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Chiba, Tokyo, Japan (1982 – 1997, 2007 – present)

X (later changed to X JAPAN in 1992 to avoid confusion with the American band X) is arguably one of the most influential bands in the history of the Japanese music scene. Formed by childhood friends Yoshiki and Toshi in 1982 at Chiba, Japan, X was originally founded to play high energy rock music. Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label, the group is widely credited for pioneering the movement.

Their early music was , but later on they acquired a more sound.

The band consisted of Toshi (vocals), Yoshiki(drums, piano, composer, lyricist), hide (guitar), Pata (guitar), and Heath (bass), and Taiji (bassist) until 1997 when they disbanded.

Once Yoshiki and Toshi recruited bassist Taiji and guitarists hide and Pata, the band began moving on the indie circuit. They garnished abundant support and fans across Japan with their outrageous dress style.

They used long, dyed hair and leather, along with makeup to make themselves shocking to the people who went to see them. This look, and their musical style of fast, driving metal, mixed with softer ballads, was the defining origin of today’s band.

However, in 1996, after the release of their fifth and final album, DAHLIA, Toshi announced that he was departing from the band, for his own reasons - rumored to do with his wife disliking the band, his time commitment, and their performance of mostly sad, downbeat songs. Rather than go on without Toshi, the following year X JAPAN announced it was breaking up. At the end of the year, they had their final concert. X Japan split up in 1997.


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  • AnarchyBrony

    Wait wait wait whoa whoa back up, Yoshiki said the next tour may be his last?! Did his health get worse?

    23 May 8:10am Reply
  • peter_out

    Now you can shout it out to X Japan and lots of other Japanese music in the Japanese regionfree karaoke app JOYSOUND.TV Plus for PS4! Which X Japan songs will you (not) sing?

    21 May 8:58pm Reply
  • Mii85

    @Tulak: Personally I loved Chinese Democracy. If X Japan is able to pull out quality album like that im more than satisfied.

    15 May 7:31pm Reply
  • xStrikeBassProx

    v LMAO

    14 May 7:59am Reply
  • metaloly999

    Go fuck your self, Yoshiki said they already to release new stuff.

    11 May 4:21pm Reply
  • xStrikeBassProx

    "They should disband" they still around?

    4 May 2:31pm Reply
  • makusha1990

    2 May - R.I.P. Hide

    2 May 10:12am Reply
  • Overdose52

    Lol it's typical when an album takes ages for people to hate on it, Chinese Democracy wasn't a bad record.

    30 Apr 6:51pm Reply
  • Tulak

    #PIXYFALSE_ yeah... and what was the result ? They should disband [4]

    22 Apr 10:55am Reply
  • monokuroxxxx

    They should disband [3]

    19 Apr 12:07pm Reply

    Nothing to worry about. We waited on Chinese Democracy longer than this.

    9 Apr 12:29pm Reply

    They should disband [2]

    31 Mar 9:48am Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Yoshiki is having issues with his hand/arm again and is supposedly working on the album so they can release it before they tour again, because he confirmed this may be his last tour.

    27 Mar 8:23pm Reply
  • metaloly999

    Any news about new album ??

    17 Mar 3:30am Reply
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    15 Mar 1:41pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    It better be good. [2] Ok I'm getting excited now.

    15 Mar 3:57am Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    v They kept saying they were working on it for a while now, but unlike Wintersun, they are actually gonna release their new album.

    11 Mar 2:31am Reply
  • Mii85

    Haven't they been talking about it since 2007 or something. They are not rushing it.

    6 Mar 6:38pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Weren't they supposed to release that album like 3 years ago? It better be good.

    5 Mar 4:42am Reply
  • Mii85

    Oh man, Pata looks so rock 'n roll. Hopefully new album comes out someday.

    4 Mar 11:36am Reply
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