|Genre (s)||Heavy Metal , Glam Metal , Progressive Metal , Power Metal , Speed Metal , Symphonic Metal , Hard Rock|
|founding||1982 as X
1992 as X Japan , 2007
|Pata (since 1987)|
|Sugizo (since 2009)|
|Heath (since 1992)|
|hide (1987-1997; † May 2, 1998)|
|Taiji (1985–1992; † July 17, 2011)|
|Yuji "Terry" Izumisawa (1982–1985)|
|Tokuo Atsushi (1984–1985)|
|Tomoyuki "Tomo" Ogata (1984–1985)|
|Hikaru Utaka (1985-1986)|
|Mita "Zenon" Kazumitsu (1985–1986)|
|Yoshifumi "Hally" Yoshida (1985)|
|Hisashi "Jun" Takai (1985–1986)|
|Kenichi "Eddie van Koide" Koide (1985)|
|Masanori "Kerry" Takahashi (1986)|
|Satoru Inoue (1986)|
|Isao Hori (1987)|
X Japan is a Japanese rock band that in 1982 in Tateyama, Chiba was established. You are considered a co-founder of the visual kei style in Japan and were among the most successful representatives of Japanese rock music in the early 1990s . After a 10-year separation from 1997, the group reunited in 2007. After starting their careers in the field of speed metal and progressive metal , they later moved towards progressive rock .
In 2003, X Japan was voted 40th of the 100 best Japanese musicians of all time by HMV Japan .
Even before 1982 there were plans between 17-year-old school friends Yoshiki and Toshi to start a band. After some initial disagreements over the band's name - initially they called Dynamite and Noise - the decision was ultimately for X . They regularly took part in band competitions and won, among others, the Eastwest amateur competition supported by the Yamaha Corporation . In 1985, three years later, Yoshiki and Toshi hired several musicians to support their band, including Taiji, who established himself as a permanent member and was the band's bassist until 1992. In June 1985 their first single I'll Kill You was released on the independent label Dada Records .
Her high-pitched demeanor and unconventional music quickly made X famous in the burgeoning visual kei scene. When, despite the success, no music label was ready to sign her , Yoshiki decided to found his own record company Extasy Records to release her albums and singles. Shortly thereafter, their second single, Orgasm, was released under their own label, which, like I'll Kill You, sold very well in a very short time and has now become a rare collector's item.
X era (1987-1992)
The year 1987 finally ushered in the significant turning point for X. Several band members split from the band, and in the end only Yoshiki, Toshi and Taiji remained. After a short search they engaged Pata and Hide as guitarists, and the band was now in its final line-up for the time being.
On December 26, 1987, X with their song Kurenai took part in a band competition organized by Sony Music Japan and won the Upcoming Artist category. This win helped them get their first record deal a year later .
The first album Vanishing Vision was released in early 1988 . All 10,000 copies of the album produced were sold in less than a week, setting a new record in the independent scene. Shortly afterwards, X received a contract with Ki / oon Records , a subsidiary of Sony Music Japan. A year later their second studio album and major debut Blue Blood was released . With this highly successful publication, X achieved a breakthrough in the Japanese mass market. The album was followed by the nationwide Rose & Blood tour, which had to be interrupted several times. On November 8, 1989, Yoshiki collapsed during a concert in Shibuya . The concert was stopped on the spot and Yoshiki was hospitalized. While concerts had to be canceled several times in the past due to his health, this was the first incident that occurred directly on the stage. Most of the rest of the tour's concerts had to be postponed due to his critical condition.
In 1991, X released their third album Jealousy . With this album, both the musical and visual style of the band changed. The band's harsh demeanor was replaced by the visual kei style that was typical for the time. The sound, which was largely rooted in speed metal and which had made the band famous, gave way to a quieter, melancholic and sometimes psychedelic style of music. During the penultimate concert of her Violence-in-Jealousy tour, Yoshiki again collapsed on stage during a drum solo . The last concert of the tour, which should actually have taken place on October 25, 1991, was canceled.
