A spokesperson from the American mangement company representing BABYMETAL has confirmed Yuimetal remains a member of the Japanese pop/metal alloy act. The statement stems from the fan response to Yuimetal's absence from the first two dates of the band's current U.S. tour.
When asked specifically about her absence from this tour, a representative from 5B Management confirmed that “Yuimetal remains a member of the band, but she is not on this current U.S. tour. There is a new narrative for the future of the band which is currently evolving. The storyline has changed. This was the basis of the ‘Metal Resistance Episode 7: The Revelation’ video.” The representative went on to explain that the seven hooded figures in the bombastic clip represent a new era for the band, with the addition of new characters. “The who, when, where, and how of The Chosen Seven will be presented as the concept unfolds.”
BABYMETAL kicked off a much-anticipated U.S. tour this week in Kansas City, Missouri, but the unannounced absence of Yuimetal led to rampant speculation of the singer's whereabouts. Fans have been using the hashtag #whereisyuimetal to demand answers.
While the commentary does little to answer what's going on with fan-favorite Yuimetal (aka Yui Mizuno, 18), it does fuel speculation over what the next over-the-top chapter will be in BABYMETAL's storied history.
BABYMETAL tour dates:
05/10 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live At The Moody Theater
05/11 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
05/13 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
05/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
05/17 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
05/18 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
05/20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
06/01 – Nurburg, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
06/02 – Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park
06/04 – Innsbruck, Austria @ Music Hall
06/05 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg
06/09 – Donington, UK @ Download
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