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X Japan in Europe


X Japan successfully completed the European leg of their World tour (28th June: London, 1st July: Paris and on the 4th July in Berlin). The set lists of the European dates were:

Intro Born To Be Free
Jade Drums & Piano Solo (Yoshiki)
Rusty Nail I.V.
Silent Jealousy X
Drain Forever Love
Violin Solo (Sugizo) Endless Rain
Kurenai Art Of Life

You can read a nice article about their London gig here.

Source: primalnoise.com

Date: 2011-07-08

Japan Expo


X Japan will appear at the Japan Expo! They will give a press conference one day before their concert in France. The press conference is scheduled for Thursday 30 June, 16h45-17h30, Main stage. More infos at the Japan Expo site.

Source: Japan Expo

Date: 2011-06-30

Jade Release Date June 28

X JAPAN'S FIRST SINGLE, "JADE" TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 28

(June 14, 2011) -- "Jade," the long-awaited new single from X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be released in North America, Europe and Latin America on Tuesday, June 28 in all digital formats. "Jade" is the first track from the band's English debut album, currently in the final stages of recording.

A "Jade" full-length ringtone will be made available exclusively in Japan on June 28, and the single will be released there and in Southeast Asia two weeks later on July 13.

"This is a years-long dream of X Japan's, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe," said Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/producer/songwriter/drummer/pianist. "Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that 'Jade' will be the first step."

Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace, "Jade" was recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki's Los Angeles studio, the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic Black album before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility.

The song features the thunderous drums and bass of Yoshiki and Heath, respectively, the searing twin guitar work of Pata and Sugizo, and Toshi's dynamic vocals. With most lyrics sung in English, "Jade" is a hauntingly romantic tale of embracing the beautiful sadness of death, and showcases X Japan's eclectic mix of rock, goth, and classical music.

The release of "Jade" coincides with the X Japan's June 28 sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire and the kick-off of their world tour that includes stops in Europe and South America. Click here for the full itinerary.

X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times with its classic "Queen meets Guns N Roses meets ŒThe Matrix'" sound. The popularity of the band in Japan has made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion and business. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of its first American tour last fall.

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Date: 2011-06-14

Scarlet Love Song #1 in iTunes Japan

X JAPAN's SCARLET LOVE SONG explodes and hits #1 on iTunes Japan!

X JAPAN's latest release SCARLET LOVE SONG, the opening theme song for Tezuka Production's latest anime feature film release that took over 10 years to produce ... BUDDHA: akai sabaku yo! Utsukushiku has hit the #1 position for iTunes (Japan).

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Date: 2011-06-09

Yoshiki to Compose Theme Song for Osamu Tezuka

THE "GOD" OF J-ROCK, YOSHIKI, COMPOSES THEME SONG FOR THE "GOD" OF MANGA'S, OSAMU TEZUKA, UPCOMING 2011 JAPANESE ANIME FEATURE FILM

(May 26, 2011) ­ Known throughout the world for his haunting melodies and dynamic musical prowess, famed J-Rock legend Yoshiki has been commissioned by the famed "God" of Manga writer, Osamu Tezuka's (ASTROBOY) world famous anime production company, Tezuka Production Company Ltd., to compose the opening song for their 10 years in the making, highly anticipated 2011 anime trilogy feature film, BUDDHA: AKAI SABAKU YO! UTSUKUSHIKU. The composition will be entitled "Scarlet Love Song" and will be the main theme for the film releasing May 28, 2011.

"Yoshiki, a member of X Japan-the most successful international "Visual kei Japanese rock band", was the obvious choice to be part of the film," states BUDDHA director Kouso Morishita, "he (Yoshiki) and I used to talk about the collaboration of Anime and J-Rock and I requested his musical support from the inception of the film. As a result, "Scarlet Love Song" was written by Yoshiki and performed by X Japan and is a great love song which makes the world of "Buddha" shine moreso."

"I am honored and blessed that I was given the amazing opportunity to write the theme song for such an influential Japanese manga writer," states Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/drummer/pianist/songwriter, "I hope my song does the feature film and Tezuka-san's wonderful work justice as it will set the tone for the entire film."

Yoshiki Official Twitter: http://twitter.com/YoshikiOfficial

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Date: 2011-05-26

“Yoshiki Radio” to Debut on SiriusXM

“Yoshiki Radio” to Debut on SiriusXM
Japanese Superstar to Launch His First-Ever Radio Show

May 12, 2011 -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that Yoshiki, Japanese icon and leader of Japan’s multi-million-selling, superstar rock band X Japan, will host his first-ever radio show, “Yoshiki Radio,” on SiriusXM’s The Boneyard, Channel 38. “Yoshiki Radio,” the hour-long monthly show, will launch on Friday, May 27 at 8:00PM ET. Beginning Sunday, June 5, “Yoshiki Radio” will air the first Sunday of every month at 9:00PM ET.

“Yoshiki Radio” will offer an eclectic mix of East meets West, and will include Yoshiki’s personal favorite music tracks, and music from artists that have influenced him, as well as an introduction to some of Japan’s most innovative and successful artists. The monthly show will also feature elements of Japanese pop culture that already have made their mark on American life, from sushi to Sony to Nintendo/Wii, to the global megastar Hello Kitty, to the bourgeoning western popularity of Anime. Yoshiki’s band X Japan has been credited with pioneering “Visual Kei,” a cultural movement that greatly contributed to today’s worldwide Anime craze.

“I’m very excited to do the show exclusively on SiriusXM, as I’d like to help tear down the wall between East and West,” said Yoshiki. “I want to show people that there is no one language, no real boundaries when it comes to music and art, and that we are all more alike than not. I also hope my exposure of unique music choices to the West will allow me to show, with pride, a beautiful side of our culture in these difficult times. ”

“We love introducing listeners to bands they may not otherwise hear on other audio platforms and providing them the chance to discover great new music,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM Radio. “Yoshiki’s music ranges from heavy metal to ballads to alternative rock to symphonic. Only on SiriusXM will you hear Yoshiki’s pioneering choices of songs that mix musical worlds.”

Earlier this year, Yoshiki and his band X Japan signed an exclusive, three-year deal with EMI Music for distribution in North America. X Japan’s North American debut album will be released later this year. The album’s first single, “Jade,” will be available this spring.

X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, and the heart of X Japan is Yoshiki, songwriter, drummer, producer, and classically-trained pianist who also plays guitar, bass and trumpet. Yoshiki, who has been referred to by his first name only throughout his professional career, is arguably Asia’s most influential musical artist and, according to one industry insider, “is to Japan what Bono is to the UK.” Hello Kitty, for the first time in its history, even designed a product line after a person, creating a new character, “Yoshikitty,” based on Yoshiki. X Japan has sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and headlined and sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. The band, having always wanted to break in North America, made its concert debut at 2010’s Lollapalooza festival with a critically-acclaimed North American tour that followed last fall. The band plans to tour extensively in 2011, and has already announced dates in the UK, Europe and Latin America.

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Date: 2011-05-12

Yoshiki to appear at Anime Central

X JAPAN LEADER, YOSHIKI, SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT ANIME CENTRAL

(May 4, 2011) ­ Fans rejoice as they are invited to join international rock-star Yoshiki (X Japan) at Anime Central-the Midwest¹s largest anime convention happening May 20-22, 2011 in Rosemont, IL at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the Rosemont Convention Center! Despite the busy schedule of rehearsing and preparing for the band¹s upcoming European Tour, Yoshiki will be participating in a panel and an autograph session on May 21st from 3:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm.

“This will be my 2nd time attending Anime Central,” states Yoshiki, X Japan’s leader/drummer/pianist/songwriter, “I have been working on multiple projects so I can’t wait to see all my fans and share with them what I have been up to!”

Fans will be in for a treat as Yoshiki will be showing videos including never-before-seen footage beginning at 3:00 pm, followed by a 1-hour panel. Yoshiki’s autograph session is scheduled as well. The locations of the aforementioned activities have yet to be determined.

Yoshiki fans will also have the opportunity to witness Yoshiki recording his own Sirius XM radio show at Anime Central! The recording location has yet to be determined.

Yoshiki’s appearance at Anime Central is as follows:

Panel
Date: Saturday; May 21, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm ­ 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Autograph Session
Date: Saturday; May 21, 2011
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Sirius XM Radio Recording
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD


For more information, please visit the Anime Central Official Site at http://www.acen.org.

Yoshiki Official Twitter: http://twitter.com/YoshikiOfficial

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Date: 2011-05-11

Update on Auction

UPDATE: AUCTION FOR YOSHIKI'S "CRYSTAL" PIANO RELAUNCHES MONDAY, 4/25 Bidding to Start at $512,231.70, The Last Confirmed Sum

LOS ANGELES, CA ­ Friday, April 22, 2011 -- Yoshiki, leader of X Japan, the biggest rock band in Japan, put his "crystal" piano, a see-through Plexiglas Kawai grand, up for auction on April 17 to raise money for the Japan Relief Fundraising Auction in conjunction with Yahoo! Japan. About eight minutes into the auction, the bid shot from $.01 to $42,000; within hours, an online bidder pledged a staggering $73-million.

On Tuesday, 4/19, Yahoo! Auctions temporarily suspended the auction, citing an overload of unexpected high volume of traffic on the site, high bidding prices, and the time required for bidder confirmation procedures. Yahoo! Auction's systems have now been restructured, new bidding policies are in place, and Yahoo! has identified the last confirmed bid for the piano as $512,231.70.

The auction is set to resume on Monday, April 25, and will run through Thursday, April 28.

The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan's first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. Yoshiki and his X Japan band mates decided to postpone the March 15 release of their first U.S. single, "Jade," so they could focus their time and energies helping with the recovery.

In addition to the auction of Yoshiki's "crystal" piano, Yoshiki, through his Yoshiki Foundation America, is spearheading a major celebrity auction to benefit the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The Foundation has already received items from Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, comic book legend Stan Lee, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Reese Witherspoon.

For more info on the Yoshiki Foundation America, go to: www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org

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Date: 2011-04-22

New Concert Date, Shows Moved

UK and Berlin Shows Sell Out in 30-minutes
Shows Moved to Bigger Venues

(Thursday, April 21, 2011) ­ This year, for the first time ever, X Japan will bring its long-awaited, epic rock'n'roll to Europe, with four special concerts set to take place in London (June 28), Paris (July 1), Amsterdam (July 2), and Berlin (July 4). Go to www.xjapanmusic.com for ticket info.

The London show was originally scheduled for the O2 Academy, and the Berlin venue was Huxleys, but with both of those shows selling out in about 30-minutes, the shows' promoters have moved the concerts to larger venues (see below for specifics).

More X Japan concerts are currently being confirmed around the globe and will be announced shortly.

"We are all so excited to finally come and play in Europe," said Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/drummer/pianist/songwriter. "Because we've never played Europe before, we didn't know how many fans we had there, so we're so excited to have this kind of support."

With many more dates coming, X Japan's 2011 global concert schedule is as follows:

JUNE
28 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK

JULY
1 Zenith de Paris, Paris, France
2 Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands (Amsterdam)
4 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany

AUGUST
13 Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka, Japan
14 Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan

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Date: 2011-04-21

European Concert Dates, Summer Sonic Festival

JAPANESE ROCK ICONS X JAPAN CONTINUE THEIR WORLDWIDE EXPANSION
WITH FIRST-TIME EUROPEAN CONCERT DATES
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST SLOT AT "SUMMER SONIC" FESTIVAL

Friday, April 15, 2011 ­ They've sold more than 30-million records and DVDs, filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times, made their North American concert debut last summer at the Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom. And this year, for the first time ever, X Japan will bring its long-awaited, epic rock'n'roll to Europe, with three special concerts set to take place in London (June 28, Islington O2 Academy), Paris (July 1, Zenith de Paris) and Berlin (July 4, Huxleys). Tickets go on sale today, Friday, April 15. Go to www.xjapanmusic.com for ticket info.

More X Japan concerts are currently being confirmed around the globe and will be announced shortly.

"We are all so excited to finally come and play in Europe," said Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/drummer/pianist/songwriter. "This is something we've wanted to do for many years, and we are ready to rock our European fans."

In addition, X Japan has confirmed they will play a special guest slot at the two-day "Summer Sonic" festival set for August 13 in Osaka and August 14 in Tokyo. Although on its own, X Japan sells out Japanese venues twice the size of the "Summer Sonic," it is a big honor for the band to be part of this bill as the annual festival features the biggest and most-buzzed about international artists. This year's headliners also include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Strokes.

