I really wanted to keep the news good this week, I really did, but it seems like another round of lineup changes has hit the news, starting with one that has already left the visual kei scene shaken. Bassist Masashi and drummer Yuki have announced their departure from Jupiter after their tour final on April 29. Both site the desire to expand their abilities as musicians, so while the idea of not seeing them with their brothers from Versailles is disheartening, there is a good chance we will see them again in future and possibly even more interesting projects.
Kamijo fans will also be disappointed to hear that his upcoming shows in Paris and Brazil have been postponed. As I’m sure everyone is aware, Paris suffered a great tragedy. B7Klan, the organizers of Kamijo’s tour, lost a team member in those attacks and, for the safety and well-being of everyone involved, have decided it best to postpone the shows scheduled for November 27 and 28 in Paris and December 4 in Brazil. They stress that they will do everything they can to reschedule the shows for some time next year. Our hearts go out to the members of B7Klan and everyone affected by these attacks.
Now, this one really bums me out. D.I.D. guitarist Tohma has announced he will be going on indefinite hiatus due to family reasons. He will NOT be leaving the band and will stay on as an official member until his return. In the meantime, the band will be holding auditions for a support guitarist. Age or nationality doesn’t matter, so if you are in Japan and have the urge to join a VK band, check out their homepage for details on how you can try out.
Project: Lixx staff favorite DaizyStripper have announced the release of a both a single compilation and coupling compilation as part of their 10th Anniversary project, “decade.” The albums release on December 23 in two types and include all the A-side tracks and coupling tracks respectively. Check their homepage for more details.
BORN have released details on their new upcoming single planned for February 10. Called SUICIDAL MARKET ~doze of hope~, the single will release in four types, the A and B type including footage from their Alternative Tarantula Tour. Make sure to check out their homepage for more details.
We here at Project: Lixx LOVE free stuff, so imagine my excitement when Ai announced he will be providing a download for the A-side for his new single, Karasu, for free! It is a limited time only offer, so make sure to head here to grab it before December 1. The physical single releases December 23 with an online limited version available only on the DEATHGAZE webstore.
Touring machines, CROSSFAITH have announced yet another overseas tour for Europe and the UK. The tour kicks of February 25 and will hit way too many places to list here, so check out the promo image above and check out their homepage for venue and ticketing details.
And, that’s the Quickie. <3