Every time I see Dir en grey perform, it feels like a spectacle. Even though they're touring regularly now in the States (or at least ever other year), their US fans seem so starved for Dir en grey's performances that these shows have a quivering fervor in the air, with every finale capping a catharsis. And even then, the crowd screams for more.
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As soon as I heard that Dir en grey was coming back to the US, I was psyched to photograph them again. That they were on a double-bill with Apocalyptica only sealed the deal.
As always, Dir en grey were great subjects, even despite very challenging lighting. There was not a scrap of white light on the band that came from the front, with the exception of flash from the cameras of fans.
The Pageant where Dir en grey has a relatively high stage at about five-feet, so the addition of Kyo's riser made for a big obstacle in shooting, whether he was on it or behind it. When Kyo was behind the riser, shooting had to be done from the sides to clear the riser and the monitors on either side of him.
Kaoru, Toshiya, and Die were often behind their respective speaker monitors and mic stands, so finding the right angles to shoot them was an interesting task as well. And of course Shinya's massive drum kit blocked some views, but it was relatively close and seemed to be more open than the last time I recall shooting the band. If anything, the major challenge with Shinya was timing shots for when the lighting was up.