Even LIPHLICH’s Kuga has a nasty case of the vocal blues.
A couple of days ago, LIPHLICH made an official announcement regarding vocalist Kuga. The diagnosis? Chronic vocal cord inflammation and small vocal polyps. On doctor’s orders, Kuga will be absent for the next few lives in order to rest up in time for the release of their new album and one-man tour in June. Read what the man has to say for yourself in his official blog statement, translated by our own Bambi:
Following up on my emergency post before — first of all, I’d just like to say I’m sorry.
I knew something wasn’t right with my voice. I assumed I was just tired, because that’s happened to me before. But when it wasn’t getting any better and I went to get it checked out, they told me I have chronic inflammation of the vocal cords, and vocal polyps as well.
You hear about these things all the time when you sing, but somehow I always assumed I’d be fine, that they’d never affect me. Maybe it was just plain overconfidence. Right now, I so want to be able to tell you not to worry. But the fact is, I’m worried myself. I’ve been feeling pretty nervous about this.
The shorthand version of what’s wrong with me is that my vocal cords are very, very tired and small polyps have formed in them, too small for me to need surgery. Treating this is fairly easy: take medicine and for two weeks, rest your voice. At first I figured that since isn’t only a matter of days before we have a break between lives anyway, I could find a way to manage, as long as I made every effort not to use my voice offstage. But then I realized it’s probably better to play it safe, so I’ve decided to take a break for our next three lives and one instore event.
I realize that many of you were looking forward to these, and I really am sorry to have to do this. Especially since I’ve probably made you worry about me, too…
Between that, and the strain this is going to put on my bandmates, and the inconvenience for so many of our friends, I just feel like… you idiot, how could you let this happen?
The doctor basically told me that I could lose my voice permanently if I don’t take this seriously. I’m not happy about this, not in the least, but there’s no point trying to talk my way out of it. So for the next two weeks, I plan to spend the next two weeks in total silence, so I can give my vocal cords a break and get back well. It is with the best of intentions that I will do everything in my power to keep my mouth shut.
I’m so sorry. Thank you. I should be back to normal in no time.
LIPHLICH will perform their remaining lives with just three members. The lives that Kuga will be absent from are as follows:
March 19th @ Takadanobaba AREA
March 23rd @ Nagoya ell.SIZE
March 24th @ Osaka RUIDO
The vocalist will also refrain from attending the band’s in-store event in Nagoya on March 23rd.
As for their upcoming mini album and one-man tour, keep your eyes peeled for a separate news post! It should comfort you in the mean time while Kuga recovers.