Happy 53rd birthday to Granrodeo support member, Takita Isamu! Like the rest of GR, he just seems to get better with age.
2 Hearts (Morikawa Toshiyuki, Tachiki Fumihiko) will be special guests for the Saturday Original Entertainment Paradise 10th Anniversary show at FujiQ Highland, and, as they always have in the past, Takita and e-zuka will be supporting them.
Event: Original Entertainment Paradise -おれパラ- 10th Anniversary 〜ORE!!SUMMER〜
Venue: FujiQ Highland Conifer Forest
Ticket URL: http://eplus.jp/orepara-10th/
Val’s last gig with Granrodeo was this past Sunday, and, unfortunately, because it was a seiyuu event, and not a Granrodeo show, there was no chance for him to say goodbye to fans — or for us to do more than call for him from the audience (and we did, loudly). He thanked fans for their support in his blog entry in the event, and said that there won’t be any future appearances on single or at shows, alas (because his has this thing called “pride”).
Tonight Val joined twitter, and set up an official site. I hope that everyone will follow him and keep up with his work (and his adorable daughter/dog).
Val-san’s blog and the Granrodeo site announced today that after February’s Bungo Stay Dogs event, Val will no longer perform with the band. In his blog entry, Val thanked everyone for 10 years of support, but provided no reason why he’s decided to separate from Granrodeo. No word yet on who will drum on the tour.
Even though Granrodeo is really a duo, in my heart, they’re a foursome, and Val will be missed terribly by this Rodeo Girl. Can’t even imagine what the shows will be like at this moment.
Thank you for 10 amazing years of live shows, Val-san, and good luck with whatever the future brings you!
Takita-san will be on tour in April of next year, with the same supporting musicians (Val, Mao, Yu-ichi) and opening act (Rungaina). The tour’s official website is the same as last year’s, and so far, the dates have been announced (though no venues yet):