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hide in life:
Matsumoto Hideto was born on December 13, 1964 in Kanagawa, Yokohama Japan. hide was a Visual Kei J-Rock musician.
From when he was little, hide loved guitars. When he first started, he only played other peoples music, but slowly began to compose his own. When he was enrolled in primary school, hide was overweight, and often teased by his classmates. He was somewhat of an outcast, keeping mainly to himself. In secondary II, hide went over to America to study, and that was when he first got into metal music. He listened to bands such as Kiss, that got him started on his musical carrier. In Secondary III, hide bought his first guitar. It was a Gibson, and he loved it so much, he would often bring it with him to school, thereby earning the nickname 'Gibson' from his classmates.
In his late teens, hide led the controversial indie act Saver Tiger (not to be confused with Saber Tiger; in the Japanese phonetic language, the v and b are interchangeable. (Saber Tiger is a different band that is still active in the Japanese HM scene). In addition to handling the guitar-playing, hide also served as songwriter. Selections of Saver Tiger's recordings (credited as Yokosuka Saver Tiger, to avoid confusion with Saber Tiger) have recently seen official release. Although popular in their native town of Yokosuka, Saver Tiger underwent several band member changes. Frustrated and convinced he would not succeed in the music business, hide began looking into a career as a hair stylist, inspired by his grandmother, who was the town's hairdresser at that time. hide said that he didn't like to work or learn, nor did he enjoy any sports, though he did like to watch wrestling on TV. He then received a call from Yoshiki, inviting him to join X. hide joined, spawning a decade as a songwriter and guitarist for the (soon to be) notable X (later renamed X Japan to eliminate confusion with the Los Angeles punk band of the same name), with bandmates Yoshiki, Toshi, Pata, and Heath (Taiji played bass until 1992). X Japan released multiple albums, including Blue Blood, Jealousy, and Dahlia, and numerous popular singles such as Kurenai, Tears, Forever Love and Art of Life.
Shortly after the release of Art of Life, the members of X Japan went on hiatus as a group and began solo projects. hide recorded his first album Hide Your Face in 1994. On the album he recorded all the guitars (including bass guitars) and vocals. He hired a band to play with him on his Hide Our Psychommunity Tour. Two years later, hide recorded his second album Psyence, which is widely considered his best album for its remarkable versatility. Thus began the Psyence A Go Go Tour involving the same back-up band.
A collaboration with American band members developed into Zilch, for which hide wrote songs, played guitar, and provided vocals. Zilch released one album 3.2.1. and an album of remixes BastardEYES containing mixes by artists including Praga Khan, Charlie Clouser, Pitchshifter, and Chris Vrenna. Although the plans never truly materialized, hide had hoped to bring Zilch to the North American mainstream. Nevertheless, one of their songs did see official release in the occident, as part of the soundtrack for Heavy Metal 2000.
Around the same time, hide decided that the back up band he'd had with him since Hide Your Face should simply become his band. He called them Spread Beaver, making their full name hide with Spread Beaver, for which hide composed, sang, and played surf guitar. They began recording Ja, Zoo, their first album. Midway through recording however, hide was found dead. The remainder of the album was recorded with pre-existing recordings and the help of hide's brother, Hiroshi Matsumoto. After this began a heartfelt tour with the band playing live while videos of hide's previous performances were projected onto a big screen. The tour sold out every night.
A wide array of hide tribute records have been released in the years after his passing. Shortly after his death, a hide tribute album called Spirits was released, which included Luna Sea's version of Scanner, BUCK-TICK's version of Doubt, and Oblivion Dust's cover of Genkai Haretsu. In March of 2000, an 18-track best-of was released, called ~Psychommunity~. A plethora of other singles, compilations, and mix albums have continued to maintain hide's presence in record stores across Japan and elsewhere in the world. 2004 saw the release of a new hide solo album, King of Psyborg Rock Star, a blend of remixes, live recordings, and hide-only versions of X Japan songs.
He never capitalized his name. Which is why it's always spelled "hide" instead of "Hide."
hide grew up in Yokosuka, Japan, near Tokyo (also home to the hide museum).
He was known by the nickname ~Gibson~ in primary school, because he was seldom not seen carrying around his first guitar (a Gibson), and would use it to play KISS songs (later cited by hide as a major influence on his music).
He was 5' 10" (1.78 m) tall [taller than Toshi!].
Was lead guitarist of the Japanese rock band X Japan.
hide was a certified beautician. He attended cosmetology and fashion school, and was aspiring to become a hairstylist when Yoshiki asked him to join X Japan. hide became recognized in X Japan for his bizarre and impeccable fashion sensibilities, reflecting on his knowledge and eye for visual aesthetics.
