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I didn't think I'd care this much about something like this.

[livejournal.com profile] archer_moonstar, [livejournal.com profile] kasandara, [livejournal.com profile] merrilymemory and I left from our hotel near Milwaukee for Sauget (aka East St. Louis) Sunday morning, and it was about a 6 hour drive. It was mostly uneventful, and we talked a lot about the concert the previous night. Seeing as how we spent the show on the rail in front of Die, we didn't think we'd get anything near that in Sauget, because we wouldn't be early enough. We arrived around 4 pm, got a hotel, ate dinner, and then headed to the venue.

Finding Pop's was more difficult than finding the Rave had been. Our GPS lead us through St. Louis, to what had be one of the scariest places I have ever been my entire life. We passed under an old dilapidated bridge and all there was to see was weedy grass, trash, more tunnels, and a single lonely building in the distance and suddenly it announces, "You have arrived at your location!" We thought that building was WAY too small to be a concert hall, and as we neared it we found our suspicions to be true. It had a huge neon sign that said GIRLS. Wonderful.

We turned around and tried going across the interstate to a brighter section of the road (Shrieking the whole time about certain death and not leaving the car), and luck was with us because there was Pop's! Though it still seemed extremely tiny, and amazingly enough we found it to be nestled between a place called PENTHOUSE, and another called DREAM GIRLS.

Dir en grey's St. Louis show was between two strip joints. LOL. Many jokes were made about Die and titty bars, and what a good show this would be.

The place didn't even have a sign, and there was no board even of any sort displaying the Dir en grey concert, so I had nothing to take a picture of. I have a couple pictures on my camera of the place, but it was dark and they are not impressive enough to post. I found this picture instead. I was so glad upon arriving that we did not decide to camp out all day there. I wasn't entirely comfortable where we were in Milwaukee, but this place was fucking scary. Oh, and I found it hilarious Dir en grey's trailor was parked there, but the bus was not. I think perhaps they feared the area as well.

The line wasn't too long considering we arrived an hour prior to the concert, which was kind of amazing. We ended up in line in front of a couple metalhead guys who were into death metal and thought Kyo was hardcore when he pulled out a big dagger and slit his wrists (wtf??) and they informed us how utterly horrible the area is, and how people get carted out in ambulances every show, and there's a cop on standby in the parking lot. Wonderful.

My intention for this show was to get a nice balcony spot with Archer, or maybe stand somewhere outside the pit and take beautiful pictures. Which, once the line got going and we went inside went all to hell. The balcony was blocked off, so we halfheartedly went to the pit, which we found was not even separated from the rest of the venue. It was basically like a large bar, with tables all over, and a large square of empty space in front of the stage. The stage itself was TINY as well. I suppose it's a more intimate feel than I'm used to, as I have always attended big concerts like the House of Blues Dir en grey show last February, and then Milwaukee was a pretty decent sized place as well.

Anyways, once in the pit we were about 5th row or so between Kyo and Die. Not bad for starters, not at all. I ended up 2nd row anyways. :) I had let Britti wear my thick shoes since I hadn't intended to go in the pit, so unfortunately I was much shorter than a lot of the crowd. This is why I kind of have a love/hate relationship with being in the pit. Love the experience when I can see, but all too often I can't, plus I can't breathe either. So being on the bar is ideal, but wasn't going to happen this time.

I had a decent view for the most part. Britti was in front of me, and about my height so I could see fine over her, and Kari and Archer were mostly behind me. I was at one point on Britti's right, and almost right in front of Die with a clear view, but I swapped with Archer because I knew she wanted it more. I wanted to see some Kyo that night. However, there was a girl in front of me and to my left who was the size of a fucking mountain. She was taller than pretty much everyone else, and about as wide as three normal people, and she wore a hoodie, and her poofy curly hair blocked Kyo from my view. Damnit. I eventually ended up mostly in front of her however, even though she kept trying to change that, but I was a whole head below her so it wasn't like I was blocking her from seeing anything, wtf.

