Versailles （ヴェルサイユ）- Japanese supergroup that plays in the style of power metal / neoclassical metal. Versailles Group was established March 30, 2007 with the participation of musicians Kamijo (Kamijo - ex-LAREINE) - Vocal, Hizaki (Hizaki - ex- Schwardix Marvally, SULFURIC ACID) - Guitar, Teru (Teru - ex-Aikaryu) - Guitar, Jasmine You (Jasmine - ex-Jakura, HIZAKI grace project) - Bass, and Yuki (Yuki - ex-Sugar Trip) - Drums. The mere fact that there are such famous musicians as Kamijo and Hizaki aroused interest among the public and has provided a group of fast-growing popularity in the composition of Versailles. The idea of creating a group, the basic concept of which was the "absolute beauty of form and content (audio)" belongs Kamijo and Hizaki. The musicians see the realization of this idea in the flower rose, where the beauty and freshness of delicate petals combined with sharp spikes, able to injure and cause pain.
Kamijo and Hizaki hatched the idea of creating a group in the autumn of 2006, and it took six months to find musicians who could help to realize all ideas. Finally, the names of the band members were opened on 29 March and the band's name was announced on 30 March. In May 2007 he appeared on YouTube advertising Versailles band trailer, and it turned out to be an extremely good move in terms of advertising and marketing. This attracted the attention of a group of different media, including foreign ones, and, in addition, Versailles received several interesting proposals regarding the performances outside of Japan. Incidentally, stunning costumes were made by participants on the sketches ID JAPAN musicians. In late May, the German television interviewed the band, and in June, an article about Versailles appeared in Sankei Newspaper. About a young band wrote and spoke Livedoor news, Yomiuri newspaper, Yomiuri TV and Fuji TV, making good publicity team.
The first performance of the team was held on June 24, 2007 at Ebisu Liquid Room. Musicians performed at one stage with artists such as Sugar, Screw, Kaya and UnsraW. In the public had the opportunity to purchase the first single group - «The Revenant Choir» concert. Perhaps the influence is felt in the work of Versailles X-Japan, is particularly clear associations cause the drums played by Yuki and guitar solo Hizaki. In the introduction of the composition «The Revenant Choir» says something like this: "Two noble clan, and they lived in a world that was filled with the scent of roses Once upon a time there. Representatives of one clan believed that only death brings man happiness and lets you know the sweetness of Eternity. Others craved immortality. Came the day when all dreams were fulfilled and the dream turned into reality. And those who have received eternal life, were doomed to loneliness, which became their punishment forever.
In June 2007, there were those who claim to be descendants of the Roses. They met again, and memories of the past are awakened in them. The story begins ..." August 30, the band performed with the program «The Red Carpet Day», prepared label Sherow Artist Society. The presentation was attended by such artists as: Juka, Kaya, Nega, UnsraW and Metis Gretel. And on October 31 in Japan and Europe was published «Lyrical Sympathy» the group's debut album.
In January 2008, Versailles became in music award winner J Rock Awards in the category "Best New Artist", established by three companies - J Rock Revolution, Tainted Reality and Purple Sky. The same year in the spring, the band gave a concert entitled «Tokyo Metrolois», which took place at Shibuya AX. March 19 was released the single «A Noble was Born in the Chaos», March 28 and started Versailles MATENROU OPERA joint tour of Europe, during which both groups visited Sweden, Germany, Spain, France and Finland.
May 3, Japan hosted hide memorial summit, which was attended by musicians from Versailles. After that, the band finally gave his first independent show at Daikanyama UNIT. May 30 the staff spoke at A-KON in the United States, and later, in June, there was a concert in Los Angeles.
June 24 opened the official fanclub Versailles, «NOBLE», and July 16 there was self-titled album, which included twelve songs. Attached is a DVD with clips on the composition «Prelude», «Aristocrat's Symphony» and «Episode». In the chat ORICON this album finished fourth. In August, the band played a number of performances in Shibuya O-EAST, Nagoya ell .FITZALL and Osaka Muse.
However, it became clear that America already has a group of Versailles and, accordingly, the Japanese namesake can not act in the United States under its familiar name. In this regard, for performances outside of Japan, in August of the same year they changed the name to Versailles "Versailles-Philharmonic Quintet-", selecting from the numerous proposals of fans who are sent to the email address of the group, to arrange a collective combination of words. In October already "Versailles-Philharmonic Quintet-" performed at the anime convention in Washington, DC, and the next day gave a concert in New York. All tickets for the concert were sold out. December 10 released the single "PRINCE & PRINCESS". It is unique in that is released in 5 variations, each one dedicated to one of the participants. Soon it became known that in 2009 the group has scheduled its first world tour.
In March 2009, Versailles was given in his last tour in the status of the indies and the summer high-grade steel major, signing a contract with Warner Music Japan. Their debut maxi-single in a new status -''ASCENDEAD MASTER"- the band released June 24 promises to be very fruitful -. September 16, the group planned to release a new album, plus, according to some rumors, her world tour could go through and through
Russia, however.at the beginning of August 2009 the official website of the message to suspend the activities of the group due to the poor health of bassist Jasmine You. August 9 favorite of many musicians are gone. The cause of death Jasmine You is unknown, it will open only with the consent of his family. in this regard, t ragicheskim incident Versailles announced that they suspend operations indefinitely.
Fortunately, after three months the band returned to his fans, performing at V-ROCK FESTIVAL '09 (grand festival, which was held in Tokyo on 25 and 26 October 2009), together with groups such as abingdon boys school, Alice Nine, Dand many others. Bass playing session musician. In October, the band resumed speaking, the party Jasmine played bass Matenrou Opera. So in the words of drummer or they will play with it, or do not play at all.