In 1988, hide (along with the rest of X Japan) appeared in the American film 'Tokyo Pop', starring Carrie Hamilton (Carrie Fisher's daughter). hide was also in the movie Seth et Holth, which is known amongst fans for containing a decidedly tragic plot.
hide's "hide your face" album features a distinctive mask designed by H. R. Giger across the cover (the mask was also on display at the hide museum).
hide was also involved in various medical aid foundations, and was a marrow and blood donor. When a terminally ill girl wrote the Make a Wish Foundation that her last wish was to meet hide, he visited the young girl in the hospital. Not long after the visit, the girl began showing signs of improvement, and began recovering from her illness.
The title of one of hide?s songs about an abusive, unhealthy relationship, "Genkai Haretsu", is actually a phrase that he himself coined. It literally means "limiting explosion".
His song "Pink Spider" won the Japanese International Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1998.
Prior to being in X, he was in a band called Saver Tiger, and then after X, formed Zilch with members of NIN, Danzig, and other industrial acts. While in Zilch, his first American crossover band, he started another band in Japan called Spread Beaver which are featured on his final album entitled "Ja Zoo."
Was deemed the most outragous member of X Japan due to his eccentric style and behavior. He was also the most popular member of the band.
Started and owned a record label, & a chain of stores named LEMONed after his song "LEMONed I Scream" from his 1996 album "Psyence."
In 2000, the Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro announced that he was a big fan of X Japan, which helped him out as a politician. It helped him look in touch with the citizens, and as a way to show the citizens that he was a fan, he opened the appropriately named "Hide Museum" in Hide's hometown, near the oceanline. The museum houses all of his belongings from his guitars, music and movie collections, his clothes, things he's collected from all around the world, to his car even. The only music that's playing in the museum is music that he's played on. There's even a cafe named after one of his songs "Cafe L¨¦ Psyence" as well as shops called "LEMONed I Shop" after his song "LEMONed I Scream." The 'hide Museum' was closed on September 25, 2005, even after countless efforts of fans all over the world to keep it open.
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hide in death:
On May 1st, he was taped at Fuji TV studios and his segment was scheduled to appear on ROCKET PUNCH!, a popular Fuji TV music program; the last promotional work towards his career he ever did.
hide died on May 2, 1998. A roommate put hide in bed after a night of drinking, but when she went to check on him an hour later, he was not in his room. hide was found hanged with a ripped towel in his apartment bathroom, the towel wrapped around to the doorknob. He was barely alive when the ambulance arrived, and later died in the hospital around 8:32 in the morning. He was 33 years old.
There is much debate as to the true nature of hide's death. Some say it was an accidental death, explaining that he was drunk; hide left no suicide note. hide was known for performing stunts in attempts to scare others, and some suspect his death to be a stunt gone wrong. Taiji, who played in X Japan with hide for several years, offered a possible explanation for hide's death in his book X no Sei to Shi: Uchuu wo Kaeru Tomo e. He explained that after performing shows, the band members would often tie towels around their shoulders and necks to relieve muscle stress. Taiji implies that hide had most likely tied a towel on in such a manner (and one can subsequently assume that he had fallen against the door and was ultimately unable to free himself). Although many fans support Taiji's suggestion, others have preferred to see hide's death as a purposeful incident, not wanting to see hide's death as an accident.
hide's funeral was held at the Buddhist temple, Tsukiji Hongan-ji, in Tsukiji, Tokyo on May 7th, 1998. Over 70,000 people attended. Streets were closed off, and police had to deploy boats, helicopters, 100 officers, and 170 security guards to the temple to control the emotional crowd. By the end of day, 26 people had been hospitalized for various injuries. There is still a small memorial and guest book at the temple you can find it on the far left on entering the main hall.
hide's death and funeral was announced by CNN and other TV channels around the world, despite only being a household name within Japan.
The remaining members of X Japan performed Forever Love at the funeral, and the band leader Yoshiki gave a speech. He was crying and shaking so hard that he was struggling to hold onto the paper he had written the speech on.
hide was known to be upbeat, a joker and party-loving, adding to the confusions as to why such a person would choose to escape his problems through suicide.
[It is the owner's personal opinion that this is because it wasn't a suicide.]
I'm very shocked to hear about his death. I still can't believe what has happened. Right now, he's sleeping with a beautiful face. I tried to wake him up many times, but he's still sleeping.