Once again, set up and waiting took for fucking ever, and like normal I stood there and thought I was going to die. I still ached, especially in my neck from the previous show, and my feet hurt. I think it was about an hour from doors opening till the Human Abstract began, and it definitely felt longer.

When Human Abstract did come out, they had technical difficulties with their opening song, which features their keyboardist with the vocalist singing. The keyboard just kinda stopped playing, and the vocalist went silent, and there was an awkward moment until someone screamed for him to acapella it! And that he did. and everyone cheered for them. Once again I really enjoyed Human Abstract, and I'm totally going to buy their album the next time I get out and have some cash. The guitarists are amazing, and I really have to say the singer has a nice voice, and since I wasn't wearing earplugs nor doing battle with anyone in particular during their set, I could enjoy it fully. Some people near me were singing all the words to the songs.

Moshing broke out with a group of guys (the audience was predominantly male it seemed) quite early in HA's set, and I don't mind it, not at all! As long as you stay the fuck away from those who don't want to be a part of it. Per normal, due to my luck and to my height they got to my left and I got an elbow to the head. Kari took the opportunity to shove me in front of her and she took charge (her head's a little too high for elbows lol) and eventually she had Archer in front of her as well. Ilu Kari. :) I was pressed quite intimately to Britti for the first part of the show. The crowd shoved quite a bit this time, which didn't really bother me, except it made everything really hot.

After the Human Abstract finished up, they cleared out and Dir's roadies started setting up. For some reason, people at this show decided to scream for Kyodie (the Kyo looking roadie lol) every time he made an appearance, which hadn't happened in Milwaukee. And people screamed Kyo at him? I'm not sure he liked it lol.

Sa Bir signified the start of Dir's set, and everyone let loose. The band wandered out, and you could tell right away that they were in a better mood than the previous night. Die especially was all smiles, a stark contrast from Milwaukee. He was wearing a white tank that said Fuck You on the back. Kyo once again had no jacket to start the show, and was wearing blue and yellow track pants, and Kaoru was wearing his fitted jeans once more, as well as a snug fitting tshirt. He looked very good. Toshiya had on a white tshirt. And I honestly have no idea what Shinya was wearing. Sad. The stage was so small that I could actually see Kaoru this time quite well even though I was by Die, and Toshiya was unable to headbang around the whole place like he had in Milwaukee.

They opened with Hydra -666- instead of Obscure, which both threw me off and made me afraid they wouldn't play Obscure at all. Honestly, I thought it was a Withering to Death song, because I have only listened to Hydra -666- a couple times, so I'm newly educated on it now! And it's fucking awesome live.

Because I can't remember setlist's for the life me, setlist.com says:

Sa Bir
Hydra -666-
Agitated Screams of Maggots
Repetition of Hatred
Disabled Complexes
Spilled Milk
Ryoujoku no Ame
Agitated Screams of Maggots -Unplugged-
Conceived Sorrow
Glass Skin
The Final
Dozing Green
Audience Killer Loop

Gaika Chinmoku ga Nemuru Koro
Merciless Cult
Clever Sleazoid
The IIID Empire

Everything seems to be more of a blur this time, probably because of where I was. I could see Kyo clearly, and Die I could mostly see, though this tall girl to my right who seemed to not be into it at all obscured him a little. :( Toshiya was at a very bad vantage point, and due to the stage size he didn't bounce over closer very much. Sad times.

The previous night in Milwaukee, the band seemed very... frustrated perhaps. Annoyed. It was an off day. Die and Kyo had technical issues, and Kaoru wasn't very enthusiastic (Toshiya however made up for them all!) In Sauget however, the mood was extremely high.

Die flipped us off over and over, and he gave us so many beaming toothy smiles. He was all about the eye contact once again too. I love it so much. He showed off more, coming up right on the edge of the stage and headbanging with us, and at one point at the end of his song he knelt on his riser with his guitar in his arms and kissed the neck of it. Hawt.

