X JAPAN’s members: drums&piano – YOSHIKI vocals – Toshl guitar – PATA guitar&violin – SUGIZO bass – HEATH guitar – HIDE bass – TAIJI
X JAPAN is the most successful rock band in Japanese history. They continue to reign as the top of “visual-kei” culture, and have left behind many legends.
The band was formed by YOSHIKI and Toshl, who were childhood friends. After many member changes, YOSHIKI, Toshl, PATA, HIDE, and TAIJI made their major label debut with “BLUE BLOOD” in April 1989. The member changed from TAIJI to HEATH and the band expanded abroad. However, they broke up in 1997, and HIDE passed away the following year, in 1998.
X JAPAN reunited in 2007 and went global again, with SUGIZO joining the band in 2009. They have toured in North America, Asia, South America, Europe and other countries, and have attracted energetic fans all over the world with their unique music. X JAPAN consists of the current members YOSHIKI, Toshl, PATA, HEATH, SUGIZO, and the original members HIDE and TAIJI.