In Asia, X Japan - Toshi (vocals), Pata and Sugizo (guitars), Heath (bass), and Yoshiki (drums, piano) - plays arenas and stadiums, bringing in elaborate production including lasers, catwalks, and holograms. For these upcoming European dates, X Japan will tailor its "stadium-sensibility theatrics" to the more intimate venues, focusing primarily on its "Queen-meets-Guns-N-Roses-meets-ŒThe-Matrix'" rock assault.

"We had a wonderful time last fall on our first North American tour, playing theatres, something we hadn't been able to do in Japan since the early days," Yoshiki explained. "We were able to make a strong connection with our audiences because they were right there, just feet away from the stage. I even crowd-surfed a few times! So, we're looking forward to the same sort of close-up-and-personal but intense experience on these dates."

Yoshiki and X Japan's vocalist Toshi were in Paris last July, making a special appearance for more than 5,000 fans. The duo performed a handful of X Japan songs "unplugged," and had the entire audience singing the chorus to one of the band's most exquisite compositions, "Endless Rain."

The members of X Japan have been writing and recording what will be their first album to be released outside of Japan with English lyrics. According to Yoshiki, about half of the album will feature some of the band's most popular songs from throughout their career, with nearly all of the lyrics re-recorded in English, and the other half, brand new songs written specially for this album. The album's first single will be "Jade," and will be on the 2011 European set lists as well.

Yoshiki, who launched his Yoshiki Foundation America last year, has been focusing attention on his Japan Relief Fundraising Auction, a major celebrity auction to benefit the survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The first item to go on the auction block is Yoshiki's own "crystal" piano, a see-through, Plexiglas Kawai grand. The auction for Yoshiki's "crystal" piano begins April 17 and will run through April 24 through Yahoo! Japan. For more information, log onto www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org

With many more dates coming, X Japan's 2011 global concert schedule is as follows:

JUNE
28 Islington O2 Academy, London, UK

JULY
1 Zenith de Paris, Paris, France
4 Huxleys, Berlin, Germany

AUGUST
13 Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka, Japan
14 Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan

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Date: 2011-04-15

Yoshiki leads Japan relief effort

YOSHIKI LEADS JAPAN RELIEF EFFORT WITH YAHOO! JAPAN IN CELEBRITY AUCTION FEATURING ITEMS FROM ROB PATTINSON, JAMES FRANCO, REESE WITHERSPOON, STAN LEE, ANTHONY KIEDIS, MARILYN MANSON AND MORE

X Japan Founder to Auction Famed "Crystal" Piano
Bidding for "Crystal" Piano Begins
April 17, 2011 (in Japan) / April 16, 2011 (in USA)

April 11, 2011, Los Angeles, CA‹Japanese music and fashion icon Yoshiki, is spearheading the Japan Relief Fundraising Auction (JRFA), a major celebrity auction to benefit the survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The JRFA is in conjunction with Yahoo! Japan, and is the company's first worldwide auction. Yahoo! Japan will have an internationally accessible web page with translations in English, Korean, Chinese and also, through j-Grab, Russian, Italian and French.

The Foundation has also reached out to celebrities to donate auction items. To date, the Foundation has received items from Marilyn Manson, Anthony Kiedis, Stan Lee, and through some members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, donations from Rob Pattinson, James Franco and Reese Witherspoon, and others. In addition, Yoshiki, leader of X Japan, the multi-platinum Japanese rock band, is donating his beloved "crystal" piano, a see-through Plexiglas Kawai grand. The JRFA for Yoshiki's "crystal" piano runs in Japan from April 17, 2011 until April 24 through Yahoo! Japan in conjunction with Yoshiki Foundation America Japanese Relief Fundraising Auction or through the Yoshiki Foundation America Auction Page. Additional celebrity auction items will be added each week.

Yoshiki, who now lives in Los Angeles, was in Tokyo recording a new X Japan album when the recent 9.0 earthquake struck. The quake and resulting tsunami have killed over 12,000 people, injured and displaced tens of thousands more, damaged nuclear power plants and destroyed homes, marine life and critical infrastructure. After witnessing the devastation first-hand, Yoshiki decided to devote himself to the relief effort. Since then he has taken an active role in reaching out to celebrities, dignitaries and the media who can help make a difference. Yoshiki is also partnering with other organizations involved in Japan's recovery.

"The situation in northeastern Japan is desperate and the need is tremendous," said Yoshiki. "Not only have thousands lost their loved ones, homes and jobs, but entire neighborhoods and towns have been swept away. More recently, thousands more have had to evacuate their homes because of radiation from damaged power plants. We can't turn our backs at such a desperate time."

In addition to the auction, Yoshiki Foundation America has been actively soliciting contributions through its website. The organization has also partnered with The Japan America Society of Southern California, which recently announced it had raised a million dollars for earthquake and tsunami relief.

The JRFA, organized by the Yoshiki Foundation America in association with Yahoo! Japan, will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society's earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

History of Yoshiki Foundation America
Yoshiki Foundation America is a California non-profit, public benefit, 501(c) Corporation founded in 2010 by Japanese musician Yoshiki of the multi-million-selling rock band X Japan. A number of personal experiences brought Yoshiki to the launch of his foundation beginning with the loss of his own father when he was just a teenager. Like so many people around the world, he read news accounts and was deeply moved by the devastating effects of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe; in 2009, he paid an emotional visit to an orphanage in Sichuan, still reeling in its recovery, with so many children still displaced and orphaned. Additionally, and as a tribute to Yoshiki's late X Japan band mate Hide, who embraced the support of children with bone marrow disease, the Yoshiki Foundation provides funds to offer assistance through music to children with this debilitating illness. The Foundation, which has supported such causes as St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels, Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Grammy Foundation will, for the foreseeable future, be 100% dedicated to assisting in the relief efforts of Japan.

 

Date: 2011-04-12

Manson & Yoshiki project to benefit earthquake relief in Japan

According to the LAWeekly Blog, Marilyn MAnson and Yoshiki are working on a project to help Japan! Below is an excerpt, you can read the entire article here.

Marilyn Manson appeared at the opening party for Vivienne Westwood's Melrose Avenue shop where he said that he will be working with X Japan founder Yoshiki on a forthcoming project to benefit earthquake/tsunami relief in Japan.

Manson said that he does not know what the details for the project are yet. "The main point is that we're friends and we're working together," he said. "I'm from the middle west, he's from the far east, so it's like middle west meets far east."

Source: LAWeekly

Date: 2011-04-02

Yoshiki to auction off his piano

X JAPAN'S YOSHIKI TO AUCTION OFF HIS "CRYSTAL" PIANO
TO AID JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE/TSUMANI VICTIMS

LOS ANGELES, CA ­ March 15, 2011 ­ Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese rock band X Japan, will put his favorite "crystal" piano on the auction block, donating all proceeds to help provide aid to the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

The custom-made, plexi-glass "Yoshiki Signature Piano by Kawai" with Yoshiki's name engraved on it, was used when the band played their legendary shows at the Tokyo Dome.

The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan's first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. "It took awhile to locate my mother, but she is, thankfully, OK," said Yoshiki, "and I've spoken with [band members] Toshi, Pata, Sugizo and Heath, and they are all safe as well. I am praying for the people here who are still trying to locate their family and friends."

X Japan has decided to postpone the release of their first U.S. single, "Jade," that had been scheduled to be released today, so that they may focus their time and energies on helping with the recovery.

In addition to raising money by auctioning his "crystal "piano, Yoshiki will collect donations for the Japanese disaster relief through the Yoshiki Foundation America, his California non-profit, public benefit corporation with tax-exempt status as a section 501(c) (www.yoshikifoundation.org). The Yoshiki Foundation has already donated to American organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Grammy Foundation, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

 

Date: 2011-03-15

Gallery Update - Yoshiki at AGE

Visit the gallery to view pictures of the "Asia Girls Explosion" fashion event in Tokyo.

Manson and other international celebrities that included Shenae Grimes, Jessica Stroup and AnnaLynne McCord from the TV series "90210," presented trendy but wearable collections from a variety of high-end, international designers that combined Japanese street fashion with progressive Western design, and a healthy dose of rock'n'roll style. "Asia Girls Explosion" also unveiled Yoshiki's own fashion line, "Yoshikimono," that paid tribute to his parents who ran a Kimono shop when he was growing up.

 

Date: 2011-03-10

Yoshiki & Marilyn Manson at "Asia Girls Explosion"

X JAPAN'S YOSHIKI HAS MARILYN MANSON WALK THE RUNWAY AT HIS
"ASIA GIRLS EXPLOSION" FASHION EVENT IN TOKYO

March 7, 2011 - Japanese music/fashion icon, X Japan's Yoshiki, co-produced and hosted "Asia Girls Explosion" on Sunday, March 6, an East-meets-West/fashion-meets-music event held at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, and rocker Marilyn Manson walked the runway.

"When we came up with the concept for AGE, the first person I thought of was Marilyn Manson," said Yoshiki. "He is the fashion icon in rock'n'roll, and I'm very excited he agreed to be part of the show."



Pictured: Yoshiki and Marilyn Manson on the Red Carpet

Manson and other international celebrities that included Shenae Grimes, Jessica Stroup and AnnaLynne McCord from the TV series "90210," presented trendy but wearable collections from a variety of high-end, international designers that combined Japanese street fashion with progressive Western design, and a healthy dose of rock'n'roll style.

"Asia Girls Explosion" also unveiled Yoshiki's own fashion line, "Yoshikimono," that paid tribute to his parents who ran a Kimono shop when he was growing up. "It is a tradition in Japan that the eldest male takes on the family business," Yoshiki explained. "But I rebelled and got into rock'nroll. With the Yoshikimono line, I feel I'm keeping my parents' dream alive."

Yoshiki's band, X Japan, one of the biggest rock bands in Japanese history, is currently recording what will be their first-ever album to be released in North America. The album's first single, "Jade," will premiere on March 15, and the album will be out later this year.

Pictured: Manson on the runway; one of Yoshiki's "Yoshikimonos."

 

Date: 2011-03-07

X Japan & EMI Music announce North American Agreement

X JAPAN AND EMI MUSIC ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN AGREEMENT
Band In The Studio Recording American Debut Set for a Summer 2011 Release

LOS ANGELES, CA ­ (Thursday, January 27, 2011) -- X Japan, one of the most successful rock band in Japanese history, and EMI Music have signed an exclusive three-year manufacturing and distribution agreement that will have EMI Label Services handle the band's releases in North America. The first release will be the track "Jade" on March 15, followed by the band's as yet untitled American debut set for a Summer, 2011 release.

"We are so honored to have X Japan as part of the EMI Label Services/Caroline family," commented Mike Harris, Executive Vice President/General Manager, EMI Label Services & Caroline Distribution. "After the highly successful North American tour last fall, the timing is perfect for the upcoming X Japan release."

Added Dominic Pandiscia, Executive Vice President EMI Music Services North America, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with X Japan. They have cultivated a strong following in the U.S. and we look forward to working with them, helping to reach even more fans."

X Japan ­ Yoshiki/band leader/producer/songwriter/drums, piano, Toshi/vocals, Pata/guitar, Sugizo/guitar, violin, and Heath/bass - is in the studio putting the finishing touches on the album, the band's first new studio album since 1996, and fifth overall. Half of the songs will be culled from some of the band's Gold and Platinum Japanese singles; the other half are brand-new songs, and an estimated 95% of the lyrics are being sung in English.

"Some of the songs on this new album were originally written with Japanese lyrics," Yoshiki explained, "so translating them into English has been challenging. For some reason, English needs more words, so I ended up re-writing many of the lyrics but kept the same message."

Most of the album has been recorded in Los Angeles at Yoshiki's own studio. It's the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic "Black" album, and artists from Van Halen to Michael Jackson to KISS also recorded there before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility. Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, traveled to Japan a handful of times to record with the rest of the band there. In addition, some of the album has been recorded live over the Internet, with Yoshiki in L.A. and the band's other members at their studio in Japan.

Added Yoshiki, "X Japan's music is everything from fast, super-heavy rock to ballads with classical piano - all of those elements are what makes X Japan's music. We don't play just one kind of music - we want to take people on a journey."

The X Japan/EMI agreement comes on the heels of X Japan's U.S. concert debut last August at Lollapalooza, and the band's first-ever North American tour that wrapped up on October 10 with a sold out show at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Many of the new album's tracks were introduced to western fans when they were performed on the tour, including "Rusty Nail," "Kurenai," "I.V.," "Born to Be Free," and the album's first single, "Jade."

Over the course of the tour's seven dates, all played in theatre-sized venues, X Japan easily demonstrated why they've sold more than 30-million units and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-setting 18 times. X Japan hadn't played venues that small in more than 15 years, so they tailored their "stadium-mindset" production to the theaters, making every effort to bring their take-no-prisoners theatrics and spectacular visuals to America. As the SF Weekly put it, "All it took was one show to make it very clear why X Japan is such a phenomenon in its homeland."

