Kyoji Yamamoto (山本 恭司, Yamamoto Kyōji, born March 23, 1956 in Matsue, Shimane, Japan) is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer who is the leader of the hard rock/heavy metal bands Bow Wow (known as Vow Wow for a period of time) and Wild Flag. He is known for his skillful guitar playing, with former bandmate Neil Murray calling him one of the top Japanese guitarists, and was one of the first hard rock guitarist to use the tapping technique.
|Birth name||Kyoji Yamamoto|
|Born||March 23, 1956|
Matsue, Shimane, Japan
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, record producer, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Bow Wow, Wild Flag, Phenomena, Mari Hamada, Munetaka Higuchi|
After entering Yamaha Music School, Kyoji formed Bow Wow in 1975 and they released their debut album a year later . The following year they opened for Aerosmith and Kiss. In 1984, with the addition of two new members, the group renamed themselves Vow Wow and moved to England in 1987 before disbanding in 1990. Kyoji reformed Bow Wow with all new members in 1995, however original members Mitsuhiro Saito and Toshihiro Niimi rejoined him in 1998 to become a trio.
Kyoji began a solo career in 1980, and has appeared as a special guest performer for numerous musicians. In 1986 he was asked by producer Wilfried F. Rimensberger to participate in the supergroup Phenomena, playing on their second album.
- Horizon (1980)
- Guitar Man (1982)
- Electric Cinema (1982)
- Mind Arc (1998)
- Requiem (1999)
- Time (2005)
- "Time"〜悠久の時を越えて〜 (2006)
- The Life Album (2010)
- Voyager: The Essential Kyoji Yamamoto (2010, US release)
- Philosophy (2014)
- Healing Collection 〜The Best Of Kyoji Yamamoto〜 (2008, CD & DVD)
- "Time"〜悠久の時を越えて〜 (2006)
- 山本恭司ソロ・コンサート 〜July 21, 2007〜」 (2008)
- Free Style Jam (2015)
- R: Rock'n Riders – in-game character, music
- "Remembering The Original Japanese Rock Invasion". Metal Hammer. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
- "Kyoji Yamamoto Interview". hardrockhaven.net. October 16, 2010. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- "Kyoji Yamamoto leaves all inhibitions behind". The Japan Times. April 18, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- "BOWWOW Frontman Kyoji Yamamoto – "Lars Of METALLICA Tried To Promote Us By Playing Early BowWow Songs On The Radio Many Times"". bravewords.com. December 10, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- Phenomena recording credits and related Bio
- "BOWWOW Frontman Kyoji Yamamoto Returns To US After 33 Years, Announces First Ever North American Solo Shows Featuring DIAMOND HEAD Drummer Karl Wilcox". bravewords.com. July 14, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
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