. His thigh is showing his hair is cut so nicely, he looks really great. He looks really tall too. Ruki’s suit is the same from the video, but it is black velvet, he must be dying in it. Reita is directly in my line of sight, but far back on the stage. He just stands there, holding his bass and sticking out his tongue once in awhile. I am too busy having fun to really see any of it. I had wished I could use my camera to take photos, but they made the announcement at the beginning of the show, only a few were rebels and took their photos/videos of the live.
I was so upset I couldn’t see the awesome drummer Kai, he was hidden all night behind the huge drum stand. He defiantly worked his arms and legs off tonight!
Up next we rocked to Vortex ! One of my favs , then Venomus Spider’s Web. A classic!! The light’s go out and the music stops. Ruki is in the center stage looking around at all the faces in the darkness. I scream HI Ruki while waving my arms around and he smiles, the music comes back and they go into a song off the new album. “Mortal” a very sexy dark gothic song with a lot of of noise and i end up doing a big arms thing .
As soon as ‘ その声は脆く ‘ comes on I move away from the stage and back up to sit with my party that came with me. I am satisfied I got a smile from Ruki and I got a good view of everyone so I can go an die now. When I get to my party I am surprised with a white t shirt that was purchased for me!! I am never going to wear it, but keep it for a souvenir. It was not a cheap t shirt. None of the items at the venue were cheap. Not even the drink I purchased. I went and got a drink and noticed the merch table was just about bare!! No shirts, no bags, no cute things.
I went back to sit at the seat my party was at and viewed the rest of the show from wayyy far away. At one time I noticed over in the area where I was. He must of waited for me to move. XD
They played Dogma , Ugly , Filth In the Beauty, there may have been others that I can’t seem to remember, we left before the encore sadly.
I really got what I wanted from the night. To be really close to the stage. Last time I saw The Gazette, I was far away, and I did not really know of them. This time, I got to rock my face off and sing on the top of my lungs to my favorite Gazette songs, and they played all of them!!
The Gazette are an amazing band. I am so happy they returned to NYC to see their performance. The last time they were in the area was 2016 , and I got to participate in the M&G because of a mutual friend at the time invited me. I really wanted an interview with the this time, but I must have received some invalid contact information. So overlooked because I am not a big rag mag.. whatever.