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hide松本秀人(born on December 13,1964 - died on May 2,1998) was the self-titled 【hide】solo project of X JAPAN’s lead guitarist. He released his first album, HIDE YOUR FACE (on which he arranged and played most of the instruments), in 1994 to huge success. hide’s music generally consisted of heavier, speed-oriented songs and pop efforts, incorporating elements of electronic rock and pop to form a unique blend of sound.

hide’s real name was Matsumoto Hideto. hide (pronounced ‘hee-deh’ ) is simply a shortened form of his first name, Hideto.

When he reached his high school years, he formed the band Saver Tiger (also called as Yokosuka Saver Tiger, not to be confused with Japanese band Saber Tiger). The formation did not last long and they disbanded. In his senior years he completely abandoned music and decided to enter beauty school to become a hair stylist after graduation.

Before that career could take off, Yoshiki gave hide a call, looking to fill one of two guitar positions in his band, X. He mentioned that he had heard hide’s amazing skills, and wanted him to join. hide had a while to think about it, and he eventually accepted.

The band was first known as ‘X’ before being re-named X JAPAN. After years of performing and 4 albums, X JAPAN took a break to focus on each of their solo careers. hide took this opportunity to express himself and became massively successful.

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