DIR EN GREY Posts Billboard in Times Square

Japanese rock band Dir En Grey has been very open about how they feel regarding the current state of their native country, wanting to know about the high radiation levels that have been detected after this year’s nuclear disaster that followed the massive earthquake and tsunami. The band sent out an open letter to the world on August 1 and now the band is now taking their message a step further: they are asking the world to help them “Scream for the truth.”

On Monday, October 3, a new billboard was revealed in New York City’s Times Square displaying provocative nuclear images. Dir En Grey have also launched a new site, Scream4Truth.com to aid in their mission of demanding accurate information from Japanese officials surrounding the disaster which took place March 11, 2011.

In a video message on the site, Dir En Grey have posted a video on their website, sharing their honest thoughts. Guitarist Die  says, “I feel we can’t just get caught up in the moment of what happened, but we have to find a way to come to terms with the situation and keep on living within that.”

Vocalist Kyo posed the question, “In a situation when you have no idea what is true or not, what is the best course of action to take? It seems like you can’t do anything.”

Drummer Shinya adds, “When you’re being guided down the wrong path, you can’t just stay silent.

Guitarist Kaoru continues, “It has always been this way, but I feel that everyone senses now more than ever Japan is a country filled with lies. It is entirely up to each person to determine what is true.”

Bassist Toshiya proclaims, “In order to stop this situation from getting any worse than it is, I think now is the time for us to learn and spread the truth.”

Dir En Grey will be making their way back to North America this winter (dates below). Since Dir En Grey was recording Dum Spiro Spero when the earthquake hit Japan, it has changed their outlook on the future. The band explains, “In our personal experience of the earthquake and its aftermath, one thing that really hit home is the reality that you can die at any time without knowing it. We don’t know what is waiting for us as we move forward, but as long as we are alive we want to take on this tour with a sense of determination.”

Catch Dir En Grey in these North and South American cities:

w/ 10 Years
Wed 11/23 Santiago, Chile Tetro Caupolican
Fri 11/25 Lima, Peru Centro de Convenciones Scencia
Sun 11/27 São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil Espaço Luxdo
Tue 11/29 Buenos Aires, Argentina Teatro Flores
Fri 12/2 Mexico City, Mexico Circo Volador
w/ The Birthday Massacre
Sun 12/4 Houston, TX House of Blues
Mon 12/5 Dallas, TX Trees
Wed 12/7 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
Fri 12/9 Philadelphia, PA The Theatre of Living Arts
Sat 12/10 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Mon 12/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Tue 12/13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thu 12/15 Montreal, CAN Club Soda
Fri 12/16 Toronto, CAN The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sun 12/18 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tue 12/20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Thu 12/22 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
Fri 12/23 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues Sunset Strip






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