Live report: GazettE in Hesinki (my story)

GazettE, the band I hold more precious than life itself…

I’ve seen them live four times. In Tokyo, in Dortmund, in Munich and now in Helsinki. Four is a bad number. It can’t end here.

This will probably not be a very long live report, ’cause I’m absolutely exhausted and I have this feeling that I didn’t have after the previous lives: emptiness and sadness. A lot of things was also the same as in Dortmund and Munich.

This was the finale of the GazettE’s World Tour. Here in Finland.

Tomorrow I have to go back to Sweden. Back to my everyday life… well, until next weekend when I will see Gackt. ^^ But even though Gackt is awesome – he is not the GazettE.

It has been a long and very physically challenging day. 12 hours of waiting, and most of that time outside in a very cold Finland. COOOOOLD! Apparently, Ruki had written on Twitter that he found Helsinki cold too. Poor guy. But he didn’t have to sit outside on the street in that cold. ^^

I met up Merja and Yau outside my hotel. The venue was only a few meters away. I must say that Jrock Suomi organized the whole queuing process very well. We all had to gather outside the arena at 8 a clock. We were divided into three groups: Fanclub members, VIP and regular. Then we got a random queuing number. Me and Yau who was going to queue VIP together got 200 something.

VIP passes

VIP passes

It was sooooo cold to wait. I had brought hot spots, foil blanket and a regular blanket but it was apparently not enough. I was shivering the whole time. During one of our walkabouts (we could leave the queue for 30 minutes) I went to a nearby mall and bought pillows and another blanket.

I met Melva Yan, a very cute lolita facebook friend!

Me and Melva

Me and Melva

And I did also meet Nina (another facebook friend) and Natsu and Mazaki; fangirls I’ve met before. ^^

The camera men took a picture of my flag again. ^^

People queuing outside The Circus

People queuing outside The Circus

The arena was much smaller than I thought and the stage much smaller than in Munich. I ended up on fourth row between Ruki and Uruha. This time I really wanted to be able to stay in that crowd to the end and I had prepared myself by drinking water just before the gig started. The air-conditioning was also a billion times better than in Dortmund.

The setlist was exactly the same as in Dortmund.

It started with XI. The members entered the stage from the left thought, so they came out in a different order: Kai, Uruha, Reita, Aoi and Ruki.

Then VORTEX. I could see all members on the stage very well, but Ruki and Uruha best. The lightning was much better also. I could see Ruki’s face more clear.

VORTEX got followed by Leech. So much energy in the crowd. And a lot of pushing, of course. (ME DON’T LIKE!) But WTF… just had to deal with it and fight for my spot.

Then Before I decay, followed by GABRIEL ON THE GALLOWS. Ruki licked the microphone. Mmmm… sexy!

And then VENOMOUS SPIDER’S WEB. The Seeeexy song where Ruki jumps up on the box in the middle and touches his groin very seductive. I wish I could have these moments on repeat *ha ha ha*… Hrm… sorry. As I’ve said before, I’m an old woman, and we have legal right to dirty minds.

In the end, Ruki did the cross sign and they started to play THE SUICIDE CIRCUS. As usual the crowd cheered extra loud – it’s an favorite after all. Ruki smiled a lot during this live, and it was so wonderful to see. A genuine smile. When the song ended he stepped forward with the microphone cable between his teeth and DRIPPING INSANITY and UNTITLED followed.

Ruki was very sweaty now and he shook is head so the sweat quirted in all directions.

Uruha is a true beauty. Wow. Tyra Banks would be very proud of him, ’cause he truly knows how to “smize” and pout his lips like a real model. His eyes were intense and seductive.

Time for DERANGEMENT and Headache man. As before, Ruki laughed like a maniac in the start and in the end of the song. He also repeatedly humped the air on stage. Oh lala, I simply love that. And then it was SLUDGY CULT and cockroach. All members on stage head banged synchronously – I simply love that sight. Then of course – Filth in the Beauty. You know how it goes. More energy, more power and more circular head banging.

Encore. Everybody shouted and the band entered again to close the show with Shiver, Ruder and Linda ~Pinky Heaven Bloody Hell~.

During Ruder, Ruki took Uruhas place to the right, put a water a bottle against his groin and squirted the water on the audience. How dirty of that man. And we loved it.

When it all was over I was SO close to catch Uruha’s plectrum again but I simply have bad luck when it comes to these kind of things. I got showered by Ruki’s water again though and that’s always something. ^^

They thanked us and we sheered. It was a great show and I felt that Ruki gave more today than he did in Munich. Aoi seemed to feel better as well.

I love this band so much that it hurts. I guess that’s why I feel so sad now. I’m exhausted, physically and mentally – but I don’t want it to end. It’s the same feeling like when someone you love dearly leaves you.

But that’s life. Thank you GazettE for an amazing world tour. We love you, please come back!

Setlist

[XI]
01. VORTEX
02. Leech
03. Before I decay
04. GABRIEL ON THE GALLOWS
05. VENOMOUS SPIDER’S WEB
06. THE SUICIDE CIRCUS
07. DRIPPING INSANITY
08. UNTITLED
09. DERANGEMENT
10. Headache Man
11. SLUDGY CULT
12. Cockroach
13. Filth in the beauty

Encore

14. Shiver
15. Ruder
16. Linda ~Pinky Heaven Bloody Hell~


Ruki and Aoi tweets

translated by mou_ichido

RUKI: And before long, lots of info about the album will be released. Very sorry for keeping you waiting, …

RUKI: but this was sth we couldn’t compromise…Sorry for being so vague(´._.ˋ) …

RUKI: we’ll be able to tell you soon so pls look forward to it m(_ _)m

Aoi: Seems like there are some early birds already waiting at the venue again. Please take care not to catch a cold.

Aoi: Actually, “the GazettE” means “Helsinki”.
http://twitpic.com/dfbgtf

Aoi: Was it called Salmiyakki? Salmiakki?
Anyways, it was in the hotel’s mini-bar, and this gummy is so nasty it’s destructive.

Aoi:: That’s right. It’s the city in Finland called Helsinki. By the way, the tax is 24%.

Aoi: Good mornin’~! It’s cold this morning!


Info

Band: the GazettE
Formed: 2002

Members:

Vocal: Ruki (the GazettE)

Guitar: Aoi (the GazettE)

Guitar: Uruha (the GazettE)

Bass: Reita (the GazettE)

Drums: Kai (the GazettE)

Vocal: Ruki Guitar: Aoi Guitar: Uruha Bass: Reita Drums: Kai

Web;
the GazettE Official Webpage
the Gazette Official Facebook
the GazettE Official Fanclub – HERESY
Ruki’s Instagram

Other posts about the GazettE on my blog:
The GazettE (ガゼット)

Twitter Fanmail Bloodtypes Birthday
Ruki Ruki Ruki: B Ruki: FEB 1st
Aoi Aoi Aoi: A Aoi: JAN 20th
Uruha Uruha: O Uruha: JUN 9th
Reita Reita: A Reita: MAY 27th
Kai Kai: B Kai: OCT 28th

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