Pierrot (band)

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Pierrot
Also known as Dizy-Lizy
Origin Nagano, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock, gothic rock
Years active 1994–2006, 2014
Labels Toshiba-EMI, Mystic Child/Universal
Associated acts Angelo, LM.C, ALvino
Website pierrot.jpn.com
Members Kirito
Jun
Kohta
Takeo
Aiji
Past members Hidelow
Luka

Pierrot (stylized as PIERROT) was a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in 1994 in Nagano. After changing their name to Pierrot, and several member changes, the final lineup was completed in 1995 with Kirito on vocals, Jun and Aiji on guitar, Kohta on bass and Takeo on drums. After roughly ten years together, Pierrot disbanded in 2006. Their final single was named "Hello", an apt title for a band who started their major career with an album called Finale.

Vocalist Kirito embarked on a solo career in 2005, before reuniting with Kohta and Takeo to start a new band called Angelo. Aiji formed LM.C, and Jun created a new band called ALvino. In April 2014, Pierrot announced they will perform two shows at the Saitama Super Arena in October.

History[edit]

In 1994, guitarists Kirito (then going by his real name, Shinya) and Jun formed a rock band named Dizy-Lizy in Nagano. They recruited Hidelow on vocals, Kohta on bass and Luka on drums. After changing their name to Pierrot, Luka left in November and Takeo joined. Their debut album, Mad Piero, was released in December, having already been recorded with Luka. Then in February 1995, Hidelow also left the band while Aiji joined, completing the final line up of Kirito on vocals, Jun and Aiji on guitar, Kohta on bass and Takeo on drums. After releasing their second album Pandora's Box in July, they signed with Sweet Child Management.

In 1998 they signed to Toshiba-EMI and released their major debut, the single "Clear Sky", which surprisingly reached number 6 on the Oricon music chart. The album Finale was released in July of the following year, and in April they sold out the Nippon Budokan, which was unheard of for a band just making their debut.[1]

Pierrot left Toshiba-EMI and signed with Universal in 2001. In December 2003, they released their best-selling album Dictators Circus: Magical Melody.[1] Following the release of two compilation albums in 2005, Dictators Circus: A Vairant Bud and Dictators Circus: A Deformed Bud, Pierrot announced they were disbanding.[1] They officially disbanded on April 12, 2006, their last release was a single in June 2006, titled "Hello".

Pierrot's song "Kumo no Ito" was covered by Hana Shounen Baddies on the compilation Crush! 2 -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, which was released on November 23, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement.[2] "Haruka..." was covered by -Oz- for the similar album Counteraction - V-Rock covered Visual Anime songs Compilation-, which was released on May 23, 2012 and features covers of songs by visual kei bands that were used in anime.[3]

Pierrot announced on April 12, 2014, exactly 8 years since their disbandment, that they will perform two shows at the Saitama Super Arena in October 24 and 25.[4]

Members[edit]

Kirito (キリト?)
  • Role: vocals/leader (originally guitar)
  • Real Name: Shinya Murata
  • Birthday: February 24, 1972
  • Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Now part of the band Angelo together with Kohta and Takeo, and has his own solo career.
Aiji (アイジ?)
  • Role: guitar
  • Real name: Shinji Mizui
  • Birthday: November 17, 1974
  • Birthplace: Nagano, Japan
  • Now part of the band LM.C with Maya (formerly Miyavi's support guitarist).
Jun (?)
  • Role: guitar/synth guitar
  • Real name: Junichi Yamaura
  • Birthday: May 4, 1973
  • Birthplace: Nagano, Japan
  • Now part of the band ALvino with Koji (ex-La'cryma Christi) and Shouta.
Kohta
  • Role: bass/chorus
  • Real name: Kohta Murata
  • Birthday: June 3, 1975
  • Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Now part of the band Angelo together with Kirito and Takeo.
Takeo
  • Role: drums/percussion
  • Real name: Takeo Ishikawa
  • Birthday: July 11,1972
  • Birthplace: Koriyama, Fukushima
  • Now part of the band Angelo together with Kirito and Kohta.
Former members
  • Hidelow – vocals
  • Luka – drums
    • Went on to join D≒sire and later Jils, as Hide Hommure -Hideyoshi-.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Mad Pierrot (気狂いピエロ Kikurui piero?, December 24, 1994)
  • Pandora's Box (パンドラの匣 Pandora no hako?, July 21, 1996)
  • Celluloid (September 3, 1997) Oricon Albums Chart Peak Position: 63[5]
  • Finale (July 7, 1999) 5[5]
  • Private Enemy (November 22, 2000) 14[5]
  • Heaven: The Customized Landscape (May 24, 2002) 7[5]
  • ID Attack (July 23, 2003) 6[5]
  • Dictators Circus: Magical Melody (DICTATORS CIRCUS -奇術的旋律- Dictators Circus: kijutsuteki senritsu?, December 17, 2003) 16[5]
  • Freeze (December 1, 2004) 12[5]
  • Dictators Circus: A Variant Bud (April 6, 2005, singles compilation) 6[5]
  • Dictators Circus: A Deformed Bud (June 8, 2005, singles' B-side compilation) 15[5]

