Melvel is holding a free one-man show next January, but it’s not exactly celebrating a happy occasion.
Melvel’s Ryu has actually decided to take a break from band activities. After announcing that he was involved in an accident, fans were left worrying and wondering what happened to him. In an unusually honest announcement, Melvel has cleared up all confusion by revealing Ryu’s mental health problems. Read the official announcement below (translated by yours truly):
An Announcement Regarding a Recent Accident Involving Melvel
Thank you for your continuous support for Melvel.
A few days ago, we announced that Ba. Ryu had been in an accident. We have re-established contact with him and we would like to announce something.
This contains some personal information, but please understand.
According to Ryu, he was suffering from poor mental health due to problems at home. He attempted suicide by jumping off his balcony.
He was rushed to the ICU, and since then has been working towards both mental and physical recovery.
He has reflected earnestly on the trouble he has caused to both the fans and the band.
The members also feel extremely guilty for not noticing the subtle changes taking place with Ryu, and in not helping him through it, caused just as much trouble to the fans.
From now on, we would like to support each other not only in music-related matters, but also on a personal level. We hope this will help us progress even further.
We apologize again for causing such worry and trouble to our fans.
Ryu’s return hasn’t been decided yet, so Melvel will continue activities with 3 members for now.
It will be difficult to fill the hole Ryu’s absence will cause, but we will try our best to make sure everyone enjoys our shows. Please continue to give us your support.
In order to make up for the worry and trouble we’ve caused, Melvel will hold a free one-man live on January 28, 2016 (Thu) at Shinjuku HOLIDAY.
Ryuu has promised that he will return to the band before this live.
When the exact date has been decided, we will let you know.
The Members of Melvel
You won’t find many bands that decide to hold a free show to make up for a member’s much-needed recovery period.
When details of the live have been decided, we’ll let you know. We’ll also be sure to update you of his return. For now, all we can do is offer both Ryu and the band support in his recovery.