Distribution agreements outside of North America, including Japan, will be announced shortly.

To support the new album, X Japan plans to tour extensively in 2011.

Check out some song teasers from the new album, here.

 

Date: 2011-01-27

Scarlet Love Song

The new year starts with a new X Japan song called "Scarlet Love Song". The new Warner Bros anima movie "Buddha" , based on the mangas by Osamu Tezuka will be released in Japan to theaters on the 28th May 2011.

You can hear a snipet of "Scarlet Love Song" by watching the trailer for the movie here.

Source: warnerbros.co.jp/buddha/

Date: 2011-01-07

Exclusive Dinner with Yoshiki&Toshi

Already on November 22nd, Toshi mentioned in an interview in a hotel in Tokyo that he and Yoshiki have plans for a unique collaboration. Now more details emerged: There will be an exclusive dinner on the 24th and 25th January. The event is called "Crystal piano no kimi" and will be held at the Tokyo City Hotel. The famous cook Mikuni Kiyomi will cook for the guests of this special event after a performance from Toshi & Yoshiki.

Tickets for this exclusive event are limited to 2000 guests. With a big orchestra as backup, Toshi will perform songs from his solo album and X Japan ballads accomponied by Yoshiki, as well as the titel song for this event "Crystal Piano No Kimi" (which was written for a TV movie by Yoshiki and originally sung by Masafumi Akigawa). The absolute highlight of this show will be the duet of Yoshiki & Toshi where they will both perform a piece on crystal pianos.

There is also an upcoming release of "Crystal PIano No Kimi" but no further details are known yet.

Yoshiki Exclusive Dinner
Toshi Exclusive Dinner

Source: toshi-samuraijapan.com & barks.jp

Date: 2011-01-07

X Japan @ New York, Roseland Ballroom

There are times when a person can get an inkling of what they’re in for with a concert before the show even starts. X Japan’s gig at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, their last stop on their first North American tour, was one such example. As we approached the venue, we noticed something peculiar about the line to get in, which was already moving. It wrapped around the entire block.

Twice.

Overexcited fans, many of them likely seeing the Japanese band live for the first time, showed little annoyance at the length of the line. If there were any frowns earlier, they were quickly wiped away with boxes of free pizza courtesy of drummer and co-founder Yoshiki himself. Really, how many bands take care of their fans like that? Even concert goers who just came off of this weekend’s New York Comic Con/New York Anime Fest (of which we’re sure there were many) were bound to be revitalized.

This is an excerpt from the article, please read the entire article here. You can find additional reviews here and here.

Set List:

Jade
Rusty Nail
Silent Jealousy
Drain
V iolin and piano interlude
Kurenai
Born to be Free
I.V.
X
(Encore)
Endless Rain
Art of Life

  X Japan  New York

Source: consequenceofsound.net, picture by Dana Grossman

Date: 2010-10-12

Stan Lee & Yoshiki create Music Super Hero

COMIC BOOK LEGEND, STAN LEE'S POW! ENTERTAINMENT and
WORLD RENOWNED MUSIC ARTIST, YOSHIKI, JOIN FORCES TO CREATE
MUSIC SUPER HERO MOTION COMIC AND COMIC BOOK SERIES

New York, NY ­ October 9, 2010 ­ Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment, the comic book legend who co-created Super Heroes such as Spider-Man, and The Hulk, and Yoshiki, Asia's most influential music artist and founder and drummer of the band, X Japan, join forces to develop a music Super Hero comic book and motion comic series that will incorporate both Stan Lee's
literary genius and Yoshiki's music genius.

"When I met Yoshiki, I was so impressed with his musical talents and unique creative eye that I knew immediately I wanted to work with him on something special where we could combine both our strengths. Creating a music Super Hero character was the natural evolution of our efforts," said Stan Lee, Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of POW! Entertainment (PK:POWN)

Combining the talents of these two great artists, Stan Lee's gothic-styled music Super Hero will be based on Yoshiki and his passion for music and his fascination with dragons. The music Super Hero will be a vigilante. Yoshiki's music will be inspired by Lee's story and will play an important role in the comic series. The Super Hero's powers are triggered when certain musical notes are played on drumsticks by Yoshiki's character. Additionally, Yoshiki will create music that will be heard in the motion comic.

"Just like the rest of the world, I have admired Stan Lee and his creations my entire life. Just meeting him was so great and now working with him is one of the most fun and creative experiences I have ever had. To watch his mind at work is amazing and inspiring," said Yoshiki.

About the Artists

Stan Lee
Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman emeritus of Marvel Comics. He co-created Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and Iron Man, and hundreds more fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. Lee was influential in the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multi-media company which was recently acquired by the Walt Disney Company. Lee is currently Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, a multi-media entertainment development company.

About POW! (PURVEYORS OF WONDER) ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Pinksheets: POWN)
An advanced media and entertainment company, POW! was founded by Stan Lee, together with award winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property attorney Arthur Lieberman, Esq., to create, produce and license original intellectual properties. POW! Specializes in franchises for the entertainment industry, including animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, video games, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. Walt Disney Studios has a first-look deal with POW! Entertainment. For more information, visit www.powentertainment.com.

YOSHIKI
The heart of X Japan is Yoshiki - songwriter, drummer, and classically-trained pianist who also plays guitar, bass and trumpet. Yoshiki, who has been referred to by his first name only throughout his professional career, is arguably Asia's most influential musical artist and biggest rock icon. According to one industry insider, "Yoshiki is to Japan what Bono is to the UK." His double-record classical album, Eternal Melody (1993) was co-produced and arranged by the legendary George Martin, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and remains one of Japan's most successful classical releases. For Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, the 1994 KISS tribute album, Yoshiki arranged and produced "Black Diamond" as a piano concerto, prompting Rolling Stone magazine to comment in its CD review, "the ingenuity award must go to Yoshiki..." Yoshiki has produced some of Japan's most influential bands, including Dir En Grey and Glay. At the request of the Japanese government in 1999, Yoshiki composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to commemorate the Emperor of Japan's 10th anniversary on the throne. In 2005, he was named the Music Director for the 2005 World Expo, composed the event's theme song, and conducted the orchestra at the opening ceremonies. Yoshiki also wrote the X Japan song "I.V." for the 2007 international blockbuster horror film, "Saw IV," which played over the film's closing credits.

Beyond music, Yoshiki is an entrepreneur and a true renaissance man. He started his own racing team - Team Yoshiki - with Honda in 2009, the Bank of Japan issued Yoshiki Visa card, and Yoshiki has overseen the development of a premiere line of Yoshiki jewelry. He collaborated with the California Mondavi family to develop his own wine, "Y." For the first time in its history, a Hello Kitty product line was designed after a person, creating a new name - "Yoshikitty," which became available in late May 2010. Yoshiki has graced the covers of more than 200 music, business and trade media outlets in Asia.

 

Date: 2010-10-09

X Japan @ Toronto, Massey Hall

Even with a scaled back stage set-up, the evening was impressive. Yoshiki’s drum kit and piano were set up on a riser behind the band. Large LED monitors were set up behind the band to display video footage, and during two songs, columns of billowing smoke were blasted to the rafters of Massey Hall to dramatic effect.

Yoshiki came out draped in a Canadian flag for the band's encore, which didn’t happen until after 15 minutes of deafening screams from the audience of “We Are X” over and over.

Yoshiki told the crowd that they had been trying very hard to come over to play in our country and that they were so very happy to finally to get to do so. He talked a bit about the band and their journey to North America, before being visibly moved… finishing with “You guys fucking ROCK”, and the band then played ‘Endless Rain’, one of the best songs of the evening.

This is an excerpt from the article, please read the entire article here. You can find additional reviews here and here.

Set List:

Jade
Rusty Nail
Silent Jealousy
Drain
V iolin and piano interlude
Kurenai
Born to be Free
I.V.
X
(Encore)
Endless Rain
Art of Life

  X Japan  Toronto

Source:lithiummagazine.com, picture by Mike Bax

Date: 2010-10-08

X Japan @ Chicago, Riviera Theater

Whereas they kept things short at Lolla, X Japan unrolled one hell of a set this time for Chicago. Opening with new single, “Jade”, the band touched down on several favorites (“Silent Jealousy”, “Born to Be Free”), in addition to showing off their musical prowess on either drums or violin. Frontman Toshi kept the handful of dedicated fans in high spirits by inciting them with calls of “Are you ready?”, while multi-instrumentalist Yoshiki engaged the audience with some insightful humor.

For instance, every time he said “fuck”, the crowd went nuts; what’s more, he even mentioned how he hadn’t tried the city’s pizza. However, the true touching moment arrived just before the band’s encore of “Endless Rain”, when Yoshiki admitted, “Seriously, it’s our dream come true to play in front of you guys… because of you we can still keep going.”

This is an excerpt from the article, please read the entire article here.

Set List:

Jade
Rusty Nail
Silent Jealousy
Drain
Violin and piano interlude
Kurenai
Born to be Free
I.V.
X
(Encore)
Endless Rain
Art of Life

  X Japan  Chicago

Source: consequenceofsound.net, picture by Heather Kaplan

Date: 2010-10-07

Yoshiki @ New York Comic Con

WORLD RENOWNED MUSIC ARTIST, YOSHIKI, MAKES DEBUT PANEL APPEARANCE AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

TWO WINNERS AND THEIR GUESTS WILL WIN TICKETS TO X JAPAN'S NEW YORK CONCERT

New York, NY October 6, 2010 X Japan founder and world renowned music artist, Yoshiki, will appear at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 6:30 7:30pm (Jacob J. Javits Center, room #1A08). New York Comic Con registered attendees and fans will be the first to hear the special joint announcement by Yoshiki and Stan Lee, and will then have the opportunity to win the exclusive 2-pair ticket give-away for X Japan's first-ever New York concert on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the Roseland Ballroom.

This year has been full of many firsts for Yoshiki and X Japan. These firsts include:

X Japan's first North American Tour; The first-time ever for Yoshiki at New York Comic Con; Yoshiki's first-time ever working with comic book legend, Stan Lee; The launch of The Yoshiki Foundation America; The first-time ever that X Japan performed at Lollapalooza. 2011 promises to be another year of firsts with the release of X Japan's debut North American album with lyrics sung in English.

"X Japan and I are so fortunate to have fans around the world that appreciate and enjoy our music. The love that we get from our fans is what makes our adrenalin pump and want to create more music. It's a fantastic cycle," said Yoshiki.

Calling X Japan the most successful rock band in Japan is not a statement made lightly. X Japan has sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, headlined and sold out Japan's 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times - so far - and played to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. Going back to the 1980s, the band's look and sound sparked a global interest in Japanese entertainment, especially with the Japanese cultural rock phenomenon, "Visual-Kei," a movement X Japan pioneered that went on to become a catalyst for today's worldwide Anime craze.

Yoshiki, the band's leader/songwriter/drummer and classically-trained pianist, has been referred to by his first name only throughout his professional career, and is arguably Asia's most influential musical artist and biggest rock icon. According to one industry insider, "Yoshiki is to Japan what Bono is to the UK."

The members of X Japan - Yoshiki, Toshi (vocals), Pata (guitarist), Heath (bass), and Sugizo (guitar) - have been spending time in Yoshiki's Los Angeles recording studio working on what will be the band's U.S. debut, and its first album sung in English. "We decided to record English lyrics for four or five of our most popular, previously released songs," Yoshiki explained, "and then write an additional four or five brand new songs, also sung in English. We have worked very hard on this album, and are very excited to present our music to the American rock fans."

Yoshiki remains active in the J-Rock music industry as producer for influential Japanese bands including Glay and Dir En Grey, promoter of the J-Rock Revolution festival held in Los Angeles in 2007 and performer in the J-Rock supergroup S.K.I.N. Most recently, he has also contributed music for several movies including Catacombs, Saw IV and Repo! The Genetic Opera and is appearing at New York Comic Con, where he and Stan Lee will be making a joint announcement on October 10, 2010.

 

Date: 2010-10-07

X Japan @ Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre

If you looked in the dictionary under “super-cool” you'd find a picture of X Japan.

From the moment we set foot inside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre the place was buzzing. Everywhere you looked there were people decked out in X Japan gear. People of all ages, educational and ethnic backgrounds filled the room with a palpable energy. We were in for a great night of rock and roll.

Then came the main event. X's drummer/pianist Yoshiki Hayashi burst onto the stage and stood on top of his double base drum kit in a flurry of shirt tails and smoke, standing as still as Michael Jackson while the crowd went crazy.

