Shogo Hamada – Good Old Japanese Rocker

On May 11, 2011, in Music, Others,

Almost 20 years later, I started to watch his lives on YouTube. I like watching his simple concerts in old days: No colorful lasers, no big screens like current ones. One spot light shines on him in white T-shirt and blue jeans in the dark, in front of over 50,000 audience in open air concert. […]

Versailles – J-Rock/Metal, Visual Kei band

On May 8, 2011, in Music, Others,

Someone commented: You would think they are melodic speed metal, if you listen without knowing that they are Visual Kei*. I like their music. I wish they abandon those Victorian clothing. You may have different opinion. In case you cannot tell, the guitarist in the long dress is a guy. The reason I started checking […]

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X Japan – ToshI

On April 30, 2011, in Music, X Japan,

He is the vocalist of X Japan. (He started using recently the spelling, the first and the last in upper case.) Funs comment most on Yoshiki (Leader/composer/drum/piano) and late Hide (guitar), but not so much about ToshI.  It’s a bit strange. Because without his voice, X Japan would not be X Japan. His voice is […]

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X Japan – Intro

On April 30, 2011, in Music, X Japan,

Two months ago, I clicked their video  by chance on You Tube .  It was a song called “Kurenai” from their “Last Live” 1997. I wondered what this drummer was. He was banging drams like crazy. In distance I noticed his blond hair with corset on neck and naked upper body.  Close up, he was not […]

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X Japan – English Lyric

On April 30, 2011, in Music, X Japan,

Is it absolutely necessary for foreign artists to success in the US market? After huge success in Japan beginning 1990s, X Japan tried to break into American market, but gave it up without releasing a single or an album after 4 years. Yoshiki said in interviews that their problem was they did not speak English […]

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