Film Alive 2013 Kicks off hide ROCKET DIVE 2013 – 2014

Live Report

by Chika Yoshizawa, Leela McMullen, Mio Nagasaki, posted June 24, 2013

Cosplayer photos & fan surveys included below! |コスプレ写真とファンのアンケートもあります!

English|日本語

The story of hide which has been passed down to the present never fades even after if fifteen years have passed. The film live at Kawasaki CLUB CITTA’ on May 2, 2013 created one more piece of history to the legend. The fans were able to enjoy many live videos, music videos and even off-shots including footage debuted to the public for the very first time. The floor was filled with love for hide, shared by all of the audience and ultimately suited to the memorial day special.

The debut of the video shooting for “EYES LOVE YOU” stole fans’ eyes right away. The strong impression of hide’s eyes as he worked and the warm smiles in the off-shots fully expressed the aura of the charismatic artist, right down to the gap between his on and off states. Then, the video shown at the Shibuya crossing of his solo debut announcement event proved the sheer number of fans who had been longing for his solo debut as hundreds of fans reached out and shouted to the legend onscreen. The rehearsal scene for hide’s first solo tour hit the screen then, in which hide’s serious look in the meeting and rehearsal showed his passion for the music and he didn’t compromise at all, checking the sound from every part of the audience seating to ensure top quality from all around.

The words “HIDE OUR PSYCHOMMUNITY -Welcome to hide’s room-” instantly led to an air of excitement. The floor of CITTA wrapped in passionate red light which linked the live scene in Kawasaki to that on the screen. All of hide’s support members appeared onscreen one by one to big cheers and the atmosphere almost split in two from the shouts issued when hide appeared onscreen at last, along to “PSYCHOMMUNITY.” hide’s sparkling eyes looking out at the audience and it was as if he were looking sharply through the screen to the audience in Kawasaki during the heavy tune “DICE.” Then, robust bass drums and sharp guitar echoed as the vigorous “SCANNER” began and hide danced joyfully along to the powerful guitar battle between RAN and PATA.

Continuing the all-new footage, hide yelled, “I am very emotionally unpredictable so you’ll feel a vast change in mood depending on the song. I’ll play as I feel like, so dance when you feel like it!” What hide offered was a space in which anyone could enjoy his music as they would when by themselves. In the following “50% & 50%,” the guitar solo echoed strongly through the floor, hide pleasantly teasing PATA as he sang. Distorted bass overlapped the powerful drumming and hide passed around a bottle of booze as “D.O.D.[DRINK OR DIE]” struck up. Lots of fists and bottles were raised to the music in CLUB CITTA’ and as the tune got increasingly heavier, the excitement mounted crazily both onscreen and in the live audience.

hide played his cute pink guitar in “BLUE SKY COMPLEX,” showing off a dynamic sound. Bass groove made the mood mysterious as heavy rock emanated from the triple guitars. Then, hide started playing acoustic in answer to DIE’s smooth keyboard in “CRIME OF BREEN St (Instrumental).” A sofa, table, lamp and glass bottles were set on the stage as if he were playing and singing blues in a private room. Contrasting the instrumental, “DOUBT” began with ripping guitar. The fans grew excited along with the members, headbanging harshly to the aggressive tune.

A deep sound echoed in the beginning of “OBLAAT” as hide ran and danced freely without the burden of his guitar, singing out in his cute, strong voice. Meanwhile, the fans in CLUB CITTA’ experienced the realistic sensations of a live show as the lights onscreen synched with those in the Kawasaki venue. The stage sunk into chaos suitable for the perfect last number.

Next began hide’s live music video shooting for “TELL ME” which was filmed to capture the excitement of the live with hide riding on a crane out over the vast hall. He sang, looking down the audience from on high and the word ‘heartwarming’ well-represented the moment when hide stuck his tongue out at the camera with a smile. His live cover of “20th CENTURY BOY” followed, hide flipping his self-painted guitar, running around and singing out in his unique voice. Furious music then resounded boldly in the last number, “PSYCOMMUNITY EXIT,” the live footage ending with a big, explosive sound.

The footage suddenly changed from that of hide’s long red hair to short pink, an image which symbolized him to the present day. hide surprised the onscreen audience, popping up from the stage below under a spotlight as “POSE” began. The music relied on the musicians as hide entertained the audience with his vocals and performance technique. His charisma was fully displayed next in “ROCKET DIVE,” the crowd drawn thoroughly into hide’s world.

The live footage returned with “Beauty & Stupid” and layered guitars filled the venue. Then, for “Pink Spider,” live TV appearance images were expertly mixed with the original music video, resulting in cheers and applause in appreciation of the new version. Following on, hide danced provocatively with sexily wardrobed dancers to the medium tempo of “Hi-Ho” with its cheerful tune. Off-shots such as a food battle with DIE mixed into the music video provided extra entertainment and big red balloons were tossed into the crowd at CITTA. Once they burst, smaller balloons broke free from inside and the audience jumped to the music with the balloons in hand.

Each instrument was strongly stressed each in “ever free,” hide smiling after he finished singing. An intro colored by sharp guitar welcomed more live footage of “MISERY” with hide and Kiyoshi’s paired guitar-work exhibiting great chemistry, both truly glamorous. In the intro of “TELL ME,” glittering pink tape exploded overhead, matching the video and filling the floor with joyful cheer as the feeling of being part of the original moment captured in film took hold.

