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
December 13th 1964, born in Kanagawa, Yokosuka
May 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.
- Vo&Gt. hide → (SABER TIGER→SAVER TIGER) → X → X JAPAN, hide(solo) → hide with Spread Beaver, zilch → [deceased May 2nd 1998]
Spread Beaver members:
- Percussionist and programmer I.N.A → X JAPAN(DJ & record engineer) → hide with Spread Beaver → zilch → 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