The Gazette's fandom in Japan is so intense that they caused part of the world's busiest station, Shinjuku, to be closed when they did an unannounced performance on the streets outside. Word got out minutes before they hit the stage, and the expected crowd of 250 turned into 7000 before the cops came and closed it down.
The plays scoot along exploring philanthropy and privilege, the motivation behind breaking boycotts, how the media spins everything in our modern world, how money corrupts even the simplest of day to day events, the exploitation of minorities and the distortion of history...
What quickly emerges is that our live music venue circuit is in a perilous and precarious state, facing an uncertain future that despite the passion of the people involved in it is at real risk. We need to be openly discussing and airing those challenges with our live music industry colleagues.
The Nazi's recognised the potency in music and used it as weapons of torture, propaganda and suppression. They appropriated and distorted the legacies of composers such as Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven and presented them as examples of German-Aryan superiority.
Edgar Froese took inspiration from the pioneers of electronic music, building instruments, repurposing electronic devices and devouring intimidating new technology for which there was often no manual, as himself and as the driving force behind Tangerine Dream, released over a hundred albums and dozens of film scores.
Already decorated with a cool six Oscar nominations, the film is based on the memoir of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who became the deadliest sniper in US military history. Kyle was later killed by a fellow veteran - whom he was trying to help - on a shooting range in Texas.
Murakami's novels are page-turners, even though they hardly contain elements of suspense and certainly cannot be defined as thrillers. There is something compelling about his writing that makes one continue to turn the pages, almost breathlessly, waiting to see just what will happen.
They are interested by how East and West see things. It is the difference they are intrigued by and the results are impressive. It is a method of East/West interaction many artists are working with, now that China has become a place for the manufacture of Western art ideas.
The territory with the least appreciated melancholy, perhaps, is reality TV. One of The Office's masterstrokes was it tapped into the (at the time) growing, Warholian trend of shows from which people became famous for being themselves rather than playing a fictional character.
If American Sniper wins one Oscar, never mind the six for which its been nominated, when this annual extravaganza of movie pomp and ceremony unfolds in Hollywood on 22 February, it will not only represent an endorsement of US exceptionalism, but worse it will stand as a grievous insult to the Iraqi people.
The black dog has left the building. I'm back to myself; returned to the living. I swear next time when this happens (if it happens again), I'll be more on the lookout for signs. I looked back in my diary and read what I was doing just before I had a major depression.
That was over three years ago, and during that time the descent into the mental and physical decline that finished Wolsey has felt very familiar. Indeed, I am just a few years younger than Wolsey was at the time of his removal from office.
In this ever fast paced society we want the big stunts and need to gasp with our hearts racing before we will confess to being entertained. Are you not entertained, asked Maximus Decimus Meridius and Jay Z. No, not when the clowns are on we're not.
There was a tedious air of predictability about the whole thing. In fact they should re-name the NTAs the AntandDecs and just have done with it, given that the Geordie twosome featured in a slew of categories and won most of them.
It's a hobby I immensely enjoy, and one that I am fortunate to have shared with countless enthusiastic, outgoing and passionate people who work extremely hard to recreate life in the Dark Ages for the benefit and enjoyment of others.
It is worth remembering that satirical artists should be ever mindful of the need to root themselves with care and intelligence in the fast-shifting political landscape of the 21st century so that their pictures might clearly speak the phrases that we sometimes cannot.