ARTIST PROFILE: hide (Hideto Matsumoto)

Hideto hide Matsumotohide

Artist name: hide
Real name: 
Hideto Matsumoto (松本秀人)
Occupations: Songwriter, guitarist, singer
Also known as: lead guitarist in X JAPAN
Solo career start: 1993

template-cakeDecember 13th 1964, born in Kanagawa, Yokosuka
template crossMay 2nd 1998, in Tokyo

  • Got exposed to rock music at age 15 through Kiss’ album “Alive!”.
  • hide’s grandmother bought him his first electric guitar.
  • Formed the band Saber Tiger 1981.
  • Started to study cosmetology and fashion in April 1983 and graduated 1984. A while later he obtained a beautician license.
  • Saber Tiger changed name to Saver Tiger in 1986 to distinguish from a Sapporo band with the same name.
  • hide joined X JAPAN in 1987.
  • hide participated in the art movie “seth et holth” in 1993
  • hide released his first solo album “Hide your face” 1994
  • hide starred in an art film titled Seth Et Holth with TUSK from Zi:Kill.
  • One of hide’s primary projects were hide with Spread Beaver. Spread Beaver was hide’s backup band.
  • hide formed the band Zilch in 1996.
  • hide died at age 33 on May 2nd 1998 by hanging. Some claims it was suicide, some claims it was a stretching accident.
  • Within a week after his death, three fans killed themselves in so called “copycat suicides”.
  • 50 000 people attended to hide’s funeral at Tsukiji Hongan-ji, 200 received medical treatment and 60 got hospitalized.
  • hide’s remains were buried in Miura Reien in Miura, Kanagawa during a Buddhist memorial service.
  • hide’s last song “Pink Spider” was released some weeks after hide’s death. Some people think that the song was a suicide message. It’s said that the other members of X Japan called hide “Pink Spider” due to his pink hair, hence many fans call him that as well.

Member History

Spread Beaver members:

  • Percussionist and programmer I.N.A X JAPAN(DJ & record engineer) → hide with Spread Beaverzilch → Dope HEADz → SONIC STORAGE
  • Gt. KIYOSHI →  JEWEL → SWEET DEATH → MEDIA-YOUTH → Virus → MEDIA YOUTH → media youth → kiyoshi(solo) → R → hide with Spread Beaver → machine → Lucy → Lucy, machine, Madbeavers 
  • Gt. K.A.Z → GEMMY ROCKETS → THE LOVERS → OBLIVION DUST → Spin Aqua → hide with Spread Beaver → SONIC STORAGE → SONIC STORAGE, OBLIVION DUST, VAMPS 
  • Ba. CHIROLYN → hide with Spread Beaver → solo → Madbeavers(CHIROLYN) → solo(HIROSHI)
  • Key. D.I.E. →  FLESH → PILAR STUPA → solo → hide with Spread Beaver → CINNAMON-phonic → LOOPUS → Nimajita → Nimajita , Di-LUMINA
  • Dr. JOE →  44MAGNUM → ZIGGY(support) → ZIGGY, SNAKE HIP SHAKES → ZIGGY, hide with Spread Beaver → ZIGGY, RIDER CHIPS → ZIGGY, Glass Dorcus → ZIGGY, Madbeavers

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