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Died On This Date (July 17, 2011) Taiji Sawada / X-Japan; Loudness

Posted by themusicsover on July 17, 2011

Taiji Sawada
July 12, 1966 – July 17, 2011

Taiji Sawada was a respected Japanese musician who is perhaps best remembered for his bass work with popular metal bands, X Japan and Loudness.  A gifted musician by his early teens, Sawada dropped out of high school to form his first band, Trash in which he played guitar until switching to bass a couple of years later.  He went on to play in a handful of other bands until joining X Japan in 1986.  One of Japan’s most influential hard rock bands, X Japan released several singles and one full length album before being signed by Sony Music in 1988.  Sawada played on the band’s first three album, including Blue Blood, which is arguably one of the best metal releases of the ’80s.   After leaving X Japan, Sawada was asked to join Loudness, playing on just one studio and one live album before departing to form his own band.  Over the better part of the next 20 years, he played in numerous bands including D.T.R., Cloud Nine, and the Killing Red Addiction, as well as his own projects.  Meanwhile, Sawada reportedly suffered from epilepsy and chronic strokes for many years.  On July 11, 2011, he was arrested after an alleged altercation with a flight attendant on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan.  Sawada faced federal charges in the United States as a result.  While in a holding cell, he allegedly tried to commit suicide by hanging himself with a bed sheet only to be discovered by staff and rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced brain-dead and remained on life support for the next several days.  On July 17, 2011, Taiji Sawada passed away after being removed from life support at the request of his family.  He was 45.

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Died On This Date (November 30, 2008) Munetaka Higuchi / Loudness

Posted by themusicsover on November 30, 2009

Munetaka Higuchi
December 24, 1958 – November 30, 2008


Munetaka Higuchi was the founding drummer for Japanese metal band, Loudness.  A talented musician from an early age, Higuchi played in several bands while still in high school.  In 1981, he and friend, Akira Takasaki, formed Loudness who became the first Japanese heavy metal band to land a recording contract in the United States.  Higuchi released a solo album, Destruction, while still in the band, and then left in 1992 to launch a solo career.  In 1997, he released Free World, and album that included such guests as Terry Bozzio, Steve Vai, Stanley Clarke, Billy Sheehan and Ronnie James Dio.  Higuchi reunited with Loudness in 2001.  On November 30, 2008, Munetaka Higuchi died of liver cancer at the age of 49.

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The Law of Devil's Land - Loudness

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