I call this the Grand Gakido Update!
A few days ago, Shutaro made an important announcement on his official blog.
The band name is changing from it romanized name, GAKIDO, to its original name in Japanese characters, 「我羇道」 (Gakidou).
Shutaro wrote that the reason for the name change was to commemorate the band’s change and growth after 5 years and their desire to move ahead at full speed.
They also announced at the beginning of this month that they are releasing a new maxi single in April!
On April 24th, 「涙枯れるまで泣いてもいいですか？」 (Namida kareru made naite mo ii desu ka?) will go on sale. It has three tracks and a PV. You can pre-order it on CDJapan here for 2100 yen (tax incl.)
2. 「カーニバルニズム」 (Ka-nibarunizumu)
3. 「モノローグ」 (Monologue)
1. 「涙枯れるまで泣いてもいいですか？」 PV
They have some in-store events to celebrate, so try to make it to one:
April 29th @ Like an Edison (Tokyo) – 14:00
May 12th @ Brand X (Tokyo) – 12:00
May 17th @ Like an Edison (Osaka) – 11:30
May 18th @ fiveStars (Nagoya) – 14:30
May 18th @ Like an Edison (Nagoya) – 17:00
May 23rd @ little HEARTS. (Sendai) – 13:30
June 1st @ little HEARTS. (Tokyo) – 12:00
June 1st @ Jishuban Club (Tokyo) – 17:00
June 3rd @ SKULLROSE (Fukuoka) – 18:00
June 9th @ Karaoke no Testsujin Kabukicho (Tokyo) – 16:00
I’m personally curious about the Karaoke no Tetsujin event. If anyone stops by, let us know what it’s like by leaving a comment!
As far as live news goes, GAKIDO has announced that they will be having a one-man tour this fall called “1”. The only information released so far is that the tour final will take place at Shinjuku BLAZE on November 30th. Make sure you check back for updates!