On October 3rd, UNDER CODE PRODUCTION and band FUTURISM BOYZ made an announcement which some label fans have attributed to the “curse of Kisaki” — the band’s vocalist, CO-, is currently undergoing police questioning and thus the October 6th live which he was supposed to sponsor was cancelled.
UNDER CODE and the remaining members of FUTURISM BOYZ were relatively upfront in their official message regarding the affair:
Regarding the cancellation of the October 6th CO–sponsored “Yamaguchi Festival” performance.
At this time, it has come to light that CO of FUTURISM BOYZ, who planned to sponsor, as well as perform, on October 6, 2013 (Sun) at Ash OSAKA, is going through police questioning.
For that reason we have decided to cancel the October 6th live performance over difficulties.
Without a firm grasp of the current state of affairs, the members’ side has not even heard the details from CO- himself and are dealing with a great deal of confusion.
We would like to confirm the situation with CO- himself, decide on a course of action after this, and offer an apology.
Furthermore, we will make an announcement regarding activities for FUTURISM BOYZ beyond this point as soon as they are decided.
We would like to sincerely apologize to all of fans as well as related staff at this time for causing so much trouble.
We humbly apologize.
The following day, details were published on how to receive a ticket refund for the cancelled show. Ticket holders should exchange their tickets with Ash OSAKA or the Ticket Pia-equipped shop at which they originally purchased their tickets. (Details for Ticket Pia may be found here in Japanese.) Ticket holders have until October 31st to claim their refunds.
Since the incident was brought to light, Kisaki and remaining members Shun and Yukihiro have given fans only a sliver of insight on the situation via social media — but it seems they are just as in the dark as everyone else. While Shun has assured fans that he and Yukihiro are fine, they aren’t sure what the exact circumstances are of CO-‘s involvement in police questionings. The two met with Kisaki yesterday, on October 10th, to discuss the situation. It seems they plan to be able to meet with CO- next week, at which time they intend to release more details.
Yukihiro has also reported that CO- is unable to participate in the October 27th live, but the show will go on.
Speculation is flying regarding the incident. Fans taking the musicians’ words at face value are under the impression that CO- is being detained by police, which would explain why he is unable to speak with his band mates or Kisaki. In Japan, police may hold a person for up to 28 days without a warrant or arrest. The first several days of detainment bar the detainee from any outside interaction, including visits and phone calls.
While gossip should be taken with a grain of salt, the rumor mill is suspicious of drug use being the culprit behind CO-‘s police questioning, due to a blog entry the musician posted himself in May. The entry in question makes a vague, unprompted reference — “It’d be no good if you were to turn to drugs!” While some fans have begun to seriously consider this possibility, others have speculated involvement in theft. However, even rumor mill has, at this point, apparently decided to take a breather and wait for more information.
There are no solid details at the moment behind CO-‘s situation; for the time being it’s between him and the police.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.