who was one of the "Godfathers"
of Visual Kei
and an inspiration to musicians and fans worldwide is very much remembered on two occasions, his birth and his passing. Annual events not only in Japan but around the globe celebrate and honor this legend.
impact on Jrock
and Visual Kei Music
is and was, immeasurable. As hide's official website
is active with fans worldwide, due to the ongoing support for this man, he lives on. Many projects are planned for 2013-2014 as this year is the 20th Anniversary
of hide's solo projects
and would have been his 50th birthday
. This years event in Japan is at Club Citta
,"hide film ALIVE 2013
, 20th of hide's Solo Works Special Edition"
, and will be held today, May 2nd .There are plenty of "goods" to be purchased along with this event and can be found on his website.
Also scattered across Japan, are coffee shops sporting drinks with names such as "Pink Spider"
and different business's finding unique ways to incorporate all things hide
into their daily operations. NicoVideo
will air a 24 hour broadcast, "hide Rocket Dive 2013"
that will consist of clips from live shows, music videos, events, and interviews with hide
and can be watched here
Pink ribbons will be worn in girls hair, eating pink Strawberry Pocky
, holding up signs at intersections with lyrics from his songs, gatherings of cosplay and many other creative avenues are demonstrated in celebration of hide
which takes place for an entire week in Japan.
Family, fans, bandmates and friends will make the journey to Miura Reien in Miura City, Kanagawa,
headstone by the sea is located to hold a candlelight vigil, an annual event attended by thousands. This year in 2013 this site was vandalized which the investigation is still ongoing. His ashes lay there and also off of the Santa Monica Pier scattered in the ocean in Los Angeles, California.
For those of you not familiar with this man, you may recognize him as the lead quitarist for X-Japan
, although he had several side projects as he produced American based band Zilch
under his own label LEMONDed
, solo project Spread Beaver, M*A*S*S
, and infamous Saver Tiger
. A benefit concert was held called "hide Memorial Summit"
by his piers in honor of his life, friendships and contributions to the music industry in 1998. hide's
song "Pink Spider"
was released and hit #
1 on the Oricon charts a little over a month after he was laid to rest. A museum was also opened containing his guitars, and memorabilia which closed in 2005, and now will re-open its doors as "hide Revival Museum"
which the dates are not concrete yet.
died, at age 33, the morning of May 2, 1998. After a night out drinking, he was found hanged by a towel tied to a doorknob in his apartment in the Minami-Azabu
district of Tokyo
. He had returned to Japan just five days prior, after a lengthy three month stay in Los Angeles. On May 1st, hide
and the members of his band Spread Beaver
recorded for a few select television shows and afterwords went out drinking, with his brother driving him home at roughly 6:30 a.m. the following day. When found unconscious, hide
was taken to a hospital in Hiroo
where he was pronounced dead at 8:52 a.m. and deemed as a suicide. As Japan heard the news copycat suicides, and utter shock hit the residents of Japan. Everyone was in disbelief. The "end of an era" had just been handed to the masses. With no evidence of suicide and after many formal complaints by his family and friends the official cause of death was changed to accidental death which was more than a relief to all.
Today we honor and remember the great contributions made by hide
to the genre of music called JRock and Visual Kei.... Rest in Peace hide
Hideto Matsumoto December 13, 1964 – May 2, 1998.
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