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GACKT in Sweden 2013

GACKT in Sweden 2013

GACKT appeared as guest artist on YOHIO’s final concert of the BREAK THE BORDER tour October 5th in Stockholm, Sweden.
I (again) sadly wasn’t able to go, but let’s have patience and wait. 🙂
Together they sang Sakura, Chiru (サクラ、散る…) and YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz’s Not Alone (キミは一人じゃない).
The show was recored for a future DVD release.
Review by Ioner
Review by seigan_aurora

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YOHIO and GACKT in Stockholm (2013.10.04)

Other news
2013.09.12 Aftonbladet Writes that YOHIO’s mentor will be appear as a guest at his final concert. Also about YOHIO being a fan of GACKT himself and that many of his younger fans might not know who he is.
2013.09.07 Expressen Review of the first concert from the tour. “Dull, awkward, and messy.”

YOHIO to sing duet with GACKT and tour dates

YOHIO to sing duet with GACKT and tour dates

YOHIO made a cover of GACKT’s “Sakura, Chiru…” (サクラ、散ル。。。) on his debut album, “BREAK the BORDER”. The song “Sakura, Falling” will be available on the Japanese album, and it will be a duet together with GACKT.The Japanese edition will be released on June 26th, 2013.

Tickets for YOHIO’s BREAK the BORDER fall tour in Sweden is on sale at Live Nation. (In Swedish, for English version look at the top right of the page)

2013 Tour Dates
Sept 6th Conventum, Fabriksgatan 17-19, 702 23, Örebro
Sept 7th Svandammshallarna, Uppsala
Sept 13th Flygeln, Dalsgatan 15, Norrköping
Sept 14th Baltiska Hallen, Stadiongatan, Malmö
Sept 20th Helsingborg Arena, Mellersta Stenbocksgatan 14, Helsingborg
Sept 21st Nöjesfabriken, Karlagatan 42, Karlstad
Sept 28th Norrmalmia, Hembygdsvägen, Piteå
Oct 5th Annexet, Arenavägen 35, Stockholm

Videos of GACKT and YOHIO singing Sakura, Chiru (サクラ、散る…) and YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz’s Not Alone (キミは一人じゃない), can be found in this post.
Background information and my opinions on YOHIO in this post.

GACKT: THE BEST OF THE BEST vol.1

GACKT: THE BEST OF THE BEST vol.1

In 2013 GACKT will be holding a tour based on all the singles he has released over the 14 years as an artist. The tour dates for Japan have now been announced.
I can only dream he’ll tour in Europe with this.

Sources: GACKT BEST OF THE BEST vol. 1 Official Site, GACKT’s Official Site (Japanese)

Saturday, May 11th Katsushika Symphony Hills, Tokyo
Opening 16:30 / Raising of the curtain 17:00. *Limited to Dears members*

Wednesday, May 15th Omiya Sonic City, Saitama
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30.

Friday, May 17th Bay Shea Culture Hall, Gunma
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30.

Tuesday, May 21st Kobe International House Hall, Hyogo
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30.

Thursday, May 23rd Kurashiki Civic Center, Okayama
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Friday, May 24th Ueno Gakuen Hall (Hiroshima Prefectural Culture Art Hall), Hiroshima
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30.

Monday, May 27th Ichikawa-shi Cultural Center, Chiba
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Friday, May 31st Nitori culture Hall, Hokkaido
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Tuesday, June 4th Festival Hall, Osaka
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Wednesday, June 5th Festival Hall, Osaka
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Monday, June 10th Kawaguchi Synthesis Cultural Center re-rear, Saitama
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Friday, June 14th Honda Forest Hall, Ishikawa
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Monday, June 17th Sendai Sun Plaza Hall, Miyagi
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Tuesday, June 18th Utsunomiya-shi Cultural Center, Tochigi
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Thursday, June 20th Nagoya International Convention Facility, Century Hall, Aichi
Opening 17:45 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Friday, June 21st Nagoya international Convention Facility, Century Hall, Aichi
Opening 17:45 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Wednesday, June 26th Alpha あなぶき (Anbuki) Hall, Kagawa
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Friday, June 28th Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel & Hall, Fukuoka
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:30

Saturday, June 29th Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel & Hall, Fukuoka
Opening 16:30 / Raising of the curtain 17:00

Thursday, July 4th Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa
Opening 18:00 / Raising of the curtain 19:00

Saturday, July 6th Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa
Opening 17:00 / Raising of the curtain 18:00

Set list will be different in the cities with two performances.
That is in Osaka, Aichi, Fukuoka, Kanagawa.

Ticket sale date (for non-Dears members)
Saturday, March 30th, 2013.

Lucky those who get tickets for the July 4th live in Yokohama,
on GACKT’s 40th birthday. It may be something like this.

The boy giving him the flowers is Hongo Kanata (本郷奏多)
who acted as young Sho in the movie MOON CHILD.

