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SUGIZOが豪華バンド加入
 元「X JAPAN」のYOSHIKIと人気歌手Gacktが結成する新バンドに、ギタリストとして元「LUNA SEA」のSUGIZOが加入することが、27日に分かった。3人がスポニチの取材で明らかにした。最終的に5人組を目指して人選しており、グループ名も含めて年明けにも正式発表される。

 YOSHIKIが新バンドのギタリストに選んだのは、河村隆一(36)とともに「LUNA SEA」の中核メンバーだったSUGIZO。父母がオーケストラで活躍するなど音楽一家に育ち、自身もギターのほかにバイオリンを奏でる。インディーズ時代は、YOSHIKI主宰のレーベルに所属し、当時から演奏や作曲能力に定評があった。20年近い付き合いがあり、全幅の信頼を寄せ合っている様子だ。

 YOSHIKIは「一見、宇宙人みたいな不思議なところを持ちつつ、音楽に対して純粋な気持ちがある」と話し、SUGIZOも「良き兄貴、頼りがいがある兄貴です。声をかけてもらって光栄」と喜んでいる。

 Gacktとは4年前に音楽イベントで初対面。当時はライバル視していたが、お互いの能力を認め合っている。Gacktは「その時はケンカ別れしましたね(笑い)。子供のケンカです。あの時は“もったいないことしちゃった”って思ったけど、こうやって一緒にできてうれしい」と笑顔。SUGIZOは「断トツで個性、カリスマがある。私生活が見えない人だけど、会ってみると、人として信頼ができる」と話す。

 バンド活動は、YOSHIKIが97年に解散したX JAPAN以来。Gacktも99年に「MALICE MIZER」を脱退してからソロに転じ、SUGIZOも本格的には00年に解散したLUNA SEA以来となる。90年代を代表するビジュアル系3バンドの看板メンバーが顔をそろえる夢のプロジェクトだ。

 YOSHIKIがドラムスとピアノ、Gacktがボーカル。すでに曲作りを始めており、年明けからレコーディングに入る。Gacktは出演するNHK大河ドラマ「風林火山」(来年1月7日スタート)の収録が来秋まで入っており、並行して活動をしていく。

 YOSHIKIは「メンバーは最終的に5人になると思う。名のあるメンバーがついてきてくれたし、ワールドワイドな活動をしたい」と抱負。Gacktも「それぞれ個性が強くてわがまま。世の中の人は“うまくいかない”って思うかもしれないけど、おれたちはアジア人として初めて世界のトップを獲るつもり」と続けた。

 SUGIZOも「メンツに負けないインパクトのある爆音ロックを期待してほしい」と意気込む。強烈な個性のぶつかり合いが、どんな化学反応を起こすのか。07年音楽界を熱くしそうだ。
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by yaki101 | 2007-01-02 21:29 | X JAPAN NEWS

Merry Xmas

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Xmas
Current mood: thankful


Hi everyone,



I just got back from Miami....Well it's been a really busy month..... I went to Tokyo first and had some meetings and did a TV show.

I came back here to LA and did another TV show, then went to Miami.......

It was really nice out there, but I didn't go to the beach or anything…..... I went to the hospital, not that I'm sick, but I've been doing some research about the relationship between music and the human brain.

For example: when I was in Miami I played the piano in front of mental patients…. to see if the music could help their mental states…. well I'll be doing this research for a while collaborating with hospitals and universities. I'll let you know more in the future.



Anyway, it's almost the end of the year.



This year............ one of the biggest pieces of news for me is that I found out I have fans outside of Japan…. I visited some countries before, and met some fans at the airport, but I didn't know I have fans in that many countries…. I really don't know what to say…. how lucky I am....



Also early this year ........ my Japanese management office sent me almost 10,000 pages of paper…. I was like "What are those?"…. usually I get a lot of contracts, because I'm under contract with several different record companies, but those were not contracts for me to sign…. those were petitions from Taiwan, and all the letters said "Yoshiki please come to Taiwan"…... Wow ........ then on My space…. I just uploaded some songs for my friend in New York who works in the music industry, to get his opinion of my compositions…. then for some reason it spread, and still is. It's been very strange in a good way.



Then I started writing a blog, which I'm not good at…. but some people responded to it with such sweet messages…. even though I get hate mail sometimes, asking why I'm not responding to their mail….......... well….......... very cute! …...... and I still love you!!

It sounds like a one way street, but it's not…. I may not be able to respond with mail, but your feelings are always affecting my musical compositions…. eventually I will respond to all of you with my music.



I might have said before, when you're recording every day for a long time and pretty much shutting out everything from the outside world…. you start losing your sense of reality, and your mind starts drifting to the depth of the strange ocean of thoughts.

You start thinking of the meaning of life.... or start losing the meaning of who you are, even the meaning of your existence…. Well I secluded myself intentionally from the outside…. but I was on the edge….



Again, thank you very much for being there….

No matter what, I'll come back as an artist and start performing next year!!!



Yes, today is Christmas…. I'm alone at my studio…. But I'm OK, I wanted to keep recording…. So next year I can deliver the Violet UK album, and many more…. Then I can start touring the world…. I can't wait to meet you in person!!!!



It's cold in LA…. God! It was so cold in Japan…. Please take care and don't catch a cold.



And, I wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!



Love



YOSHIKI



PS:

Of course I have to mention the dish I ate in Miami… what was the name?.... I think it's called STONE CRAB.... "Not Stoned Crab"... they only take one claw and let them go back to the ocean....... anyway that was so yummy, I couldn't resist.... but I didn't eat strawberry cake at the restaurant, even though I wanted to...........see!... I listened to you a little! (I was fine with the crab, maybe I'm not allergic to them anymore. Hopefully strawberries too!) bye bye

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by yaki101 | 2007-01-02 17:27 | X JAPAN NEWS