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** An earlier reunion was supposedly planned (to begin in 2000) without Toshi but with hide taking over as lead singer. hide's AuthorExistenceFailure prevented that from happening.

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** An earlier reunion was supposedly planned (to begin in 2000) without Toshi but with hide taking over as lead singer. hide's AuthorExistenceFailure death prevented that from happening.


* AuthorExistenceFailure:
** [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] - 1964-1998
** [[Music/TaijiSawada Taiji]] - 1966-2011


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform for over 20 years. It began with a lawsuit by the LA punk rock band [[Music/XUSBand X]] over their name (allegedly; see NamesTheSame above) -- which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from the band - leaving it without a bassist.
** One last attempt to debut ''Art of Life'' at Madison Square Garden in 1993 once Toshi's vocal issues were better, Nippon Columbia Records agreed to front, and Heath was the new bassist failed because by that time, Heavy Metal had experienced a major backlash and popularity reduction with the collapse of HairMetal - which, being VisualKei, they unfortunately looked too much like even toned down, and sounded too much like for the average listener of the day due to not being Grunge - no one "serious" was willing at the time to take chances on metal.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform in the US for over 20 years. It began with a lawsuit by the LA punk rock band [[Music/XUSBand X]] over their name (allegedly; see NamesTheSame above) -- which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from out of the band - leaving it without a bassist.
** One last attempt was made to debut ''Art of Life'' at Madison Square Garden in 1993 once Toshi's vocal issues were better, better. Nippon Columbia Records agreed to front, and Heath was the new bassist bassist. It failed because by that time, Heavy Metal heavy metal had experienced a major backlash and popularity reduction with the collapse of HairMetal - which, being HairMetal. Being VisualKei, they unfortunately looked too much like even toned down, and sounded too much like HairMetal for the average listener of the day due to not being Grunge - Grunge; no one "serious" was willing at the time to take chances on metal.



** Back in 1994 there were plans to make an X Japan animé movie. A short pilot was eventually made but nother ever came out of it. The animation for the pilot was later used as an alternate music video for the song ''Rusty Nail''.

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** Back in 1994 there were plans to make an X Japan animé movie. A short pilot was eventually made but nother nothing ever came out of it. The animation for the pilot was later used as an alternate music video for the song ''Rusty Nail''.


* NamesTheSame: X was allegedly forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/XUSBand an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band. The members of the American band, however, [[https://www.laweekly.com/music/la-punk-legends-x-celebrate-40-years-with-four-shows-at-the-roxy-7692240 have their own version of events]], in which the Japanese band's label threatened them with a cease and desist order first in 1984, even though the American band had been performing since the late 1970s. Ultimately, they claim there was no legal action between either of the two groups and the American band has no hard feelings towards the Japanese group.

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* NamesTheSame: X was allegedly forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/XUSBand an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band. The However, the members of the American band, however, band [[https://www.laweekly.com/music/la-punk-legends-x-celebrate-40-years-with-four-shows-at-the-roxy-7692240 have their own version of events]], in which the Japanese band's label threatened them with a cease and desist order first in 1984, even though the American band had been performing since the late 1970s. Ultimately, they claim there was no legal action between either of the two groups and the American band has no hard feelings towards the Japanese group.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform for over 20 years. It began with a lawsuit by the LA punk rock band Music/{{X}} over their name - which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from the band - leaving it without a bassist.
** One last attempt to debut ''Art of Life'' at Madison Square Garden in 1993 once Toshi's vocal issues were better, Columbia Records agreed to front, and Heath was the new bassist failed because by that time, Heavy Metal had experienced a major backlash and popularity reduction with the collapse of HairMetal - which, being VisualKei, they unfortunately looked too much like even toned down, and sounded too much like for the average listener of the day due to not being Grunge - no one "serious" was willing at the time to take chances on metal.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform for over 20 years. It began with a lawsuit by the LA punk rock band Music/{{X}} [[Music/XUSBand X]] over their name - (allegedly; see NamesTheSame above) -- which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from the band - leaving it without a bassist.
** One last attempt to debut ''Art of Life'' at Madison Square Garden in 1993 once Toshi's vocal issues were better, Nippon Columbia Records agreed to front, and Heath was the new bassist failed because by that time, Heavy Metal had experienced a major backlash and popularity reduction with the collapse of HairMetal - which, being VisualKei, they unfortunately looked too much like even toned down, and sounded too much like for the average listener of the day due to not being Grunge - no one "serious" was willing at the time to take chances on metal.


* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band. The members of the American band, however, [[https://www.laweekly.com/music/la-punk-legends-x-celebrate-40-years-with-four-shows-at-the-roxy-7692240 have their own version of events]], in which the Japanese band's label threatened them with a cease and desist order first in 1984, even though the American band had been performing since the late 1970s. Ultimately, they claim there was no legal action between either of the two groups and the American band has no hard feelings towards the Japanese group.

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* NamesTheSame: X was allegedly forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/{{X}} [[Music/XUSBand an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band. The members of the American band, however, [[https://www.laweekly.com/music/la-punk-legends-x-celebrate-40-years-with-four-shows-at-the-roxy-7692240 have their own version of events]], in which the Japanese band's label threatened them with a cease and desist order first in 1984, even though the American band had been performing since the late 1970s. Ultimately, they claim there was no legal action between either of the two groups and the American band has no hard feelings towards the Japanese group.