This is an excerpt from the article posted at the Vancouver Observer, please read the entire article here.

Set List:

Jade
Rusty Nail
Silent Jealousy
Drain
Violin and piano interlude
Kurenai
Born to be Free
I.V.
X
(Encore)
Endless Rain
Art of Life

  X Japan  Vancouver

Source: vancouverobserver.com

Date: 2010-10-07

X Japan @ Seattle, Paramount Theatre

Amid a blitzkrieg of sound, lights, fog and pyrotechnics, X Japan, the biggest rock band in the Land of the Rising Sun, made its Seattle debut Friday (Oct. 1) at the Paramount Theatre. The five-member, all-male band is enormously popular in its native country, selling more than 30 million albums over three decades and regularly playing stadiums. The group is currently fulfilling a longtime dream to tour the United States with a short trek that began in September.

Realizing that many U.S. rock fans had never hear of them, the members of X Japan decided to play smaller venues — smaller than arenas and stadiums — to test reaction to the group’s flamboyant, big-haired pop metal, a style of rock that faded away with grunge but is experiencing a bit of a revival. Are U.S. audiences ready for a Japanese group that sounds like an arena-rock band of the 1980s? Response to X Japan’s debut U.S. album, due next year, may provide the answer.

You can read the full article about the Seattle show here including many gorgeous pictures taken by Mike Savoia (see underneath for example)!

Set List:

Jade
Rusty Nail
Silent Jealousy
Drain
Violin and piano interlude
Kurenai
Born to be Free
I.V.
X
(Encore)
Endless Rain
Art of Life

  X Japan Seattle

Source: Genestout.com, picture by Mike Savoia

Date: 2010-10-07

X Japan @ Oakland, Fox Theatre

After the parade of former protégés who've hit American shores over the past few years, it's cool to finally see X Japan doing a tour of its own. The question is, can the band pull it off? With a singer who's been mostly out of the business for a decade and a drummer who's dealing with multiple health problems (including one that put him through surgery a couple of years ago) the odds would seem to be against it. And then there's new guitarist Sugizo - there's no question that he's brilliant, but he's also replacing a legend whose distinctive style was quite different from his successor's. With all the obstacles in its path, can this iconic Japanese rock outfit really still be the band that spawned a thousand imitators?

Going by last night's show at the Fox Theater, the answer is yes.

This is an excerpt from the article posted at SF weekly, please read the entire article here.

Additional concert reviews and concert pictures can be found on this sites: stumbleupon.com, 7x7.com and Raymond Ahner photography.

Set List:

Jade
Rusty Nail
Silent Jealousy
Drain
Violin and piano interlude
Kurenai
Born to be Free
I.V.
X
(Encore)
Endless Rain
Art of Life

  X Japan Oakland

Source: SF weekly, picture by Richard Haick

Date: 2010-09-29

Party with X Japan

PARTY WITH X JAPAN
AT THE LOS ANGELES RECORD RELEASE PARTY
The Band's Blue Blood Fan Club
Announces Special Online Contest

Now that X Japan has finally made it to North America with the September 25 launch of their first-ever North American tour - first date at the L.A. Wiltern Theatre SOLD OUT - they've got lots more planned for their western invasion, including the release of the band's brand new album in early 2011, the first with English lyrics.

First, if you're not already a member of X Japan's Blue Blood Fan Club, go to http://www.xjapanmusic.com/contest, join the fan club and register as a Level II member (registration for Level II is automatic).

For every friend that you sponsor to also join the Blue Blue Fan Club, you'll be awarded one entry into the drawing to win a prize, including the grand prize - attending the record release party. The more friends you sign up, the better chance you'll have of winning, and you can use the website's scoreboard to help keep track of how many entries you've accumulated and where you rank in the contest.

X Japan wants to have lots of winners for this contest, so here's what else you could be eligible to win:

#1: win round trip Coach airline tickets to Los Angeles, hotel room accommodation for the X Japan Record Release Listening Party.

#2: will receive a signed X Japan snare drum head and pair of drumsticks used at one of X Japan's shows.

#3: iPod Nanos with customized, limited edition X Japan cases

For more information on the prizes, visit the official X Japan site.

Source: X Japan

Date: 2010-09-29

X Japan @ Los Angeles, the Wiltern

Saturday night, X Japan played The Wiltern. It was a night of firsts, as it was both the band's first proper concert in Los Angeles and the first stop on their first North American tour. Inside the venue, the crowd chanted fiercely as they waited for the night's headliners. Someone would shout, "We are" and much of the audience would respond with "X." This went on sporadically until the lights dimmed, opera filled the room and the members of the band appeared on stage.

Every movement the members of X Japan made on stage amplified the drama of their melodic, orchestral-tinged metal. During his violin solos, Sugizo alternately arched back and dropped his torso forward. Similarly, Yoshiki concluded a piano solo by letting his head fall towards the keys. Singer Toshi consistently pumped his fist in the air to keep the energy high. X Japan isn't just a band of incredibly skilled musicians, but of master performers. Young musicians could learn a lot by watching them play.

As the show concluded, the band members felt no need to wind down the crowd. Toshi and Yoshiki led the rallying cry with the simple "We are!" The response "X" was louder than it had been all night. X Japan clearly didn't leave the audience disappointed.

These are excerpts from the article posted at LA weekly, please read the entire article here.

Set List:

Jade
Rusty Nail
Silent Jealousy
Drain
Violin and piano interlude
Kurenai
Born to be Free
I.V.
X
(Encore)
Endless Rain
Art of Life

  Yoshiki at the Wiltern

Source: LA weekly, picture by Shannon Cottrell

Date: 2010-09-27

Official international X Japan site launched

X JAPAN LAUNCHES NORTH AMERICAN WEB SITE, XJAPANMUSIC

LOS ANGELES, CA - September 22, 2010 -- In conjunction with the band's first North American tour dates, X Japan - one of the biggest rock bands in Japanese history - having sold 30-million units and set a record by filling the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times - has launched its first American website, XJapanMusic.

The site offers news and updates on the band's activities, including their upcoming debut American CD release, and first-ever North American tour, set to kick off this Friday, September 25 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, XJapanMusic features a special video message from the band's leader Yoshiki, "teaser streams" of brand new songs, background info on the band, and recent American press. Fans can purchase concert tickets on the website, and can join the X Japan Fanlist for access to exclusive content. The site also enables X Japan's Yoshiki to interact with fans and includes a rich widget application run from ehab.com, a cutting edge content management system. The app can be grabbed by millions of fans and placed on Facebook, Bebo, blogs, MySpace and anywhere a consumer has a profile on the web. The site also includes integrated feeds and links to the band's FaceBook and Yoshiki's Twitter.

X Japan - Yoshiki (drums, piano), Toshi (vocals), Pata (guitarist), Heath (bass), Sugizo (guitars) - was formed in 1982 (calling themselves X) by Yoshiki and Toshi while still high school students. Over the next 13 years, the band released five studio albums, six live albums, 10 compilation albums, and 15 video albums. X Japan was one of the first Japanese bands to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label - Yoshiki's own Extasy Records. The band was so popular, SEGA produced an X Japan video game. In the fall of 1997, the band's vocalist, Toshi, decided to leave X Japan, which led to the dissolution of the band. Four months later, Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto, X Japan's original lead guitarist, was found dead in his Tokyo apartment of an apparent suicide. At his funeral, more than 50,000 fans came to mourn his passing, and in May, 2010, 35,000 fans stood in line at a memorial service to pay their respects and mark the 12th anniversary of his tragic death. In early 2007, Yoshiki and Toshi started working together again, and later that year, X Japan officially reformed. During 2008-9, the band launched its reunion tour with a multi-million dollar stage production that sold out everywhere it played. In 2010, X Japan filmed a music video on the rooftop of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, with a throng of some 8,000 U.S. fans taking part in the shoot on Hollywood Blvd.

Dates for X Japan's first North American tour are as follows:

SEPTEMBER
25 Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
28 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA

OCTOBER
1 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
3 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA
6 Riviera, Chicago, IL
7 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA
10 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY

 

Date: 2010-09-22

Special Tour video message from Yoshiki

 

Date: 2010-09-20

Follow Yoshiki and X Japan on Facebook

You can follow Yoshiki and X Japan now on Facebook! Click here to view Yoshiki's Facebook entries and here to view the X Japan facebook account.

 

Date: 2010-09-20

X Japan announcing 2010 U.S. Tour Dates

X Japan - Japan's Biggest Rock Band -
Set To Invade America with First-Ever U.S. Tour
Dates Follow U.S. Concert Debut at Lollapalooza
First North American Album Release Expected Early 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA (Monday, August 16, 2010) -- They've sold 30-million records and DVDs, filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times, they pioneered "Visual-Kei," the Japanese music movement that helped spark the current world-wide Anime craze, and their leader has been referred to as "the Bono of Japan." But the one thing this Guns-N'-Roses-meets-Queen-meets-'The-Matrix' rock group has wanted to do for years but has never done, is tour America. That's about to change, as on September 25, X Japan will kick off a seven-city North American trek at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, with subsequent stops in Oakland, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, and New York. Tickets go on sale today (8/16) and most can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com (go to www.etix.com for the Chicago date) or at the venues' box office.

"We feel like a new band now, like we are going back to the beginning," said X Japan's leader/drummer/pianist/composer Yoshiki about the upcoming U.S. concerts, "and it's very, very exciting. We are looking forward to playing smaller venues here in the U.S., something we haven't been able to do in Japan since the very early days."

In Asia, X Japan plays arenas and stadiums, bringing in elaborate production including lasers, catwalks, and holograms. Comparably, the North American dates will be "back to basics," with pyrotechnics and some production, but with the band focusing primarily on the music. As Yoshiki told one reporter, "You don't see good rock shows anymore. Rock doesn't have enough drama now, rap, R&B, and dance music have taken care of that. We want to be a part of bringing the drama back to rock."

While this will be X Japan's first U.S. tour, the band made its American concert debut on August 8, 2010 playing the Main Stage at Lollapalooza in Chicago in front of some 10,000 people. The Chicago Sun-Times called the band's set "a spectacular, almost operatic performance of big ballads and speed metal..." with new song "Jade," "...a rumbling guitar attack that would make Metallica take notice." Time Out Chicago's review thanked Lollapalooza's co-founder Perry Farrell for booking "the coup of the festival," and pointed out Toshi's "Steve-Perry-eat-your-heart-out-vocals," while USA Today wrote, "The metal-pop-punk was fast and furious," and described Yoshiki's drumming as "Keith-Moon-on-Red-Bull."

Clustered down front-and-center were some 1,000 staunch X Japan fans who had flown in from all over the world to witness this historic first. While these fans were decked out in full X Japan glam-Anime regalia, most in the audience were unfamiliar with the band when they first took the stage. But by the end of the 50-minute set, X Japan had converted them. As the Chicago Sun-Times reviewer noted, "Even the mildly curious were won over by the infectious rock drama. Fists were pumping, guys were playing air guitar, people were making the X Japan sign by crossing forearms in the air."

The members of X Japan have been writing and recording what will be their first album to be released in North America and to contain English lyrics. According to Yoshiki, about half of the album will feature some of the band's most popular songs from throughout their career, with all lyrics re-recorded in English, and the other half all brand-new songs. The album's first single will be "Jade," which was performed at Lollapalooza and will be on the North American dates' set list.

X Japan - Yoshiki (drums, piano), Toshi (vocals), Pata and Sugizo (guitars) and Heath (bass) - has its roots in the life-long friendship of Yoshiki and Toshi, who met when they were four years old. While still in high school, they formed the band, known at the time simply as "X," and over the next 13 years, X Japan released five studio albums as well as six live albums, 10 compilation albums and 15 video albums, and attained iconic status in Japan. With the late-90s breakdown of Yoshiki and Toshi's friendship, combined by the sudden death of then-guitarist Hide, the band called it quits. It wasn't until 2007 that Toshi and Yoshiki reunited, that X Japan was reformed, and that the band put America back in its sights.

"While we are confident about coming to America," Yoshiki added, "I don't know if we are going to end up being successful or not. But what I do know is that music breaks down barriers, and it doesn't matter what country the music comes from. Good music is universal."


Dates for X Japan's North American concert tour debut are:

SEPTEMBER
25 Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
28 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA

OCTOBER
1 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
3 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA
6 Riviera, Chicago, IL
7 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA
10 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY

Order your tickets at ticketmaster & etix now!

 

Date: 2010-08-21

Follow Yoshiki on Twitter

You can follow Yoshiki now on Twitter, to check out what he's been up to! Click here to view his latest Twitter entries.

 

Date: 2010-08-21

Taiji to join X Japan on stage

X Japan announced that Taiji will join them on stage for their two concerts at the Nissan stadium on their latest press conference.

