L'Arc~en~Ciel Billboard above Red Lobster, Times Square.
I wrote this before the end of the tour, but did not have time to post it before now due to other commitments. I took pretty extensive notes, so it is quite detailed. It’s a bit late, but here it goes!
My quest to see L’Arc~en~Ciel in concert has been long and arduous. I have been a fan of theirs since 1999, discovering them in middle school. I had the opportunity to see them in concert at Otakon 2004 and I convinced my parents to plan our summer vacation around the convention dates. (I was living in Seattle at the time, but I’m from Maryland, where most of my family resides.) While I was at the convention that day, the planets did not align and I had to leave before the concert started. I was devastated. After that, I promised myself that I would see them in concert one day and I dreamed of seeing them in Japan. I was still in secondary school at the time, so saving up to see them was a difficult task. Near impossible, in fact. So, over the years I saw new releases come out, information about L’Arc performing in Paris, more Japanese concerts, etc. I never stopped believing that I would see them one day, but I never imagined them ever venturing back to the United States for a concert.
So when L’Arc~en~Ciel finally announced their world tour with a NYC stop, I knew I had to go. They were originally scheduled to perform on March 23, 2012 at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, but L’Arc was able to score the main stage, Madison Square Garden! So, the show was rescheduled for March 25, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. (I heard something about how L’Arc sold a lot of tickets for the original venue, but no tickets were sold. Who came up with that story? I think they were talking about the fan interest in this concert.)
I was really lucky with the tickets. I was able to get into the first presale, which scored me a Section A ticket, 9th row! I never imagined that I would be that close to one of my favorite bands. Not to mention, tetsuya (bassist) is my favorite member, so I was excited to be on his side of the stage. » Read the rest of this entry «