In early 1992, right after their biggest concert to date, which took place on three consecutive days in the Tokyo Dome , bassist Taiji announced that he wanted to leave the band. The background to his exit is still controversial today. X were the only Japanese rock band at the time that managed to fill Tokyo Dome for three consecutive days.
X-Japan Era (1992-1997)
That same year, Heath was introduced as the new bassist. This change in personnel was followed by a final name change. Since a band called X already existed in the United States , they were forced to rename themselves X Japan after losing a lawsuit . The name change was also followed by a significant change in their musical style. Her progressive music, which was until then very much influenced by classical music, gave way to long love ballads and industrial influences became more and more evident.
In 1993, X Japan switched to Atlantic Records and released their fourth album, Art of Life , which consists of only one track. The 29-minute song is still considered one of the most popular and musically best works by X Japan and was only performed five times in front of an audience. On December 30th and 31st, 1993, X Japan held two concerts in the Tokyo Dome. This made them the first Japanese group to be awarded these two popular days of the event. So far these days have always been reserved for foreign musicians. In the years that followed, X Japan held the New Year concerts in the Tokyo Dome five times up to 1997.
The year 1994 was entirely dedicated to the solo projects of the members. Toshi and Hide released their first albums, and Hide went on tour alone with Pata for the first time while Yoshiki tried to recover health. On December 1, 1994, X Japan appeared again together at the Act against AIDS , in the course of which condoms with the band logo were distributed to the visitors. At the end of 1995 X Japan started their Dahlia tour, which was to take them all over Japan for four months; but this tour also had to be interrupted. On March 13, 1996, Yoshiki collapsed again while performing in Nagoya . An inflammation of the cervical vertebrae was found in the hospital. Since then, Yoshiki has always had to wear a medically prescribed cervical brace while playing the drums .
Immediately after their biggest tour to date, their fifth studio album Dahlia was released , which contains all the singles that had been released after their name change to X Japan. Yoshiki said in an interview that he found the album neither particularly good nor particularly bad and that he was not satisfied with the result.
In April 1997, singer and founding member Toshi announced to his bandmates that they would leave the band to find themselves. Here, too, the reason for the separation is still controversial. It is clear, however, that Yoshiki and Toshi, who had been friends since their school days, broke off all contact and did not speak to each other for years. Five months after Toshi's exit, Yoshiki confirmed the official breakup of X Japan. As a farewell, on December 31, 1997, a last big concert took place in front of 55,000 spectators in the sold out Tokyo Dome.
Reunification (since 2007)
Shortly after the band split up, Yoshiki and Hide made plans to reunite the band with a new singer in 2000. But Hide's sudden death in 1998 thwarted those plans, and Yoshiki sadly decided to put an end to the past and pursue new projects.
In early 2007 Toshi stated on his website that he was working with Yoshiki on a new project. In July 2007, Yoshiki commented on this. He said he was working with Toshi on the song Without You and that he was seriously considering reuniting X Japan. Official confirmation followed in October when X Japan announced that they were working on a new song titled IV , which will be featured worldwide in the credits of the film Saw IV , and which includes previously unreleased audio material by Hide. Shortly thereafter, a new album titled Japanese Best and the single IV for 2008 were confirmed. However, contrary to the announcement, Japanese Best has not yet appeared (as of January 2016).
