We haven't seen Yuimetal perform with Japanese pop-metal trio Babymetal since at least December of 2017. The band performance two shows in Hiroshima without her and at the time said she was seriously ill but "it was Yuimetal's strong desire to not cancel this performance for the fans who were waiting and looking forward to these performances.”
The band has not had another peformance up until last night (May 8) in Kansas City at the kick off of their new tour. Yuimetal was nowhere to be found.
Instead, Su-metal and Moametal performed with two unnamed backup dancers who were not introduced to the crowd. There has yet to be any official announcement on the matter. But fans are starting to take notice and a #WheresYuimetal hashtag campaign has sprung up with some interesting tweets, to the point that Nikkan Sports reported that the hashtags trended in Japan on Twitter.
— Azazel (@azazel_pazuzu) May 9, 2018
— Ranc Arif (@ranc_arif) May 9, 2018
— Santa's 'Murder Hornet' 🚨 Bar & Grill (@SantasTavern) May 9, 2018
— Daniele Peloso – Samurai of the Princess Momotaro (@SakuraBoy87) May 9, 2018
We will keep you posted on any announcements about Yuimetal.
The band's remaining tour dates include:
U.S. tour dates:
May 10: Austin, Texas / ACL Live at the Moody Theater
May 11: Dallas, Texas State / House of Blues Dallas
May 13: Houston, Texas / Revention Music Center
May 15: Atlanta, Georgia / Tabernacle Atlanta
May 17: Charlotte, North Carolina / The Fillmore
May 18: Nashville , Tennessee / Marathon Music Works
May 20: Columbus, Ohio / “Rock on the Range”
European tour dates:
June 1: Nürburg, Germany / “Rock am Ring” at Nürburgring
June 2 Day: Nuremberg, Germany / “Rock im Park” at Zeppelin Field
June 4: Innsbruck, Austria / Music Hall Innsbruck
June 5: Utrecht, The Netherlands / Tivol iVredenburg
June 9: Derby, UK / “Download UK” at Donington Park