The visual kei world isn’t unfamiliar with the concept of band members taking a break from the band due to health concerns. But what about when the band member in question gives no notice or becomes impossible to contact directly? 0801弐209xx6 (08012209XX6) is facing that situation right now with drummer Yue. Read the full announcement on their OHP, translated below by yours truly:
Dr. Yue’s Temporary Withdrawal
To our fans and those involved:
We thank you for your exceptional patronage of 0801弐209XX6.
On the brink of our mini-album release, sponsored tour, and one-man shows, tension among band members and staff was higher than ever. As a result, following our performance on the 18th of last month, we became unable to contact Dr. Yue and he stopped attending rehearsal without notice.
There was a possibility that some incident might have happened, so we contacted Yue’s family and were able to confirm his safety.
He is safe, but because of his extreme anxiety, we are unable to achieve direct communication with him. We are communicating through his family, but it has become increasingly difficult to understand his intentions.
After a few days of calling him, the situation did not improve. We still have no understanding of his intentions. We waited as long as we could, but it is impossible for him to continue with band activities like this, so Yue is taking a temporary withdrawal from the band. We will continue on with lives as scheduled with a support member.
No matter what exactly happened, just by looking at the results, Yue is in no way forgiven for his irresponsible behavior.
We sincerely apologize to fans for causing you such worry and trouble. We will notify you immediately if anything happens, so please give us your patience.
Yukari, yazuki, satsuki, sakiya, staff of VOLTAGE ENTERPRISE
While the announcement doesn’t paint anywhere near a clear picture of the circumstances, fans must take at least some comfort in the fact that band activities will continue on as scheduled. As soon as S-T gets word of any updates–including Yue’s side of the story–we’ll let you know.