Dir en Grey at Marquee Theater
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By Jonathan McNamara
Marquee Theater wasn't at its most packed on Friday, November 28. Lines to the entrance were relatively short despite the routine bag checks. Inside, a crowd of fans clad in Dir en Grey shirts hung close to the barrier between them and the stage despite plenty of room for spreading out. That made it all the easier to pick out the one native Japanese member of the audience standing to the side near the bar.
In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that I happen to speak Japanese, which made it relatively easy despite being out of practice to ask if she was here with the band. She looked at me funny and explained that no, she came from Japan to see them play.
As the lights dimmed, I wondered what Dir en Grey possessed that would drive a Japanese woman to travel 6000 miles across the globe to see them play at the Marquee. Still more impressive was the audience they managed to gather; screaming their name, wearing their T-shirts and completely unconcerned that the band they were about to see sings primarily in a language they don't understand.
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