PRESS RELEASE: hide’s Summer Festival: “hide presents MIX LEMONeD JELLY” held again for the first time in 20 years
via Jasmine Himeco, ART OF COMMUNITY Inc. ; edited by Kort
On July 18th, at Maihama Amphitheater, 130 artists from every music genre, ranging from hide’s friends to the next generation artists that inherited hide’s spirit, gathered and made the hottest summer night colorful.
“MIX LEMONed JELLY,” produced by hide in August 26th, 1997, is a circuit event that is connected across many event spaces. What makes this event special is that even in a time when computers and the word “internet” was not common, all five events were connected and broadcast live. The year before, hide held “hide summer special” at Chiba Mari Stadium (Now know as QVC Marine Field). At this event, there were not only performances from artists belonging to hide’s production label, but also BMX, gamers, a fashion show, and a hair cut salon. All of those small events had connections or were related to hide. It was a multi-genre event that collected new music and culture. This type of event was the beginning of “Summer Fes”.
This year, as before, was a “Sunmer Fes” full of surprises by hide. The first thing that you see once you walk into the stadium is many kinds of food booths. Food like tacos, rice, and kebab which all represent “Summer Fes,” and a “Maid cafe” which hide thought would be interesting. The wide range of food makes it sound like what hide would prefer. At the lobby, there was a hair cut salon booth held by “SQASH,” which was hide’s hair and makeup styling team. There were also crane games, capsul toy booths, and a volunteer group booth. The volunteer group is “Make-A-Wish-Japan” that helps children who suffer from incurable diseases to make their dreams come true. They have already helped a girl whose dream was to meet hide. Moreover, at this event, as it was in the 1997, the visitors/audience only had a map and the live broadcast from the Internet as the guide, so they had to make their way through the event by their intuition and feelings. hide said before that, “I’m still going to be selfish and do things like this. For LEMONeD events, I want my visitors/audiences to have independence over the wide range of choices.” That is why for this year, the visitors only have the information of lineups for the stages and the time frame, but no information about what time which artist is going to perform. Fans had to go around the “Summer Fes” by themselves and navigate the stadium. Adding on to the old 1997 version, this year in the stadium were groups of all white-wearing dancers that performed during events and made this year’s “MIX LEMONeD JELLY” a special combo of old and new.
The three stages called “collection” were transformed into the 2016 version “MIX LEMONeD JELLY” for famous artist, ZEPPT STORE, the band that made hide establish his own production company LEMONeD. hide accidentally found their CD and listened to them. After he was amazed by their music, he decided to open his own production company to let the world know about them. This year is their 20th anniversary, and ZEPPT STPRE, who performed at the 1997 “Summer Fes” at Chiba Mari Stadium, was the lead off artist. D’ELANGER performed “Genkaiharetsu(限界破裂)” from their tribute album with hide. It’s members are kyo(Vo), and Testu(Dr), who were old friends with hide before hide joined X, and were in the band “SAVER TIGER”. J from LUNA SEA, who was close to hide and calls him “brother,” enthusiastically commented, “I remember that day 20 years ago. I felt it was like hide opened the new generation. I want to enhance hide’s passion. I’ll do it, so let’s have fun together!!” DJ-INA, who is hide’s music co-producer and a member of hide with Spread Beaver, played a DJ version of hide’s famous songs. Dancer TOM, who played in the musical “Pink Spider,” also performed as well as guest vocalista TAKA (despiral) and KOHSHI (FLOW), who performed hide’s first solo single, “Eyes Love You.” Anime Song DJ Minami Momochi and maid unit @17 performed hide’s 50 years anniversary song, “Ko Gyaru.” The stage looked like when hide had his love concert with half naked dancers and fans facing all together on the stage.
defspiral, whose talent was noticed by hide and still does a 3D holographic collaboration with hide through “hide crystal project presents RADIOSITY” said that they will keep on inheriting hide’s spirit and covered “Pink Spider” with the collaboration of DIE and I.N.A. from hide with Spread Beaver. CUT, who was also noticed by hide, performed its first concert as “Speed of Lights,” collaborating with Kiyoshi, from hide with Spread Beaver, who joined as an alien that met them accidentally. A lot of fans enjoyed this performance.
