Vegirama has an important message for you fans–vocalist IkkI will leave the band, following their oneman live on September 6. It’s not uncommon for band members to leave due to incompatibility, “musical differences”, etc., but IkkI’s reasons are a little different, and thankfully it seems like the members all support his decision. Take a look at the full announcement below, translated by Shannon of S-T.net:
Vocal IkkI’s Departure
Thank you for your support for Vegirama.
Following our one-man live on 2015/9/6, Vocal IkkI will leave the band. We apologize for this sudden news.
Below is a message from IkkI.
Like the announcement before reads, I’m sorry for this sudden news.
I’ll make my departure after our 2015/9/6 one-man live.
I love Vegirama.
I love Ryosuke, N.A.O, Kan,
and all of our supportive fans.
I love music and singing.
I want to move the hearts of those who listen to my singing.
I want to make even a little influence on their life.
Those are the thoughts I had when I moved from Fukuoka to Tokyo.
I’ve met so many people from my time with Viewell and Vegirama.
During all of that, thought, I always thought
“I want to spend my life with someone.”
Then I met a woman who I thought I could do that with.
Now we’re getting married.
There is a reason that it’s something I need to do now,
but I’m sorry to say that I can’t tell you why.
I’m not someone who normally feels very manly,
but let me say this:
“I’ve decided to risk everything I have to protect and support this woman.”
After repeated discussions among the 4 members, they said they would support me in my decision to start a new life. I don’t think I can ever thank them enough.
I’m causing a lot of trouble for the members and staff with my own selfishness.
I’m really, truly sorry that I can’t meet the expectations of our supportive fans.
There’s only a bit of time left until the one-man live on 9/6, but I’ll sing with mind, body, and soul as Vegirama’s IkkI until the end. I hope you can give us your support.
Best wishes for IkkI, his soon-to-be wife, and their new life!