整理人: everfree(2000-04-10 22:21:37), 站内信件
|Yoshiki is a very gifted individual.
He may not consider himself as such,
but no matter where he is or who he's with,
he always stands out.
He is very intelligent and excels at many different things.
Yoshiki is very good at languages. He is fluent in Japanese,
Cantonese, Mandarin(普通话偶),English and French.
He uses his knowledge of language to teach
others through his music, poems and speeches.
He has very good people skills.
As a convincing and understanding leader,
he has often gotten others to work with those they disdained.
It is his very presence that drove his fans into a screaming
frenzy and sometimes it is just the anticipation of seeing and
hearing him on stage. He knows when to speak and when it is
best to remain silent and let things take their course.
He is very expressive and emotional.
He sometimes has a hard time controlling his overflowing
emotions, often crying at the end of a concert.
Yoshiki has great musical and rhythmic sense.
He is very sensitive to the notes and lyrics of his songs.
To Toshi's voice he composes his music. He also includes
the current feelings of the band into their songs.
His crystal drums and piano dazzle audiences all
over Asia and his ability on both is astounding.
"It always amazes me how he (Yoshiki) can write
a piece of music that can be performed at incredible
speeds by X and also could be performed by a full
orchestra and sound just as beautiful either way."
(KISS, "X Japan's Sold out Success at the Dome" Asashi
News 1990, Internet, http://www.asahi.com/)
It is Yoshiki who made X Japan and kept them
together for over fifteen years.
Yoshiki was born the only child of the Hayashi family
on November 20, 1965. He was born and raised in Tateyama
of the Chiba province in Japan.
It was in kindergarten that Yoshiki's life started to form.
Yoshiki, having just entered kindergarten, was easily making
friends. One of the friendships he made was with a boy named
Toshimitsu Deyama, and this would prove to be a very special
bond. They became very close friends, sharing everything.
They were inseparable.
At home, things were not going quite so well.
Yoshiki's father had inherited his father-in-law's
business and it was not doing well. His father had no
sense for business dealings and a love for gambling.
These were the major factors that drove the family
business into the ground. His mother was devastated to
see her late father's business being destroyed by her husband.
The two of them fought bitterly about the future of the Hayashi
family. Yoshiki's father was too stubborn to admit defeat.
His mother was too full of family pride to sell KIMONO or
His father loved his mother deeply and could no not bear having
these fights with her. One day his father came home early from
work, went into his study and swallowed several pills with
a glass of alcohol. Returning from school, Yoshiki was the
first person to find his father's body. He stood in his father's
study just staring until one of the servants came and carried
him away. His mother took over KIMONO after her husband's
A Mother's Challenge
Yoshiki's mother worked very hard to restore both the family
business as well as the family name. She would often return
home very late at night and too tired to do any of the household
chores. All of the household staff had been laid off due to lack
of income. Yoshiki tried to become the perfect son. Quiet and
obedient, he never caused any trouble for his mom.
He would often cook them dinner and clean up around the house.
Coming from a rich family and being the one expected to carry
on the family name when he grew up, Yoshiki was not used
to menial labour. He hated domestic work with a passion,
but never once did he complain about it to his mother.
He also never mentioned his father's death in her presence.
They depended on each other and each other was all they really had.
Yoshiki would often have problems sleeping at night.
He was very emotional and this current life style was
draining him. He wrote in his journal whatever personal
thoughts and feelings about his present situation that
he could tell no one else. This was his form of release.
He also confided in Toshimitsu about his problems at home.
His mother had a very good business sense and soon paid back
all of the debts that KIMONO had accumulated and was even
starting to earn a profit.
Things were starting to look better for the Hayashi family.
So much so that Yoshiki's mother took a day off work and
brought him to the Tokyo Dome to see one of his favourite
bands. Yoshiki had always been a huge Kiss fan. This was
a very special occasion for him and he would relish it
for a long time. After the concert he told his mom tha
when he grew up he wanted to be in a famous band like Kiss.
Yoshiki never really cared for school.
He found it too structured and uncreative. He
would often get into trouble for writing poetry during class.