FLOW, who said that they began their band because of hide, covered hide’s “D.O.D. (DRINK OR DIE)” and made the full use of the stage to entertain the audience. He expressed his joy of being able to be one of the artists for this event by making waves with the fans. Kishidan, who had a “miracle” collaboration with hide in 2013 at their own concert festival, wore the same clothes as last time. Their uniform is a tribute to hide’s guitar, Yellow Heart. They talked about how they felt when they were in the middle school and were huge fans of X. They even said, “if our talk is too long, we will just cut out songs.” The fans sympathized with the way they represented themselves as one of the huge fans of X, and cheered throughout the entire performance.
Because hide didn’t limit the event by genre, many idol groups joined this event as well. Especially the younger generation idol, Nao Sakura from Team Syachihoko, who lived in a period when X and hide wasn’t active. Nao dyed her hair pink even though it is forbidden to dye hair at her management. She bleached her hair the first time in her life just for this event. She wore her own hide pink suit and she talked about hide while half crying. Not only the idol groups’ fans but also hide’s fans applauded for their performance of dancing INA’s special version of “ever free” while holding the Yellow Heart guitar.
The ones that are hide’s friends, the ones that have been praised and voiced by hide, the ones that have been influenced by hide, and the ones that respect hide across the generations, all inherit hide’s spirit. With their great performances, the 2016 “MIX LEMONeD JELLY” came to its finale after 9 hours. More than 18 years have passed since hide left, but hide, as the pink spider, spreads his web and connects people together. In the future, his spirit will still be inherited..
That day, it was announced that “MIX LEMONeD JELLY2017” will be held and the 1996 hide 2nd solo tour: “hide solo tour 1996-PSYENCE A GO GO”‘ will be shown on screen at theaters this fall. It is made possible by the technology of 3D. hide has always brought surprises to his fans. Let’s look forward to what he will bring to us in the future. hide’s action won’t be stopped.
hide official website
◆「PSYENCE A GO GO
final tour has been announced!!
【Title 】 hide 3D LIVE MOVIE “PSYENCE A GO GO” ～20 years from 1996～
【Theaters】60 theaters will be showing
【Ticket】2,800 yen (tax included ) [with 3D effects ]
・This tour video is only in 3D
・There might be extra charges for 3D glasses in some theaters.
・if you’re at Dolby Atmos, there would be extra charges in come theaters.
＊From 9/1(Thursday), on sale at the pre-guide
◆Live concert videos, documentary, clip videos, a blue ray will be released that contains 6 contents.
Release date 2016, September 28th.
◆Special 3D movie tickets and old version goods, blue-ray 6 contents limited sets will be available for preorder at the LAWSON / mini stop Loppi!
・From 9/28, blue ray 6 contents set and special picture ticket + old version goods pass case will be on sale
【Reservation period】 2016/7/19(Tue)10:00～8/20(Sat)23:30
【Price】 32,300 yen (with tax )
※The ticket and product will be provided at the store from 9/28 at the LAWSON and mini stops
・『9/28 on sale! Blue-ray 6 contents set』
【Reservation Period】 2016/7/19(Tue)10:00～8/20(Sat)23:30
【Loppi Special Price】 28,000 yen（with tax）
※The product will be provided after 9/28 at the LAWSON and ministops.
・『special ticket (same everywhere in Japan)＋old version goods pass case』
【Reservation】 2016, September 1st (Thu)10:00～ ※we will provide detailed information later on their Loppi website
【Price】 4,300 yen (with tax)
※for more information please visit the Loppi website
◆A new performance announced between the collaboration of hide and Gekidan TEAM-ODAC, who was also a part of 2016 “MIX LEMONeD JELLY”!!
The 23rd performance “Our Pink Spider”
From March, 9th (Thu) to March 20th(Mon) 2017, @Kiijuniya Hall
Original Script：hide with Spread Beaver『ピンク スパイダー』
Appearance ：Gekian TEAM-ODAC and more
Thanks the collaboration of：HEADWAX ORGANIZATION
hide offices website: hide-city http://www.hide-city.com
Gekidan TEAM-ODAC website http://teamodac.net/news/#topic1498