It was initially not known whether the reunification would last any longer. In an interview in early 2007, Yoshiki stated that there was a high probability that X Japan could also perform outside of Japan. When asked how long the reunification will last, Yoshiki replied:
- "A couple of months ago, at an interview on some TV show I've said:" X Japan, I only just want to do that for a certain period. "I'm still thinking that way, but it depends, it depends on if we find something new or something meaningful, I may ... we may do X Japan longer than what we thought about at the beginning, but ... I don't know. I want to do something really exciting there. Something crazy. Something you can't even think about, that you can't even imagine. I don't know, I'm just trying to think of some interesting thing. "
- ( "A few months ago, in an interview on a TV show, I said," I only want to do X Japan for a while. "I still think so, but it also depends on whether we find something new and meaningful . I could ... we could keep X Japan alive longer than we first thought, but ... I don't know. I want to do something really exciting. Something crazy. Something you can't even think of, that you can can't even imagine. I don't know, I'm just trying to think of something interesting. " )
On the evenings of March 28, 29 and 30, 2008, X Japan held a total of three concerts in the Tokyo Dome. Although originally only two concerts were planned, the decision was made to hold a third concert due to the high demand for tickets. In addition to Sugizo , Wes Borland and Richard Fortus also appeared in Hide's place as guest guitarists. During all three performances, video recordings of older live performances by Hide were shown over several screens on the stage and his guitar solos were played with older sound recordings. A total of 150,000 visitors saw the sold out concerts in the Tokyo Dome.
During the press conference after the concert on March 29, 2008, the X Japan World Tour was officially confirmed by Yoshiki. The dates initially set in Paris , New York , Hong Kong , Bangkok , Taipei and Seoul had to be postponed indefinitely.
On May 1st , 2009 it was announced that Sugizo , who has appeared as a guest musician on some songs at all previous concerts since their reunification, has officially joined the band as guitarist. Nevertheless, the late guitarist Hide remains an official member of the band. Sugizo insisted that he would not have joined the band if it had only been about reliving the old times with Hide.
At a press conference on July 8th, the band gathered to announce plans for an American tour, interrupting the recordings of the album, which are taking place in the United States. Yoshiki and Sugizo will also perform at the Otakon on July 31st.
On August 14th and 15th, 2010, X Japan played two days in a row in the Yokohama Nissan Stadium in front of a total of around 130,000 fans. The performance took place in full cast, as bassists both Heath and Taiji were there.
After the America tour in 2010, the X Japan World Tour 2011 followed the following year , which took her through Europe, East Asia and North and South America. On this tour, the track "Art Of Life" was played live for the first time since 1993, but in a shortened version. On June 28, 2011, the new single Jade was released as a download.
In 2012, X Japan won the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles in the “Best International Band” category. In 2014 a CD of the band was released with the Best-Of The World ~ 初 の 全世界 ベ ス ト for the first time in 10 years, the studio and live recordings contained were all remastered in advance.
After further appearances, mostly in Asia, another new song was finally released as a download on November 6, 2015 with Born to Be Free . For March 12, 2016, the band announced the release of the sixth studio album, which has been announced since the reunification in 2007 and is regularly postponed. It was supposed to be released at the same time as the group's appearance in London's Wembley Arena on that day and was the first album in 20 years. As part of the Wembley concert, the documentary “We Are X - The Death And Life Of X Japan” was to celebrate its European premiere after it was shown for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 at the end of January 2016 and received the “Special Jury Award for Best Editing ”. At the end of January, a press release was published announcing another postponement of the album - autumn 2016 was now named as the new release period. Shortly thereafter, the planned performance in London was postponed to 2017, as guitarist Pata had to undergo intensive medical treatment due to diverticulitis and portal vein thrombosis and would not have been able to travel until after full recovery.
On November 4, 2016, drummer Yoshiki announced in an online question time to the participants that the release date of the new album was March 3, 2017. This renewed postponement of the release was not adhered to either - instead of a new album, the soundtrack for the documentary "We Are X" was released, which mainly consists of older material, live versions and new recordings. In the run-up to the next concert in London, Yoshiki announced in a video message that the album was imminent, but no longer gave a specific date.
In June 2017, drummer Yoshiki underwent another back operation, whereupon the doctors publicly doubted that he would ever be able to play the drums again in the future. On December 31, 2017, Yoshiki played drums again in public for the first time since his operation as part of the annual music program Kōhaku Uta Gassen of the Japanese TV station NHK.
