Iâ€™ve had quite a few emails, texts and messages regarding news posted on the Gridlink Facebook page that Taka, guitarist from Gridllink (and other notable bands like Discordance Axis, Corrupted and Mortalized, Hayaino Daisuki) will be stepping down from playing music forever.
Sadly, the news is true and not a sick April fools joke. Takafuni has been dealing with health issues for awhile and will no longer be able to play guitar, going forward. I received the following message from Jon Chang and was asked to share it.
“It is with terrible sadness, that I must announce that Takafumi Matsubara is putting down his guitar and stepping away from music, likely forever. Approximately one month ago, Takafumi was hospitalized and doctors discovered he had a serious infection/inflamation in his brain. While the immediate danger has passed and Takafumi is out of the hospital, he has lost significant dexterity and control of his left hand, including the complete paralysis of his middle finger.
As of today, Takafumi has permanently stepped down as lead guitar from Corrupted and Mortalized. There is a small chance of recovery through physical rehabilitation and extended medical treatment, but Doctor’s were not positive about his ability to play guitar again.
The Gridlink album “Longhena” will likely be his last work. He would like to extend his warmest regards to the artists that he was able to work with over the years and people he met through the band.”