Drummer Yamaguchi Satoshi will be Taking a Break for an Indefinite Amount of Time
Yamaguchi was diagnosed with a neurological condition in 2009. This condition causes stiffness of muscles, and many, many times when the muscles can’t be moved at all. Since the diagnoses, he has been doing a constant cycle of physical therapy/rehabilitation/worsening of the condition, etc, and it has been determined that it can’t go on any longer, due to the constant repetitiveness of motion that is required when playing drums. He will be stepping away from playing with the band.
As for the upcoming tours, RADWIMPS is currently looking for another drummer. However, if they cannot find one, then the tours will be cancelled. They are auditioning drummers because they feel they owe it to their fans, both those with tickets to the tours and everyone who has ever supported them. The band says they have a ‘social responsibility’ for this.
Let’s hope that Yamaguchi can get some rest and time to heal, and that he can relax with family and friends. Let’s also continue to support the band in this difficult time.