BY MAURICE NUNEZ | Go Venue Magazine
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Tonight was in town and was playing at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. This would be my first opportunity to see HYDE live. I did have a chance to see VAMPS a couple of year’s back when the played The Blackest of The Black Festival, but this would be my first time to see HYDE live. I knew of HYDE‘s strong following in Japan, but that is also true here in the US and tonight was no different. For those of you not familiar with HYDE, he is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. He is well known as the lead vocalist of the band L’Arc-en-Ciel and VAMPS.
The crowd was ready and was chanting HYDE‘s name as if they were their to see their leader. The band members came out first dressed in what appeared to be black jumpsuits and their faces were covered with X’d out eyes and evil looking smiles. Then it was time, HYDE finally made the stage and they went right into “Who’s Gonna Save Us.” The crowd loved it! HYDE came out with glowing eyes and teeth while his face was covered with a mask that looked like it was from an elegant masquerade party. A very stylish, but dark appearance from the band.
It was amazing to see so many people singing along to all the lyrics. He has a very loyal following and you could see and hear it in the audience tonight. The band went on to play a five song set including songs like “After Light,” “Fake Devine,” and “Sick”. It was evident that the band was in good spirits and had a great connection with the crowd. The evening concluded with a cover of the song “Ordinary World” which was originally recorded by Duran Duran. This was a perfect way to end their set as many in the crowd were familiar with it. HYDE was very happy and thanked the fans for coming out to the Regent Theater.
They are currently on tour across North America with Starset. You can check out their tour dates at: www.hydexxx.com.
Photos from tonight’s show below.