Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku has started its 2017 hall tour with a dedication to Rina Matsuno, the member who died suddenly earlier this year.
On April 22, the group held a concert in Tokyo at Olympus Hall. The group performed 23 songs to the audience of 1,900.
Group member Ayaka Yasumoto served as the MC for the concert. The idol dedicated the concert to Rina Matsuno.
"There is a member who couldn't make it to the opening of this tour. But I think there is a figure watching us from above in heaven: Rina Matsuno. She may be dancing and singing with us now," she said.
Tears fell whenever the group would talk about Matsuno. However, despite the sadness they still feel, the group managed to put on a strong performance that excited the audience.
Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku is preparing to release it a new studio album "Ebicracy" on May 31. It will be the group's first with the current 7-member line up.
Rina Matsuno passed away on February 8 after sudden complications from a heart arrhythmia. The idol's death came without notice, leaving the public shocked by her sudden passing.