they’re doing much better ever since their guitarist left - a fresh album, a single that was picked up as an anime OST, their looks are finally exciting again after years of repeating late Daisuke’s mistake of trying to pander to garden variety heterosexuals.
if you’re asking whenever or not a 3rd rate free-will band can rely on music financially to make it - no, they typically can’t.
they’re doing well enough to keep going, and the recent album made me personally interested in their output again. (I liked 夜明け前 too tho…)
if you’re expecting them to ever get back to the victor era days of having promotion and marketing budgets with other perks of being on a major label, it can happen hypothetically - there’s a small resurgence of investment into VK evidently going on in the past few years - but whenever they will have a chance to sell better than they already do is an open question.
their music for many years predating kenichi’s departure was very not good, and the guy himself is yet to surface again. assuming there was a case of burn out that haunted him in the band, it’s not over.
Yeah, they recently also played venues with a capacity with ~1000 people. Considering this was their 20th anniversary tour with special setlists etc. In the streams it looked like they were far from being sold out too.
Also these are two man concerts for the new tour with pretty “big” names, so that’s still pretty small considering they sold out venues twice the size like 16 years ago for one man concerts.