** Back in 1994 there were plans to make an X Japan animé movie. A short pilot was eventually made but nother ever came out of it. The animation for the pilot was later used as an alternate music video for the song ''Rusty Nail''.

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** Back in 1994 there were plans to make an X Japan animé movie. A short pilot was eventually made but nother ever came out of it. The animation for the pilot was later used as an alternate music video for the song ''Rusty Nail''.Nail''.
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* DevelopmentHell: ''The new album''. While production has been quote/unquote "Done", several things still need to be added. Fans were ecstatic when it was ''to finally'' be released in 2016....but then Pata's life-threatening gastrointestinal damage occurred, which may have postponed the album's release. It ended up postponing the tour for it as well until next year.

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* DevelopmentHell: ''The new album''. While production has been quote/unquote "Done", several things still need to be added. Fans were ecstatic when it was ''to finally'' be released in 2016....but then Pata's life-threatening gastrointestinal damage occurred, which may have postponed the album's release. It ended And even after ''that'', The album has been constantly kept away with Yoshiki insisting that it will be released, but at this point, fans are just becoming fed up postponing the tour for it as well until next year.at this point.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The band has a number of hard to find demos and early live bootlegs that have been making rounds throughout the internet for many years. They also have a number of pro-shot concerts such as the Kyoto Sports Valley show that have never seen an official release and exist only as bootlegs. Add to this the number of various TV appearances from years ago that are frequently being discovered and you can see why the band's fan base has such an active trading community.


* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: In combination with RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor, Toshi. Even in his younger days when he was DarkerAndEdgier and a LargeHam playing up the metal singer stereotype, the word on him was that he was, offstage and out of sight, nice, normal, and yes, a bit boring due to that.

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* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: In combination with RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor, Toshi. Even in his younger days when he was DarkerAndEdgier and a LargeHam playing up the metal singer stereotype, the word on him was that he was, offstage and out of sight, nice, normal, and yes, a bit boring due to that.


* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band. The members of the American band, however, [[https://www.laweekly.com/music/la-punk-legends-x-celebrate-40-years-with-four-shows-at-the-roxy-7692240 have their own version of events]], in the Japanese band's label threatened them with a cease and desist order first, even though the American band had been performing for longer. Ultimately, they claim there was no legal action between either of the two groups.

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* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band. The members of the American band, however, [[https://www.laweekly.com/music/la-punk-legends-x-celebrate-40-years-with-four-shows-at-the-roxy-7692240 have their own version of events]], in which the Japanese band's label threatened them with a cease and desist order first, first in 1984, even though the American band had been performing for longer. since the late 1970s. Ultimately, they claim there was no legal action between either of the two groups.groups and the American band has no hard feelings towards the Japanese group.


* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band.

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* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band. The members of the American band, however, [[https://www.laweekly.com/music/la-punk-legends-x-celebrate-40-years-with-four-shows-at-the-roxy-7692240 have their own version of events]], in the Japanese band's label threatened them with a cease and desist order first, even though the American band had been performing for longer. Ultimately, they claim there was no legal action between either of the two groups.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform for over 20 years. It began with a FrivolousLawsuit by the LA punk rock band Music/{{X}} over their name - which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from the band - leaving it without a bassist.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform for over 20 years. It began with a FrivolousLawsuit lawsuit by the LA punk rock band Music/{{X}} over their name - which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from the band - leaving it without a bassist.


* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after discovering [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]].

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* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after discovering [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]].name]] filed a lawsuit against the Japanese band.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform for over 20 years. It began with a FrivolousLawsuit by the LA punk rock band X over their name - which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from the band - leaving it without a bassist.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1991-early 1992, Music/XJapan was set to break into the American Heavy Metal scene in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after a planned show at Madison Square Garden in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The US release of ''Blue Blood'' and gigs were planned - then a confluence of events ensured that the band would not return to the US to perform for over 20 years. It began with a FrivolousLawsuit by the LA punk rock band X Music/{{X}} over their name - which forced them to change the name to X ''Japan'' and not perform in the US. Next, Toshi developed vocal problems related to vocal polyps ''and'' no US label was willing to take a chance on a vocalist with a Japanese accent. Finally, the issues between Yoshiki and Taiji hit their peak, and Taiji was kicked from the band - leaving it without a bassist.

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* NamesTheSame: X was forced to add the word "Japan" to their name after discovering [[Music/{{X}} an American punk band of the same name]].


** TaijiSawada's return to the band. Had he been brought on as a full member for all tour gigs in 2010 and 2011 (including the US tour), he would likely not have ended up in Saipan (and had he still gone, he would have had far more to work with to save himself). The band itself would have also sounded so much better as a double bass band featuring him and Heath both - the Yokohama performance showed just how much they complemented each other. Instead, with whatever happened, he ended up dead at the hands of either himself or someone else in Saipan, and the band is much poorer for him not being there.

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** TaijiSawada's Music/TaijiSawada's return to the band. Had he been brought on as a full member for all tour gigs in 2010 and 2011 (including the US tour), he would likely not have ended up in Saipan (and had he still gone, he would have had far more to work with to save himself). The band itself would have also sounded so much better as a double bass band featuring him and Heath both - the Yokohama performance showed just how much they complemented each other. Instead, with whatever happened, he ended up dead at the hands of either himself or someone else in Saipan, and the band is much poorer for him not being there.

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