Friday, March 21, 2008

Hyde @ Hideto Takarai ???

i was surfing for Lee Hom's latest news on the net a few days ago, and suddenly came across a movie entitled "Moon_Child" in which Lee Hom was one of the casts long time ago. so, i did further research and watched the movie in YouTube.

guess what, i came upon admiring Kei, a vampire played by Hyde (in white shirt). then, googled on Hyde, listen to his songs and browse for his photos. and right now, i am madly in love with him. hahaha... i know very well that i am already over 20 years of age and should have had enough with J-idol phenomenas, but still, i go ga-ga all over him. haiyoo...

going on, i look out for his biography but with only a few success. thanks to Wikipedia and his hard die fans, i got to learn a bit of something about him.

Hyde (Pronounced in Japanese: Hai-do, or in English as "Hide", born on January 29, 1969, in Wakayama, Japan) is the singer for the Japanese rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel.

Since Hyde keeps his personal information secret, much about him is either unknown or unofficial (including his real name, which is rumored to be Hideto Takarai, and his birth date). He is the only child in his family. His parents owned a pub with a karaoke box and were married very young.

He joined L'Arc~en~Ciel in 1991 after leaving another band called Jerusalem's Rod where he was the guitarist.In addition to being the lead singer and main lyricist of L'Arc~en~Ciel, Hyde has solo projects, as well as his own record label under Sony Japan called Haunted Records.

On December 25, 2000 Hyde married model Megumi Oishi. He had stated that he had always admired Oishi and that she has a beautiful face. Hyde was introduced to Oishi on Utaban after a performance of DIVE TO BLUE. They have one child, who was recently revealed by Oishi to be a boy. His name has not been released. i am speechless. but, good for him anyway. having a happy family and successful careers.

Hyde released his first solo album, Roentgen, on March 27, 2002. An overseas edition featuring English lyrics was released in July of the same year. After the expressive, artistic ballads of Roentgen, Hyde's next two singles, "Hello" and "Horizon," released June and November of 2003 respectively, returned to his rock roots.

His second solo album, 666, was released on December 3, 2003. It provided a dramatic contrast to Roentgen and the two albums became viewed as counterparts. Hyde's song "Shining Over You" from his 666 album was used as the commercial song for Namco's Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean.

In 2003, Hyde starred alongside Gackt in the Japanese film Moon Child. In a duet as part of the project, Hyde and Gackt sang "Orenji no taiyou". The song was also released on Gackt's fourth full-length album, Crescent.

In 2004, Hyde took on the role of the guitarist Adam in the movie Kagen no tsuki /下弦の月 (Last Quarter), a movie based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa. The movie's theme song, "The Cape of Storms", came from Roentgen.

yup, he had only stared in two movies so far. both are sad stories.

After a three-year hiatus, L'Arc~en~Ciel astonished their fans with a series of seven concerts titled "Shibuya Seven Days" in June and July 2003. At the conclusion, they announced a new album, Smile, which was released in March, 2004.

In the summer of 2005, Hyde composed the music for the song "Glamorous Sky." The song was used in the movie Nana, another film based on a popular manga by Ai Yazawa. The song was sung by fellow Japanese artist Mika Nakashima and the lyrics were written by Ai Yazawa. In August, Hyde and his solo band performed the song on Music Station with Mika Nakashima, Hyde being on guitar. Starting in January 2006, Hyde's single "Season's Call" was used as the second opening theme to the anime show Blood+. This single was released on February 2, 2006. Hyde's album, Faith, was released on April 26th, 2006.

Faith was accompanied by a five-month tour with many locations in Japan, some exclusively open to members of his fanclub. After signing on with Tofu Records as a solo artist, a US debut concert was scheduled as part of the Faith tour, which was held at Slim's in San Francisco, California on July 5, 2006. Tickets for the event went on sale online at 1 p.m. EST on April 2, 2006 and sold out in an astonishing three minutes. The second round of sales was held April 9, also online, and also sold out quickly. Soon afterward, rumors began circulating in the fan community of a second concert, to be held at House of Blues in Anaheim, California, on July 2. The rumors remained unconfirmed for a week before the event was announced officially. Like the San Francisco venue, the second concert also sold out, as did two more US concerts (the Fillmore, San Francisco and House of Blues, Hollywood).

The overseas version of Faith was released on June 27, 2006 and included a bonus DVD featuring music videos for both "Countdown" and "Season's Call". In Faith, Hyde uses a Fender Mustang as his main guitar, this is known for Kurt Cobain influences to Hyde's career; contrary to 666 album version- Hyde uses Gretsch guitars. Hyde also made a brief appearance at the Tofu Records booth at Anime Expo 2006 in Anaheim, California on July 1 for a question and answer panel. Following the completion of the FAITH tour, a DVD of the concerts was announced and was released November 8th, 2006.

HYDE is currently back with L'Arc~en~Ciel which on 31st May 2007 released their first single in two years, Seventh Heaven.

2008, HYDEIST, Hyde's official website announced that Hyde would be having a live tour around certain parts of Japan, which included Sendai, Sapporo and Fukuoka, starting from 1st August to 25th October. The announcement sparked off rumours of Hyde releasing a new solo album, but that has yet to be confirmed.

so, he had launched 6 solo albums so far. i love the song evergreen, hello, countdown, a drop of colour, orenji no taiyou, angels's tale, shallow sleep, season's call, the cape of storms, hideaway, glamorous sky, and i could go on and on. you may listen to his tracks in my friendster profile.

and i noticed something about him, he looks like a different person in every pictures. sometime boyish, sometime charming, but always good looking. some people jokingly said hyde and gackt are actually vampires because they do not seems to age with time.

hyde is colour blind, so he could not become a cartoonist that he originally wanted. nevertheless, i still adore him. besides, he has a big appetite and always tries the local cuisine of the countries he travels to.

both are bishounen.

P/S: materials are extracted from internet, do not sue me. saya tiada duit...