Name: hide(hideto) “Pink Spider” Matsumoto
Previous/Associated Bands: Yokosuka Saver Tiger, X Japan, Spread Beaver, Zilch
Date of Birth: December 13, 1964
Date of Death: May 2, 1998
Aged: (at death) 33

Discography Solo/ with Spread Beaver:
Hide Your Face
Ja, Zoo

Eyes Love You
50% & 50%
Tell Me
Beauty & Stupid
Hi-Ho/Good Bye
Rocket Dive
Pink Spider
Ever Free
Hurry Go Round
Tell Me
In Motion

Tune Up
Tribute Spirits
Best ~Psychommunity~
Singles ~ Junk Story
King of Psyborg Rock Star

Discography with X Japan:
Vanishing Vision
Blue Blood
Art of Life

I’ll Kill You
Endless Rain
Week End
Silent Jealousy
Standing Sex
Say Anything
Rusty Nail
Forever Love
Crucify My Love
The Last Song

Live Albums
On the Verge of Destruction
Live Live Live Tokyo Dome
Live Live Live Extra
Live in Hokkaido
Art of Life Live
The Last Live

Home Video/Video
Blue Blood Tour
On the Verge of Destruction
X Clips
X Japan Clips II
The Last Live Video
Art of Life
Tokyo Dome
Aoi Yoru
Shiroi Yoru
X Japan Returns
X Japan Returns

Discography with Zilch:

For one, the ‘h’ in his name is nevr capped by the artist’s request and his name is pronounced “hee-day”. In 1981, formed the independent band Saver Tiger. A year after their founding, they started playing shows at live houses in Yokosuka, such as Rock City. Soon after in 1986 the group changed its name to Yokosuka Saver Tiger to avoid confusion with similarly-named band from Sapporo. Their first appearance with the new name was on the sampler Devil Must Be Driven out with Devil. They continued to perform in live houses and night clubs such as Meguro Rokumeikan, Omiya Freaks and Meguro Live Station. Shortly after Yokosuka Saver Tiger disbanded, hide had a conversation over the phone with X band leader Yoshiki who expressed an interest to revive X Japan which had taken a hiatus after band members Jun and Hikaru had left. hide joined X Japan (then called X) in 1987. In early 1993, hide was featured on the sampler Dance 2 Noise 004, with the song “Frozen Bug”, which he recorded with Inoran and J of Luna Sea. He also starred in an art film titled Seth et Holth, along with Tusk of Zi:Kill. After X Japan disbanded in 1997, hide formally titled his solo project “hide with Spread Beaver”. He also formed a second band, named Zilch, which, apart from himself and Spread Beaver. As with his solo project, hide acted as primary songwriter, singer and guitarist. In 1998, work on first albums of both, Spread Beaver and Zilch began, which hide never finished himself, due to his death in the same year.

Death of hide:
hideto Matsumoto died on May 2, 1998. he was found hanged with a towel tied to a doorknob in his Tokyo apartment. The news of his death was shocking. Three fans died of copy-cat suicide while sixty were hospitalized. Over 50,000 people attended the funeral. Later that month, the single “Pink Spider” was released, entering the Oricon charts at number one. The song would also receive that year’s MTV Video Music Award in the category “Japan Viewers Choice”. While authorities deemed Matsumoto’s death a suicide, several of hide’s friends and colleagues stated that they believed in an accident, among them X Japan co-founder Yoshiki Hayashi and former X Japan bassist Taiji Sawada. This notion is supported by the fact that no suicide note was left and Sawada theorizes in his autobiography, that at the night of his death, hide may have been practicing a technique to relieve upper back and neck pains which guitarists can suffer from continuous use of a shoulder strap.

“I’m very shocked to hear about his death. I still can’t believe what has happened. Right now, he’s sleeping with a beautiful face. I tried to wake him up many times, but he’s still sleeping. Between the five of us, hide was the one who kept his calm and thought out things. Even though I was the leader, he was the calm one who gave me good advice when I was being short tempered and emotional. Of course with all that pressure, he too almost lost his identity. But during those hard times, he’d always give me a call. We would talk about X, music, friends, life, fans, almost anything. He was like a big brother to me and sometimes like a young brother too. We’d drink together and sometimes fight. But the next day, he’d come to me and say, “Yoshiki, have I done something last night? I’m sorry, I don’t remember a thing.” But this time, he didn’t say anything back to me… sleeping. To all fans and friends, you must all be confused. I also cannot express this sadness in words, but we must understand and accept this painful reality. Everyone please watch over his eternal sleep warmly.”
— Yoshiki – X Japan


7 Responses to “hide”

  1. …..You capped his name twice in the history. XP

    I would fix it, but we all know how wordpress likes changing codes on me even though I never told it to change codes.

    Also it may be a good idea just to put commas between releases, scrolling forever sucks, especially if your mouse is dying. (Damn you mouse, damn you >>)

  2. The damned English language tells you to cap names. Sometimes you forget when switching between languages. D:

  3. One hide is still capped. XP

    We all know the Engrish lingo sucks.

  4. .. I keel you caps lock.

  5. wow i knew the story behind hide, but i couldnt help but cry while i was reading this article. hide, is one of my idols, and i wish he was still alive…-cry-

    on another note, i do not think hide committed suicide, i mean he had so much going for him…but ive heard stories that make me believe maybe he did commit suicide…

    im not sure….gosh i wish he was still alive.

    anyways i thank god for this article tho, cuz i didnt know exactly how to pronouce his name until now, i thought it was the way it was in the article but i dunno

  6. Are you sure it’s hee-day and not hee-deh?

  7. mm, I thought it was hee-deh

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