He never paid much attention during class, but was smart enough
to be able to pass his courses with low B's. If he had truly
wanted to, he could have done better in school, but his heart
simply was not into it The only classes he really loved were
the language ones and at these he excelled.
Toshimitsu on the other hand was doing fabulously
in the structured environment of high school.
He held a high 90 average and was planning on
attending a prestigious university and studying medicine.
Yoshiki's love for music was ever increasing.
He started writing songs that Toshimitsu would
sing while Yoshiki accompanied him on drums or piano.
He taught him self how to read music, how to play the drums,
guitar, and piano, and even how to compose music. Together,
he and Toshimitsu formed a small after school band and started
to gain small fame around the school.
One of his teachers asked Yoshiki what college he planned to
attend after he graduated. He replied that he did not want
to study anymore and was thinking of being a rock star. The
teacher was quite upset to hear this and called his mother to
ask her to change Yoshiki's mind. His mother said that once
Yoshiki had his heart set on something, nothing could keep him
from it and she was not about to try.
The day before Toshimitsu went off to university
Yoshiki asked him if he would come with Yoshiki to Tokyo
and form a rock band. Toshimitsu, who didn't really want to
leave Yoshiki and go off to university, was shocked at first
but then agreed to it. The next day they both grabbed all
of their life savings and took off to Tokyo.
In Tokyo they found life to be really hard.
They both worked every day and played clubs every night.
Yoshiki hated working. He had always hated it, but he tried
his best and never complained to Toshimitsu. One day Toshimitsu
told Yoshiki that he did not have to work anymore,
that he would take care of the finances and Yoshiki
could concentrate on his music and forming a band.
Yoshiki did not believe him at first but Toshimitsu did
everything and anything that needed to be done. He worked
two sometimes even three jobs, including one as a construction worker.
Yoshiki tried very hard to find a record company that would help
them out, but he was getting nowhere. Yoshiki had the idea that
if he started his own record! company then he could sponsor his
band. He asked his mother if he could borrow a bit of money to
do so, like an investment. His mother sold her store and gave
most of the profits to her son. Yoshiki was overwhelmed
by his mother's generosity and made her vice-president
of his new record company, Extasy Record.
Yoshiki convinced guitarists hide and Pata, and bassist
Taiji to form X with Toshimitsu and himself. Toshimitsu
changed his name to Toshi. In 1988 they released their first
album, Vanishing Vision.
Yoshiki's life is filled with many different disasters.
He had a very hard time coping with most of them, and if
people had not depended on him so strongly he may not h
ave made it through some of the rough spots in his life.
He is very emotional and sometimes has trouble keeping
it all inside. He is well know for his outbursts of tears
as well as for his drinking and speeding. Yoshiki ranks in
the top five for most damage done to a hotel room at about
60 000 dollars in one night. Sometimes Yoshiki could not handle
all of his emotions in a non-violent manner.
At ten Yoshiki had to deal with his father's suicide.
Life became very hard for his mother and him.
He helped out every way possible and tired to be perfect
so that his mother would not have to worry about him and
could focus on the family business. He kept his tears to himself,
letting only his journal and his best friend, Toshimitsu,
know his true feelings.
Taiji became very sick, but recovered after 3 months of bed rest
and in 1992 he quit the band. All the fans were very angry at
Taiji and rumors spread that X Japan might not survive.
Yoshiki was upset about Taiji leaving X Japan
(they changed the band's name). He searched all the nightclubs
in Tokyo to find the perfect replacement for Taiji.
He finally met up with Heath and tried to convince
the band members and fans that Heath would fit right in.
Yoshiki and Toshi's friendship, since kindergarten,
was so strong that it caused some to question just
how friendly they were. In 1997 there was a skirmish
between the two friends. On April 20, Toshi told Yoshiki
and the other members of X Japan that he wanted out.
The official reason for Toshi quitting was a difference
of concept about the music and direction that the band
was headed. Toshi may have just needed a more structured
life style than being a musician could offer.
Yoshiki could not believe that Toshi had left him and the band.
He could not bear to replace Toshi's part in X Japan and
so it was decided that X Japan would disband.