In January 2018, X Japan were confirmed for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival . In addition, the British print edition of Metal Hammer published the message as part of an annual preview that the band's new album should be released in spring 2018, that it was made with the participation of well-known guest artists and that Yoshiki is currently involved in an unspecified collaboration with Marilyn Manson . In May 2018, Yoshiki concretized the collaboration with Manson - this was how he could be heard on a track from the new X Japan album, which was still untitled. Late summer / autumn 2018 was also named as the release date of the album, which, apart from the mixing, is almost finished. Yoshiki has made similar statements about the state of production since the album was first announced in 2007.
Main article: Toshimitsu Deyama
Toshi (Japanese 出山 利 三Deyama Toshimitsu , born October 10, 1965 ) is a singer and founding member of the band. Originally, Toshi was the group's guitarist; but when her then singer left, he took over the vocals. His voice, which, according to his own estimate, is three octaves, is said to have a high recognition value . He and Yoshiki are the only founding members of the band and have been friends since childhood. Since 1992 he has also been active as a solo artist. The reason for his exit from the band and his argument with Yoshiki is still controversial among fans to this day. According to his own account, Toshi suffered from an inferiority complex since childhood , which he tried to compensate for with his musical successes. When he began to be interested in spirituality and esotericism , he could no longer reconcile this with his previous work and tried to start a new life.
A rumor that persists in the fan base to this day says that Toshi had joined a sect, which is partly due to an interview broadcast on Japanese television in 1998: In this emotionally exaggerated studio conversation, a plainly dressed Toshi said next to his crying wife the host that he has "found his faith". In between, Toshi's older brother was repeatedly shown accusing his brother of dividing the family. This was contrasted with a report on a Japanese sect ("new religious community" or jp. Shinshūkyō dantai , 新 宗教 団 体) to which Toshi allegedly belongs. A central point that was mentioned was the belief in the end of the world in the year 2000.
After Toshi's exit from X Japan, he focused on New Age music , performed several times in Japan and Hong Kong, and continued to release albums. He calls his music Healing Music .
After various appearances with X Japan 2009, he will now be giving his last concert as a solo musician on February 24th, before joining X Japan again.
Main article: Yoshiki Hayashi
Yoshiki (Japanese 林 佳 樹Hayashi Yoshiki , born November 20, 1965) plays drums, piano and writes and composes almost all of the band's songs himself. He is known for his wild and fast way of playing drums. He collapsed on stage several times and had to wear a doctor-prescribed neck brace between 1995 and 1997 because a chronic inflammation of the cervical vertebrae was diagnosed. He has mastered his second instrument, the piano, since he was four.
After X Japan's temporary demise and Hide's death, he helped bands like Dir en Gray and The Trax to rise as a producer and started his own music project Violet UK . In 2007 he founded the super group Skin together with Gackt , Sugizo and Miyavi .
Main article: Tomoaki Ishizuka
Pata (Japanese 石 塚 智 昭Ishizuka Tomoaki , born November 4, 1965) did not join the band as a permanent member until 1987, after he had previously worked as a studio musician for X. At first he asked Yoshiki to join his own band Judy . It was only when he refused that he decided to join X.
Similar to Hide, Pata is said to have an extraordinary talent for his instrument. In contrast to his colleagues, he mostly stayed in the background during joint appearances and interviews. Especially in the early years he was often used with the words “Me? I'm not going to talk. ” ( “ Me? I won't say anything. ” ) Quoted.
In 2000 he founded the band Dope Headz together with Heath , which stopped their activities after a short time. He has been active with his own instrumental band Ra: In since 2002 .
Main article: Hiroshi Morie
Heath (Japanese 森 江 博Morie Hiroshi , born January 22, 1968 ) replaced Taiji as bassist in 1992. Especially at the beginning there was a lot of hostility against him on the part of the fans, with whom Taiji was very popular because of his pronounced bass game. His rather dark style of clothing was initially rejected. He also criticized his allegedly restrained bass game compared to the more aggressive Taiji.
Since the temporary dissolution of X Japan he has been active as a solo artist and DJ , and in 2000 he founded Pata Dope Headz together with his band colleague and then Lynx , with whom he is still active today.
Main article: Hideto Matsumoto .
