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Background information
Birth nameHideto Matsumoto
Also known ashide, HIDE
BornDecember 13, 1964(1964-12-13)
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
DiedMay 2, 1998(1998-05-02) (aged 33)
Minami-Azabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
GenresAlternative rock, heavy metal, industrial rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1981–98
LabelsMCA Victor, Sony, LEMONed
Associated actsX Japan, Zilch, M*A*S*S, Saver Tiger

Hideto Matsumoto (松本 秀人 Matsumoto Hideto?, 13 December 1964 – 2 May 1998), better known by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician. He was best known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan. He was also a successful solo artist, and formed the American-based band Zilch. He is regarded as very influential to modern Japanese music.[1] His music can be classified as glam rock and pop. X Japan was one of the main bands to develop the musical movement called visual kei.[2][1]

hide was born at Yokosuka, in Kanagawa Prefecture. He lived and created music in Tokyo and Los Angeles. He died in Tokyo on 2 May 1998, after a night of drinking. He committed suicide.[1]

Spread Beaver

hide's solo project was called hide with Spread Beaver. It was formed at the start of 1998, and was based in Los Angeles. They released three single CDs and one album. The first single was "Rocket Dive", released on 28 January 1998. The other two singles were recorded by the end of April, and were scheduled to be released in May. hide travelled to Tokyo to promote the new songs, but he died on 2 May before they were released. The two new singles were released on 13 May and 27 May. They were called "Pink Spider" and "Ever Free". "Pink Spider" entered the Oricon charts at #1 and eventually received the year's MTV video music award. hide's studio album, Ja, Zoo, was released in November 1998. His band played their promotion tour live in Japan as scheduled.

hide's backing musicians were:

  • I.N.A (稲田和彦 Inada Kazuhiko?)percussion, programming 1993–1998, 2008
  • Ran (松川敏也 Matsukawa Toshiya?)guitar 1994–1996
  • Chirolyn (渡邊紘士 Watanabe Hiroshi?)bass 1994–1998, 2008
  • Joe (宮脇知史 Miyawaki Satoshi?)drums 1994–1998, 2008
  • D.I.E. (野澤大二郎 Nozawa Daijiro?)keyboards 1994–1998, 2008
  • Kiyoshi (本間清司 Honma Kiyoshi?) – guitar 1996–1998, 2008
  • K.A.Z (岩池一仁 Iwaike Kazuhito?) – guitar 1998, 2008