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Kyoji Yamamoto

Guitarist from Japan

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/metal bands Bow Wow (known as Vow Wow for a period of time) and Wild Flag. He is known for his skillful guitar playing, and was the first hard rock guitarist to use the tapping technique. 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. Kyoji was to perform his first solo show in the United States on September 24, 2011, with Karl Wilcox from Diamond Head  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1956-03-23
Place of birth
Matsue
Nationality
Japan

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