Re: Meet X Japan Ok so I found something special today...Back in early '08 X Japan announced they would get back together and would kick these off with three concert at the Tokyo Dome (which housed all of their biggest shows, including New Years Eve '93, '94, '95, '96, and '97 the last being what was at the time thought to be their final show and was released as "The Last Live") March 28- The Night of Destruction, March 29- The Night of Madness and March 30- The Night of Creation. Anyway on the first day the band opted to play their half hour long, magnum opus "Art Of Life" live for only the third time since it's release. Roughly 16 minutes into it Yoshiki collapsed right before the piano solo (they played the remainder of the song the following night) and the band had to continue with an impromptu unplugged session in their pianist/drummer's absence, which I must say was very well especially considering how it hastily was put together. BUT THAT IS NEITHER HERE NOR THERE AS I AM JUST HAVING ONE OF MY USUALLY MUSICALLY FACT SPASMS. Aaaaaanywho, today I stumbled across someone on Youtube who, by some sort of witchcraft I can assume, has footage of these shows and not like "filmed with a camera phone from the crowd" footage, but like the actually footage. Now it was my understanding that it was not something that was commercially released nor ever broadcast so it is truly touched me. After a decade away from each other they all still performed great. The thing that I wanted to highlight is THE most touching thing I've ever seen in a live performance. As you can read from the introduction X Japan's lead guitarist and perhaps most beloved member (rivaled only by Yoshiki) hide (and for the record his name is typeset with a lower case "h" and is pronounce like "he-day" as apposed to going with the most English pronunciation like "hide and seek"((sorry...fact spasm)).) passed some years ago, but during their performance of "Art Of Life" they actually had a hologram on stage playing with them! Not a projection, but an actually hologram. Like all scifi-y. I mean, I'd seen a US news team using this to talk to Will.I.Am (for some reason) just last year and that was big news but Japan as (as expected) a whole year ahead of us and because of that hide was joining the band and the fans from beyond death in an almost angelic entity. Here, see for yourself. This is the end of "Art Of Life" and there is footage of hide mixed in there but it's around the 4 minute mark that you really see him on stage with the rest of the band.... How amazing is that?