Unfortunate news for fans of the Raid; the group have announced the upcoming departure of bassist Iori. It seems that in addition to leaving the band, he will also be leaving the music industry as well. Here is their comment on this news, as translated by S-T’s Shannon:
An Important Announcement from the Raid.
Thank you for your continuous support for the Raid.
We have some disappointing news to share.
Following our TSUTAYA O-EAST solo performance on Saturday, April 9, Ba. Iori will leave the music industry.
We understand that this may cause speculation, but after discussing the matter with his family, we have decided not to share the circumstances behind his departure out of respect for both Iori and his family’s wishes. Please give us your understanding.
We apologize to staff and family for the worry and inconvenience that will be caused by this news.
We are deeply apologize to our fans for things ending up like this.
There is only a short amount of time left, but we will play each and every one of our shows and in-stores—from our one-man tour starting in February to our TSUTAYA O-EAST show on April 9—with all the effort our 5-member lineup can give.
Please continue to support us.
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