Read more about it and view pictures of the press conference by clicking here (japanese).

Source: Natalie.mu

Date: 2010-08-14

Lollapalooza Reviews

Following their successful debut in the US, magazines were praising the band in their reviews.

On FlickR you can view pictures from the Lollapalooza concert. And here are the reviews from Chicago Sun Times, Time Out Chicago, USA today and last but not least here is a TV report on X Japan from ABC news.

Source: JrockRevolution

Date: 2010-08-14

Added Tour Dates for August

X-Japan added two additional tour dates for August! X Japan will play at the Nissan stadium on the 14th (Saturday) and 15th (Sunday) August. You can get a X-Perience Tour Nissan Stadium package for these events from Jrockrevoluton.

Source: JrockRevolution

Date: 2010-08-08

Lollapalooza Festival Tickets

Source: JrockRevolution

Date: 2010-08-01

X-Japan to perform at the Yoshiki Foundation America Official Fan Party

MEMBERS OF X JAPAN TO PERFORM AT THE YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA OFFICIAL FAN PARTY TO BENEFIT CHARITY



Join Yoshiki (X JAPAN) on July 1, 2010; 8:00 pm ­ 11:00 pm
For more information about this event click on the Yoshiki Foundation banner or here.

Los Angeles, CA (June 28, 2010) ­ X JAPAN fans rejoice as another surprise is coming your way! Fans will be in for a treat as, X JAPAN band members ­ Yoshiki (piano), Toshi (vocals) and Sugizo (violin) will perform a rare acoustic LIVE set, During the evening festivities, during the YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA KICK OFF PARTY and benefit bash for charity on July 1, 2010 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. THE YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA is a California non-profit, public benefit corporation and has applied to obtain tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(3) organization. Fans are encouraged to make donations during the party, all of which will be donated to charity.

 

Date: 2010-06-28

X-perience a one day music video shoot event spectacular

X JAPAN TO TAKE OVER DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AND INVITE FANS TO X-PERIENCE A ONE DAY MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT EVENT SPECTACULAR

Mega Super J-Rock Band to Hold Music Video Recording Event the Evening of July 1, 2010 at Club Nokia Immediately Following the Yoshiki Foundation Launch Party

Los Angeles, CA and Tokyo, Japan (June 24, 2010) Fans of X JAPAN, are in for a once in a lifetime treat, will have the opportunity to "X-perience" the power and magic of the legendary J-Rock super-band in the filming of the epic band's upcoming music video at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live on the evening of July 1, 2010 immediately following the Yoshiki Foundation launch party.

Fans are encouraged to "dress to impress" as the entire band will take over the famous Club Nokia venue and "rock the house"!

Calling X Japan the most successful rock band in Japan is not a statement made lightly. X Japan has sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, headlined and sold out Japan's 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times - so far - and has started playing to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. The band's look and sound sparked a global interest in Japanese entertainment, especially with the Japanese cultural rock phenomenon, "Visual-Kei," a movement X Japan pioneered that went on to become a catalyst for today's worldwide Anime craze.

Yoshiki, the band's leader/songwriter/drummer and classically-trained pianist, has been referred to by his first name only throughout his professional career, and is arguably Asia's most influential musical artist and biggest rock icon. According to one industry insider, "Yoshiki is to Japan what Bono is to the UK." The members of X Japan include Yoshiki, Toshi (vocals), Pata (guitarist), Heath (bass), and Sugizo (guitar).

 

Date: 2010-06-24

Yoshiki Foundation to host an official fan party to benefit charity




Join Yoshiki (X JAPAN) on July 1, 2010; 8:00 pm ­ 11:00 pm

For more information about this event click on the Yoshiki Foundation banner above or here.

 

Date: 2010-06-21

Yoshiki at Oktakon 2010

Yoshiki & Sugizo
X JAPAN
Saturday Special Appearance

Otakon is proud to welcome YOSHIKI & SUGIZO of the legendary visual kei rock band X JAPAN. They'll appear during Otakon's Masquerade, where they'll participate in a moderated Q&A session. As a special treat for Otakon members, they'll perform a brief, intimate, acoustic set -- just one week before X JAPAN appears at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

For more information click here.

Source: otakon.com

Date: 2010-06-21

X Japan to rock Lollapalooza

THIS SUMMER¹S HOTTEST TICKET: X JAPAN TO ROCK LOLLAPALOOZA

Japan's Mega Super Band to Rock the Summer Stage in Chicago August 6-8, 2010
Hollywood, CA and Tokyo, Japan (April 5, 2010)

This summer will sizzle and explode like no other as X JAPAN, one of Japan's most popular and influential bands, takes over the hottest and most anticipated summer music event, Lollapalooza, in the jewel of Chicago, Grant Park.

"We're very excited to have X JAPAN on this year's Lollapalooza", states Marc Geiger, Head of Contemporary Music for William Morris Endeavor, "Japan has known for years how great this band is, and now America is about to find out."

X JAPAN's leader and drummer, Yoshiki, states "Performing at Lollapalooza is a wonderful opportunity for X JAPAN to perform for our U.S. fans, to bring our music to new fans and to debut some of our newest songs."

Complete line-up, tickets and show information are available at www.lollapalooza.com

Source:

Date: 2010-04-05

Yoshiki reveals LA plans

X Japan leader Yoshiki revealed on Friday that the entire rock group plans to relocate to Los Angeles and hold a concert there as its first official American performance. Yoshiki revealed the plans during the unveiling of his Yoshiki Jewelry brand's new collection in collaboration with Kuwayama.

Guitarist Sugizo made a surprise onstage guest appearance at Friday's event before about 120 invitees, and then Yoshiki made the announcement that all of X Japan will be moving to Los Angeles.

Read the entire article here.

Source: animenewsnetwork.com

Date: 2010-03-01

Yoshiki at the Grammys about Lollapalooza

Yoshiki once again confirmed in an interview on the red carpet at the Grammys, that X-Japan will be one of the headliners of the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, held on August 6th to 8th.

X Japan will be the first japanese arist to play at the main stage at the Lollapalooza festival. There are no official details of this event available yet. For future updates please visit the official Lollapalooze site here.

Source: barks.jp

Date: 2010-02-08

X Japan Filming in Hollywood

pictures © YSK Entertainment, Inc. 2010. All Rights Reserved

The intersection of Hollywood and Highland has to be the busiest and brightest area in Los Angeles. Hollywood Boulevard, the street where the filming took place, is known for countless tourists flocking to the streets looking at remnants of classic Hollywood. They’re either taking pictures of the stars for famous people, going to attractions such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, or even taking pictures with the strange people dressed up as famous characters.

This is the crazy place where X JAPAN filmed four of their new music videos. The four videos they ended up filming were I.V., Jade, Endless Rain, and Rusty Nail.

This is an excerpt of the article at jame-world. Please click here to visit the site and read the entire article.

Source: jame-world

Date: 2010-01-15

Behind-the-Scenes Peek of X Japan's Video Shoot for Jade

The videos for songs "Rusty Nail," "Endless Rain," "I.V." and "Jade" will be epic. We're talking "November Rain" epic. There are multiple shoots going on at once, with multiple crews, hailing both from the U.S. and Japan, working through the night, every night, for days.

Friday's shoot took place at Los Angeles Theatre, one of the downtown movie palaces that has been restored to a work of old L.A. grandeur. There are hidden rooms across the multiple levels of the building and it seemed like every one was in use. The dressing area was filled with extras transforming into the attendants of a gothic masquerade ball. In other rooms, one crew was filming documentary footage while another was posing vintage baby dolls like cupids amidst bouquets of black flowers.

This is an excerpt of the article at laweekly.com. Please click here to visit LAweekly and read the entire article, there is a gallery with images of the video shoot too!

Source: LAweekly.com

Date: 2010-01-09

X Japan video filming

Here is your chance to be part of a one in a life time experience! X Japan will film 4 of their new music videos on the 9th January in Los Angeles Hollywood and you can be part of it! Visit jrocknation to sign up!

Also head into the gallery section to get a glimpse of the set!

Source: jrocknation

Date: 2010-01-05

Yoshiki on ustream

You can follow Yoshiki on ustream (a site similar to youtube), click here to watch his videos.

Source: ustream

Date: 2009-10-01

Atom Premiere

Yoshiki was spotted on the red carpet at the movie premiere of Atom. He was chosen as music producer for this movie but had to cancel this project, because of his surgery. More information and a gallery of this event can be found on the barks.jp site (click here).

Source: barks.jp

Date: 2009-10-20

Yoshiki's surgery

Yoshiki underwent surgery at the end of July for his cervical foraminal stenosis (a painful condition caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal).

Sanspo reported that Yoshiki made a wonderful recovery, he has already restarted his studio work, and is officially establishing the new members for his solo project, Violet UK. A translation of the article can be found here.

Yoshiki

Source: Shattered Tranquility, Sanspo

Date: 2009-10-01

X Japan World Tour in Tokyo
As expected both concerts were a big success. Sugizo joined X Japan as additional guitarist on stage. People also once again got a sneak peak of Violet UK. Here are the set lists:

May 2nd 2009:

The Last Song
Rusty Nail
Weekend
Jade
Celebration
Rose of Pain (acoustic)
Tears
08.Yoshiki & Sugizo (piano & violin)
Dahlia
Kurenai
Rosa (Violet UK)
Yoshiki drum solo
Without You
.IV
X
Endless Rain

 

May 3rd 2009

Amethyst
Rusty Nail
Weekend
Jade
Drain
Toshi solo
Longing (acoustic)
Tears
Kurenai (piano & violin)
Orgasm
Rosa (Violet UK)
Yoshiki drum solo
Without You
World Anthem / I.V.
X
Endless Rain
Art of Life
Say Anything

Source: jrockrevolution

Date: 2009-05-05

Cure USA

The popular Japanese magazine Cure is now available in the USA too. You can order your copy on the Cure USA site (click here).

The first edition of the magazine has a special feature with Yoshiki on the cover. On the site you can also enter a contest to win Yoshiki's autograph.

Cure USA

Source: Cure USA

Date: 2009-02-20

Yoshiki's need for speed

Today Yoshiki had a press conference announcing his breaking into the racing circuit. YoshikiI announced that he will be producing a racing team of two drivers for the Dome company for the Super GT Series. The team will be called “Team Yoshiki Dome Project”.

For more information including a gallery visit the Hear Japan website here.

Source: Hear Japan

Date: 2009-02-11

Visa Card
There are even Yoshiki Visa credit cards available now. More information about the Underground Kingdom cards can be found on Yoshiki's official site, by clicking here.
Yoshiki Visa Card

Source: Yoshiki.net

Date: 2009-01-23

Repo DVD

Missed Repo in the theatres? The good news is that it's available on DVD now! Repo is a dark horror musical/opera with an amazing soundtrack featuring Sarah Brightman, Nivek Ogre, Paris Hilton, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvina and last but not least Anthony Head.

You can find more information about this movie on the "Project" section of this site or visit the official movie home page.

Repo - The Genetic Opera

Source: Amazon.com

Date: 2009-01-20

Yoshiki Energy Drink

Rockstar Energy Drink

Yoshiki is promoting an energy drink called "Rockstar", which is quite popular in the USA. More information can be found here. On the Rockstar Energy Site you can also find the commercials with Yoshiki and pictures from the race car team.

Source: Rockstar Energy Drinks

Date: 2008-09-10

 

 

New Date for International Tour confirmed

On Saturday, the 22nd November in Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy. Ticketsale will start on the 5th September 2008. Visit the official english X Japan site for more informations here.

Source: X Japan

Date: 2008-08-14

X Japan International Tour Canceled

Due to Yoshiki's health problems (neck injury) the X Japan international tour was canceled/postponed. There are no new dates yet.

Source: Sanspo

Date: 2008-06-14

X Japan International Tour

X Japan officially announced following live concerts:

5th July 2008 - Villepinte Parc d'exposition, Paris (France)
2nd August 2008- World Trade Center, Taipei (Taiwan)
13th September 2008 - Madison Square Garden (USA)

Also check out the official X Japan myspace site as it has clips from their concerts in Japan (March 08).

Source:Official X Japan Myspace

Date: 2008-05-10

Summary of a Night of Destruction, Madness & Creation

All three concerts were a huge success. The "Night Of Madness" concert was a bit of a chaos, due to technical problems it started late and it got cut a bit short, cause Yoshiki was too exhausted to continue the concert (had to be escorted from the stage) during Art Of Life.

There were videoscreens with live footage and a hologram from hide on stage, to remember him. Sugizo, Richard Fortus, Punk Scandal and Wes Borland joined X Japan on stage.