GACKT LINE Message (2012.09.17)

GACKT LINE Message (2012.09.17)

Summary of GACKT LINE Message 2012.09.17
GACKT wrote he made music in the mid-morning and then went to the set of the upcoming drama Akumu-chan, which will begin airing on October 21st.

At the filming location he was swarmed by mosquitoes.
He thinks the filming crew for the drama is nice to work with.

Two nights earlier they were filming at a park in Tokyo late at night, it happened several timed that they would have to stop filming and ask people to be quiet. One of the persons being out having a good time was the singer and actress Wada Akiko (和田アキ子). They had to wait for Akko-san to be quiet before starting filming again. ^^

Longer and more detailed translation.

Imai Akira share thoughts on tabloids regarding GACKT

Imai Akira share thoughts on tabloids regarding GACKT

Imai Akira (今井彰), OHP http://imaiakira.com/about.php
He is a writer, former executive producer for NHK, a visiting professor at Nagoya Economics University, the host in a BS11 documentary show.
During his career as an executive producer for NHK, he won many awards in the field of
documentary and came to be called the “standard bearer of documentaries”.

In English, translation by excused-early
Tabloids reporting on GACKT: What’s sad is the people who believe them at face value. Tabloids are scandal amplifiers. They’ll report rumors as if they were true. They warp every story. How can they know if Marusa (Criminal Investigation Department of Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau) actually came? Unless the Taxation Bureau reported it publicly, the tabloids couldn’t know. But people take their word for it. How about that?

Tabloids reporting on GAKCT, No.1: It’s the norm for the Taxation Bureau to investigate individuals and companies that have more than a certain level of income/revenue. The Taxation Bureau always asks for an amended tax return, it’s called Omiyage (souvenir). This is completely different from Marusa or tax evasion. These are trick articles, the common practice among tabloids. It lacks common sense to blame the individual by believing this low-level content.

This is what I think GAKCT may be feeling. You get bummed out when you’re attacked by a tabloid, you feel the eyes of the others as if they were needles. It’s particularly rough because it upsets your parents. Even celebrities are just fragile human beings. I know, because I’ve been a victim of their complete lies, too. If you argue with them, they’ll only take your words out of context. You just have to endure it all. If you’re his fan, please believe in him.

GACKT-san, I misspelled your name. Forgive me. But why is G-A-C-K-T pronounced “GAKUTO”? Sorry to stray from my own mistake, but please tell me.

On GACKT (correctly spelled this time), No.3: Tabloids first choose whom they’re going to prey on. Then, they choose only rumors that are filled with malicious intent. Then, the main writer creates a scandalous story in his/her own fantasy world, and then ambushes the very person for an interview. You may try to argue, but their article has already been finished, so they won’t listen to you anyway. To them, the truth is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is sales.

Tabloids reporting on GACKT, No.4: Looks like there are many people shouting at him, “Prove it if you’re innocent”. They don’t get it at all. You’re surrounded with malicious intent, anything you may say to explain things will only be used as fuel for more scandals. There is no one in the world that has the obligation to prove anything to the media, including tabloids. The media do not represent the nation. They are profit organizations.

1. I’m receiving questions from GACKT-san’s fans, asking whether he can sue them. His fans may believe him, but indeed, the scandalous information has been distributed to over 500,000 people by the tabloids and several million people over the Internet. Unfortunately, many of these people do believe it completely. It is absolutely possible that this will damage his honor and hinder his career.

2. On GACKT-san. I will answer this question as one college professor who gives lectures on mass communication, and also as someone with an experience of being the victim of fabricated articles. I do believe he can file a lawsuit against the tabloids for this. But tabloids are used to lawsuits. They’ll hire countless lawyers and use the strategy of endlessly prolonging the case.

3. GACKT-san and his team will have to start preparing necessary papers for the lawsuit, and gather all of the enormous amount of materials to prove how unjust the articles are. Further, GACKT-san will also have to appear in court and give his testimonies, during which time he will suffer through extremely vicious questions. This is how they exhaust you. I guess the compensation for damage would be about 2-3 million yen (2-30,000 dollars). It is rather pitiful, but at least it has the effect of making them stop fabricating things once and for all.

/End of Translation

In Japanese
Source:  Imai Akira’s (今井彰) Twitter
GACKT、週刊誌報道。情けないのは丸々信じる人たち。週刊誌はスキャンダル増幅装置。噂話でも本当のように書く。ひとつの話を歪曲する。マルサが来たなんて、 どうして分かるの?国税が発表しない限り、週刊誌にはわかりませんよ。それをまともに受けるのは、どうだろうね。

GAKCT,週刊誌報道、その2。一定以上の収入がある個人や会社に税務調査が入るのは当たり前。おみやげと言って修正申告を必ず税務署は求める。それと マルサや脱税は全く違う話。これはトリック記事で、週刊誌のやる常套手段。この程度の中身を信じて個人を非難するのは常識がない。

