Pop duo Kobukuro is currently on tour, and on Sunday, August 28th, they held the tour’s final concert at the Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena in Hokkaido. During the show, they announced that they plan to take a break from their musical activities for about half a year.
They announced that they will go on hiatus due to the poor health of member Kobuchi Kentaro (34), who was diagnosed with dystonia in his neck since the end of last year. Dystonia is a condition where the muscles contract involuntarily. As a result, it has become difficult for Kobuchi to sing high notes.
Reportedly, Kobuchi will need at least half a year to treat the symptoms of this condition.
Meanwhile, Kuroda Shunsuke (34) has been suffering from chronic back pain and problems with his throat due to fatigue.
Concluding their final concert in Hokkaido, Kobukuro stated, “Although at first we were worried about taking this hiatus, but we would like to rest a bit, as given from our fans and God. Please wait patiently for a small amount of time,” and ended their final concert in Hokkaido.
The duo was told that they have to take time off to physically recover, so they decided to suspend their activities for the time being. They plan to resume activities in about half a year, if things go well.
As a result of their hiatus, they are also cancelling their Fan Festa 2011 live event, which was scheduled to be held in Wakayama on November 5.
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