(An important message from Gakido)
As always, we’d really like to thank everyone who supports Gakido.
We would like to announce that drummer TOSSY will be leaving the band after this upcoming Gakido ONEMAN-TOUR FINAL performance on the 30th Nov, 2013 at Shinjuku BLAZE.
This matter mentioned above is something that was discussed among the members several times, who all came to the conclusion to respect TOSSY’s intentions to depart.
We would also like to truly apologize for this sudden announcement starting with all of the fans that have kindly supported us, and to all of those people who somehow supported our band in one way or another.
We only have a short time left together as the five of us, but we’d be really happy if you continue to show your support until the very end.
Furthermore, as far as Gakido’s activities go, following TOSSY’s departure after the 30th of November the band will be taking a break.
July 12th, 2013 (Friday) Gakido
I will be leaving Gakido after the one-man live performance on Nov 30th.
The reason for my departure is that the band’s musical direction and my own don’t coincide.
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time after last year’s O-West one-man live performance, about how I should continue to grow and live as a drummer.
When a band has a solid goal, but not all of the members follow it, things don’t go well.
After being with the band for four years, experiencing many things, and having lots of live performances I’ve come to realize that the direction the band is going towards is not the same as mine.
That feeling grew stronger this year and it’s why I want to seriously re-evaluate my life as a drummer, and as a person who is involved with music.
I cannot continue to pour all of my effort into just this one band.
Carrying on with the band while I’m still trying to find my own way will only hinder Gakido’s growth.
I will be with Gakido until the 30th of November, but until then I still plan to do the best that I can.
I’m sorry for being so selfish about all of this, but please continue to support Gakido from now on as well.
Gakido Drums TOSSY
For those wishing to see TOSSY before his departure, you still have time to attend their upcoming tour, titled “1.” No ticket prices or sales dates have been announced, but we’ll update you as they come about.
Gakido Countrywide 10-Stop Oneman Tour “1”
10.22 Niigata CLUB RIVERST
10.24 Koriyama CLUB #9
10.25 Sendai enn 3rd
10.27 Aomori SUNSHINE
10.29 Akita Club SWINDLE
11.01 Kanazawa VANVAN V4
11.08 Shinsaibashi VARON
11.11 Fukuoka DRUM SON
11.15 Nagoya ell.SIZE
11.30 Shinjuku BLAZE