Hide (Japanese 松本 秀 人Matsumoto Hideto , * December 13, 1964 ; † May 2, 1998 ) - in fan circles his preferred spelling of his name with a lowercase h is common - was a guitarist and an integral part of the until the separation Tape. He is still considered to be one of the most influential guitarists in Japanese visual kei history. While all other members normalized their clothing style over time, Hide always showed himself with very colorful, fancy costumes and - mostly red or pink - dyed hair. Hide also stood out for his accomplished guitar playing.
Between 1994 and 1998 he released three solo albums and was the only member of the group to build a successful solo career, so that he had a large fan base outside of X Japan. In 1998 Hide died under circumstances that have not yet been fully clarified - officially, suicide is listed as the cause of death, the band speaks of an accident. Hide is one of the reasons for the reunification of X Japan - according to Yoshiki, he wanted to relive the time with him and the band. Hide is still mentioned as a regular band member in the live intro as well as Toshi's announcements during live performances. In this context, he is also regularly recorded on screen through previous live recordings of his announcements or intros. Likewise, the band often brings a large plush figure modeled on Hide onto the stage at the end of a concert.
Main article: Taiji Sawada
Taiji (Japanese 沢 田 泰 司Sawada Taiji , * July 12, 1966 ; † July 17, 2011 ) was the bass player for X Japan until 1992 and was extremely popular with fans due to his confident and wild demeanor. He left the band under unclear circumstances, suspected disputes in connection with Yoshiki's salary compared to the rest of the band, whereupon he is said to have been asked to leave the group. After leaving, Taiji was briefly active in several bands for a long time - including Loudness - before he founded Otokaze in 2003 . Afterwards he was active in different groups, so u. a. DTR , Cloud Nine , Taiji with Heaven's and TSP (Taiji & Shu Project) . On August 14th and 15th, 2010 Taiji was on stage for some songs in two guest appearances for the first time since 1992 with X Japan. After an incident on July 11, 2011, in which he allegedly acted violently on a flight attendant, he was rushed to hospital on July 14 after attempting to hang himself. He died from his injuries on July 17, 2011.
Publications in chronological order and their highest chart positions.
|1988||Vanishing vision||- *|
|1993||Art of Life||1|
(* Independent publication)
|1985||I'll kill you||Vanishing vision||- *|
|1986||Orgasm||Blue blood||- *|
|1989||Kurenai (紅)||Blue blood||5|
|1989||Endless Rain||Blue blood||3|
|1990||Week End||Blue blood||2|
|1991||Standing sex / joker||Jealousy||4th|
|1995||Longing ~ Togireta Melody ~||Dahlia||1|
|1995||Longing ~ Setsubou no yoru ~||-||5|
|1996||Crucify My Love||Dahlia||2|
|1997||Forever Love ~ Last Mix||Ballad Collection||13|
|1998||The Last Song||Ballad Collection||8th|
|1998||Forever Love (Gold Version)||Gold Disc Monument||18th|
|1998||Scars (Gold Version)||Gold Disc Monument||15th|
|2001||Forever Love (Re-Release)||Dahlia||19th|
|2008||IV||Saw IV soundtrack||1 **|
|2015||Born to be Free||-||1 **|
(* Independent publication)
(** iTunes release)
|1995||Hametsu ni Mukatte 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live|
|1997||Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996|
|1997||Live Live Live Extra|
|1998||Live in Hokkaido 1995.12.4 Bootleg|
|1998||Art of Life Live|
|2001||The Last Live|
|1996||BOX ~ Best of X|
|1997||X Japan Singles ~ Atlantic Years ~|
|1998||Single system organizer|
|1998||Neomax Gold Disc Version|
|1998||Gold Disc Monument|
|2001||X Japan Best - Fan's Selection|
|2014||The World ~ 初 の 全世界 ベ ス ト|
|2017||We Are X - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
Publications in chronological order.
