In a rather unprecedented move, HERO has made a decision that, for some, could be seen as a step backwards.
On November 1st, the band announced their decision to revert from major activities in favor of continuing on as an indies band. The band has been with Crown Records since June 2013. Their most recent release, 「ゼロ」 (Zero), has been revealed as their last major release. The full band announcement below taken from their OHP has been translated by yours truly:
HERO has been with Crown Records since June of last year, but as a result of prolonged discussions with those involved and the band members, HERO will make their departure from the major field and continue band activities as an indies band, with their October 22nd release “ZERO” as their final major release.
This decision was made because we feel we have gone back to our starting point, and we want to grow and achieve more once more as a band. This was a unanimous decision among band members.
From now on, we’ll try even harder to unite and grow as HERO.
In addition, we’ve decided to hold a one-man tour that encompasses our intentions of starting anew from 1, 「リトライ」(Retry).
With this tour, we hope to start anew and work towards reaching higher goals.
HERO’s concept, “we want to be someone’s only one”, has not changed.
We would feel fortunate if you would continue to walk along with us as we work towards becoming someone’s only one.
The members of HERO
HERO’s one-man tour “Retry” kicks off next February 2015 spans all of Japan for a total of 13 shows.
February 14 (Sat) @ Shibuya TSUTAYA O-WEST
February 21 (Sat) @ Nishikawaguchi Hearts
February 22 (Sun) @ Chiba LOOK
February 28 (Sat) @ Yokohama BAYSIS
March 4 (Wed) @ Kobe VARIT.
March 7 (Sat) @ Nagoya ell.SIZE
March 8 (Sun) @ Osaka RUIDO
March 13 (Fri) @ Fukuoka graf
March 15 (Sun) @ Okayama PEPPER LAND
March 21 (Sat) @ Kanazawa AZ
March 22 (Sun) @ Kyoto MOJO
March 28 (Sat) @ Sendai MACANA
March 29 (Sun) @ Shibuya TSUTAYA O-WEST
July 5 (Sun) @ Shibuya TSUTAYA O-EAST (1000 capacity)
Tickets for all shows cost 3800yen advance. For information on ticket sales, consult their OHP.
What do you think, HERO fans? Is this a step in the right direction?