GAKCTの胸中を察するに。週刊誌にやられると本人はへこむ。周りの視線は針のように感じる。特に、親が動揺するから、きつい。有名人でも弱い人間だか ら。私も嘘ばっかり書かれたからよくわかる。反論しても言葉尻をとらえられるだけ。忍耐しかない。ファンの方は信じてあげて下さいよ。

GACKTさん。スペル間違えました。許してね。でも、なんでG・A・C・K・Tで「ガクト」と読めるのですか?自分の過ちを棚に上げて申し訳ないけど、教えて下さい。

GACKT(今度はスペル大丈夫)関連、その3。週刊誌はまず獲物を決める。次に悪意に満ちた噂だけをチョイス、さらにメインの記者が妄想でスキャンダル ストーリーを作り、後は本人に突撃取材。反論しても記事が出来上がっているので、聞く耳など持たない。彼等は真実など関係ない。売れればいい。

GACKT、週刊誌報道、その4。シロなら証明しろと叫んでいる人が多いようですね。全くわかってない。何か釈明しても、悪意の中ですから、歪曲されて次 のスキャンダルが作られるだけ。週刊誌を含むマスコミに証明する義務など、世界中誰一人ないのです。マスコミは国民代表ではない。営利団体です。

1、GACKTさんのファンの方々から訴えられないかと質問を頂いています。確かに、ファンの方は彼を信じても、週刊誌で50万以上、ネットで数百万以上 にスキャンダル情報が流れ、残念ながらそれを真に受ける大量の人々もいます。名誉を傷つけ活動の阻害要因になる可能性は十分あります。続く。

2、GACKTさんについて。マスコミ論を講義する大学教授の一人として、また私自身、捏造記事の被害にあった体験からお答えします。今回の件で、訴える ことは出来ると思います。しかし週刊誌は訴訟に慣れています。海千山千の弁護士が出てきて、訴訟を徹底して長引かせる作戦に出ます。続く。

3、GACKTさん側も訴訟に当たり準備書面を始め、いかに不当な記事か膨大な資料を揃える必要がある。さらにGACKTさんも出廷し、証言。その間、相 当悪辣な質問を浴びます。消耗戦です。賠償金は2、3百万ですかね。虚しく見えますが、相手のこれ以上の捏造記事を止めさせる効果はありますね。

[2012.06.23] GACKT’s Line Message

[2012.06.23] GACKT’s Line Message

数日間の徹夜の作業で体がバキバキだ。まあ、ほとんどはトレーニングによるモノだが。と

は言えペースを落とすわけには行かない。まあ、これは性格だな。基本は全速力で走る。疲れたら体は勝手に電源が落ちる。昨日も仕事が終わってから仲間と夜中にあってウロウロしたんだが、店に入った途端、完全に落ちてた。あはははは。まあこういうのも楽しい。忙しいからたくさん遊ぶ。遊びも仕事も全開だ。これがイイ。いや、オモシロイ。昨日は稽古中にニヤニヤしながらおもむろにFRIDAYのページを開けて、わざと僕の前で止まって「記事になっていますなぁ〜」と視界に入ってくる仲間がたくさんいた。あはははは。遊びもデートも、仕事がどれだけ忙しかろうが、絶対やめないというのが僕の主義だ。オトコが忙しいことを理由に遊べなくなったら終わる。テレビを持っていない僕は知らなかったが、随分とワイドショーでは昨日の記事のことを騒いでたと聞いた。が、そんなに騒ぐことか?と思っているのは僕だけか。ゲイじゃないんだしオンナが四、五百人いたっておかしくないだろう。むしろ男と抱き合ってキスしてた所を撮られなくてよかった。あはははは。まあ、オトコと熱愛なんて書かれないように酔ったときには気をつけよう。さぁて、今からトレーニングだ。行ってくるか。よっしゃぁ!!!!
Translation by excused-early
…Yesterday during the rehearsal, many friends would nonchalantly open up the page in FRIDAY, stop in front of me to get in my view on purpose, and say
You’re in the article, aren’t you~
.  Ahahahaha.  It’s my policy to never stop playing or going on a date no matter how busy I am with work.  It’s all over for a guy if he can’t play anymore just because he’s busy.  I don’t have a television, so I didn’t know this, but I heard the article from yesterday made quite a noise in tabloid shows.  Is it just me, but is that something to make such a big fuss over?  It’s not like I’m gay, it wouldn’t be strange if I were dating four or five hundred women, would it now?  Actually, I’m glad they didn’t take a picture of me embracing and kissing a guy.  Ahahahaha.  Well, I should be careful when I get drunk so they won’t write that I’m crazy in love with a guy.  OK, off to go training now.  Let’s go.  YOSSHA!!!!
He’s neither confirming an relationship nor denying it.
2012.06.26
And a statement from ICONIQ made on her Twitter, without saying anything of the rumored relationship: “If I were to say one thing, I’d say that even I at least go out on dates.
Sources: Tokyohive (ENG), Oricon (JPN)