Si vous ne voulez pas qu’on le sache, mieux vaut encore ne pas le faire
Richard Fortus, guitariste des Guns N’ Roses
I’d like to thank X Japan and their fans for the kindness and generosity they showed me while i was in Japan. It was such an incredible honor to be asked to share their stage! This was an event that i will never forget. The last night especially was very magical and incredibly emotional. Hide was a star of such magnitude that nobody will ever fill the hole he left. It was an honor to be able to pay tribute to him. I hope that i am able to do more shows with X Japan in the future.
Wes Borland, guitariste des Black Night Burns (et ancien guitariste de Limp Bizkit)
Playing with X Japan was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Thanks to everyone who came to the shows. Richard Fortus and I tried to do our best with Sugizo to fill the massive hole left in the band where Hide once stood. I’m forever honored to have been part of the experience. To all the X Japan fans that didn’t think I belonged there: I’m sorry if I ruined your time. I was trying to help my friend Yoshiki in the only way I knew how. I hope you can forgive the intrusion. I had an amazing time and I think the shows turned out to be really special. There may be more to come. I’m looking forward to coming home and getting back to work on the next BLB album. Thanks, -Wes
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Sugizo, guitariste de Luna Sea
The three days at Tokyo Dome were totally crazy and full of troubles, but somehow we got through it. I’ve been totally wiped up yesterday and today, but I think that the three shows were really wonderful. All the X JAPAN fans were beautiful, and I’m so thankful that I was able to help and to experience such a blissful time full of love, passion, and forgiveness.
YOSHIKI said the same thing, but both the X JAPAN and the LUNA SEA fans were really great and cool. They are irreplaceable companions who have lived through this era with us, and I’m proud and thrilled that we can keep walking on together.
No one could ever replace hide. I certainly can’t. He was too overwhelming, too important. But I noticed something amidst the pressure and complications…my task is to become his medium. In other words, through playing together, to stand behind the band and support their potential.
And I intend to do it to the best of my ability.
I always say a prayer before a concert. Asking for the guidance of my guides and angels is an important ritual to me. This time, I prayed to hide. I asked him to somehow support me as I tried to support X. That hide’s will would be transformed into sound through my body and fingertips, that his soul would descend to Earth. And I also prayed that my feelings reached every member of the audience.
It’s been 20 years since I first met hide, but playing together with him these three days and feeling as if he was embracing the stage, I truly felt that we understood each other more than ever before. He was definitely there on the stage of Tokyo Dome. And he was definitely happy…I think he was probably having a great time.
I was also reminded anew of the astounding god-like power of X JAPAN and the unfathomable greatness of hide himself. What an amazing group of people. I really need to keep on working hard myself!
I am so honored that I was able to offer my support for the historical rebirth of my brothers in X JAPAN, and my much loved and respected older brother hide.
Thank you everyone for coming. You were wonderful, and I hope to see you again soon.
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