- Name: Toshio Sakurai (桜井敏郎)
- SAFETY SHOES website: https://www.safetyshoes.jp/
- twitter: https://twitter.com/toshio_sakurai
Toshio Sakurai is a former artist for the GuitarFreaks & DrumMania series. From GUITARFREAKS to GUITARFREAKS 9thMIX & drummania 8thMIX, he provided a number of songs for the series, many of them involving Thomas Howard Lichtenstein. He was also the music director of drummania.
Toshio left KONAMI in 2001, and started playing live in March 2002. In April 2002, he formed a new group called Toshio Sakurai with db Communication (桜井敏郎 with dB Communication), which was dissolved in June 2003. In July 2003 he formed the band SAFETY SHOES, and still continues to perform music with the band to this day.
- Love machineguns (with Hideyuki Ono and Yuei Uematsu as composers, and Thomas Howard Lichtenstein on vocals)
- Nut & Bridge (with Hideyuki Ono)
- Monoral Heads (with Thomas Howard Lichtenstein on vocals)
- Voo Doo (with vocalist Stephen McKnight)
Since all of Toshio Sakurai's songs feature guitars, only songs not composed by him which he provided guitar for are listed.
- Stratosphere (2018, with Thomas Howard Lichtenstein)