In 2016, DuelJewel fans were devastated when the band broke up due to Hayato’s poor vocal condition. The band had been together since 1997 (with a brief pause in 2012). We’re sure fans thought that the band was over for good. We sure did. Apparently, both of us were wrong.
DuelJewel is making their comeback on March 1, 2019. They’ll play a show at the same venue they had their last show in – Zepp Tokyo. The band commented that they were elated to be able to play live again, and they also revealed Hayato’s exact diagnosis: functional dysphonia. Basically, it’s a condition where you have poor voice quality without any obvious difficulties affecting the voice box.
In his official revival comment, Hayato explained that functional dysphonia is a condition that affects many singers in the industry; his case was one of the worst ones. With help from specialists and fellow musicians, he was able to recover somewhat.
Drummer Val explains in his comment the reasoning behind their choice to disband. He started by describing Hayato’s condition in a bit more detail; he heard that functional dysphonia is largely a psychological condition in which the brain feels stress from the vocal chord’s repeated movements and subconsciously shuts them down as a result. Since Hayato’s condition reappeared after the band went on hiatus and came back in 2012, Val and the band thought that disbanding altogether would put less mental strain on Hayato. He would be stressing about having to get better and be able to sing again.
No details on the comeback show have been announced except for the date and ticket price. Keep an eye on their official homepage for updates.