We learned today of the utimely passing of legendary X-Japan bass player Hiroshi Morie aka Heath, from a battle with Cancer. He was only 55. News was confirmed in an article by Yahoo Japan earlier today.
Heath was a renowned Japanese musician recognized for his role as the bassist of the influential heavy metal group X Japan. Formed in the 1980s, X Japan played a significant part in the development of the visual kei movement, characterized by its emphasis on flamboyant costumes, intricate hairstyles, and dramatic makeup. Heath became a member of X Japan in 1992, taking over the bassist position from Taiji Sawada, and contributing to the band’s sound during their most successful era. X Japan gained both national and international acclaim, particularly in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Despite several breaks and changes in the lineup, Heath remained a crucial figure in the band until their disbandment in the late 1990s. Post disbandment, he ventured into a solo career, releasing his own music and collaborating with various artists.
The year 2007 marked the reunion of X Japan, with Heath rejoining the group for their highly anticipated comeback. Since then, the band has continued to create music and perform, solidifying their status as one of the most influential and iconic bands in the history of Japanese rock music.
Earlier this summer one of the most successful rock groups in Japanese history – X Japan – has released their first new single in eight years, “Angel”.
May you Rest in Peace Hiroshi.