Isshi Kagrra, Found Dead | Isshi Kagrra Passed Away


This is the latest news update that Japanese rocker Kagrra member Isshi, vocalist of popular Japanese rock bandKagrra has found dead. Isshi was found dead in his home on July 18, according to a statement on Isshi’s official website. Kagrra’s final tour began on February 13, 2011 with the final concert on March 3, 2011 at C.C Lemon Hall in Tokyo.

This is a really shocking news for fans, friends and industry. A funeral for the Isshi was already held at an undisclosed location at the request of his grieving friends and family.

A large number of fans are clicking on the official website of the group, to confirm the news and get more information about the death of Isshi. Therefore it is said by a source that the the official website has been oveloaded due to lot of searches. Meanwhile reportedly the personal blog of Isshi is still accessible.

According to the sources, Isshi was scheduled to perform just in this week on the upcoming Wednesday and Thursday July 28 and July 27. The statement also said that Isshi‘s upcoming concerts on July 28 and July 27 will serve as memorial events to mark the his passing instead.

Kagrra was originally known as ‘CROW’, but the band was renamed ‘Kagrra’ after they signed with music label PS Company in 2000. The band’s major debut was in 2004 with the single “Urei”. Kagrra’s concept is “Neo Japanese.”

We here with express our deepest condolence to family, friends and fans alike. May his soul rest in peace.

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X Japan’s Yoshiki Releases Statement About Former Bassist Death


In light of the news that former X Japan bassist Taiji Sawada had passed away over the weekend, former bandmate Yoshiki has released a statement.

Yoshiki [drums, piano for X Japan]:

“Receiving the news of Taiji’s death has left me speechless. I don’t know how to cope with the loss yet. Playing at the Nissan Stadium together last year brings memories as it was yesterday. To imagine what the fans are feeling right now breaks my heart. But that is the reason why we have to stay strong. X Japan will have to carry on with not only Hide, but Taiji as well in our hearts. May the amazing bassist Taiji rest in peace.”

The Nissan Stadium gig he refers to was played last August in Japan. Taiji joined the band onstage for a couple of songs, but has not been a member of the band since 1992. Hide was the band’s lead guitarist up until his tragic death in May of 1998. Sawada played with Yoshiki in X Japan in 1985 and then again from 1986 to 1992. The late bassist played on pivotal X Japan albums like ‘Blue Blood’ [1989] and ‘Jealousy’ [1991] before both parties parted ways.


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Taiji Sawada (former bassist of X Japan & Loudness) Dead at 45


Japanese musician and songwriter Taiji Sawada has died at the age of 45. He died Sunday, yesterday morning, July 17,  at the Commonwealth Health Center, Saipan Tribune learned,some three days after he reportedly tried to kill himself. after being removed from life support. Sawada left the band, which is massively popular in its native Japan but only making a go of it in America as we speak, in 1992 and went on to perform in Loudness and DTR in the aftermath.

The circumstances surrounding Sawada’s death are as follows: He was arrested on July 11th and charged with allegedly assaulting a female member of a Delta Airline Flight 298 crew, which was en route to Saipan from Tokyo. He was charged with interfering with the employee’s performance and was said to have punched the plane window and to have kicked the seat in front of him.

Sawada reportedly tried to kill himself on July 14th while he was being detained. He was rushed to the ICU after hanging himself with a bed sheet, an act which left him on life support. His mother and fiancée elected to remove him from artificial means and he passed at 11 Am on Sunday.

A Department of Public Safety official confirmed that Sawada passed away at 11am. The official, who requested anonymity, said that Sawada’s body was taken to CHC’s morgue. He refused to elaborate.
A Department of Public Health staff separately said that Sawada had been on life support at the intensive care unit after he became brain dead. Sawada’s family made the decision to unhook the life support system, the staff said.

The staff said that Sawada’s mother and his girlfriend were at the hospital.

Sources from the Japanese media disclosed that Sawada reportedly had epilepsy and a chronic illness.

Sources said Sawada’s family flew to Saipan on Saturday after learning about his suicide attempt.

The 45-year-old Sawada was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night after he allegedly tried to hang himself using a bed sheet.

Because of the incident, the musician failed to show up at his scheduled detention hearing on Friday morning at the U.S. District Court for the NMI.The U.S. Attorney’s Office had filed a complaint, charging Sawada with interfering with the performance of a flight attendant.

Sawada allegedly became unruly as the aircraft was descending in preparation for landing at the Saipan International Airport on Monday, July 11. He allegedly punched the plane’s window, kicked the seat in front of him, and assaulted a flight attendant.

The FBI said Sawada was among the passengers aboard Delta Flight 298. He was in the business class cabin when he reportedly became angry with a female passenger and became violent. The report did not mention what aroused his anger and whether he and the passenger were related.(OP’s note: IIRC the lady was his manager or something like that).

Sawada was primarily known for his work with the popular heavy metal band X Japan and Loudness, where he played bass.

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X Japan Release Debut English Single ‘Jade’


X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be releasing their long-awaited new single, ‘Jade,’ tomorrow. ‘Jade’ is the first track from the act’s debut English-language album, which is currently in the final stages of recording.

“This is a year-long dream of X Japan’s, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe,” said Yoshiki, X Japan’s producer-songwriter-drummer-pianist. “Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between East and West. We hope that ‘Jade’ will be the first step.” Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace [Slayer, Sepultura], ‘Jade’ was recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki’s Los Angeles studio, where Metallica recorded its classic ‘Black’ album before Yoshiki bought it.

The song features the thunderous drums and bass of Yoshiki and Heath, the searing twin guitar work of Pata and Sugizo, and Toshi’s dynamic vocals. With most of its lyrics sung in English, ‘Jade’ is a hauntingly romantic tale of embracing the beautiful sadness of death. The stirring music showcases X Japan’s eclectic mix of rock, goth and classical influences.

The release of ‘Jade’ coincides with X Japan’s sold-out show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the kick-off of their world tour which includes stops in Europe and South America.

X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30 million albums, singles and videos. They have also filled the 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of the band’s first American tour last fall.

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MBLAQ’s repackaged album “BLAQ Style – 3D Edition” released



After the release of their first full-length album “BLAQ Style” last month, MBLAQ follows up with the release of their repackaged album entitled “BLAQ Style – 3D Edition“.

The repackaged album contains the 13 songs from their first full-length album, plus three new songs that were composed by the MBLAQ members themselves and a DVD that consists of their latest music videos and the making of their first album. The new songs are titled ‘Again’, ‘Can’t Come Back’, and ‘You’.

Prior to the official release of their first repackage album, the album already hit #1 on Hanteo daily album sales chart. The repackage album was officially released today through various music portals online.