In June of last year, LEZARD‘s vocalist Lime made his departure from the band. Since then, the band has been searching for a new vocalist. They finally found one, and he’s got a sort of Cinderella back story to go along with his new role. Meet Sora (ソラ), the new face of LEZARD. Here’s his official greeting (translated by yours truly):
To all DAPPYs,
I’m LEZARD’s new vocalist, Sora. Nice to meet you.
There were a lot of hurdles to jump over before I was able to become LEZARD’s new vocalist.
I’d already known about and liked LEZARD, and just like you, listened to their music regularly. When they contacted me, I was so surprised.
There were lots of things to discuss on both sides. We both acknowledged how big of a deal it was that I was originally a fan, so it wasn’t something we could decide right away.
But through our discussions, we realized that I shared the same goals and dreams for LEZARD that the other members did. I was so glad I’d been able to meet them.
Even after that, though, I was still really unsure about the whole thing. I decided to open up to the members about my insecurities. Kousuke, TACC, and natsume told me, “We believe in the LEZARD that the 4 of us can be. Let’s make it happen together!” Of course, I was happy and wanted to reciprocate those feelings, and so I ultimately decided to join.
I’m sure a lot of you DAPPYs have different opinions on this.
For nearly 7 months, I watched the other 3 members keeping LEZARD together.
Seeing the 3 of them on stage truly inspired me.
Those feelings only grew stronger the more I saw them. I thought, “I want to stand on stage with them and protect LEZARD, too.” That thought was everything to me.
I will help push Kousuke, TACC, and natsume. That’s why I made the decision to become the next vocalist.
Even if it’s only a little bit, I hope you’ll accept me as the new vocalist. More than that, please lend me your support.
Just like it was when there were only 3 members, I’ll hold your hands tight. I won’t let go. I’m going to do my best so that you’ll think, “I’m glad he started out as a fan.”
Please welcome me as LEZARD’s new vocalist starting today!
The rebirth of the Tokage (Lizard)
will be on February 5th at Ikebukuro EDGE.
Believe in us and our music will soar.
Why is it such a big deal that he was a fan? you may be thinking. Typically, Japanese fans value the fan-band boundary as a sign of respect. To go from “the supporter” to “the supported” would be considered crossing a line, especially by fans that dedicate a lot of their time, money, and energy to supporting their favorite band.
While we can’t speak for LEZARD’s fans, we do hope that Sora can gain their support! If you want to learn more about the new frontman, follow him on Twitter. After reading some of the responses to his first Tweets, it seems like fans are welcoming him with open arms. Oh, and if he looks and sounds a little familiar, it’s because he was the former vocalist of ALIVE.