Friday, March 29, 2013

News of GazettEs' World Tour Creates Tension

Today, fans of GazettE received the news they have been waiting for, for six years or more when they announced dates for their world tour spanning from September 6th, to September 29th. During this time, they have four stops in South America before heading over to Europe, where they’ll play in France, Germany, and Finland.

Even though many are overjoyed and the fandom is buzzing with excitement, PSC Company and members Ruki and Aoi are getting backlash from disappointed fans in both America and Asia. Aoi apologized on his twitter account to fans for lack of show and had this to say.
Even though we can't do the summer tour in japan and and there aren't many shows, fans in various places will get to see the GazettE. For everyone overseas, sorry for making you wait. I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

Even after several hours, however, it continued.
Well. Let's settle down. This way of talking is rude.
Despite him asking for people to calm down, he apologized again.
I'm really sorry. I want to go to everyone's countries with all my might. But there isn't enough time. I'd be nice if boats and planes were faster.
In particular, American fans seem to be having a tough time with this news. "Since we are such a powerful country we should get at least one tour date, right?". But It's not surprising GazettE is opting out going to America for now and spending more time where there is a market for foreign music. I'm not saying there isn't a market in America but opportunities are few and far apart. Furthermore, we don't have a good track record for accepting music that is in a language other than English.

While we did have "Gangnam Style", it was short lived and didn't seem to have a lasting effect.  America hasn't had a chart-topper in a foreign language since 1987 when “La Bamba” by Los Lobosin gained national attention. In a place where, according to U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,"only 18 percent of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53% of Europeans (and increasing numbers in other parts of the world) can converse in a second language," it's not surprising we don't get full tours or individual shows outside anime conventions where there is concentrated demand for foreign musical entertainment.

What we should take away from this is they are slowly making their way overseas, and that's exciting. Jrock fans had hoped X-Japan would be able to breakthrough the language barrier in the  America market and bring Japanese music out of the underground and into popular light. With GazettEs' modern sound and powerful live performances they are poised for success.

Despite, our personal feelings about the lack of tour dates and whether or not it's justifiable, we can all be excited about the future. This could be the beginning of a whole new chapter for the GazettE and depending how these shows go, we all could be seeing a lot more of them.
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Tour dates and locations 
9/6 Jose Cuervo Salon@Mexico City(MEXICO)
9/8 Teatro Caupolican@Santiago(CHILE)
9/11 Teatro Vorterix@Buenos Aires(ARGENTINA)
9/14 A Seringueira@Sao Paulo(BRAZIL)
9/20 Le Trianon@Paris(FRANCE)
9/22 Le Phare@Toulouse(FRANCE)
9/25 FZW@Dortmund(GERMANY)
9/27 Muffathalle@Munich(GERMANY    

** All dates and locations are subject to change
** Information for their OHP

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6 comments:

  1. well, I think the reason for not touring here should not be decided on the fact of whether someone can speak their language or not.. so.. If Americans want to see them, they have to show that they can speak their language? Okaaaaay... This does not make sense when they do have many American fans..

    ie; Example.. in fact, "Dir en grey" broke the language barrier with their music.. whether people understand them or not.. they LOVE their music and vocals.. and people worldwide have learned to accept their music whether knowing the language or not.. Thus... why is it so hard for Gazette band to be accepting of fans who cannot understand their language, if the fans accept their music while not understanding the language.. it just really does not make sense..

    It isn't going to make their fans run out to learn their language, and will also deter their fans from supporting them anymore.. It really does not make any sense, if the fans can accept a music with a language they do not understand, then the band should accept these fans that accept the bands.. even though they do not understand what they're singing.. The fans understand the music, and that it moves them.. and that is all that needs to be understood when it really boils down to it.. IF they understand the lyrics, they can appreciate it even more so.. yet one does not need to understand the words if the music and the sound of the voice can truly move them..

    People accept the band, while not knowing their language, yet the band cannot accept the fans who do accept them, because the fans do not speak the bands language? I'm completely lost.. it makes no sense whatsoever.. and if I were a truly die hard fan of this band, I would say.. I'm sorry, yet I cannot support your band and your music anymore.. That would just really turn me off from them as performers and entertainers.. and as the people and the individuals that they are.. This kind of attitude and persona and character does not impress me at all.. I guess it remains to be seen that they will keep succeeding with their music in this world.. and for how much longer..

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  2. And if you look at the tour list.. you cannot tell me that the people of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico.. that their country is full of people whose second language is Japanese.. I KNOW better.. they may know a second language, yet it is not the majority of their second language as Japanese.. Their second language is more apt to be English..

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  3. wow.. Americans have support this band and bought their music and went to their performances, followed them for many years, and now they cannot come and perform for them because they do not have a second language of Japanese? That is sad and does not say very much for them as the people and individuals that they are... I suppose they have made their money now and they do not need them anymore? That is really sad and not a legitimate excuse to not perform there anymore..

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  4. That would be like the Americans telling the band that they cannot come and perform here, and sell their music to the Americans, and make money from the Americans, because they do not speak English.. Perhaps Americans should have told Gazette these very words, in the very beginning, before helping them get rich?

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  5. I could see the second language being Japanese for Germany & France.. yet NOT these other countries.. maybe Brazil.. yet the others.. not likely.. so where does Gazette think this excuse is legitimate?

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  6. First off, thank you for reading this article and commenting on it! I understand your point of view. I'm not here to cause tension, just trying to give a opinion on the other side to this conversation and maybe give a view to the possible reasons why GazettE is only going to Europe and Latin America. I, of course, can not back these things for certain (since I'm not in anyway affiliated with GazettE or PSC Company). I'm merely pointing out that majority of Americans don't engage wholly in bands or musicians who don't speak English. While on the other hand American music and pop culture is widely accepted by the majority of different countries (language being one of the factors). Language could even not matter to GazettE. It could be they are just testing international waters before diving in? Or they could just be following in the footsteps of bands who have done tours? It's just an opinion. Again thank you for commenting! I appreciate all feed back.

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