History Music / TaijiSawada

1st Nov '15 1:21:05 AM jormis29
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In 2009, he dissolved D.T.R., firing all but one of his bandmates claiming a copyright issue, and claiming that he was going to reform D.T.R. as Death To Rive. He played with The Killing Red Addiction (members DynamiteTommy [v], Kenzi [d], Taiji [b], Tatsu [g]), played with his solo act "TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S," which became Taiji Sawada Project, then Taiji and Shu Project (TSP) (members Taiji [b], Shu [g], Takanari [d] who was replaced with Hina from Crazy Danger Mile on drums) and as a session musician with other bands including a return to {{Loudness}} for the Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows in 2009 and 2010.
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In 2009, he dissolved D.T.R., firing all but one of his bandmates claiming a copyright issue, and claiming that he was going to reform D.T.R. as Death To Rive. He played with The Killing Red Addiction (members DynamiteTommy Music/DynamiteTommy [v], Kenzi [d], Taiji [b], Tatsu [g]), played with his solo act "TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S," which became Taiji Sawada Project, then Taiji and Shu Project (TSP) (members Taiji [b], Shu [g], Takanari [d] who was replaced with Hina from Crazy Danger Mile on drums) and as a session musician with other bands including a return to {{Loudness}} for the Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows in 2009 and 2010.
10th May '15 6:28:16 AM RevolutionStone
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* {{Unperson}}: He was this for ''years'' (from 1992 until 1998) to both Yoshiki and the official history of Music/XJapan, though hide and Pata had both maintained their personal friendships with him quietly to some degree. Averted with his 2010 return as a guest bassist for X Japan and with his death, with his being considered the "seventh member," though he ''still'' doesn't get half of the tribute space and attention that hide does.
29th Apr '14 4:25:36 AM LongLiveHumour
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* HorribleHistoryMetal: His solo magnum opus for D.T.R. ''Voices Of The Dead,'' opens with a sample of a news report on the First GulfWar, overlaid with a sample of a baby screaming. It turns into a fusion of Western and metal bemoaning the tragedy of war and from the perspective of those killed in it.
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* HorribleHistoryMetal: His solo magnum opus for D.T.R. ''Voices Of The Dead,'' opens with a sample of a news report on the First GulfWar, UsefulNotes/GulfWar, overlaid with a sample of a baby screaming. It turns into a fusion of Western and metal bemoaning the tragedy of war and from the perspective of those killed in it.
16th Mar '14 3:48:53 AM RevolutionStone
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His entire life had so much WhatCouldHaveBeen that this almost deserves its own page, but here's a few: ** What if he had never been introduced to stimulants? Had he never gotten involved with the amphetamine-class drugs (or had but had been able to remain a FunctionalAddict) he likely would have had a much better life. He likely would never have spent all of his money and royalties from Music/XJapan and Music/{{Loudness}}, he wouldn't have had the stroke/the epilepsy it uncovered to be far worse, his career and home life probably would have been far more stable, and even the situation leading to his death probably would have been averted. ** What if he'd never gotten kicked out of Music/XJapan or Music/{{Loudness}}? Again, he would have had a far more stable career and income, and both bands would have produced even better bodies of work than they already did. If you can imagine Taiji's bassline on, say, Dahlia instead of Heath's, you can just imagine how epic this would have been. ** What if on their departure from Music/{{Loudness}} he and Music/MunetakaHiguchi had formed their own thrash band, picking up guitarists and a singer? Had he gone this direction rather than the far more experimental (and only much later appreciated) D.T.R., they would have likely been successful even with metal going out of style being heavy drum and bass ThrashMetal. ** Much of D.T.R's music wouldn't have been out of place in a SpaceWestern - and since the genre was being made in TheNineties, it's just another odd thing that he and YokoKanno, for example, never worked together. (If you want to imagine how Anime/CowboyBebop's soundtrack could have been ''even more'' badass...) ** What if he had learned to adapt D.T.R.'s sound a bit more, and/or worked with another band until its style of metal rode the PopularityPolynomial back up in the late 2000s? ** What if he *had* gotten valid, legitimate help for his addictions and illnesses and stuck with it at least enough to remain the FunctionalAddict and not well but alive and surviving? ** What if Music/XJapan had let him stay in 2010, either as sole bassist or in becoming a double bass band along with Heath? ** What if he had told Toshi about Shinso/Shinsho in early 2011? Probably one of the saddest of these, as Toshi, from his own experience with a ScamReligion, probably would have given him the information that would have saved what was left of his money and his life - that he needed to get away from the guru, lawyer up to break the contracts etcetera, and get real help. ** What if he had just gone blank instead of fighting/having an overt seizure on the plane? ** What if the arresting officers had noticed his unwell state and had him sent to a place with valid neuropsychiatric care outside of Saipan and banned Kitami or Shinso from any contact with him until the situation had been sorted out? ** What if he ''had'' at some point before he died gotten a competent lawyer who had immediately bailed him out of jail and gotten him out of Saipan? ** What if someone had called BS on Shinso's requisitioning the body and had demanded an autopsy?