|1989||Blue Blood Tour - Bakuhatsu Sunzen Gig|
|1989||Visual Shock Vol. 2 - Shigeki!|
|1990||Visual Shock Vol. 2.5 - Celebration|
|1990||Visual Shock Vol. 3 - Shigeki 2 - Yume no nakadakeni ikite|
|1991||Visual Shock Vol. 3.5 - Say Anything x Ballad Collection|
|1992||Visual Shock Vol. 4 - Hametsu ni Mukatte 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live|
|1997||Dahlia the Video Visual Shock Vol. 5 Part 1|
|1997||Dahlia the Video Visual Shock Vol. 5 Part 2|
|1997||Dahlia Tour Final 1996|
|2001||X Japan Clips II|
|2002||The Last Live Video|
|2001||Blue Blood Tour - Bakuhatsu Sunzen Gig|
|2001||Visual Shock Vol. 2 - Shigeki!|
|2001||Visual Shock Vol. 2.5 - Celebration|
|2001||Visual Shock Vol. 3 - Shigeki 2 - Yume no nakadakeni ikite|
|2001||Visual Shock Vol. 3.5 - Say Anything x Ballad Collection|
|2001||Visual Shock Vol. 4 - Hametsu ni Mukatte 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live|
|2001||X Japan Clips II|
|2002||The Last Live Video|
|2002||Visual Shock Vol. 5 - Dahlia the Video Part 1 & 2|
|2002||Dahlia Tour Final 1996|
|2003||Art of Life Live 12/31/1993 Tokyo Dome|
|2007||Aoi Yoru, Shiroi Yoru Complete Edition|
|2008||X Japan Returns 1993-12-30|
|2008||X Japan Returns 1993-12-31|
|2008||X Japan Returns Complete Edition|
X Japan in the Tokyo Dome
Next to the Japanese band Globe , the Kinki Kids and the Backstreet Boys, X Japan are the only artists to this day who filled the Tokyo Dome for three consecutive days. As for the amount of concerts, only the Kinki Kids - thirty-one concerts - and the Rolling Stones - twenty-five concerts - beat them. At the end of 1993, X Japan was the first Japanese band to hold two New Year concerts on December 30th and 31st. Before that, these two concert days had been reserved exclusively for foreign artists. During her career, X Japan performed a total of sixteen times at the Tokyo Dome.
In 2010 a ranking for the most popular single X JAPANs was published on May 2nd, according to which “Kurenai”, which was written in 1986, is also considered the band's most popular single. The song was part of the first major album "Blue Blood"
|23rd August 1991||Violence in Jealousy Tour|
|5th January 1992||Hametsu ni Mukatte|
|January 6, 1992||Hametsu ni Mukatte|
|January 7, 1992||Hametsu ni Mukatte|
|December 30, 1993||X Japan Returns|
|December 31, 1993||X Japan Returns|
|December 30, 1994||Aoi Yoru|
|December 31, 1994||Shiroi Yoru|
|December 30, 1995||Dahlia Tour 1995–1996|
|December 31, 1995||Dahlia Tour 1995–1996|
|December 30, 1996||Dahlia Tour Final 1996 ~ Fukkatsu no Yoru ~|
|December 31, 1996||Dahlia Tour Final 1996 ~ Mobou na Yoru ~|
|December 31, 1997||The Last Live ~ Saigo no Yoru ~|
|March 28, 2008||X Japan Kougeki Saikai ~ Hakai no Yoru ~|
|March 29, 2008||X Japan Kougeki Saikai ~ Mobou na Yoru ~|
|March 30, 2008||X Japan Kougeki Saikai ~ Souzou no Yoru ~|
X Japan Racing Team
In 1995 and 1996 X Japan sponsored the racing team Team LeMans of the Japanese Formula Nippon series. While the successes in 1995 were still limited, they were able to decide the championship for themselves in 1996 under the team name X Japan Team LeMans - with the then largely unknown Ralf Schumacher as driver.
|1995||X Japan Racing Team||Reynard 94D||Mugen F308||Katsumi Yamamoto||-||9||9|
|1996||X Japan Team LeMans||Reynard 96D||Mugen F308||Ralf Schumacher||3||40||1|
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