The GazettE’s first US tour to stop by San Francisco
The GazettE, first founded in 2002, is a visual kei rock band that has toured the globe but for some reason never found their way to the States. 2016 marks the year they fix that with four shows, two of which are in California. Tickets range from $50 to $200 depending on if you want VIP. The tour was hinted at by snippets of shows popping up and quickly disappearing from venue ticket sites before finally made official in the beginning of the year.
Their latest album, “DOGMA,” was released in August 2015. It is the culmination of more than thirteen years of music and as hard as you might want without getting too harsh. Aesthetically they are somewhat similar to DIR EN GREY that they started as a full-blown visual kei band before transitioning to a more subdued modern look. The entire project is titled “DARK AGE” and consists of “DOGMA” itself and a series of single releases and tours following it. The American leg of the tour is designated the 7th movement as part of “World Tour 16 DOGMATIC –TROIS–.” The band will also release a single on the 27th titled "UNDYING" which is the 6th movement. It contains three all-new songs. Time will tell whether we will get to see these songs live as part of the set. There are still more movements remaining until “PROJECT: DARK AGE” ends for a total of twelve.
The San Francisco show will be held on May 1st at the Regency Ballroom which has played host to Japanese musicians like DIR EN GREY, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and many others. Tickets for the Regency Ballroom are available through Goldenvoice/AXS as well as through The Warfield's box office on Sundays. They are $50 before the show and $60 at the doors.
The full list of dates are as follows:
4/15 Mexico City, MX – Teatro Metropolitan
4/20 Beunos Aires, AR – Teatro Vorterix
4/22 Sao Paulo, BR – Audio Club
4/25 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
4/27 Toronto, ON (CA) – The Danforth Music Hall
4/29 New York, NY – Playstation Theater
5/1 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
5/3 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
5/5 Vancouver, BC (CA) – Vogue Theater