Acid Black Cherry, one of the more major names in the Visual kei industry, has had to throw in the towel for a bit due to health problems. On his official website, staff wrote that neck problems (and a lot of other health problems due to it) have forced the vocalist to not postpone his upcoming tour, but to cancel it entirely. The good news is that it looks like he will definitely make a full recovery and come back to the Visual kei scene in due time. Read our translation of the official announcement below:
Thank you for your continuous support for Acid Black Cherry.
From August 14, we planned to tour Japan in “Acid Black Cherry 2017 tour Blood History,” but due to the cervical damage caused by his long musical career, as well as pain and complications in other parts of his body, we have decided to cancel the tour.
Yasu tried to recover as much as he could before the tour started, even up until rehearsal. However, after discussing the issue of whether or not he could perform to the best of his abilities, we concluded that he is not recovered enough to do so. That is why we have decided not to postpone the tour, but to cancel it entirely.
We sincerely apologize to those who had looked forward to the shows for this inconvenience.
We also regret having to inform you of this so close to the performance.
It will take a lot of time and effort on Yasu’s part to make a successful recovery.
With Yasu’s health and well-being in mind, we have decided to have him go on hiatus for an indeterminate amount of time.
He will use this time to heal and be able to come back to fans when he is healthy.
We apologize for causing such worry to all of Yasu’s supporters.
Please continue to support Acid Black Cherry.
Uprise Project, Inc.
The official website also put up a link to a handwritten letter by Yasu, addressed to fans. Here’s our translation of that letter:
To my fans
The weather is really hot these days, but are you all doing well? I’m not doing very well, in more ways than one.
I feel really guilty that things ended up like this, even though I was sure we’d be able to meet again at a show soon.
I’ve been looking forward to this tour for over a year and a half already.
I feel even worse that we made this decision when it was so close to the start.
I know that there are a lot of fans that are worrying about me.
It pains me to say we don’t know how long it will be, but I need some time to recover. Since I was given this time, though, I’m going to use it to recover properly. So, you don’t need to worry about me.
I’m so grateful that I’ve met so many people willing to help me.
Because of them, I have a lot of really good doctors that are treating me.
Maybe it’s because you tend to think back on your life when you’re in recovery,
but looking back, I realized that I don’t think I’ve ever felt this much kindness and warmth from people in my life.
There are a lot of places on my body that need to heal, so it will take a bit of time.
All of my doctors say I will definitely recover. So I feel optimistic, and I’ll do my best to follow their advice and heal.
There is one thing I want to say to all of you, though, and that’s about why my neck is in so much pain.
I don’t want you to think that it’s because I headbang that my neck ended up like this. It’s because I didn’t take care of myself after headbanging.
This hasn’t made me think that headbanging is something you definitely shouldn’t do!
I just want you to know that there is a risk with doing it in the entertainment industry. I don’t want you to be against it on the spot, though.
Moving the way the music makes you feel is all part of the live experience.
So even if you decide to go crazy at shows, just make sure you’re taking care of your body afterwards.
By doing this, you’ll be able to enjoy shows as much as you want.
You’ll be able to spend the days that follow in a safe and healthy way.
I hope that happiness will find each and every one of you.
I’m looking forward to the day we can meet again.
Yasu’s style of performing involves a lot of on-stage headbanging and head shaking, so it’s easy to assume that this is the root of the problem. According to the letter, though, it’s more damaging to not take care of yourself after headbanging than to actually headbang.
Perhaps this is in response to a recent statement by Yoshiki, who pleaded to fans to stop headbanging after damaging his own neck so badly from that and drumming that he had to have emergency disc replacement surgery. We’ll let you decide which statement rings truer for you. In any case, we at S-T agree that safety and fun should go hand in hand!
Let’s hope Yasu can make a speedy and successful recovery.
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