16th Mar '14 3:48:06 AM RevolutionStone
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* OutlivedItsCreator: TSP as a band, which Shu kept ongoing as a memorial and as an act in and of its own right until announcing disbandment in October 2013 but agreeing to play shows ongoing into February 2014.
16th Mar '14 3:47:06 AM RevolutionStone
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* CreatorBreakdown: Taiji went from being one of the most successful and acclaimed rock musicians in Japan to, at one point, being [[OffTheWagon addicted]], divorced, homeless, and [[TheMentallyDisturbed severely depressed]]. He got into fights while living on the streets, suffering from [[ScarsAreForever a broken jaw and other facial injuries]] that gave him a speech impediment and permanently changed his appearance. Then, [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]], who had been one of his closest friends, died in 1998, adding grief and SurvivorGuilt to his [[DespairEventHorizon depression]]. ** The story of his final days is also CreatorBreakdown - albeit one mostly allowed and imposed from the outside. First he joined Shinso's religion for help getting clean/coming to terms with himself and his problems. Unfortunately, Shinso provided very little meaningful mental health help and did introduce him to Kitami Terumi, and pressured Taiji to bring on Kitami as his manager and keep her as such. The trips to Saipan and the draining of what little remaining cash Taiji had from his 2010 gig with X Japan and his other ventures ensued - as did Taiji being told to keep everything away from the people who could have helped him. By the time he had realized what was going on, he was likely using methamphetamine and abusing alcohol again (in his final photos, his arms showed evidence of injection), was in a desperate financial and social situation, and in a horrible enough place mentally to think ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption - on an airplane, no less - and got into a fight with Kitami on the flight, and things only got much worse from there...
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* CreatorBreakdown: Taiji went from being one of the most successful and acclaimed rock musicians in Japan to, at one point, being [[OffTheWagon addicted]], divorced, homeless, and [[TheMentallyDisturbed severely depressed]]. He got into fights while living on the streets, suffering from [[ScarsAreForever a broken jaw and other facial injuries]] that gave him a speech impediment and permanently changed his appearance. Then, [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]], who had been one of his closest friends, died in 1998, adding grief and SurvivorGuilt to his [[DespairEventHorizon depression]]. ** The story of his final days is also CreatorBreakdown - albeit one mostly allowed and imposed from the outside. First he joined Shinso's religion for help getting clean/coming to terms with himself and his problems. Unfortunately, Shinso provided very little meaningful mental health help and did introduce him to Kitami Terumi, and pressured Taiji to bring on Kitami as his manager and keep her as such. The trips to Saipan and the draining of what little remaining cash Taiji had from his 2010 gig with X Japan and his other ventures ensued - as did Taiji being told to keep everything away from the people who could have helped him. By the time he had realized what was going on, he was likely using methamphetamine and abusing alcohol again (in his final photos, his arms showed evidence of injection), was in a desperate financial and social situation, and in a horrible enough place mentally to think ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption - on an airplane, no less - and got into a fight with Kitami on the flight, and things only got much worse from there...
16th Mar '14 3:46:20 AM RevolutionStone
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* MoneyDearBoy: Some of his fans think that was why he rejoined Music/XJapan.
16th Mar '14 3:45:54 AM RevolutionStone
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* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: Referenced in the D.T.R. song ''Empty Room,'' and generally played to the hilt throughout Taiji's career, with his image being "biker cowboy."
23rd Feb '14 5:49:56 PM RevolutionStone
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Delinquent dropout who somehow makes it big in one of the most influential rock bands of his scene playing bass, but falls to alcohol and hard drugs? Whose bad boy image made him an iconic hero of "not selling out?" Dying a suspicious death that was most likely homicide? Quite a few similarities can be drawn to [[Music/SexPistols Sid Vicious]], except that Taiji was actually an incredibly technically talented bassist as well as the bad boy sex appeal of the bands he was in.
4th Jan '14 12:23:46 PM RevolutionStone
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* AwesomeMcCoolName: His stage name and chosen name itself - Taiji, which translates to "yin/yang" or "heaven and hell."

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* DinerBrawl: At the afterparty/post-live dinner for the 2009 Killing Red Addiction show, a fight managed to get started over someone's bill at the front of Mel's Diner. No one in the band party including him was involved, however.
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