Fans of BUCK-TICK, the renowned Japanese rock band, gathered at Zepp Nagoya on October 26, 2023, to pay their respects and mourn the passing of the band's iconic vocalist, Atsushi Sakurai. Atsushi Sakurai had passed away on October 19, 2023, due to a brain stem hemorrhage.
The venue hosted messages and merchandise sales in honor of Atsushi Sakurai, drawing long lines outside the venue. Fans took pictures of concert flyers and emotionally shared their feelings about BUCK-TICK.
One devoted fan, a woman in her 40s from Kyoto, who had been following the band for three decades, expressed her disbelief at the loss, mentioning that it hadn't fully sunk in. She said, "I feel like the concert is about to start."
Another fan, a man in his 50s from Gifu Prefecture, acknowledged the band's exploration of themes like death and evil but emphasized how it provided courage to its listeners. He expressed gratitude for the band's music and hoped for its continuation, even in the absence of Atsushi Sakurai.
The gathering at Zepp Nagoya served as a poignant tribute to Atsushi Sakurai and the lasting impact of BUCK-TICK's music.
Atsushi Sakurai will forever be remembered as a J-rock icon who touched the hearts of countless fans with his charismatic performances and the profound themes explored in BUCK-TICK's music. May he rest in peace, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and resonate with music lovers around the world.