Kyo, while he generally exudes that anger in the glares he sends us no matter what, seemed to be in a better mood as well. He let us sing a few times, and in Audience Killer Loop (Fuck yes!) He held up his arms and asked us to chant the lyrics. But lol no one did. Fail.

His solo in Agitated Screams of Maggots -Unplugged- was longer as well. We heard the piano cut out a good thirty seconds before he stopped. We joked later it was because Die wasn't back yet. (He disappeared from stage during that song both shows.)

Later then, and I forget what song it was, Kyo dangled the microphone over his head, and mouthed it, and then sang like that for quite a few long moments. Hawt.

And I have to say one of my absolute favorite songs live is Grief. Kyo and Die had their middle fingers flying, and everyone sang along to the FUCK OFF!s. And then he got us all clapping. Kickass. That was also a song that Die got up on the edge of the stage and taunted us.

When they started into Obscure, I was thrilled. I was afraid when they didn't open with it that we wouldn't get it, and even though I had kind of wanted to leave the pit earlier, I was putting it off until that song at least. I love it so much.

Britti had left the pit pretty quickly, and I ended up getting out after Kodou, because I couldn't breathe, was dying of thirst, and the need to buy merch was nagging at me. I bought a 2.50 water bottle (fuckers) and gulped it down, bought my shit from the lineless merch stand, and then found Britti, and we danced and headbanged and sang like mad by the tables by the pit, which was actually fun. We still had an amazing view because the place was so SMALL.

At one point during the last couple songs the singer from the Human Abstract came by, and Britti stopped him to tell him thanks and how she liked his music, and he was very nice. I did the same and gave him a weird handshake/high five, wtf. He was cool though. I definitely want to go buy their cd now.

Back to Dir en grey lol. They played Clever Sleazoid this time, and I was very happy. It was kickass in Chicago, everyone sings and all that, and I was kind of surprised they hadn't in Milwaukee. We started singing in the back, screaming the lyrics at them (And this is probably part of why I have no voice now) and going nuts. It was really fun actually.

I hadn't regretted leaving the pit until during IIID Empire, Kaoru came over to Die's side of the stage. He had been so much more into this show. Every time I looked over at him earlier he was headbanging or riling the crowd or showing off or something. He got up on the edge of the stage on Die's side and pumped his fists, and headbanged, and then held up both arms and let his head fall back. Kari's night was made. And I beat Britti in the back as I shrieked about missing Kaoru, lol.

It was amazing though, Kaoru dropped his pick while over on Die's side, so he snagged one of Die's, to which Die looked over and laughed, and played with that for a while, and then tossed it out into the crowd. Kari dove for it needless to say, but unfortunately did not get it. What a fucking epic pick lol.

After the set ended, Kaoru actually threw out picks and stuff this time (He seemed to just disappear in Milwaukee), and Die and Toshiya threw water on everyone. At this point in time Britti and I were in the back screaming and jumping up and down and waving our arms, and were the ONLY ones in the vicinity doing so. The back of the pit was pretty lifeless. And I guess we caught Die's attention, because after emptying his water bottle, he swung his arm back and launched it across the room to us. BUT IT SMACKED INTO A LIGHT ON THE CEILING. And fell into the middle of the pit. SAD. Die's effort was appreciated though, and we laughed so hard. Shinya threw out his things, and from what I could tell there was not a long epic struggle for a drumstick this time. Or if there was it cleared out of the area.

When they all left, I ran over to buy two more water bottles, which I distributed to Kari and Archer. Archer went to buy a CD really quick and we lined up for the signing, which turned out to be Toshiya and Shinya. They came out and walked along the barricades with Nora, and because I hesitated, I didn't get to high five Toshiya. Sad.

