MEJIBRAY’s Meto isn’t the only one with this problem right now, unfortunately.
On May 22nd, ViViD announced the cancellation of several shows on their currently-ongoing tour “THE PENDULUM~ALIVE~”, which ends in Tokyo on June 11th at Zepp Tokyo. Fans in Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo won’t be seeing the band this time around, to fans’ great disappointment. So, what exactly happened? Drummer Ko-ki was admitted to the hospital after experiencing severe pain in his hand and was diagnosed with a torn ligament. On doctor’s orders, the drummer has been told to rest to let the injury heal properly. The band will resume live activities on June 2nd. For the full translated version of the official announcement, read below (translated by yours truly):
Announcement & Apology Regarding Cancelled Performances of ViViD TOUR 2014 “THE PENDULUM~ALIVE~”
Regarding shows of the ViViD TOUR 2014 “THE PENDULUM~ALIVE~” shows following May 23rd –[Cancelled Performances] May 23rd (Fri) at Zepp Fukuoka
During rehearsal, drummer Ko-ki went to the hospital after experiencing pain in his hand and was diagnosed with an injured ligament. According to the doctor, it will take two weeks for him to fully recover. After discussion among both staff and members, we came to the conclusion that we will cancel some of our upcoming performances.
We apologize for causing so much trouble to fans and those involved who had been looking forward to the shows.
May 27th (Tue) at Zepp Namba
June 2nd (Mon) at Zepp Nagoya
June 5th (Thur) at Zepp Sapporo
We will announce details regarding ticket exchanges on our official website.
Again, we apologize to fans who were eagerly awaiting the performance for causing such trouble and worry.
Furthermore, ViViD will resume live activities as planned starting with their June 8th performance “マギフェス-The festival of magic-“ and the June 11th (Wed) Zepp Tokyo live.
Please give us your understanding.
PS COMPANY Representative Director Osaki Tomomi
We’re really really sorry to those who have been looking forward to our shows.
Ko-ki and the rest of us discussed the possibility of still doing the shows somehow until the very end,
But after taking the doctor’s advice regarding Ko-ki’s hand into consideration,
We came to this decision, unfortunately.
We’ll come back to you all as soon as we can with big smiles, so please wait for us.
We’re really sorry to everyone who was looking forward to the lives.
I was looking forward to them a lot myself. I wanted to play our music for you fans more than anyone. I’m full of regret.
But Ko-ki’s hand takes first priority, and after discussing it among both members and staff, we decided to cancel the performances.
All we’re doing now is praying for Ko-ki’s recovery.
There are probably a lot of you who have already seen the announcement on our OHP.
After an injury during rehearsal, drummer Ko-ki’s hand suffered an injury and we’re unable to perform our ZEPP tour shows starting from the 23rd.
There are a lot of you who were looking forward to it. I myself was looking forward to our first ZEPP tour.
Ko-ki himself wouldn’t stop saying that he wanted to do the tour anyways, but the doctor said it wouldn’t work out.
All shows from the 23rd at Fukuoka until June 5th at Sapporo have been canceled as per the decision of both members and staff.
I’m sorry to everyone who was looking forward to it.
First, I want to apologize to everyone who was looking forward to our shows.
We had been putting all of our energy into our very first ZEPP tour.
It’s understandable if some of you who had rearranged your schedule and arranged accommodations to attend the shows are angry.
Since Ko-ki said he wanted to do to the shows anyways, we wanted to do whatever we could to make it happen.
We had been looking forward to the tour as much as you all had.
I can’t do anything but apologize right now, but we’ll come back at you full-force when Ko-ki makes a full recovery.
Thank you to everyone who is still supporting us.
I’m really sorry for the canceled performances.
I was rehearsing just like I always was when I suddenly experienced a pain like nothing I’d felt before and rushed to the hospital.
The result was that I had torn a ligament and it’ll take at least two weeks for me to be able to play the drums again.
I’ve been experiencing a weird feeling in my back and wrist since the tour in February, but I had planned on taking care of it completely.
It’s really disappointing that trying to get a better sound resulted in this.
But I think you’re all more disappointed than I am.
It hurts me to think about that.
I’m really sorry.
If you have tickets for any of the shows that you want to exchange and need details, send us a message and we’ll help you out with the information. Otherwise, let’s hope that Ko-ki makes a speedy recovery!
He should definitely be back in the swing of things by August. Why is August important? Well, with the help of Babel Entertainment, ViViD will be having their first-ever U.S. performance! The band will rock Florida’s Orlando Nerd Fest 2014 (August 7-11) with the likes of renowned Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, Blizzard composer Jason Hayes, and Steam Powered Giraffe. The full schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up tickets! They range anywhere from $15-100. For more information, check out their website here.
So there’s the bad news and the good news with ViViD. How are you feeling, fans? Do you think Ko-ki will recover in time for their shows in June? Are you going to swing by Orlando Nerd Fest?