hideto "hide" matsumoto (ªQ¥»¨q¤H) was born in 13th of december 1964, in kanagawa, yokosuka.
his blood type was ab and he played guitar. he was the member of Saver Tiger, X, X Japan,
hide with Spread Beaver and Zilch. he also had solo works. he is undoubtfully
one of the greatest guitarist in jrock history, and his voice is also unique and cannot
when hide entered primary school, he was very fat weighted 80 kg, almost a double of
his classmates. hide was teased and expelled by his classmates, so he was determined to
lose weight. during the process, he found that personal responsibility was more important
than other's opinion, and that made him a bit egocentric, reluctant to express himself to
others. hide's parent made him participate in many hobbies like piano, caligraphy and so on.
they even brought hide to united states for a month-long home stay in primary 4 to make him more
"international". however, hide did not enjoy his childhood much.
hide's love for rock music began in secondary 2, when he listened to Kiss, an european
heavy metal band. in Secondary 3, hide got his first electric guitar which was a gibson, and his classmates
started calling him "gibson" too. Since then he spent most of his spare time listening to Kiss
songs and playing the guitar, which made him even more introvert. during high school, hide
formed his first band "Saver Tiger", but it was banned by the school. so Saver Tiger went to
live houses in tokyo to practice and play publicly.
however, saver tiger was not going well. members kept joining and leaving, and
hide was too strict to other members. as hide was not a socialable person, the members lacked
coordination and they always argued. finally, Saber Tiger broke up and hide went to study
in a costume school (on a side note, years later Saver Tiger reformed with new lineups and is still
active right now). however, a call changed his life.
when hide nearly graduated from costume school, he received a phone call from
yoshiki, leader of another indies band "X", which was facing disolution due to member
loss. yoshiki asked hide to join X, and hide replied with only one word - "fine". when they
met in a live house for the first time, yoshiki introduced himself first, "how do you do,
I'm X's yoshiki"; and hide replied, "I'm hide, how do you do". that was not dramatic at all,
but it definitely changed hide's life dramatically.
X was formed in 1982 by yoshiki and his schoolmate toshi, but not until 1985 did they release
their first single "I'll kill you". in february 1987, X had its formation settled down, with leader
yoshiki on drums, toshi on vocal, hide and pata on guitar, and taiji on bass.
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