As announced on November 25, Taguchi Junnosuke will be the third member of KAT-TUN to leave the group as well as Johnny & Associates. On February 13, the three remaining members announced that KAT-TUN will be on a hiatus to “recharge energy” after the final performance in Tokyo Dome of the tour called KAT-TUN 10TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE TOUR “10Ks!”on May 1.
In the member-only mobile site “Johnny’s web”, three members Kamenashi Kazuya (亀梨和也, 29), Ueda Tatsuya (上田竜也, 32) and Yuichi Nakamaru (中丸雄一, 32) made the announcement in a video.
In the first part of the video, Kamenashi explained, “KAT-TUN will have a live (concert) on May 1, then our activities will be put on hiatus to “recharge [our] energy”. I want to affirm that we will not disband. We need time for the future of KAT-TUN.” About the live tour with only three members, Kamenashi commented, “To strengthen our relationship with everyone, I think that it would be a good new start of our 11th year, so everyone please come to the tour.”
After the video was released, many fans left comments.
1. tjd wheels person | 2016/02/13 12:58 (+10407 ; -1198)
They are different from SMAP, but still has to deal with so many problems.
2. kib***** | 2016/02/13 13:02 (+9714 ; -1332)
There are not many groups which can overcome that many problems.
However, the fact that even now they are still trying to move forward is so great.
3. taxree | 2016/02/13 13:01 (+7018 ; -1488)
Through the SMAP issue, we can see that Johnny Jimusho is really unstable, it seems like many artists in the company are having troubles.
4. tec***** | 2016/02/13 13:22 (+2984 ; -273)
It is always like that, the remaining members always have to try hard… Poor them.
5. hir***** | 2016/02/13 13:29 (+2874 ; -265)
I don’t think that the two members left the band are having success.
KAT-TUN will have a live tour in three big domes to celebrate their 10th anniversary, starting from Nagoya Dome in April 3. Here is the tour list:
April 3 (Sun) Nagoya Dome
April 20th (Wed) Kyocera Dome Osaka
April 30 (Sat) Tokyo Dome
May 1 (Sun) Tokyo Dome
Along with the tour, an album named KAT-TUN 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST “10Ks!” will be released so fans should not hesitate to buy a copy!