X Japan

X Japan

Heavy metal band from Japan.

X Japan (official typeset "X JAPAN") is a rock band lead by drummer Yoshiki, considered to be one of the main pioneers of the Japanese Visual Kei movement.
The group, originally named X, was founded by former Dynamite (1977-1978) and Noise (1978-1982) members Yoshiki and TOSHI (19) while attending high school in Tateyamashi in 1982.
In 1985 X moved to Tokyo looking for success and Yoshiki established his own label Extasy Records (2).
The band lineup settled in 1987 with PATA and hide (2) on guitar and Taiji (2) on bass, and one year later X signed their first major deal with CBS/Sony.
Since the late 80's their fame grew so quickly that the band could perform for the first time at Tokyo Dome (the biggest live hall in Japan) in August 1991. However, during a TV appearance at Music Station on January 31st 1992 it was announced that Taiji had left the band due to musical and image differences. Shortly after that X were denied contract renewal by Sony.
X came back with a press conference was held at the Rockfeller Center in New York on August 24 1992 where it was announced that the band has signed a deal with Atlantic and that Heath (7) would join as the new bassist. Since the band had planned to expand activities overseas, X changed their name to X Japan (initially "X from Japan") to avoid confusion with the American band "X".
The band intended to release music overseas and release a new album, but the recording sessions were constantly pushed back due to Yoshiki's health problems caused by spinal disc herniation, the members being busy with solo projects and contract issues with Warner.
X Japan eventually resumed full activities in 1995 with the "Dahlia Tour", but many gigs were cancelled due to Yoshiki's health problems.
In April 1997 Toshi left the band citing differences regarding the band music and future plans. X Japan couldn't find a new vocalist and eventually announced disbandment in an article on the Yomiuri newspaper on September 22nd. Yoshiki also added that X Japan would eventually come back with a new vocalist in 2000. The last concert with Toshi took place at Tokyo Dome on December 31st 1997. Plans to resurrect the band were suspended after hide (2) passed away on May 2nd 1998.
Despite this, X Japan announced their comeback in June 2007 still with Toshi on vocals. The first gigs after the revival took place at Tokyo Dome on March 28th, 29th and 30th, 2008. Sugizo from Luna Sea played guitar as a guest, and eventually joined the band as an official member in May 2009.

Current members
Yoshiki - drums, piano, chorus (1982-1997, 2007-present)
TOSHI (19) - vocals (1982-1997, 2007-present)
Sugizo - guitar (2009-present)
PATA - guitar (1987-1997, 2007-present)
Heath (7) - bass (1992-1997, 2007-present)

Former members
hide (2) - guitar, chorus (1987-1997)
Taiji (2) - bass, chorus (1985, 1986-1992)
Isao - guitar (1987)
Kerry - guitar (1986)
Inoue Satoru (Satoru) - guitar (1986)
Takai Hisashi (Shu) - guitar (1985, 1986)
Kazumitsu Mita (Zenon) - guitar (1985-1986)
Utaka Hikaru (Hikaru) - bass (1985-1986)
Koide Kenichi (Eddie) - guitar (1985)
Yoshida Yoshifumi (Hally) - guitar (1985)
Yuji Izumisawa (Terry) - guitar (1982-1985)
Tomoyuki Ogata (Tomo) - guitar (1984-1985)
Atsushi Tokuo (Atsushi) - bass (1985)

X Japan Discography Tracks


X* Vanishing Vision (Album) Extasy Records (2) Japan 1988 Sell This Version
X* Blue Blood (Album) Siren Song, CBS/Sony Japan 1989 Sell This Version
X* Jealousy (Album) Siren Song Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VICL-186 X* Symphonic Blue Blood(CD, Album) Invitation VICL-186 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VICL-327 X* Symphonic Silent Jealousy(CD, Album) Invitation VICL-327 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
KSC2 21 X* Orchestra Selection —Blue Blood & Jealousy— (CD, MiniAlbum) Ki/oon KSC2 21 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
X Japan Art Of Life (MiniAlbum) Atlantic Japan 1993 Sell This Version
KSC2-105~6 X* On The Verge Of Destruction 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live(2xCD, Album) Ki/oon KSC2-105~6 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
X Japan Dahlia (Album) Atlantic Japan 1996 Sell This Version
POCH-1661/2 X JAPAN Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996(2xCD, Album) Polydor POCH-1661/2 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
AMCM-4351 X JAPAN Live Live Live Extra(CD, Album) Atlantic AMCM-4351 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
POCH-1676 X JAPAN Live In Hokkaido 1995.12.4 Bootleg(CD, Album) Polydor POCH-1676 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
POCH-1690 X Japan Art Of Life Live(CD, MiniAlbum) Polydor POCH-1690 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
AMCM-4374 X Japan X Japan On Piano(CD, Album) Atlantic AMCM-4374 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
X Japan The Last Live (Album) Polydor Japan 2001 Sell This Version
UPCH-1206 X Japan Trance X(CD, Album) Universal UPCH-1206 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
GNBL-7001-7003, DECK-00001 X JAPAN 青い夜 白い夜 完全版(Box, Ltd + 4xDVD-V, NTSC + DVD-V, Ltd + CD, Ltd, R) Digital Site Corporation, Digital Site Corporation GNBL-7001-7003, DECK-00001 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
GNBL-7004 X JAPAN X Japan Returns(Box, Ltd + 6xDVD-V + DVD-V, Ltd) Digital Site Corporation GNBL-7004 Japan 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DA-001 X* I'll Kill You(7") Dada Records (4) DA-001 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
EX 001 エックス* オルガスム(7", Ltd) Extasy Records (2) EX 001 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
none X* Kurenai(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo) Rockin' F none Japan 1988 Sell This Version
X* Endless Rain (Single) Siren Song, CBS/Sony Japan 1989 Sell This Version
X* 紅 Kurenai (Single) Siren Song, CBS/Sony Japan 1989 Sell This Version
XDSH 93212 X* 紅 / Endless Rain(7", Promo) Siren Song XDSH 93212 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
X* Week End (Single) Siren Song, CBS/Sony Japan 1990 Sell This Version