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X-JAPAN – drummer and the band leader Yoshiki

November 1st, 2017


When we are speaking of the Japanese metal and rock scene, people always voice out Loudness. Instead, X-Japan has gained almost monumental status in the land of the rising sun. The band has gone thru several tragic lost and experienced the incredible success and even split up for ten years. X-Japan returned about ten years ago by having the ultimate reactions by the fans. The document movie “We Are X” is such a unique and exciting story about the band and it’s ups and downs. It’s definitely worth to check by everyone, no matter if you know anything about X Japan or not. The band’s leader, drummer, pianist and the main composer, Yoshiki, visited Finland in early October, promoting the movie. Here’s in brief, what the man had to tell about the film, the future of X Japan and various other interesting topics as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 8th, 2012

X Japan has been nominated for Best International Band at the fourth annual Golden Gods Awards. The band has been nominated alongside Rammstein (Germany), Lacuna Coil (Italy), Sepultura (Brazil), Behemoth (Poland), and Meshuggah (Sweden). X Japan is the first band from Asia to ever be nominated for a Golden Gods Award, and the band’s Yoshiki will be in attendance when the winners are announced. The Revolver Golden Gods Award show will take place on Wednesday, April 11th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.

As America’s only hard rock and heavy metal awards show, this year’s event will include special performances by Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, Korn, Slash, and more.

The event will also coincide with the launch of a special Metal Exhibition at the Grammy Museum, located next to Club Nokia. The Golden Gods Award Black Carpet and Show presented by Epiphone® will be broadcasted live on X Box Live at 6pm PT. The show begins at 8pm PT. The 2012 Golden Gods Awards will also air on VH1 later in the year.



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. 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 their first American tour in 2010. In 2011, they kicked off the European portion of their tour by selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London within 30 minutes. They continued their sold-out tour by performing in Latin America and Southeast Asia. X Japan plans to release their first English language album and is currently scheduling their next world tour.


The Golden Gods Awards was created in 2009 by Revolver, one of music’s most influential magazines. Each year, the show features performances and appearances from the world’s biggest rock and metal stars, including Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and more. It is considered America’s biggest hard rock and heavy metal awards show, and it airs on VH1 Classic every year.


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June 14th, 2011

(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. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 27th, 2011

X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata

X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata

Band In The Studio Recording American Debut
Set for a Late Summer 2011 Release

LOS ANGELES, CA – THURSDAY, January 27, 2011 — X JAPAN, 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 late 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 and piano, Toshi/vocals, Pata/guitar, Sugizo/guitar and 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,” “Endless Rain,” 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:

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X Japan Clue Up North American Tour

October 15th, 2010
X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata

X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata

X Japan, the biggest rock band in Japan, wrapped up its first-ever North American tour last weekend with an SRO show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.  Over the course of the seven dates, all played at theatre-sized venues, X Japan easily demonstrated why they’ve sold 30-million units and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a whopping 18 times.  X Japan hadn’t played venues this small in more than 20 years, so they tailored their “stadium-sensibility production” to the theaters, bringing in everything from lasers to pyrotechnics to CO2 to a jumbo screen.

If you missed seeing the band this time, they will be back, as 2011 will see a full-on North American tour as well as the release of X Japan’s debut album – with lyrics in English.

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Let ABC News’ “Amplified” fill you in on X Japan and its leader Yoshiki:
See for yourself how spectacular this band is live in concert:
Check out Rolling Stone’s photo gallery of the Roseland show:

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Read what some of the press had to say about X Japan’s North American tour, below…

L.A. Weekly:
“X Japan is a stadium band…as such, they treated The Wiltern as though it were Dodger Stadium.”

Time Out Chicago:
“X Japan is a master of epic metal on the other side of the world.  [Vocalist] Toshi screams right up there with the banshee hell ranks of Al Atkins and Bruce Dickinson. Yoshiki is his classically trained pianist and warrior drummer.  And together, with the help of a trio of guitarists, X Japan possesses a call-and-response fury infused with operatic mayhem.”

Examiner New York:
” X Japan put on an arena-quality show.”

SF Weekly:
“All it took was one show to make it very clear why X Japan is such a phenomenon in its homeland.  Many rock bands have lost the drama and theatrics that was the hallmark of the rock concert.  Clearly X Japan gets it.”

Hollywood Reporter:
“X Japan is bringing spectacle and excitement back to music – and the band proved it is a force to be reckoned with.”

Rockstar Weekly:
“Toshi, much like Freddie Mercury or even Geoff Tate of Queenscryche, is one of the most amazing singers you’ll ever get to hear live.”

Chicago Sun-Times:
“The most impressive aspect of X Japan’s show is the quality of musicianship.  Principal songwriter, drummer and pianist Yoshiki’s classical training came gushing out when he took a seat at the clear-case grand piano for the power ballad “Endless Rain…guitarists Sugizo and Pata traded grinding riffs and lightning leads on songs such as “I.V.” and “Jade” that even American metal bands would find hard to tackle.”

Metromix New York:
“Everything about X Japan is massive.  What other rock show nowadays features lasers, violin solos (of “The Star Spangled Banner,” no less), a cavalcade of power chords, and drum solos?”

Consequence of Sound:
“Fans like this hardly exist anymore – at least in rock ‘n’ roll.  People preoccupy themselves so much with what’s hip these days that they lose sight on why they listened to music in the first place.”

“As energetic as the fans were, I felt the band was the obvious winner in the ‘who is having more fun’ category, a point driven home as they all posed for multiple photos FOR THEMSELVES at the end of their performance on the front of the stage with the Massey Hall crowd in the background.”

“The X Japan live experience is meant to be seen in the space of a sports arena, but just after a couple of minutes, you felt like you were watching them a few miles away — at the Los Angeles Staples Center.”

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