hide (musician)

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Birth nameHideto Matsumoto
Also known ashide, HIDE
Born(1964-12-13)December 13, 1964
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
DiedMay 2, 1998(1998-05-02) (aged 33)
Minami-Azabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1981–98
  • MCA Victor
  • Sony
  • LEMONed

Hideto Matsumoto (松本 秀人, Matsumoto Hideto, 13 December 1964 – 2 May 1998), better known by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, the lead guitarist of the band X Japan. He was also a successful solo artist, once contributing to the American-based band Zilch. He is regarded as very influential to modern Japanese music.[1] His music can be classified as glam rock and pop. X Japan was one of the main bands to develop the musical movement called visual kei.[1][2]

hide was born at Yokosuka, in Kanagawa Prefecture. He lived and created music in Tokyo and Los Angeles. He died in Tokyo on 2 May 1998, after a night of drinking. He committed suicide.[1]

Spread Beaver[change | change source]

hide's solo project was called hide with Spread Beaver. It was formed at the start of 1998, and was based in Los Angeles. They released three single CDs and one album. The first single was "Rocket Dive", released on 28 January 1998. The other two singles were recorded by the end of April, and were scheduled to be released in May. hide travelled to Tokyo to promote the new songs, but he died on 2 May before they were released. The two new singles were released on 13 May and 27 May. They were called "Pink Spider" and "Ever Free". "Pink Spider" entered the Oricon charts at #1 and eventually received the year's MTV video music award. hide's studio album, Ja, Zoo, was released in November 1998. His band played their promotion tour live in Japan as scheduled.

hide's backing musicians were:

  • I.N.A (稲田和彦, Inada Kazuhiko) – percussion, programming (1993–98, 2008)
  • Ran (松川敏也, Matsukawa Toshiya) – guitar (1994–96)
  • Chirolyn (渡邊紘士, Watanabe Hiroshi) – bass guitar (1994–98, 2008)
  • Joe (宮脇知史, Miyawaki Satoshi) – drums (1994–98, 2008)
  • D.I.E. (野澤大二郎, Nozawa Daijiro) – keyboards (1994–98, 2008)
  • Kiyoshi (本間清司, Honma Kiyoshi) – guitar (1996–98, 2008)
  • K.A.Z (岩池一仁, Iwaike Kazuhito) – guitar (1998, 2008)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Strauss, Neil (1998-06-18). "The Pop Life: End of a Life, End of an Era". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  2. Minnie, Chi. "X Japan Best review". Asia Pacific Arts Online Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2007-09-10.