Yesterday I went to the Family Values show in Toronto with Donnie (a co-worker) and a friend of his. It was much fun (although a little disappointing). I even ran into Neko and Mika there! I was surprised by the number of Dir en grey fans there (which then all left after Dir en grey and the place quickly filled with Korn fans) It was very impressive~ (⌒∇⌒) So under the cut is my shitacular half-assed live report.
So I left my place about 10:20 and headed over to the GO station to meet up with Donnie and Tara and some random guy that Tara invited who ditched us for most of the night. We took the GO bus to Burlington and then the GO train right to the Exhibition (where the Molson Ampitheatre is), took a bit longer then I had anticipated, but whatevs, we were there with much time extra. Upon arriving we found a nice piece of lawn to sit on and plopped our asses down. I have divided the day into three sections, getting there and the first five bands, Dir en grey, the rest of the bands and getting home.
The line up had ten bands playing. The Walls of Jericho, which I did not enjoy at all. I didn't think they were anything special and we noted that the pit wasn't moving at all, since we had a nice view of the pit from above we could see who was moving around (which was no one). Then Bullets and Octane came on, they were much much better, Donnie really enjoyed them, they weren't too bad, pretty good. Deadsy came on after them I think, I liked them, they had a darker style which I enjoyed more then the first two. After then was Bury Your Dead, which I thought was worse then Walls of Jericho, I did not enjoy them one bit. After that was 10 Years, who Donnie really enjoyed, he bought one of their shirts. They were decent.
And then the best part of the day Dir en grey ＼(＾◇＾)/＼(＾◇＾)/＼(＾◇＾)/ トッモダチッ. However, during the first song Kyo fell and it looked like he might have hit his head and he laid there for a few minutes. I was concerned that he really hurt himself and that they wouldn't not continue playing, which would be insanely sad, since I only went for them. But he got back up eventually and kept going. It was still disappointing because they only played half of their set and then walked off the stage. ﾌﾞﾝﾌﾞﾝ (>_< )Ξ( >_<) ﾌﾞﾝﾌﾞﾝ Apparently some girl was trying to kill another girl in the pit and Kyo didn't like that and walked off. I'm also told that after that Kyo was taken off in an ambulance. So overall Diru was great, they played well and sounded good, but I'm still disappointed that they didn't even play their whole set. I mean I paid just to see them, I sat through a total of nine hours of music that I don't like to see them and they couldn't even play their entire set!? ｲﾔ(≧ヘ≦ ))(( ≧ヘ≦)ｲﾔOn top of that they cancelled the meet and greet thingy so I didn't get to go and see them and shake two of the members hands. ダメ！ (T∇T )( T∇T) ダメ！
After Dir en grey was done it was Flyleaf, I didn't notice they had come on or that they had started playing and I didn't pay attention since I was talking to Mika and Neko, who informed me of what was going on. After them was StoneSour, who were quite good, I enjoyed them greatly, they even played the ONE song I've ever heard by them, Through Glass. Then Deftones, who used very bright lights and shone them right on our eyes which was painful. Towards the end of Deftones it started to rain "((_- )( -_))" ｳｳﾝ and it was getting cold. Anyways the Deftones were alright, not my favourite but not bad. And finally Korn. We only stayed for five songs, since Donnie and Tara (his friend) had just seen them in April and it was raining and there would be a bajillion people trying to leave as soon as they were done and we really wanted to beat the rush to get home. But what we saw of them was pretty good.
Lastly the merchandise! I bought a shirt, I wish I had gone to get one earlier but I didn't think they would sell out of their shirts so early! Anyways I still got one, its just really big and not the one I had originally wanted, but I really had my heart set on getting one so I did. I also got the It Withers and Withers Tour DVD (regionless w00t ☆ヽ(▽⌒) きゃはーん♪) it is/was autographed, but the autographs rub off and with the rain it didn't help since the case got wet. I thought it was stufu that they signed the plastic case >>;; I mean obviously it would rub off of it. I'm pretty sure most of the autographs were rubbed off before I even bought it. They should have signed the paper inside the case or the DVD itself or something. Stufu. But whatever, I didn't get it because it was autographed, I got it for the DVD (and because it was cheaper to get it there then to have it shipped from yesasia or cdjapan by a lot). I still have to watch it, maybe I'll throw it on for a bit before I go to work.
So yes, overall I had a great time despite the Diru fiasco and getting sick from the rain. I really hope Dir en grey does not take that little incident to heart and still consider coming back to Toronto on their own (or with another tour). I would really like to see them again, and prehaps next time they will actually play their whole freakin' set.
Yup, so that's it. Neko please remember to send me those pictures!~ And the ones from the park at our little picnic!~ See you all around.
[edit: sorry KiKi I went and took a shower after leaving that post >>;; or else I would have come on and told you all about it <33]