Your album is frozen due to the death of Jasmine decided to release January 20, 2010. February 9th, the band members have made Moscow into a world tour plan, which was to begin on 27 June. Also, January 4, 2010 there was a concert in memory of Jasmine, which was named "Jasmine You -Memorial Ceremony-" and was held in Shibuya O-East. The album "Jubilee" comes out January 20th. It was announced a world tour titled "Methods of Inheritance", which started on February 28 in Yokohama. Together with the musicians played bass guitarist Masashi from "Cosmo and Közi". Japanese tour ended in April, two final concerts - in Osaka and Tokyo. In these shows, the choir took part.
After that, Versailles are sent on a tour of Latin America, covering Brazil, Chile, Peru and Mexico, and then, before returning to Japan, the band visited Europe with shows in Norway, Russia, Finland, England, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary. After the tour, it was reported that Masashi officially joined the band as a bass player, and Jasmine will always be considered a "party to the eternal". The musicians also announced the release in September 2010, two versions of the album "Lyrical Sympathy" and "Noble". The songs were recorded by 23 December 2008 at the time of the last performance in the CC Lemon Hall tour "Chateau de Versailles". The same concert was released on DVD "Chateau de Versailles".
A new single "Destiny -The Lovers-" on 27 October. In late November, Panasonic loaded the 15-minute digest of one of Versailles concerts in 3D. This concert was part of the tour "World Tour 2010" Method of Inheritance "-Jubilee-", it took place in the JCB Hall in Tokyo on April 30, 2010.
In January 2011, Versailles starting to take off his own television mini-drama called "Onegai Kanaete Versaille". The show also stars Rina Koike; it aired on Mainichi Broadcasting System and TV Kanagawa until March.
June 15, 2011 the band released their third studio album, which was named "Holy Grail". The group begins its second world tour "Holy Grail", which started on July 31 in Tokyo. The tour group visited Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan), in October of Versailles were noted at concerts in Europe (Russia, England, Spain, Italy), and in November, the musicians brought back to Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile).
Important announcement from Versailles:
Dear loyal fans, we want to announce that the Versailles decided to stop all activities to the end of the year. In our 5-year anniversary - and without a clear vision of development - we decided it would be best for the group and music, Staffa and fans to achieve personal goals and creative activity is present, stop all activities to the end of 2012.
From the beginning, "ROSE" starred (thematically and symbolically) to Versailles. "ROSE", which is also the name of the single songs to their 5th anniversary, birth, formation and existence - in short, it is their history of the world. The band will release a farewell album on September 26 and will hold a tour of Japan.
December 20 will be the final performance of Versailles in the NHK Hall in Tokyo. Despite the break in the work, Versailles continue to work and please their fans with new releases. Group announced the release of two DVD. The first of these, "Best Live", went on sale February 27, 2013. This release incorporates the best shots from the life and work of the group throughout their careers. The second DVD-release, "CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES -FINAL -"was released on 20 March.
On December 20, 2015, the members of Versailles shared news of a reunion show on their official Twitter accounts. The concert was held at Kamijo's World Tour 2015 -20th Anniversary Best- Grand Finale on December 28, 2015 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.
Versailles held a concert at Zepp DiverCity on June 25, 2016 to celebrate their 9th anniversary. The compilation album The Greatest Hits 2007-2016 followed on September 14 and contained two new songs. The band released a new album, titled Lineage ~Bara no Matsuei~, exclusively to people who bought tickets to their February 14, 2017 show at the Nippon Budokan.
KAMIJO - Vocal
He is the vocalist of visual kei band Versailles, and solo artist since 2013.
- Stage Names: KAMIJO, LAREINE
- Birth Name: Yuuji Kamijou (上城祐之)
- Date of Birth: July 19, 1975
- Place of Birth: Kanagawa, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Height: 173cm
- Bands / Groups
- Bijireiku (199x-1994)
- LAREINE (1994-2000; 2002-2006)
- LAREINE (solo) (2000-2001)
- NEW SODMY (2001-2002)
- Versailles (2007-2012; 2016-)
HIZAKI - Guitar
He is a visual-kei guitarist, who has played in many bands, and has gone solo. His music is a mix between speed metal, hard rock and synthesizer melodies that sound like classical music. He doesn't sing, but instead he collaborates with various vocalists.
In 2005 he decided to break from his solo career and joined SULFURIC ACID and in June 2007 he formed a new band Versailles with KAMIJO. In 2007 he was also a support member for Juka. In 2013 he formed Jupiter with three other members of Versailles and vocalist ZIN.
- Name: HIZAKI
- Position: Guitar, Bass, Keyboard Programming
- Birthdate: February 17, 1979
- Blood Type: AB
- Hometown: Kyoto, Japan
- Cigarette: Lucia
- Equipment: ESP Horizon custom, Laney amplifiers, Ibanez ts9 pedal
- Previous Bands: GARNET GRAVE, Crack Brain, Schwardix Marvally, BURNING FIRE, SULFURIC ACID, HIZAKI grace project, Versailles
MASASHI - Bass
The bassist of the band. In the past, he was a support member for Chocolate'S, CRAZY Bom., Közi and Versailles (before joining as an official member).
- Satge Names: masashi, Mawa Masashi (三輪昌史), MASASHI
- Birthday: April 25
- Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Previous Bands: Ash, Red Carpet, CODE, Jupiter
Jasmine You - Bass
He was the bassist of the band Versailles. He died at August 9th, 2009.
Jasmine You We Love You!
- Stage Names: Jasmine You, 勇 (Yuu)
- Birthday: March 8th
- Deathdate: August 9th, 2009
- Birthplace: Aichi, Japan
- Blood Type: B
- Previous Bands: Jakura, HIZAKI (support), HIZAKI grace project.