MC: Many of the artists who will appear at the hide Memorial Summit are here today. First of all, YOSHIKI, who is the producer of this event and the leader of X JAPAN, TAKANORI NISHIKAWA of T.M.Revolution, MAXIMUM THE RYOKUN, DAISUKE-HAN, UE-CHAN and NAO from MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, and RYUICHI from LUNA SEA. LUNA SEA has not re-started their activities. However, they have agreed to play just for this occasion. And now, I would like to introduce another person who is here today too. Let’s welcome him.
(The appearance of Mr. X who is the host of this press conference causes a stir in the audience. )
Mr. X (TOSHI of X JAPAN); Eh~, hello ladies and gentleman! I’m Mr. X.
(All: burst out laughing)
Mr. X: I was ordered by YOSHIKI to be a host today. (laugh) I’m not good at this kind of thing, but I’ll try to do my best as host, so please give me your support. First of all, we would like YOSHIKI, who is the producer, to tell us how this hide Memorial Summit was determined to take place. Many artists will participate in this event, so I think you had many difficulties in choosing them. How was it?
YOSHIKI: Thank you very much for doing the MC today. (laugh)
Mr. X: You are welcome. (laugh)
YOSHIKI: I tried to do this project ten years ago but, understandably, it was too difficult, mentally. Now, ten years later, I am able to undertake this project, although I had never imagined that we would be able to create something as wonderful as this. There are various reasons for thinking this, but I never imagined X JAPAN would be reunited, or that LUNA SEA would accept to join this event, as well as Mr. Nishikawa of T.M.Revolution and the other artists that agreed to come today. I am really thankful and encouraged by their participation. It has not started yet, and I don’t know how it will go, but I am sure it will start on time. (laugh)
Mr. X: Please start on time.(laugh) So RYUICHI from LUNA SEA, can you tell us a little about hide and any memories that you may have?
RYUICHI: I think hide's music and visuals were always new. LUNA SEA was influenced by him a lot, and seeing the X JAPAN lives recently reiterated that feeling for me even more.
Mr. X: For the lives, SUGIZO played as a guest guitarist. How did you feel as a member of the same band?
RYUICHI: Well, I was uneasy and nervous, but I could see that Sugi-chan (SUGIZO) was loved by YOSHIKI, TOSHI and all the members. I could see he was really loved and was well taken care of.
YOSHIKI: You know I love RYUICHI too. (laugh)
RYUICHI: Thank you very much. (laugh) I felt very happy for him. So please continue to take good care of him.
YOSHIKI: Of course, he’s always welcome.
Mr. X: Well, he has been working very hard, even during the rehearsals.
YOSHIKI: Hey, MC, you are talking too much!
(All: burst out laughing)
Mr. X: Now Mr. Nishikawa, please tell us why you decided to participate.
TAKANORI: Well, the event was gaining momentum, becoming very significant, so I decided T.M.Revolution would join the event. I am very proud to be able to participate in it.
YOSHIKI: We often pass by one another, but never have enough time to talk.
TAKANORI: Yes, I know. We haven’t had an opportunity to talk like this for such a long time now.
YOSHIKI: Now I’m really happy.
TAKANORI: Thank you very much.
Mr. X: Mr. Nishikawa, what kind of T.M.Revolution do you want to show to hide's fans who will gather at the venue?
TAKANORI: Well, I remember that just ten years ago, in Nippon Housou, standing next to this building, hide had a radio program that I was in charge of just before him. Through his radio programs, I was very impressed and influenced by his original way of sending his affection to the people around him, including members of X JAPAN. After that, the radio program finished, but I was moved by his original way of creating such an environment around him. On the day of the Summit, I want to send my feelings to fans in my own way.
Mr. X: Then, as a representative of MAXIMUM THE HORMONE… why did you put “HAN” at the end of your name?(laugh)
Mr. X: Ah, OK, you don’t have to answer that. (laugh) Please tell us why you decided to join this event.
DAISUKE-HAN: I’ll tell you why I put “HAN” on my name. It’s because…
NAO: You don’t have to say why! (laugh)
DAISUKE-HAN: I think most of you gathering here think “Who are MAXIMUM THE HORMONE?” When we were asked to join this event, we were surprised and very glad. But to be honest, we thought that it was candid camera or something. While we were puzzled at first, as my favorite words in Chinese say that “@\&%$#@\&%$#@\&%$#”(DAISUKE-HAN says something strange that sounds like Chinese pronunciation)(laugh), I don’t know what it means (laugh). That’s why we decided to join the event.
Mr. X: (laugh) What do you think, YOSHIKI?
YOSHIKI: (laugh) It sounds great, but I don’t really understand what he said. (laugh)
Mr. X: Wel… I’ll stop him here, or he may go on a rampage. (laugh)