As a great fan of a Legendary Japanese band, X Japan. I have collected pictures of Yoshiki, the band leader, who was here in Bangkok for Press Conference, and made it into the video I have posted here. He was here for the opening of Thailand X Japan Official Website and to announce a special news, the 1st X JAPAN LIVE Concert in Bangkok!!. By which, he stated that it will be on the 31 JAN 2009.
The X Japan was disbanded back in 1997, I was a still a kid back then. Only started to listen to X in year 2001. I was really disappointed that I would never be able to catch any of their concert nor meeting them in real person anymore.
The death of hide (hi-de), the guitarist of the band, also one of the most popular members among the fans, in the year 1998, had almost sealed any possibility of the band getting back together. The news of his death spread all over the World through CNN and other national TVs with over 50,000 fans attended the funeral. It was a tragedy. By the end of it all, 4 fans successfully commited suicide and several other unaccounted attempts.
The members, Yoshiki (Band Leader, Pianist, Drummer, Songwriter, Producer), PATA (Guitar), Heath (Bass) and Toshi (Vocal) all went separate ways and work on their on solo projects. In 2007, X Japan reunited and launched a single "I.V." which is used as a theme song for SAW I.V. They held a LIVE concert in JAPAN back in March 2008 with hide's guitar part as audio playback on some of the songs. hide also made appearance on the stage in the form of videos and hologram while some of the songs were played by other accomplished guitarists such as Black Light Burns, Richard Fortus of Guns N' Roses and Sugizo of Luna SEA. To the fans' delight, X JAPAN was reunited and kickin'.
The band is organizing a WORLD TOUR. The next concert will be held on 22 November, 2008 in Paris.
Yoshiki has been on the promotional tour around asia to finalize dates for concert dates in Hong Kong on January 17th, Thailand on January 31st, Taiwan on February 14th and South Korea on March 21st.
I love most of their songs but my personal favourites are "Say Anything", "Weekend" and "Kurenai". I personally love hide's solo works too... Some of the catchy songs were "Goodbye" and "Misery". Although we'll never be able to see hide in life anymore, his spirit and songs will always have a place in every fan's heart.