Here are the inofficial setlists:

Night Of Destruction
Last Song
Rusty Nail
Weekend
with Sugizo
Scars / Silent Jealousy
with Sugizo
Drum Solo
Yoshiki
Pose
with Pata and Heath
Say Anything
Without You
I.V.
with Sugizo
Kurenai
Art Of Life
Night Of Madness
Forever Love
Rusty Nail
Weekend
Pata Solo
Drain
Longing
Piano Solo
Yoshiki
Without You
I.V.
1st part acapella, 2nd part with Sugizo
Kurenai
City Of Devils (Song by Violet UK)
with Sugizo, Pata, Punk Scandal, R. Fortus
Drum Solo
Yoshiki
Tears
World Anthem
X
with Sugizo, R. Fortus & W. Borland
 
Night Of Creation
Tears
Rusty Nail
Weekend
Pata & Heath Solo
Miscast & Doubt
hide Tribute played by Pata and Heath
Earth In The Dark
by Toshi
Running And Roses
by Yoshiki
Forever Love Acoustic Version
Toshi, Pata and Heath
Without You
I.V.
with Sugizo
Kurenai
Orgasm
with Sugizo, Richard Fortis and Wes Borland
City of Devil
Song by Violet UK
Drum Solo
Yoshiki
Endless Rain
World Anthem
X
Art Of Life

 

Date: 2008-05-10

X Japan Tickets on sale now

You can order tickets for the upcoming X Japan concerts (held on the 29th and 30th March, Tokyo Dome) here. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

X Japan Tickets

Source: jrock-revolution.com

Date: 2008-02-20

V2

According to a recent blog entry of Tetsuya Komuro, he and Yoshiki are thinking about bringing their V2 project back to life!

Quote:
"Lastly, it's either a 0% or 100% possibility but I talked with YOSHIKI on the phone the other day & we are pumped up about the prospect of working on our V2 project. Given that X-JAPAN's work has been completed. No more vocals so no need to worry about that."

Source: Bloody Disgusting Thanks to Bre!

Date: 2008-01-03

Catacombs DVD
The release date of the Catacombs DVD is going to be the 18th February 2008. You can read a, not so nice review, of it here.

Source: Bloody Disgusting Thanks to Bre!

Date: 2008-01-03

Shoxx Index

Shoxx released their yearly Indexx edition of the magazine. Including articles about Yoshiki and X Japan!

You can order this issue on Yesasia.com, click here.

Shoxx Indexx Yoshiki

Source: Yesasia Thanks to Bre!

Date: 2008-01-03

X Japan returns DVD
X Japan returns DVD

On the 10th anniversary of their breakup and with their upcoming reunion, X Japan releases another live DVD. There are three versions available.

A limited Edition set which contains the concerts from both days. A version with the concert of the 30th December 1993 and another version with the concert of the 31st December 1993.

All are available on cdjapan. Click here to order the ltd. Edition, here to order the 30th Dec. edition and here to order the 31st Dec. edition.

Full tracklist of the limited Edition containing both concerts:

Disk 1, 2 and 3
Disk 4, 5 and 6
Prologue from World Anthem Prologue from World Anthem
Silent Jealousy Blue Blood
Sadistic Desire Sadistic Desire
Standing Sex Standing Sex
Week End Week End
Heath Solo Heath Solo
Yoshiki drum solo Yoshiki drum solo
Hide no Heya Hide no Heya
Yoshiki piano solo Yoshiki piano solo
Art Of Life Art Of Life
Celebration Joker
Orgasmus (Ventures Vers.) Orgasmus (Ventures Vers.)
Tears Tears
Kurenai X (countdown 1993-1994 version)
X Endless Rain
Endless Rain Say Anything
Say Anything  
Disk 7 contains previously unreleased material

Source: Xjapan.ne.jp, Cdjapan Thanks to Bre!

Date: 2008-01-03

Listen to I.V.

You can listen to a clip of I.V. here. If you look at the bottom right, there's also an official press release.

Excerpt from the press release:

Fans of X JAPAN – one of Japan’s most popular and influential bands – are expected to turn out in force opening weekend at “SAW IV,” which represents their first opportunity to hear new material from the outfit credited with creating the flamboyant rock sub-genre visual kei (visual style). The song, titled “I.V.,” was written especially for the end titles of “Saw IV” and will be unveiled in the film nationwide Oct. 26.

X Japan's I.V.

“Having exclusive new material from X JAPAN – especially a song written specifically for the film – close out ‘Saw IV’ is truly a landmark for us,” says “Saw IV” producer Oren Koules. “The band’s dark sensibility makes X JAPAN a perfect creative complement to the ‘SAW’ series.”

Don't miss out on this article about the video shooting at jrockrevolution. And for a FAQ with lots of interesting details on I.V. click here.

Source: saw4soundtrack.com

Date: 2007-11-12

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Yoshiki is producing and writing a song for the soundtrack of a movie called "Repo! The Genetic Opera". Not only that, he's also one of the producers of this movie. The movie is still in production and the release date is set to 2008.

Source: wikipeadia, imdb Thanks to Bre!

Date: 2007-11-10

 
X Japan's new song I.V.

The upcoming movie from the "Saw" series, will feature X Japan's new song I.V. Yoshiki was approached by the team (same team that produced the Catacombs movie) to write the title song. Although there is no release date confirmed yet, the band will shoot a video for I.V. on October 22nd, at Tokyo Odaiba Aqua City.

Source: Xjapan.ne.jp; jrock-revolution.com Thanks to Davide!

Date: 2007-10-18

Yoshiki at the Catacombs premiere
pictures taken from jrock-revolution.com

Yoshiki appeared at the Catacombs premiere on the 20th September 2007, in Japan. You can watch an interview with him here. In this interview he mentiones that the movie was pretty scary. You can also see a clip of the movie director asking the fans, if they would like to see Yoshiki participating in a role in his next movie. Yoshiki said that nothing was decided yet though.

Source: Yahoo Japan & jrock-revolution.com Thanks to Naomi!

Date: 2007-09-30

Catacombs Soundtrack

This will be the first official Violet UK release ever, on this soundtrack! Cdjapan has it already listed, but no tracklist, you can preorder it here. The release date will be the 3rd October 2007, under Extasy Records.

Tracklist:
Violet UK - Blue Butterfly
Black Light Burns - Lie
BT - Smartbomb
Skinny Puppy - Magnifishit
The Crystal Method - Bad Ass
Avenged Sevenfold - Unholy Confessions
Peter Murphy - Twist Your Fate
Shawness Smith - Please Myself
Zilch - PSyche
Atreyu - Bleeding Mascara
The Human Abstract - Vela, Together We Await The Storm
Ministry - Die In A Crash

Source: Cdjapan Thanks To Bre!

Date: 2007-09-13

Shoxx Magazine with Yoshiki Interview

The upcoming August issue of the Shoxx/Shock Wave magazine will feature a Yoshiki special (32 pages).

You can order the Shoxx Magazine (along with the Fool's Mate) here.

Here is some more information about the upcoming Shock Wave September issue.

Source: Jpophelp Thanks To Bre!

Date: 2007-08-14

 

September issue of Fool's Mate

Get sure to get the September issue, because there will be an extra long interview (12 pages) with Yoshiki, in the September issue of the magazine Fool's Mate, covering such themes as S.K.I.N.'s debut, Violet UK and the reunion of X Japan.

Update: you can see some behind-the-scenes footage of the shooting here.

Fool's Mate September 2007

Source: Fool's Mate

Date: 2007-07-26

Yoshiki interview at Japan Expo

Yoshiki was answering questions from fans during a discussion pannel at the Japan Expo. You can read the whole interview with him here.

Source: skin-online.net

Date: 2007-07-20

S.K.I.N. rocks at the Anime Expo

The first concert of S.K.I.N. was as expected a huge success. The setlist included following songs:

GEI-SHA
Killing you softly
Beneath The S.K.I.N.
Violets

You can check out some pictures of the concert here. For further information (reviews, etc) please be sure to visit skin-online.net and jrockrevolution!

Source: JrockRevolution

Date: 2007-07-04

New S.K.I.N. site goes online

I'm sure you all want to visit skin-online.net to get the latest buzz about S.K.I.N., a wonderful fansite made from fans for fans (from the team of sugizolove.com). I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful project (I'm responsible for Yoshiki related things) and thanks to Kuri, who is behind all this!

Source: skin-online.net

Date: 2007-06-29

Yoshiki to visit the Japan Expo in France

Yoshiki apparently wants to relive his experience at Otakon, because his next target is the Japan Expo in France, held from the 6th to the 8th July in Paris, this summer!

Source: Japan Expo - Thanks to Beatrize for these news!

Date: 2007-06-11

Articles, pics & videos from the Jrock festival

The crowd went wild when Miyavi announced that he will join the band S.K.I.N.. You can watch a video of it here and a video with Yoshiki, who joins him on stage, here.

There's also an article with some pictures up on Sponichi, which you can read here and last but not least, also an article on Oricon, check it out here.

Miyavi joins S.K.I.N.

Source: Youtube, Oricon & Sponichi - Thanks to Beatrize for these news!


Yoshiki's statement about X Japan reunion

Yoshiki stated in the newspaper "Sport Nippon" that the reformation of X Japan is in it's final stage. All the member decided already informally to join. Regarding hide's part on stage, Yoshiki said it would be a nice and a good way, if several guitarists will play his parts as guest musicians, he added that there might be over ten guitarists for one concert.

The first reformation concert will probably be held in Los Angeles in 2007, a release of "Without You" (with Toshi's vocals) is also planned, but a release date has yet to be determined.

Source: Sport Nippon - Thanks to Naomi for these news!


Miyavi joins "S.K.I.N."

It's official, Miyavi will be the 4th member of Yoshiki's latest project, a Jrock "superband". The name of the band is S.K.I.N..

They will perform live at the Anime Expo in Anaheim, California on the 29th June 2007! You should not miss out on this chance!

Source: Anime Expo - Thanks to Beatrize for these news!


X Japan reformation in December 2007

Toshi stated that the reformation of X Japan is scheduled to happen in December 2007.

Source: nnn.co.jp - Thanks to Lawrence for these news!


New X-Japan DVD
The release date of the DVD is on the 25th July 2007. You can either get a DVD from the 30th December (Aoi Yoru) or of the 31st December (Shiroi Yoru).

There's also a special DVD box with those two DVDs combined coming out (limited Release), which contains 4 DVDs of footage. The boxset also includes a bonus DVD, with over 50 minutes of unreleased behind-the-scenes footage and a bonus CD containing a recreation of the demo tape originally distributed at the concert titled "Longing - Togireta Melody."
X Japan DVD
Aoi Yoru Shiroi Yoru Box Set
X Japan DVD
Aoi Yoru Complete Edition
X Japan DVD
Shiroi Yoru Complete Edition

To order the:
- Aoi Yoru Shiroi Yoru Complete Edition DVD Box (ltd Rel.) click here.
- Aoi Yoru Complete Edition click here.
- Shiroi Yoru Complete Edition click here.

Source: Cdjapan - Thanks to Beatrize for these news!


Yoshiki plans Jrock festival

The "Jrock Revolution" festival will take place at the "Wiltern Theater" in Los Angeles, on the 25th and 26th May. The linup will include following bands: Alice Nine, Vidoll, Duel Jewel, Kagrra, Miyavi, Déspairs RAy, Merry, Girugamesh and MUCC.

Yoshiki will of course attend the festival but he will not perform. For the curious of you out there: the fourth band member of Yoshiki's latest project (collaberation with Gackt) will be announcend on the festival.

For more information about this awesome event click here.

Source: Yoshiki's Myspace site


Toshi talks about meeting Yoshiki

Toshi posted a message on his myspace account, saying that he met up with an old friend (Yoshiki) in march. They worked together on the song which Yoshiki wrote after hide passed away. You can read the wonderful message here.

Source: Toshi's Myspace site


Possible reunion of X-Japan

According to Toshi's official site, the manager from X-Japan approached him and they talked about a possible reunion. He appears to be in contact with Yoshiki and would agree to join them (previous plans always shattered, because Toshi had no interest). While there are no plans for an album or new music, there might be a valid chance for a short reunion tour. This would be a once in the lifetime chance to see X-Japan one again perform live for the fans. However, there's no official statement from Yoshiki out there, yet.

Source: Toshi's official site


Sugizo joins Yoshiki's & Gackt's band

It's official now! Sugizo (former member of Luna Sea) is joining the new band Yoshiki and Gackt formed. They revealed that the band is going to have five members. One can only wonder who the other two high profile musicians are that will join this amazing project!

