Masayoshi Yamashita

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Masayoshi Yamashita
Loudness - Wacken Open Air 2016 01.jpg
Background information
Born (1961-11-29) November 29, 1961 (age 55)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Rock/metal
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Loudness
Notable instruments
Vigier Excess and Arpege
ESP Basses

Masayoshi Yamashita (山下 昌良, Yamashita Masayoshi?) (born November 29, 1961 in Osaka, Japan) is the original and current bass guitarist of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.[1]

He first started playing bass in a band called Black Rose. A short time later, his childhood neighbor and close friend, Akira Takasaki, invited him to join Loudness in 1981.

In 1991, Yamashita left Loudness; it was rumored that he did not get along with lead singer Mike Vescera, who replaced Niihara in 1989. After leaving Loudness, he worked on side projects, including Spaed and Blood Circus. He returned to Loudness in 2001.


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Loudness". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 May 2010.