Singles[edit]

  • "Haken Kreuz" (October 20, 1995)
  • "Screen" (April 22, 1998) Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: 36[6]
  • "Clear Sky" (クリア・スカイ?, September 10, 1998) 6[6]
  • "Mad Sky: Steel Messiah" (MAD SKY -鋼鉄の救世主-?, December 2, 1998) 5[6]
  • "Haruka.../Kanata he" (ハルカ…/カナタヘ…?, February 24, 1999) 10[6]
  • "Last Letter" (ラストレター?, April 28, 1999) 5[6]
  • "Creatures" (December 22, 1999) 7[6]
  • "Agitator" (June 7, 2000) 5[6]
  • "The Hot Night My Nerve Broke" (神経がワレル暑い夜?, September 27, 2000) 10[6]
  • "Paradox" (May 6, 2001)
  • "Dramatic Neo Anniversary" (August 29, 2001) 5[6]
  • "Cocoon" (November 21, 2001) 10[6]
  • "In This Breaking World" (壊れていくこの世界で?, March 27, 2002) 5[6]
  • Psychedelic Lover" (August 28, 2002) 7[6]
  • "Hill: Illusive Snow" (HILL -幻覚の雪-?, December 18, 2002) 9[6]
  • "A Rose-Colored World/Neogrotesque/Twilight Suicide" (ネオグロテスク/薔薇色の世界/夕闇スーサイド?, June 18, 2003) 4[6]
    • "A Rose-Colored World" was the 2nd opening theme to the Getbackers anime
  • "Intercerebral Morphine" (脳内モルヒネ?, December 3, 2003) 16[6]
  • "Smiley Skeleton" (June 30, 2004) 8[6]
  • "Mycloud" (October 20, 2004) 7[6]
  • "Hello" (June 21, 2006) 8[6]

VHS/DVD[edit]

  • Prototype (December 20, 1998)
  • "Film" Rising a Mad Sky at Nippon Budokan (September 8, 1999)
  • Tour 1999 Foreteller's Mutation Final: The Genome Control (March 15, 2000)
  • Dictators Circus V Vol. 1 (December 20, 2000)
  • Dictators Circus V Vol. 2 (December 20, 2000)
  • Prototype II (December 20, 2000)
  • Prototype III (December 19, 2001) 47[7]
  • Prototype I+II (December 19, 2001)
  • Tour Raradoxical Genesis "Anniversary" 2001.9.23 Yokohama Arena (DVD) (April 23, 2003)
  • Dictators Circus VI at Saitama Super Arena (April 23, 2003) 86[7]
  • Attack [to] the Freedom (2004, fanclub only)
  • Dictators Circus VII: A Variant Bud/A Deformed Bud: [Saitama Super Arena] (2005, fanclub only)
  • Prototype IV (December 14, 2005) 46[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "PIERROT—Who they were, where they are now". JRock Revolution. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Aoi, Moran, and more to release ’90s Visual Kei cover album". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ "V-Kei Anime Song Cover Compilation "Counteraction!" and MJP TV to Collaborate! Live Talk Program with Asai Hiroaki and the Artists Participating!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  4. ^ "PIERROT、「再び5人で皆さんの前に立つことを発表します」さいたまスーパーアリーナ2Daysを10月開催". barks.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Pierrotのアルバム売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Pierrotのシングル売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  7. ^ a b c "PierrotのDVD売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 

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