Source: Sponichi Thanks to Bre and Beatriz for this update!


X Japan albums remastered

Here's a really good oportunity to get your hands on some original X-Japan albums that already were out of print! Yoshiki remastered the "Blue Blood" and the "Jealousy" Album using the latest technological advancements. This remastered re-issues also include a bonus CD with a compilation of instrumental versions Of X-Japan songs. These are limited releases, available only until the end of May 2007!

You can order Blue Blood here and Jealousy here. CD Japan ships worldwide and the site is in english.

Source: CD Japan Thanks to Bre for this update!


Nice gallery about Yoshiki at Otakon

There's a really nice gallery with pictures of excellent quality here. The pictures were taken during Yohiki's visit at Otakon. Enjoy!

Source: halfassed.org


Article about Yoshiki's Otakon visit in Newtype

There is a review about the Otakon convention in the newtype magazine, October 2006 issue. Of course Yoshiki also gets mentioned. An excerpt from the article:

It was like having Elvis back in Memphis or Frank Sinatra returning to Las Vegas, except that it was a legendary Japanese performer in Baltimore, a combination that would seem unlikely anywhere but Otakon (the Largest of the East Cost anime conventions). Yoshiki, former X-Japan leader, was the conquering hero of the convention. Few American rockers have seen the kind of fame that Yoshiki has had in Japan as the leader of X-Japan, and few American J-rock fans previously had a chance to see the performer, even though he spent years of his career among starts on Los Angeles. That chance came in Maryland, and fans took advantage of every moment they had to see musician who dropped out of performing and was later coaxed back to the stage. From an appearance in a packed ballroom to a radio interview and an autograph session, Yoshiki was Otakon’s big star on a weekend of Japanese musical performers that included up-and-coming artists MUCC and Nana Kitade. Fans got to see Yoshiki perform only in videos, but MUCC and Kitade performed in a downtown Baltimore club that’s separate from the convention center where the rest of the Otakon was held…

You can order the magazine here.

Source: Newtype Thanks to Bre for this update!


Catacombs

As mentioned in the last news, Yoshiki composed a song for a movie soundtrack. The movie is called "Catacombs". The team from the popular horror film "Saw" is working on it. Violet UK's featured song is called "Blue Butterfly".

Source: tochu tokyo Thanks to Lyn for this update!


Update on myspace

Yoshiki found some time to update his blog again. He gave away a little secret again. He composed a song (Blue Butterfly) for an upcoming movie next year with Pink in it.

He's still working on the VUK album and recorded a new song called Asphyxia with "Katie" as vocalist.

He's talking about his lyrics in this update and a bit about the recording process, it's hard for him to find a compromise to the perfect image he has in his head, when putting together the score.

Yoshiki also talks about his visit at the Otakon convention. Get sure to read up on his latest news here.

Myspace

Source: myspace


Yoshiki visits Dir En Grey concert

No real news, just a small sidenote: Yoshiki attended (along with Mandi, Violet UK's bass player) the Dir En Grey concert on the Family Values Tour in San Bernardino.

 


Yoshiki & Gackt

During the Question & Answer session on the Otakon convention (see the last news update), Yoshiki gave away a little secret. He plans to start a band with Gackt!

Source: Thanks to Kate for these news!


Otakon convention with Yoshiki

Big news here! Yoshiki will attend the Otakon convention. The convention takes place in Baltimore from the 4th to the 6th August 2006. There will be a Q&A with Yoshiki and maybe he will be signing autographs.

Click here to get more details about the event.

Yoshiki at Otakon

Source: Otakon


Yoshiki updates his blog on myspace
Get sure to visit Yoshiki's blog from time to time, he updates it quite frequently. The same goes of course for his Violet UK blog.

Source: Myspace


Yoshiki on Yahoo
There's an article about Yoshiki in the Yahoo Music Magazine. He explains how he is using the internet as a way to market Violet UK. He explains the advantages to reach people from all over the world. It's in japanese and can be found here.

Source: Yahoo - Thanks to Beatriz for this news!


Violet UK Preview - Mona Lisa, City Of Devils
You can hear a preview of the Violet UK songs "Mona Lisa" and "City Of Devils" and a new version of Sex&Religion now on myspace.

Source: Thanks to Bre for this news!


Berusaiyu no Bara
YOSHIKI has been named as the composer of the music for a well known animation turn movie planned for release in Spring 2007 called: Berusaiyu no Bara

Source: Thanks to Bre for this news!


Bullrun DVD
Yoshiki anticipated in the Bullrun 2004, as mentioned some time ago in the news section. (The bullrun is a ralley leading across the USA). You can order a DVD now of this event here. It has some nice clips about Yoshiki. Or you can watch a collection of Yoshiki clips of this event here.

Source: bullrun.com


Yoshiki.net
Yoshiki's official site has reopened and everyone (not only members) can access it now. Click here to visit the site.

Source: yoshiki.net


Lyrics of Sex & Religion

Note that these are not the official lyrics, I can't guarantee that they're hundert percent correct.

Lyrics: Yoshiki, Music: Yoshiki

Getting high to match the low, but I can’t get enough satisfaction
Play with me and fly with me, I’m addicted to you like sex and religion
The higher and higher we get , the further, further we'll be falling
Maybe birds are meant to be; baby, are our feelings supposed to be in a cage

Where is the sun that led me to rome, it’s swirled away
Whether it’s real, or truth in a dream, it’s still pointing my mind

Drowning deep in the dark, eternal roses evoke temptation
Come to me and come with me, into the unknown, beyond this illusion
The harder and harder you fight, the deeper, deeper you get sucked in
Maybe, maybe it’s time to surrender, to this lust

Where is the sun that led me to rome, it’s swirled away
Wheter it’s real, or truth in a dream, it’s still pointing my mind

The higher you get, the further you’ll be falling, maybe it’s the end
baby let’s get to the end, where everything starts new

Wheter it’s love, or lust ... love, I don’t care.
Just come as you are, and lose yourself, among faith, sex in the distance to shine
Where is the sun that led me to rome, it’s still fucking my mind

 

Violet UK on Itunes
The "release" of Violet UK started. Although in another way as expected. Instead of releasing a CD, you can download a test mix of "Sex And Religion" on Itunes Japan. A new release date for the CD has yet to be determined.
Source: Itunes

X Japan Complete II
On the 1st October 2005 a new X-Japan release will hit the stores. It's a huge set containing 5 CDs and 7 DVDs. Two of the DVDs contain never before released videos. You can pre-order the set here at CD Japan. Or here at yesasia (includes free shipping and the box set is a bit cheaper).

CDs:
Art Of Life
Dhalia
Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996 (2-discs)
Live Live Live Extra
Live in Hokkaido 1995.12.4 Bootleg
Art of Life Live
The Last Live (3-discs)

DVDs:
Dahlia The Video Visual Shock #5 Part 1 & 2
Dahlia Tour Final (2-discs)
X Japan Clips II
The Last Live Video (2-discs)
Art of Life Live 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome

Bonus DVDs:
X FILM GIG 1993 Visual Shock Kogekisaikai
Kurenai/XCLAMATION

Source: Cdjapan, Yesasia - Thanks to Breanna for these News!

Hey Hey Hey with Yoshiki
Yoshiki Hey Hey Hey
Yoshiki Hey Hey Hey
Yoshiki and Gackt appeared together on "Hey Hey Hey" a japanese television show, on the 30th May 2005. Yoshiki promoted his wine and "Yoshiki Curry" and he performed the song "Unnamed Song" together with Daughter live on stage.
Source: Hey Hey Hey

Violet UK Release Date

The official Release Date of Violet UK is on the 22nd September 2005. Note that X Japan disbanded on the 22nd September 1997. This release opens another chapter in Yoshiki's life.
Source: Sanspo & Sponichi

Yoshiki at the Expo opening ceremony

Yoshiki Expo

Yoshiki attended the opening ceremony of the Expo 2005.

It was really exciting for him to hear the "Expo Super World Orchestra". (About 100 acclaimed musicians from the world's top orchestras, most of whom serve as concertmasters and soloists, came together to form a grand orchestra for the occasion.)

He felt very honored to watch the Expo Super World Orchestra perform I'll Be Your Love.

Source: Daily Japan

Yoshiki promoting the DVD

Yoshiki also promoted his DVD at the Expo and attended a live show. Here are two pictures of him in the studio:

Yoshiki

Violet UK
You can read an article about Yoshiki at the Expo here and here.
Source: Sanspo & Sponichi

Yoshiki back in Japan

Yoshiki will visit Japan to promote "Eternal Melody II" and the "Symphonic Concert" DVD. He will also be a special guest for the Japan Expo on the 24th March 2005.

According to Yoshiki he will finish recording for Violet UK this month and he plans to release it in the autumn but there is NO official release date yet.

A "Thank You" goes out to Koki again for these News!

Trax's second single

Trax's second single is called "Rhapsody" and you can preorder it here. Release date is the 20th April 2005.
Source: Cdjapan

Fool's Mate: Interview With Yoshiki

In the new issue of Fool's Mate (February issue with Gackt on the cover) is a new interview with Yoshiki about his return to Japan and the upcoming Violet UK album. Click here to view the cover and the index of the magazine.
Source: Fool's Mate

Release Date and Tracklist Of The Live DVD

The Release Date of the Live DVD is the 30th March. It's a DVD from the "Yoshiki Symphonic Concert" with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Violet UK. The concert was held in the Tokyo International Forum on the 3rd and 4th December 2002. You can preorder the DVD here.

Tracklist:

1. Say Anything
2. Amethyst
3. Last Song
4. 7th
5. Forever Love
6. Longing
7. Amethyst (with Vocal and Piano)

8. Seize The Light
9. I'll Be Your Love
10. Screaming Blue
11. Blind Dance
12. Anniversary
13. Endless Rain
14. Tears
Source: Columbia and Cdjapan

Release Date And Tracklist Of Eternal Melody II

The Release Date Of Yoshiki's "Eternal Melody II" is also on the 30th March. You can preorder it here. It will be also available through Amazon (43.49 US$), you can order the CD here.

Tracklist:

Disc One:
1. Unnamed Song
2. Seize the Light
3. Without You
4. Longing
5. I'll Be Your Love
6. Kimi Dake Dakara

7. Red Christmas
8. Ima Wo Dakishimete
9. Forever Love

Disc Two:
1. Anniversary

Source: Columbia and Cdjapan

Finally there's a new release date for Yoshiki's Eternal Melody II in end of March. The CD includes following songs (in no particular order): Anniversary, Without You, Seize The Light, I'll Be Your Love, 7th and Red Christmas.The exact tracklist and the release date are going to be announced soon officially.
Eternal Melody II
Source: Columbia & Sponichi

EXPO Commercial

You can watch the official commercial for the Aichi Expo 2005 here. I'll Be Your Love is the background music.
Source: Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

The Trax

The Trax

Yoshiki is producing a new band called "The Trax" from Korea. Their new single is out now and called "Paradox".

For more information (gallery and videoclips) visit their official site here (japanese) or here (korean).

Source: Trax

Yoshiki Visits Takarazuka

Yoshiki came back to Japan for a brief visit on the 27th August. He visited a revue from Takarazuka and offered a new song for the revue.Takarazuka is a company staging western style musical shows, the novelty of Takarazuka is that all the parts are played by women. The costume and set designs are incredibly lavish, and the performances are melodramatically emotional.

Takarazuka

Source: Takarazuka Revue (A special Thank You to Koki for these news!)


Violet UK Singer Sara with her band Red Delicious

Red Delicious spent 3 years trying to perfect a collection of songs to release as their official 1st retail CD. Lead Singer Sara Wallace floats through the songs with her beautiful and provocative vocal sound taking the listener on a journey through every imaginable thought provoking innervations. Red Delicious has delivered a collection of songs that simply can’t be denied. With their unique blend of alternative rock, with acoustic and electronic influences, their songs are guitar and melody driven, sultry and laden with hooks, yielding a sound all their own. "Addictions & Scars" is the follow-up to Red Delicious's first Internet only CD "Emotional Blur".

Click here for more information.

