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Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan (1988 – present)

GLAY (グレイ) is a / band formed in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan.

GLAY started in 1988, when they were in high school, with Takuro as the guitarrist, TERU as the drummer and a bassist who quit when they decided to head to Tokyo. They needed a vocalist, so TERU made a tape of his singing to give to TAKURO and was immediately recruited for the part. On the search for another guitarist, HISASHI was asked to join but turned down the offer, as he was already part of a locally well-known / band called (Ari), which better suited his taste in music. When Ari disbanded, HISASHI accepted TAKURO’s offer and became the lead guitarist of GLAY.
By the time of TAKURO and TERU’s graduation, GLAY had become more popular in their hometown of Hakodate and were playing in full live houses. Following HISASHI’s high school graduation in 1990, the three of them moved to Tokyo to try and further expand their musical career. However things did not seem to improve for them in Tokyo. Their gigs only attracted a few people, and sometimes none at all.

During this time, members (particularly drummers) were constantly joining and leaving the band. When their bassist quit, Takuro had heard that JIRO, who was also from Hakodate and had played with the indie band ピエロ (Pierrot) (different from the now disbanded Japanese rock band Pierrot, that enjoyed mainstream popularity), had moved to Tokyo and invited him to join GLAY.


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