The line moved fast, no handshakes seemed to be happening, but when it was my turn, Toshiya smiled and said hi, and I said hi back and thank you as he signed it, which he returned, and then the same to Shinya. Both of them were all smiles, even Shinya, and made eye contact and all that. I honestly didn't think I would be moved by this signing business, due to how fast and impersonal it seemed to be, and I had also been hoping for Die to do it. When I had met Kyo back in Family Values, I had got to touch him, which I think is why I was so floored back then. But once I walked away from Toshiya and Shinya with my newly autographed cd, I was shakey, and felt like I could cry. That CD became my most precious possession. And I have a greater appreciation for Shinya. WTF.

If I was affected by it, Britti's was 1000 times greater, as Toshiya has long been her favorite, and has become an idol of sorts to her. Sort of like Kyo to me, and her and Kari hung around to stare at them for a bit longer. (I did the same thing with Kyo, lol) We gathered at the bar, bought more too expensive water and just GUSHED over the experience.

Then, exhausted, we headed out of Pop's, were relieved to find our vehicle still there and undamaged, and we fled from area. We speculated the titty bars might be the cause of Die's enthusiasm though lol.

After two very different experiences, one front row and another almost, I don't really know which one I can place as a favorite. Milwaukee was amazing in the view and the interaction, and hell I am even amused I saw a Die temper tantrum in person But the pure energy and excitement and joy the band was exuding in Sauget was infectious, and I can't walk away from seeing Die smile so much, or Kaoru being so enthusiastic, or Kyo seeming almost -happy- like that without loving it, even if my spot wasn't ideal.

I heard rumors while waiting in line in Milwaukee that they will swing back here early next year. I so fucking hope so. These two days were two of the best in my life. SO much fun. I wanna do at least two dates again.

Date: 2008-11-27 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
fucking great review :D jsyk i'm just another sauget goer, nobody you know. haha

i'm loving hearing about what happened over there on die's side because i COULD NOT SEE HIM FOR THE LIFE OF ME ASDKJSHSKJA, sounded like fun.

also: during conceived sorrow kyo sang without the mic, i died a little.

Date: 2008-11-27 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deadpassion.livejournal.com
Yesss. I mentioned it in my milwaukee review but forgot to here. Fucking amazing. ♥

Die's side was amazing man, I'm usually on Kaoru's myself, but two shows by Die has converted me. xD

Date: 2008-11-27 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlp319.livejournal.com
Haha, your GPS tried to get you killed too? Ours took us through the same area of St. Louis. I was terrifed to make eye contact with anyone outside the window. o_o
How come everyone who's written a review for Sauget was on Die's side? I was too; right at the bar. I was the freakishly short girl in the wheelchair. XD It was nice to be able to see for once. I'm sorry people were in your way, that really sucks. x_x
That was an awesome show, I hope they come back next year, that would be great!

Date: 2008-11-27 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
i wasn't :o i was in front of kyo. shit man that's my spot. always.

this is im_ah_what, by the way. i keep forgetting to log in when i post here

(oh, and our GPS went weird too. lol.)

Date: 2008-11-27 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deadpassion.livejournal.com
I was about 4 bodies in front of Kyo in Chicago last year. Shit would I love to be there on the rail, but it's not been a possibility yet. XD Next time, next time.

And wow, GPS's must hate Sauget, with good damn reason. D8

Date: 2008-11-27 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlp319.livejournal.com
I wanted to be in front of Kyo but security told me it "wasn't safe" x_x
Oh well, I was quite happy with being in front of Die.

What is with GPS's? O_o That's scary.
I'm glad we didn't follow it on the way back home; it tried to lead us back the way we'd come and I do know that you do *not* go through East St. Louis at night if you can help it.

Date: 2008-11-28 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deadpassion.livejournal.com
LOL I learned that on Sunday. :(

Date: 2008-11-27 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deadpassion.livejournal.com
Ohh, I remember seeing you either before or after then, but during it I don't. Hm.

And that's very true about everyone being on Die's side, but the odd thing is I ended up there both shows this time because it was the most empty..? Weird. XD

Date: 2009-04-24 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] betterthanbugs.livejournal.com
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