Source: Green Street Studios

Bullrun USA 2004 with Yoshiki
Bullrun
Yoshiki took part in the Bullrun. The Bullrun is "the world's most glamorous car rally" all in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. The event took place from 4th - 11th June and the rally's course was LA - Vegas - Phoenix - Desert - Dallas - New Orleans - Tampa - Miami. Other participants were: Paris Hilton, The Cuban Brothers & Nick Moran.
Source: Bullrun

7th hide Memorial Day
Yoshiki
Yoshiki came back to Japan for hide's 7th memorial day on the 2nd May. He, Pata and Ina attended the "seventh anniversary of death event" taking place in the hide museum. Many fans gathered to visit the hide museum and to lay down flowers infront of hide's altar.
Source: Sponichi

First X Japan Release In The US

X Japan finally gets their first official US Release. It's a set of a CD and DVD. You can order it here.
First X Japan Us Release
Tracklist CD:
Tracklist DVD:
1. Kurenai
2. Joker (live)
3. Blue Blood
4. Endless Rain
5. Miscast
6. Celebration
7. Love Replica
8. Xclamation
9. Week End (live)
10. Silent Jealousy
11. X (live)
12. Say Anything

1. X
2. Kurenai
3. Endless Rain
4. Week End
5. Celebration
6. Silent Jealousy
7. Joker
8. Say Anything

 

 

Source: Amazon

Yoshiki Article In Fool's Mate Magazine

The latest issue of the magazine Fool's Mate (November 2003) has Yoshiki on it's cover and a ten pages interview inside about Violet Uk.

Other articles in this issue are: Dir En Grey, Pierrot, Baroque, Mook, Merry, Plastic Tree, Sugizo, Janne Da Arc, Penicillin and Jils. Click here to order it.

Yoshiki Fool's Mate

Source: jpophelp

Dahlia Article At Japantoday

Dahlia

In the article Dahlia talks about her childhood in Hawaii, how she was raised by her grandmother because both of her parents were working (both singers, her brother is a jazz musician) and how her grandmother taught her a lot about Okinawa and Japanese culture. She also explains the meaning of "I'll Be Your Love" and how it was to work with Yoshiki.

To read the full article click here.

Source: japantoday

Dahlia Launches Ticket Sale For The EXPO

Dahlia and the japanese actress Ai Kato launched the ticket sale for the Aichi Expo 2005 at the METI headquarters in Tokyo.

For more information click here.

Dahlia
Source: japantoday

DVD & Eternal Melody II Release Date

Sorry to inform you, but it seems like Yoshiki still isn't done with editing, because according to cdjapan the new release date for the DVD is undetermined again and they took "Eternal Melody II" out of their catalogue.
Source: cdjapan

Yoshiki Symphonic Concert 2002 DVD Release Date

The new release date of Yoshiki's Symphonic Concert 2002 with Tokyo City Pillharmonic Orchestra featuring Violet UK DVD is the 17th December 2003. You can preorder it now here.
Source: cdjapan

Eternal Melody II Release Date
You can preorder Eternal Melody II here. There is no tracklist available yet, but the CD features songs like: Anniversary (written for the Empereor's 10th anniversay of reign), I'll Be Your Love (EXPO song), Seize The Light (Globe) and "Seventh featuring Violet UK" inspired by the attack on September 11. Like in Eternal Melody I, all these songs are classical versions of Yoshiki's latest works.
Source: cdjapan

Art Of Life Goods

You can order official Art Of Life goods like T-shirts, keychains, and much more on this site. You can also oder the "Cool Stance & Hot Style" Yoshiki T-shirts there.
Source: Avex Network

DVD: Art Of Life Live
Art Of Life DVD Art Of Life DVD

The stunning live performance from X Japan's "Art Of Life" from (only performed once in 1993 at the Tokyo Dome) is now for the first time available on DVD.The Limited Edition includes a photo book with 48 pages and an additional photo booklet with rare photos from the band.

You can order the regular edition here and the limited edition here.

Source: cdjapan

New Single: I'll Be Your Love

This is the official theme for the EXPO 2005. Written by Yoshiki and performed by "Dahlia", chosen by Yoshiki to sing this song.
Yoshiki describes this song as a “ballad based on the theme of nature and love, combined with the global image of world exposition and advances in science and technology.” Dahlia, aged 19, is from Hawaii and is a bilingual girl with a Japanese father and an American mother.
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Single I'll Be Your Love
You can order the maxi CD here. For more informations about this project please visit the news archive on this site.
Source: cdjapan

World Premier of the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean"

Yoshiki attended the world premier of the newest Walt Disney movie "Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse Of The Black Pearl" on the side of actress Virginia Madsen.

The world premier took place in Disneyland, California on the 28th June 2003.

Yoshiki Movie Premier . Yoshiki Movie Premier
Source: Dailyceleb

First National Internet Safety Month

Keeping children safe this summer while they surf the web is the focus of Hollywood celebs & sports heroes, home depot nationwide, Symantec and I-Safe America.

Yoshiki attended the "'Home Depot & I-Safe's First National Internet Safety Month" event amongst other celebrities in Hollywood on the 6th June 2003.

Yoshiki Internet Safety Month . Yoshiki Internet Safety Month
Source: I-Safe and Wireimage (fotos)

Eternal Melody II
Yoshiki plans to release "Eternal Melody II". The CD will contain most likely Forever Love, Anniversary and some Violet UK songs.
Source: Yoshiki Mobile

Symphonic Concert DVD Postponed
The new release date of the DVD is undetermined, cause Yoshiki was not able to finish mixing the sound/editing the DVD in time.
Source: cdjapan

Yoshiki Symphonic Concert DVD

Yoshiki will release a DVD from his Symphonic Concert with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Violet UK on the 28th May. This DVD is only available in a limited edition (20.000 copies worldwide). You can preorder it now here.

Source: cdjapan

Book: Watashi wa akiramenai

Yoshiki Book

Yoshiki's new book called "Yoshiki: Watashi wa akiramenai" can be ordered here. (Shipping worldwide.)

It contains various pictures and describes his way from X-Japan to his new project Violet UK. Published by KTC Center Publications, total 108 pages.

Source: Amazon Japan

New Globe CD
The first album from Globe called "Level 4"with Yoshiki as a new member will be released on 26th March 2003. The first press includes a special feature/bonus. You can preorder it now here.

Tracklist:
1. Out Of C Control (Album Mix)
2. Get It On Now (Feat. Keiko)
3. Weather Report
4. Box, The
5. This Is The Last Night
6. Inside (Feat. Marc)
7. Seize The Light (Album Mix)
8. Blow
9. Compass (Album Mix)


Globe CD
Source: cdjapan

Symphonic Concert
Symphonic Concert

You can now look up some info about the concert (only in japanese) and watch a videoclip with excerpts from the concert here.

People in Japan can also sign up on the Showtime site to get access to the member section.

Source: Showtime

Yoshiki back On Stage

Yoshiki returned on stage after nearly five years since the Last Live concert from X Japan. He played songs such as: Say Anything, Forever Love, Endless Rain... And he also presented for the first time in a concert Violet UK with 2 american female singers.

Yoshiki Back On Stage

Due to problems with his hands Yoshiki had to cut down a bit on the performance. All in all it was a terrific and very emotional concert.

Planned release date for Violet UK is spring 2003, followed by a tour.

Click here to read an article about Yoshiki's Symphonic concert (japanese).

Source: Sanspo

Parco commercials

Pacro Commercials

Yoshiki and the vocalist from Violet UK, Sara, are the stars of the new commercials from the company Parco. You can watch the two funny commercials called "Wonderful X'mas" and "Believe In Wonder" here.

To view pictures from the making of click here.

The site also has a contest and you can win 1 of 300 limited-edition DVDs or posters. (Japanese only)
Source: Parco

Yoshiki in concert - Violet UK Preview

On December 3rd and 4th, Yoshiki will give a concert together with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. It will be a musical journey through his works from the past with X Japan with a glance into the future with his new project Violet UK. Yoshiki will present together with the vocalist of Violet UK songs that were never heard before.

The concert will be held in Tokyo at the Tokyo International Forum (Hall A), tickets are available in different price categories from 4.000 to 10.000 yen (seating only).

Source: Showtime


New Globe single out on November 27th

The first single from Globe with Yoshiki as a new official member will be released on the November 27th. The single is called "Seize The Light" and it's the main theme from the TV show "Dark Angel" in Japan. Order now

Tracklist:
1. Seize The Light
2. Compass
3. Seize The Light (instrumental)
4. Compass (instrumental)
New Globe Single
Tracklist:
1. Feel Like Dance
2. Departures
3. Is This Love
4. Face
5. Faces Places
6. Love again
7. Wanna Be A Dreammaker
8. Still Growin' Up
9. Don't Look Back
10. Try This Shoot
11. Many Classic Moments
12. Winter Comes Around Again


Additionally, the best of compilation album "8 Years - Many Classic Moments" is released simultaneously. Order Now

Source: cdjapan


I'll Be Your Love - Official EXPO 2005 Aichi Theme Song

On the official Expo site (Japanese version) you can now listen to a sample from "I'll Be Your Love", and also see the score and the lyrics.

To hear the sample click here. (Opens in RealPlayer.)
To have a look at the lyrics click here.
And to view the score click here.
Don't forget to watch Yoshiki presenting the song. Video can be found here.

Sources: official Expo site, Goo and Kyodo News


Yoshiki mobile message

This is an excerpt of an Interview with Yoshiki, held for Yoshiki mobile. It has a statement from Yoshiki to his fans regarding joining Globe and also about Violet UK.

Dearest X Japan Fans:

I really care about you, because without your support I could not have lived. Because of you, I am still able to continue as an artist, so don't worry, I'm still Yoshiki, still X Japan's Yoshiki. The spirit runs in my blood, whatever I do and wherever I am. I'll do my best to create music that is meaningful. Also, I am continuously working on Violet UK because Violet UK will be my second project since X Japan, and also the last project in my lifetime.

Meanwhile, let me enjoy globe. They are friends of mine and I would like to support them as much as I can. This may sound a little too selfish, but I have been working on Violet UK so hard, and for such a long time, I've gotten lost in it many times.

But my fans, I mean you guys, and your warm words made me find the light whenever I was lost. That is why I could keep working on Violet UK till this day.

Yoshiki Mobile

I think the goal is near, but who knows, because the producer is me, "Yoshiki." This guy can't compromise when it comes to his music. Do you understand what I'm talking about? I've been fighting inside because there are several "Yoshikis" in me. But in the end, I will let him bring you music that is beautiful and beyond outrageous, whether it will be popular or not. So please wait another 10 years…..I'm joking. I hope that day will come sooner, maybe even early next year. By the time I finish Violet UK, I would love to visit the countries where my fans are. I can't wait to see you, because I love you, "I love you all."

Source: Yoshiki Mobile


Yoshiki mobile
People in Japan can now sign up for "Yoshiki Mobile" to receive news, interviews, logos and special ringtones for your mobile phone. More info can be found here.

Cool Stance And Hot Style
In the Sony Music Entertainment shop you can buy now Yoshiki T-shirts with 2 special designs called "Cool Stance" and "Hot Style". Click here to order. (Japanese only)
yoshiki T-Shirts Yoshiki T-Shirts

Source: Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Shop..


Yoshiki joins Globe

Yoshiki & Globe

On September 1st, a news conference was held and Globe introduced Yoshiki as the new 4th official member. Yoshiki will co-write songs with Komuro and alternate between drums and piano. Yoshiki decided in July to accept Komuro’s invitation to join Globe. Both have been friends for several years, and have already worked together for the project V2. 

Globe already started to record new material co-written by Yoshiki and Komuro. A single is due to be out in November and an album next spring. A nationwide tour is also planed. Even though Yoshiki is still working on Violet UK he said “I give all my projects 100 percent.” Two of the most talented artists in Japan found together, now it’s time to wait for the record to be released.

Click here to read the full article.

Source: The Japan Times


Official EXPO 2005 Aichi Theme Song

The Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition held a press conference on July 25 at Tokyo Prince Hotel in Minato-ku, Tokyo, to announce the official theme song for the Exposition of Global Harmony.

It featured about a 5-minute presentation of the melody for the song by songwriter and producer YOSHIKI and introduction of the female vocalist DAHLIA.

EXPO Song
YOSHIKI described the song as a “ballad based on the theme of nature and love, combined with the global image of world exposition and advances in science and technology.” DAHLIA, aged 19, is from Hawaii and is a bilingual girl with a Japanese father and an American mother. The song is to be promoted overseas. The song is scheduled for completion and release in September.

You can watch a video with Yoshiki presenting the new song here.

Source: Goo and Kyodo News

Yoshiki Arts

You can order beautiful Art prints with Yoshiki now. Three different designs are available, all consisting off a modified picture of Yoshiki with writing on it. The prints are available in 3 different sizes.

Visit the site here. The site is in Japanese but when you scroll down to the very bottom you can see that they also accept orders from overseas.

Yoshiki Arts

Source: jabc


Abandoned Pools video
Yoshiki has a guest appearance in the newest Abandoned Pools video "Remedy". They are signed to Extasy Records and Yoshiki is the executive producer from their record. You can download the video here on the official Abandoned Pools site.
Abandoned Pools Video

Source: Official Abandoned Pools site