This might come as a shock for BORN fans and these news are truly sad. They announced the other day that they will disband at Zepp DiverCity on May 26th this year. You find the official statement here. It’s in Japanese, but I’ve found a translation of Ryoga’s comment which follows below:
BORN will disband at Zepp DiverCity on 5/26.
It seemed somewhat miraculous that all this time we’ve been making music, being supported by fans, laughing together. It’s been a time that’s irreplaceable.
However, in pursuing our ideals there were also moments where irreconcilable disagreements arose between us. While attempting to refine both our band’s technique and aesthetics there were serious clashes between members which resulted in hurt feelings for some of us.
Words like ‘I’ve got no more confidence to continue anymore’ have also been traded. For this I feel that I have to shoulder much of the responsibility. I’m also at fault for this happening.
Because if I’m stronger, it should have been possible to continue with BORN. But once the tensions began it felt impossible to return our relationship to what it used to be.
Days such as these continued, and it became difficult for us to devote our minds to music. It then hit me that I envision something quite different (from other BORN members). After some consideration I spoke my mind and suggested that we disband.
All of us exchanged our views on the matter and in the end we chose to disband. This was despite attempts by our managers to dissuade us from doing so. Nevertheless our determination to disband never wavered.
I know that saying this now sounds irresponsible. But this is really important and I wanted to convey these thoughts to you, and for that reason I’ve written this.
Even though all of us will likely be walking down different paths in future, I honestly don’t know if I’ll find something more precious than BORN. However, seeking that is the motivation for my life, and so I will walk on.
BORN is my everything.
Because K, Ray, TOMO, KIFUMI, Mio(?) are here that I am here.
Because of our fans’ support I am here.
Thanks for all the smiles.
Thanks for your voices.
Thanks for loving BORN.
We’ll continue until 5/26, please be with us.
Translation credits: hiroki at Monochrome Heaven
|Ryoga||Ryoga||Ryoga||Ryoga: ?||Ryoga: July 3rd|
|K||K||K||K: A||K: May 26th|
|Ray||Ray||Ray||Ray: O||Ray: July 10th|
|Tomo||Tomo||Tomo||Tomo: O||Tomo: Nov 18th|