Babymetal have kicked off their 2018 US tour last night (May 8) in Kansas City without Yuimetal, one of the band’s three singers.
This made already troubled fans even more worried, as Yui has been continuously absent from the group’s activities for months now.
At Babymetal’s two latest gigs prior to this tour – which took place in early December in Japan – Yuimetal was not able to perform with the band due to illness. This time, however, no statement was given. Instead, fans learned about the band’s new lineup of two singers and two backing dancers – plus the backing band, of course – only the moment the gig started.
As Loudwire reports, the band delivered an abbreviated set of only 11 songs, including live debut of latest single “Distortion,” as well as two new, yet-untitled songs.
The statement regarding Yui’s illness back in December reads:
“As an entire team, we considered canceling this performance. However, it was Yuimetal’s strong desire to not cancel this performance for the fans who were waiting and looking forward to these performances. After long discussions and careful consideration, both Su-Metal and Moametal, as well as the entire Babymetal staff team, came to a final conclusion to continue these performances for the dedicated fans who have been waiting for this special event as well as for team Babymetal.”
1. In the Name Of
2. Distortion (live debut)
3. New Song #1 (live debut)
4. New Song #2 (live debut)
8. Gimme Chocolate!!
10 Road of Resistance
11. The One