It seems as if a fair number of bandmen are falling ill as of late, and unfortunately, Royz is no exception. The band announced that after the end of today, November 13th, bassist Koudai will take a break from the band to recover from an illness he’s been suffering from for over half a year. Read about it in our translation of the band’s official comment below (translated by yours truly):
This is sudden, but following our in-store event at Brand X on November 13th,
bassist Koudai will be taking a break from the band in order to recover from his illness.
We apologize to all of our fans for having to deliver this unfortunate news.
He has been experiencing poor physical condition for about half a year now. Upon visiting the doctor, he was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis (Translator’s note: an illness that affects the discs and joints in your neck).
Even after revisiting the doctor many times, he has been unable to confirm its cause or when he can expect to fully recover.
We took this into consideration and decided it would be best that he take a break from the band for a while.
We will inform you if his condition improves enough for him to make a comeback.
Furthermore, the remaining three members are still planning on holding the Royz Winter One-man Tour “HELLO, ANTITHESIS.”
We are not able to refund tickets in relation to this news.
We sincerely apologize to fans, friends, family, and staff for causing such worry and inconvenience,
and we ask for your understanding.
There’s also a comment from Koudai:
I’ve been granted permission to take a break from band activities.
I’ve been suffering from this since our last tour. I hid my pain from the members while thinking, “This is our most important time.” When I finally went to the doctor, they kept telling me that nothing was wrong, even though I was sure something was off. It got to the point where I couldn’t even go outside. When I talked to the band members and our office about it, they told me, “Don’t worry about it and get some rest.”
I’ll use each day to take care of myself and try to get back to Royz as soon as possible.
I have not lost the will to continue on as a musician at all. Royz is everything to me.
This is the solution we came to after considering whether or not I could keep going on like this for the next 10 or even 20 years.
I’ll come back for sure, so please continue to support Royz.
We’re sure fans are relieved to hear he has no intentions of leaving the band. Drop him a message on Twitter or by e-mail and wish him a speedy recovery!