Thanks to our lovely reader Dyxanadu for the heads-up on this one!
MERRY, who, after a difficult 2013, symbolically “rose from the dead” with their spring THE ZOMBIE tour, has added a couple more special lives for the summer. Vocalist Gara and guitarist Kenichi both have July birthdays, and both will be celebrating them in style with respective birthday concerts!
In addition, there’s word of a new album coming out this winter… Are we looking forward to another MERRY XMAS (eh heh heh)?
We’ll have to wait and see (womp womp)! With that upcoming album, we don’t know quite yet what’s in store nor whether it will be a stocking (or fukubukuro) stuffer. We do know this upcoming album – the follow-up to their latest release, last November’s ZERO single – will come some time this winter. However, the important details we all crave – the title, the artwork, the track list, and of course, the release date so we can mark our calendars and launch our countdown apps – are still up in the air, where they likely will remain for at least a few more weeks. MERRY is currently in the midst of their SIX NINE WARS -ぼくらの七ヶ月間戦争- Episode 4.”TRIANGLE” (Bokura no Nanakagetsukan Sensou) “tripling” tour with MUCC and a variety of guests, including SuG, LM.C, and vistlip. Of course, they are also preparing for Gara’s and Kenichi’s birthday lives.
Speaking of which, summer babies Gara (born July 6th) and Kenichi (born July 14th) are looking to invite fans to their birthday parties! Sort of.
Earlier this year, on February 11th, drummer Nero celebrated his birthday with an event, ～友達何人来てくれる!?来なけりゃ単なるDJナイト!?来たら即セッションライブ!!～ (Tomodachi Nannin Kitekureru!? Konakerya Tannaru DJ Night!? Kitara Soku Session Live!!), at Ikebukuro KINGSX TOKYO. Though the title of this event poked at the possibility of a lonely forgotten birthday – “if none of my friends show up, I’ll just DJ” – Nero was in good company with special guests Közi from ZIZ and XA-VAT and ryo from HOLLOWGRAM.
Turned on to the idea of birthday bashes, two more MERRY members decided to follow suit.
First comes Gara‘s birthday live, titled ガラ誕生日記念興行 第一回『自作自演』 (Gara Tanjoubi Ki’nen Kougyou Dai-Ikkai “Jisaku Jien”), taking place on his birthday eve, July 5th, at Tokyo Kinema Club. The title – Jisaku Jien – suggests a one-man show, but seeing as this is Gara’s very first birthday show, we really have no idea what to expect from MERRY’s rabid vocalist.
MERRY’s Gara Birthday Live Tanjoubi Ki’nen Kougyou Dai-Ikkai “Jisaku Jien”
July 5 (SAT) @ Tokyo Kinema Club
OPEN 17:00 | START 17:30
Advance ￥4700 | Day-of —
Drink fee excluded.
General sale opens June 21 (SAT). See home page for additional details.
*CORE members with CORE pre-sale tickets will receive a special gift.
Just over a week after Gara’s live, Kenichi will be celebrating on his actual birthday at a much cozier venue, Shimokitazawa GARDEN, with his CORE Limited 健一BIRTHDAY企画 『PREMIUM LIVE』 (Kenichi BIRTHDAY Kikaku “PREMIUM LIVE”) . Unfortunately for all but the most die-hard, Japan-based fans, this live will be closed to the public and open only to members of MERRY’s official fanclub, CORE. Even more unlucky is that fans must be established CORE members as of May 31st, so even if you apply and pay the fee to join CORE now, you will not be able to squeeze into this live.
MERRY’s Kenichi Birthday Live CORE Limited Kenichi BIRTHDAY Kikaku “PREMIUM LIVE”
July 14 (MON) @ Shimokitazawa GARDEN
OPEN 18:30 | START 19:00
Advance ￥4200 | Day-of —
Drink fee excluded.
But even if you miss those two dates, MERRY’s got such a packed schedule through June that you can still catch them half a dozen unforgettable times, and wish them happy birthdays with cards instead.
MERRY x MUCC SIX NINE WARS -Bokura no Nanakagetsukan Sensou- Episode 4. “TRIANGLE”
June 4 (WED) Sapporo cube garden with SuG
June 6 (FRI) Sendai Rensa with SuG
June 12 (THU) Shinkiba STUDIO COAST with SuG
June 13 (FRI) Niigata LOTS with LM.C
June 18 (WED) Nagoya Diamond Hall with LM.C
June 20 (FRI) Kouchi X-pt. with LM.C
June 26 (THU) Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO with vistlip
June 28 (SAT) Fukuoka Skala Espacio with vistlip
June 29 (SUN) Osaka IMP Hall with vistlip
*All dates feature MERRY and MUCC. The third guest varies. See homepage for time and ticketing details.
Stick around, S-T readers. We’ve got much more MERRY news – including that winter release and, hopefully, updates on injured bassist Tetsu‘s condition – coming up!
Source: MERRY OHP, extra special thanks to reader Dyxanadu!