1:50 am - 04/08/2012
Raphael to hold two-day revival lives
Back in the beginning of March, we reported on the site raphael.jp, which held a mysterious countdown. The countdown ran out today and many fans’ suspicions were confirmed: after 12 years, Raphael is holding two-day revival lives this autumn!
The band made their major debut in 1999 and had a special live at Budoukan in March of 2000. However, to great sadness, guitarist 華月 (Kazuki) passed away in October of the same year. Raphael went on hiatus in January of 2001. April 7th is Kazuki’s birthday, making the date of this announcement all the more special for fans of the band. The words Kazuki 13th memorial are placed next to the band’s name on the site’s header.
The lives will be held on October 31st and November 1st at Zepp Tokyo. First floor standing tickets are 6,000 yen, while second floor reserved seats are 6,500 yen. Tickets can be pre-ordered through Raphael’s site from April 9th to April 22nd.
I first thought about performing again when I went by myself to visit Kazuki’s grave.
It took a long time to be able to convey my thoughts to the other members, but when I took that time with both Yukito and Hiro together, we were finally able to set up the steps for what’s to come this spring.
There are still a pile of issues to go through concerning how we’re going to go about doing this [revival performance], but right now, as the person who’s promoting all of this, I feel like I’m really putting everything that I am at stake, so please be there for us, and support us until the end.
“Feelings never wither away. Not forgetting, and forcefully dragging something along are different”
We’ve been rescued countless times by all of the love we feel from our fans, and you’ve taught us how to be brave and live one in this world of music.
So this time I’ll become the guide, to pay back the favor, and bring about a time for “settlement” for all the people we’ve met up until now.
It’s been 13 autumns since that day.
I’ll do my best to find a settlement for me.
So that we can continue to live on together.
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