On September 22, X Japan announced its dissolution with hopes
of a final concert. "After this event, the resting members and I
will still continue recording and this matter has been discussed
many times. More over, he has been not only a member of X Japan
but also a friend for nearly 30 years. His withdrawal is
an extreme agony for me." (Interview with Yoshiki,
Word Scramble, Asashi television station show,
aired September 22, 1997, 2:00 p.m.)
On May second of 1998, at approximately seven am,
hide hung himself. Matsumoto Hideto, age 33,
was the former guitarist of the disbanded X Japan.
His suicide is still a mystery to everyone.
No drugs other than alcohol were found in his body
and there was to be no inquest into his death.
There was no note to explain it and hide's life
and musical career was looking good.
He had joined a new band and was due to release two songs
later that month.
Yoshiki was stunned at the news of hide's death.
The day after hide's suicide he returned to Japan
from Los Angeles without any of his staff or bodyguards.
He went straight to Tsukiji Temple, the most celebrated temple
in Tokyo, to grieve with hide's parents. H
e stayed with them from one to eleven p.m.
Yoshiki asked fans not to follow hide,
because there were 29 reported attempted suicides
and 4 deaths in response to the news of hide's passing.
Over 80 000 fans lined up outside of the temple at hide's
funeral on the 7th, over 2 000 000 flowers were left behind,
Yoshiki and Toshi performed 'Forever Love', one of X Japan's
very popular ballads, and the ex-prime minister's wife gave
the testimonial. Yoshiki dedicated the song 'Tears' to hide
and that this incident chillingly reminded him of the suicidal
death of his father who was a year older than hide
when he took his own life.
Yoshiki has had many successes over the years.
Most of them were in music but there are a few others as well.
For someone of merely 34, he has accomplished many things.
Finding a record company that would sign up with Yoshiki's band
was just not happening. Yoshiki had asked every label in and
around Tokyo if they would be interested in sponsoring his band
and every one of them rejected his proposal. He decided to start
his own record company and his mother helped finance it.
Extasy Record was born. Yoshiki is now a very successful
and popular producer.
Yoshiki formed X Japan. He kept them together for 15 years.
He also wrote almost all of their music, produced
all of their works, and helped organize tours and such.
They put out 9 full-length albums, 21 singles and 9 concert
videos. They played to sold out crowds at the Tokyo Dome.
It was one of the highest attendance ratings ever for a concert.
Without X Japan
Yoshiki performs the song 'Black Diamond' on the Kiss tribute
album. He has also had several appearances on both television
and in movies. He has been on the cover of every magazine
in Japan at least 3 times and is adored wherever he goes.
He has also done many projects with other bands
and some solo works.
THE CONTINUATION OF LIFE
Yoshiki has just been through a pretty rough year,
it seems that he is starting to pick up the pieces of his life.
For hide's funeral he cut his two foot long hair off
as a sign of his misery a hide's death and as respect
for his passing. His friends were worried about him
and Toshi watched Yoshiki closely for the next few weeks.
Hide's suicide had many ties with Yoshiki's father's and
everyone was worried about how Yoshiki would cope.
The Canadian (a former Miss Canada?)
Yoshiki's girlfriend, Lana, has been a real lifesaver for him.
She has been there when he needed someone and has left him
when he needed to be alone. She picked him up at the airport
after he returned from hide's funeral. Yoshiki swore once
that he would never marry, so I think that his relationship
with Lana is going to be like a marriage just without the ring.
Yoshiki organized a memorial concert for hide on September 26.
Luna Sea, B' z, Glay, globe, X, Kiss and Guns'N'Roses all played
at the concert. It was his final farewell to his friend and he
cried during it; everyone cried during it.
All of the fans were sobbing.
This emotional release was just what he needed.
Yoshiki hopes to form another band or join a pre-existing one.
He'll keep on writing, acting, modeling and producing.
He may even break his vow of bachelorhood and marry Lana.
He returns to Japan every so often to have dinner
with his mother and to visit friends.
He might apply for American citizenship
or may move to Canada so that Lana can
be closer to her relatives.
Notes:A:they seperated now.
B: This file is from goecities
C: His disease is vertebra hernia(颈椎股椎间板硬化?).
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