The hustle and bustle is finally quieting down and while Kyo is taking care of his throat the members are the same as always. The members other than Kyo have gathered several times and they are working on something.
Along with work the members are also working on the FC newsletter so I am receiving a whole mountain load of drafs to check (laughs)
Even if it’s not that much but I would like to give an update soon.
Kaoru is the guitarist and leader of impossible-to-categorize band Dir en grey. Crossing over genres like metal, hard core and folk music, the band bewitches fans of hard rock music. Thirteen years after its founding, [the band] continues to evolve, and in Japan as well as over borders and across seas, many legends continue build up about interviews regarding the musicians’ obsession with tattoos.
“The first tattoo is in [Roman] letters: the words ‘Japanese Zombie Heroez’ on my right forearm below the elbow,
Translation of Oricon's article on Kyo's vocal condition
Note: I didn’t clean this up very well, so it sounds a little stilted. Oricon is a Japanese music publication.
American tour halted due to the condition of Dir en grey vocalist Kyo’s vocal chords
Because of the poor condition of the 5-man group Dir en grey’s vocalist Kyo’s vocal chords, it has been discovered that next month’s planned 14-city North American tour has been cancelled. Kyo had complained of throat discomfort and received an examination from the doctor, whose diagnosis was a “vocal nodule” resulting in a “disabled” singing voice. The tour was cancelled upon the doctor’s advice.
A source from the doctor’s office said that “the vocal polyp has deteriorated considerably, and it was determined that surgery may be required. Further tests will be needed to determine if surgery will occur.” According to the source, future singing activity is “uncertain.” [Note: this word in Japanese means pending/ uncertain/ to be determined, and basically means that it’s too soon to know what will happen.]
In 2009, Kyo suffered from chorditis and laryngeal edema and underwent emergency hospitalization. At that time, planned performances in Sendai and Sapporo were postponed, and at that time, officials released a statement saying, “Kyo’s throat, by nature, is weak. Due to live performances and an overbooked schedule, his voice is fatigued. A short rest might be necessary.”
The band, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and has become very popular in the Americas, Europe and Asia, planned to begin an American tour on March 7 in Seattle, WA. The 14-show tour was to have ended in Louisville, KY, on April 7. Each show was to take place in venues capable of holding between 1,000 and 3,000 people. One show, in Dallas, TX, was supposed to have been for a crowd of up to 10,000 people.