Between the five of us, hide was the one who kept his calm and thought out things. Even though I was the leader, he was the calm one who gave me good advice when I was being short tempered and emotional. Of course with all that pressure, he too almost lost his identity. But during those hard times, he'd always give me a call. We would talk about X, music, friends, life, fans, almost anything. He was like a big brother to me and sometimes like a young brother too. We'd drink together and sometimes fight. But the next day, he'd come to me and say, "Yoshiki, have I done something last night? I'm sorry, I don't remember a thing." But this time, he didn't say anything back to me... sleeping.
To all fans and friends, you must all be confused. I also cannot express this sadness in words, but we must understand and accept this painful reality. Everyone please watch over his eternal sleep warmly.
X Japan leader
Yoshiki was wiping his tears with a white handkerchief, the paper he was reading was shaking, his words all muffled by his tears. This was read in front of the temple where hide's funeral was on May 7th.
Newspaper Article on May 7, 1998:
JAPENESE FANS MOURN ROCKER'S DEATH
By CHISAKI WATANABE
c. The Associated Press
TOKYO (May 7)
Tens of thousands of young fans shut down central Tokyo today in an extraordinary outpouring of grief for a rock guitarist who hanged himself. One fan followed him in suicide, and two tried. Helicopters buzzed over the Buddhist temple where as many as 50 000 lined up outside services for Hideto 'hide' Matsumoto. TV networks went live as ambulances carted away dozens overcome by emotion and the 82-degree (28c) heat.
Matsumoto killed himself on Saturday, leaving nothing to explain why. His group (X-JAPAN, one of Japan's most popular) broke up in September, Matsumoto had a solo tour planned for the summer.
'I can't believe he's dead',said Mayumi Meguro, a 21 years old part-time worker who took today off for the services. She stood in line with throngs of people in their teens and 20s, many in black, many with the brightly dyed hair that was a trademark of X-JAPAN. They waited to sign their names and leave flowers.
Initially unprepared for the turnout, workers at Honganji Temple set up a first-aid room after about 12 000 fans visited the temple for Matsumoto's wake Wednesday. By late today, 26 people had been hospitalized. Police sent helicopters, boats and about 100 officers to the temple. Another 170 private security guards were deployed to keep the fans from disrupting traffic. Alarmed by the response, Matsumoto's old band mates have urged mourning fans to stay calm. They have reason to be fearful.
A 14 years old girl was declared dead today after hanging herself Monday night at her home in Tokyo, using a towel tied around her neck, the same method Matsumoto used. Another girl jumped from a bridge Monday night but survived, and on Wednesday a 19 years old woman who attended the wake was taken to the emergency room after she cut her wrist with a paper knife. A monk at the temple, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the cuts were superficial. If precedent holds, more attempts could follow.
Matsumoto's death was only the latest in a series of high-profile suicides that have dominated Japenese headlines in recent weeks - chiefly of businessmen and bureaucrats linked to a government scandal. A rash of suicides followed the death of singer Yutaka Ozaki in 1992, and some parents standing in line with their children for today's service said they were apprehensive. 'I am here to make sure my daughter comes home afterward', said Kazuko Ishiwata. 'I am worried about her, even though she has said she wouldn't do anything like that'.
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WolfsRain: Hello, Everyone. =] hide's birthday was this month. --Happy Birthday ? Pink Spider-- Another year is almost done. Hope everyone has a safe New Years!
WolfsRain: Hello Cult Members!
So yesterday marked the 11th year of our dear Pink Spider's passing.
Hard to believe it's been so long,
but he still lives on in our hearts,
for now and always ?
I hope everyone is doing well so far this year!
WolfsRain: A new Year, a new layout ^-^ Hope everyone's doing well so far this year <3
We really want this cult to grow, so hopefully our numbers will get larger this year, and our activity will keep increasing =]
We'll make this cult strong in memory of hide <3 Who else is excited that X is back? =D
SkyTrillium: So, WolfsRain has given me this cult, I'm not gonna get into why, but that means there's a new line-up, yet again. ^_^ Here it is:
SkyTrillium - owner
WolfsRain - co-owner
x_x-kasumi-x_x - co-owner
Widow_Of_Life - root
AllthatIam - admin
Hopefully, I can be a good owner for this cult, and create a nice atmoshpere for all hide fans here. Thank you for giving me the opportunity in the first place, I'm very flattered that I get to own this cult. ^_^
Widow_Of_Life: Okay, the new lineup is the following:
WolfsRain - owner
x_x-kasumi-x_x - co-owner
SkyTrillium - root
AllthatIam - admin
As my final act I deleted those who had no comments. I don't see the point in being a cult member, but not posting at all.
Okay, I'm really leaving now, however I won't delete my VF account and might visit it sometimes. Still, if you want to contact me, it's better through my Myspace account. (The address you can find here on my VF profile.)
Sayounara minna! (^^)/~