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When vocalist Herb Kendrick, better known simply by his nickname “Q,” takes the stage next week in Tokyo, he will be appearing onstage for the first time in nearly a year. The gig at What the Dickens in Ebisu is being billed as the singer’s comeback. Not only is it a comeback, it’s nothing short of a miracle.

Patrons of What the Dickens may be familiar with Kendrick from his six years as the lead vocalist for The Conductors, a band regular at the bar. In 2010, he formed Q Theory, an “old-school funk and R&B band,” and that group had been growing increasingly popular when, late one summer night last year, things took a turn downward.

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