To describe Yoshiki, founder of X Japan, as a rock star somehow seems woefully inadequate. The band split up in when vocalist Toshi was brainwashed into joining a religious cult, lead guitarist Hide died in having apparently killed himself, then former bassist Taiji hung himself in Their legendary live performances have seen Yoshiki pushing himself to exhaustion and the years of headbanging and hard playing have taken their toll. How far along is the new X Japan album?
Earlier that day, the musician Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name hide, had returned to his home there after a night out drinking with members of his band at the time, Spread Beaver. An hour later, his girlfriend found him slumped with his head hanging from a ripped towel tied to a doorknob. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but pronounced dead just before 9 a. Over the space of three days at Tsukiji Honganji Temple in central Tokyo, 50, people came to pay their final respects, the largest crowd ever recorded for a celebrity funeral in Japan. Blanket TV coverage helped amplify the already heated emotions; it was like the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Princess Diana rolled into one. A new solo album was due later in the year, backed by an extensive tour, along with the debut record by Zilch, a California-based group that he hoped would help him break into the international market. The enthusiasm that hide projected during his final months made it hard for many to accept his sudden death.
Late X JAPAN Guitarist hide Remembered in New Documentary: Watch Trailer
Matsumoto Hideto guitar, background vocals birthday: He could play totaly synchron with Pata. He was the "bad boy" of the band and was the only one who had still colored hair in the later years. He always tried to provocate with his looks and behaviour. He joined the band in , leaving the band Saver Tiger.
He was the lead guitarist of the rock band X Japan from onward, and a solo artist from onward. He also formed the United States-based rock supergroup Zilch in Hide sold millions of records, both solo and as a member of X Japan. X Japan rose to prominence in the late s and early s, credited as founders of the Japanese visual kei movement.