TOKYO – Popular idol group J-pop V6 disbanded on November 1, with its six members giving the final performance of their “LIVE TOUR V6 groove” tour at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba City on same evening. It was an opportunity for many fans to bid farewell to the group, which debuted 26 years ago under the talent agency Johnny & Associates Inc.
The show opened with “Ame” from V6’s latest album “STEP”. The crowd was stirred by the group’s debut song “MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE”, and the concert ended with a medley of their most popular hits, including “Wa ni Natte Odorou” and “Ai Nanda”.
V6 debuted on November 1, 1995. Its members are Masayuki Sakamoto, 50, Hiroshi Nagano, 49, Yoshihiko Inohara, 45, Go Morita, 42, Ken Miyake, 42, and Junichi Okada, 40. the variety show “Gakko e Iko!” and other programs. In recent years, each member has expanded their activities with appearances in films and dramas, hosting TV shows and performing in theaters.
From the stage, Inohara spoke on behalf of the group. He smiled and said, “I thought every time we finished a song I reminded myself that we weren’t going to play together anymore, but we actually had a lot of fun.” Thunders of applause filled the room.
Go Morita, who has decided to leave Johnny & Associates, told fans: “I am really lucky to have met (as one of) six members, and all of you. I will be leaving (the agency) tomorrow. , but I don’t think I made a bad decision, so I want to believe in myself and I want you to believe in the six of us. I think we can show you a different kind of point of view.
The disbandment of V6 was announced in March. It happened after Morita suggested he would like to try acting in an environment other than Johnny & Associates, and the members decided that V6 couldn’t exist without the six members. The other five plan to continue working individually as part of the artistic agency.
(Japanese original by Haruka Ito, Cultural Information Service)