one is turning 12 this year. the other turns 11 next year.
i’ve been into Japanese rock for… roughly 10 years. probably closer to 11. from when my nephews were born, practically, they were listening to Metallica (the song ‘One’ does not a good lullabye song make. fyi), Marilyn Manson, BUCK-TICK, X JAPAN, Dir en grey and more. They grew up (are growing up) on rock and metal. and a healthy dose of punk
SOCIAL DISTORTION! The Clash! Rancid!
this saturday, Dir en grey takes the stage at the famous Ogden Theatre here in Denver, Colorado. For the last few days, i’ve been uttering, “dir…. en… grey!” when one of their songs comes up on my playlist; i don’t get to listen to my own playlist when we ride around town usually, but i sneak stuff our playlist now and then. in the last few years, i’ve grown more fond of Dir en grey, mostly for their newer sounds, while my kids seem to gravitate more toward the older. to each their own haha.
today, our travel tunes consisted of the youngest one’s mix, the older’s playlist and i snuck in some Diru and D’espairsRay (Monster!). Dozing Green started when we were on the freeway and immediately i hear the youngest from the back seat, “Dir! en! grey!” and i had to laugh.
“Did you know they play this Saturday right here in Denver?” i ask.
“They do?” he asks back and bounces. “Can I go?”
a few more years, buddy. a few more years.
i suppose this marks my first Fall show and looking at who’s coming and where, i’m kind of glad i have a few more years of solo concert jumping before they realize they could have been seeing more of their favorite bands live and family vacations may be planned around concerts. of course, ten years down the road should tours become the norm instead of the hoped for, the rest of us will be sitting on our rockers complaining about how hard it was to see bands when WE were young. oh, the ‘conundrum’.