Once the floor darkened, the words, “hide’s solo works started with this song,” appeared. Having experienced the on-set atmosphere earlier, the audience were now treated to the artistic music video of “EYES LOVE YOU,” a special versione which was edited especially for the event. Furthermore, live scenes mixed in with the original video which became something new and special. To top off the event, a volley of announcements included the schedule for hide MUSEUM 2013 in both Tokyo and Osaka this summer and the simultaneous release of SPIRITS II and III on July 3, the first of the SPIRITS tribute album series.

Before the event, in a sneak peak for hide MUSEUM, hide’s beloved guitar/GIBSON Les Paul Standard ’59—formerly owned by Mick Mars from Motley Crue—and the costume hide wore at the shooting for his 1st solo album were unveiled. This and much, much more have been prepared for viewing in both Osaka and Tokyo. Check the official hide ROCKET DIVE 2013-2014 site for details.

Finally, fans who attended the event at CITTA raised their voices in memory of hide, and KAZI from FEST VAINQUEUR put in a special mention. Read these short interviews below for genuine testimony as to how hide has affected countless lives both in Japan and abroad.

  

Sentiments from fans before the live

Rinri: I have been a big fan of hide since he was in X. My favorite song is “CELEBRATION.” The trigger that started me cosplaying was that I wanted to become like hide. Ever since then, I have wanted to be cooler. I am happy that hide’s fans—those younger ones who might not have been able to know the real hide—ask to take pictures with me. That’s what makes me want to continue cosplaying.

Nacchan:  I have known him as an artist since he was playing in Sabel Tiger. I was not a big fan of him at that time but one of my friends who was a big fan showed me videos of hide. They arrowed through my heart and made me want to cosplay him. I think “D.O.D” is the coolest but in terms of music videos, “DICE” is the best. I sometimes listen to the cover songs. I like CUTT’s arrangement. I feel a sense of love from the artists who related to hide including TACUTT (TAKA of defspiral and CUTT). All the indies bands and also heidi., who respect hide’s music, each have their own feeling of hide and interpretation of his music. I can feel their love for him.

Joana (Poland): I am from Poland. This is my first time to see the film live. I have listened to hide’s music eleven years ago. One of my friends who loves hide told me about him. My favorite is the first album “PSYCOMMUNITY.” I love “TELL ME,” “PINK SPIDER” and “MISERY.” I got to know hide after he passed away, so I think today is a kind of concert experience so I am sure it is going to be exciting.

Sentiments from fans after the live

Rina: The film live filled me with emotion. I can’t stop crying. Though I could not come every time, I was able to come and see him after a long interval. “TELL ME” especially stood out in my memory. “TELL ME” is my favorite song, so the music video and other footage always bring tears to my eyes because I love it too much. I really want to come next year, too.

Yuki: I am so glad that I was able to see video footage I have never seen before. I am sure I will come next year, too.

Manami: Although I have been a big fan of hide since a long time ago, I had no chances to come the film live. I came to see it today for the first time since the film live is held in Kawasaki only on May 2nd. The audience around me was really enjoying the film and music, so I had fun, feeling like it was a real live. It was a great event that let me experience the root of hide’s solo career. The most impressive film was the music video making, as it included a lot of footage I was seeing for the first time.

Mika: I am too impressed for words as this is my first experience to see hide FILM ALIVE. hide passed away when I was an elementary student. When I came to like his music, he had already passed away, so I was not able to see his real lives. I wish I could have been born fifteen years earlier. I feel deeply blessed by all the effort from staff and everyone concerned to keep conducting such a great event. Those efforts allow we who were not able to see his real lives to know him, and of course I appreciate that I can get a chance to enjoy the atmosphere even in film. When the pink tape flew out, I felt like I was at a real live. It made me really happy.

Julia (Italy): I am from Italy. I came here because I love hide. This is my first time to see the film live. I have been listening to hide’s music from X JAPAN era to solo era. My favorite songs are “Genkai Haretsu” and “TELL ME.”

FEST VAINQUEUR – KAZI

KAZI: This was my first time seeing the film live though I always used to watch hide on TV. Being able to watch so much footage that can’t otherwise be seen, it’s extremely motivating and deeply touching. This will be an unforgettable day for me.

Over time, an unknowable number of musicians have been influenced by hide—and not only musicians but also many, many fans continue to love hide even now. His soul will always be remembered as legend by beyond generations.

ROKKYUU would like to thank all of the wonderful cosplayers and fans who participated in the Q&A section of this mini report!

Chika has been interested in visual kei music since VK bands first began holding free lives the Hokoten area in Harajuku. She was too young to go watch them back then in the early 90s, but the scenes on TV caught her eye. Since then, she has loved the passion of VK music and, of course, music in general. She majored in English literature in Japan and learned to speak English in the UK. After graduating from university, she has worked for both American and Japanese companies in IT and as a translator and continues various translations today.

Leela McMullen is a strong believer in the philosophy "no music, no life." Having traversed the range of Japanese fandoms, she found her home at last in visual kei and has made it her mission to share what she loves most with the world. Leela completed her B.A. in Japanese language from Griffith University in Gold Coast Australia. She now lives and works in Japan, striving to bring you the goods, hot from the scene. Follow her on twitter for juicy hints of upcoming articles if you've got a bit of Japanese language under your belt! http://twitter.com/#!/LeelaInTokyo

Mio Nagasaki is a freelance photographer lending her time, skills, and love for the genre to ROKKYUU Magazine.

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