(Official Press Release)
YOSHIKI, leader of X JAPAN, graces the October 2017 cover of Vogue Japan, on sale August 28th. He is the first Japanese male ever selected for the cover in the magazine’s 18-year history.
Vogue is the world’s most influential female fashion magazine, published in 22 countries and regions around the world, and YOSHIKI was chosen for the cover of Vogue Japan’s “Rock Star”-themed October issue. The photo session, held in New York City in early June, was the world-famous pianist, drummer, and composer’s first appearance after his emergency surgery on May 16th to replace a cervical vertebral disc. Yoshiki recalls that the photo session “was very stimulating,” and he was able to attend only after getting permission from his doctor to fly from L.A. just three weeks after surgery.
YOSHIKI’s cover shoot was directed by fashion photography duo Luigi & Iango. Made up of Italian Luigi Murenu and Swiss Iango Henzi, the pair are among the world’s top creators, having produced numerous magazine covers, including Vanity Fair and i-D, and famous campaign visuals for the likes of Dior, Tom Ford Beauty, Versace Jeans, Cartier. Joining YOSHIKI on the cover is Argentine super model Mica Arganaraz. She got her big break when she was nominated as the solo model for the Prada campaign in 2014, and has walked the runway at many high-fashion shows, such as Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Stella McCartney.
YOSHIKI is in the worldwide spotlight now, following successful live shows this year at New York’s Carnegie Hall (classical solo piano concert) and London’s Wembley Arena (X Japan). Even while battling post-operative rehabilitation, he has achieved the distinction of becoming the first Japanese male to be the “face” of Vogue Japan. In this issue, YOSHIKI reveals the spirit of rock, and everyone is waiting to see what challenge is next for the music icon.
The award-winning X JAPAN documentary film WE ARE X is gathering acclaim from fans and critics alike in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with even more theatrical premieres to be announced in various countries around the world. YOSHIKI is currently in the studio completing X JAPAN’s first album in over 21 years.
VOGUE JAPAN 2017 October Issue Cover and Special Interview @voguejapan
Photographers: Luigi and Iango
Fashion Editor: Patrick Mackie
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Hair Assistant: Hikaru Hirano
Makeup: Yumi Lee at Streeters
Manicure: Gina Edwards at Kate Ryan Inc. using Maxus Nails
Casting: Piergiorgio Del Moro for DM Casting at Exposure NY
Special Guest Star: Yoshiki in Saint Laurent
Model: Mica Argañaraz in Saint Laurent
Producer: Paul Preiss at preisscreative
Posted: August 21st, 2017
X Fans in Germany are getting another chance to watch the “We are X” documentary film on the big screen: On October 12th, the movie will premiere in regular cinemas all over the country.
Unfortunately, there are no locations announced yet, but we will update you as soon as we get more information about the Germany premiere.
Source: X Japan Management, Kino-Zeit
Posted: August 20th, 2017
After the US and UK releases of We Are X, it is now finally coming out in Japan and is available for preorder. The Japanese release comes in several different options: Collectors Edition 3 Disks or 1 Disk (Blu-ray), Special Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) and Standard Edition (Blu-ray and DVD). All products will be released on October 11th.
All editions include a randomly selected trading card and a full version of the documentary. Special edition also features slipcase & digipak packaging and comes with a 24 page booklet (subject to change), two bonus discs including Japanese exclusive contents such as a documentary featuring Yoshiki’s piano performance at Sundance Film Festival and the special version of We are X shown at the Wembley Arena in London and at the We are X World Tour 2017 in Japan. The bonus discs also contain performances of Kurenai and Forever Love from The Last Live, an interview with members and an unreleased footage collection.
The 1 Disk Collectors Edition features a framed version of the We are X Blu-ray disk, while the 3 Disk Collectors Edition also includes the two bonus disks that are included in the Special Edition, framed.
For a very interesting interview with Stephen Kijak, the director of We are X, see Episode 15 (15 April 2017) of the X Japan Podcast – You can find them on iTunes and Facebook.
Posted: July 18th, 2017
X JAPAN kicked off their WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS with two shows in Osaka on July 11th and 12th, 2017.
The Japanese concerts have been re-structured with classical and acoustic elements, as YOSHIKI is not able to play drums after undergoing a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery in May this year. “The members of X JAPAN will be joined by 16 string musicians. It’ll be a new challenge for us in a way, and we’ll probably play songs that we haven’t played in nearly 20 years. The band members and I decided that we might as well take advantage of this opportunity to play different songs from our usual set.” said YOSHIKI.
After a 60-minute special-edition screening of the We Are X documentary film, the concert at the Osaka-Jo Hall began with Forever Love. Throughout the night, guest opera singers and string musicians joined the band on stage for classical arrangements of X JAPAN’s songs, creating what YOSHIKI proclaimed as a “night that would live in history”.
YOSHIKI thanked the hall full of fans for their support. “I’m so grateful that this concert could go on. I thank everyone for their support, and because of all the fans who gathered at the venue today, I have the power to go on at full power for the next five shows.”
For the second live in Osaka they played a slightly differnt setlist and now they move on to Yokohama for four shows at the Yokohama Arena from July 14th to 17th.
Setlist July 11th, 2017
1. Forever Love
4. Kiss The Sky
5. HEATH Bass Solo
6. PATA Guitar Solo
8. SUGIZO Violin Solo
9. Silent Jealousy
11. YOSHIKI Piano Solo
14. Without You
16. Art of Life
17. Rose of Pain
18. Beneath The Skin
19. World Anthem
21. Voiceless Screaming
22. Endless Rain
Setlist Osaka July 12th, 2017
1. Forever Love
3. Kiss the Sky
4. HEATH Solo
5. PATA Solo
7. SUGIZO Solo
8. Silent Jealousy
9. YOSHIKI Piano Solo
11. La Venus
13. Without You
15. ART OF LIFE
16. Say Anything
17. White Wind From Mr.Martin ～Pata’s Nap～
18. Rusty Nail
19. WORLD ANTHEM
22. Endless Rain
Posted: July 14th, 2017
On May 16th, Yoshiki underwent surgery and recovery will take a couple of months at least, which required adjustments on both his solo projects and X JAPANS’s schedule. On July 9th ToshI, Pata and Heath, as well as Yoshiki via phone, held a press conference to announce their future plans.
- Yoshiki’s Dinner Shows in August will take place as scheduled
- X Japan’s Japan Tour 2017 will take place but was changed to an acoustic concert. The tour is now called “X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS”. Yoshiki will play only the piano and there will be additional string players. If wanted, tickets can be refunded.
Comments by Yoshiki during the press conference
Regarding the Japan tour:
I am the type of person who cannot live without keeping moving forward. This is selfish, but I want to perform the concerts. However, I cannot play the drums for now and it is uncertain whether I’ll become able to play them again in the future, so I want to be allowed to play the piano on the stage first, and then to move toward the next goal.
I get depressed more and more deeply while stopping, so I want a goal, I want to move forward, and want to perform the concerts. Moving toward the concerts has been the best thing as rehabilitation for me.
I was wondering whether we should do the tour or not until just before today’s press conference. Postponement was not an option in my mind, so the options were doing it or not, or moving forward or retiring. I thought it’s time for me to retire because I will have to have a surgery again if the other intervertebral discs which have already been damaged get worse. I’m not sure if I will want to play the drums even if I become able to play them again. But I want to carry out goals one by one to be positive, so I asked the band members to let me perform these concerts.
Regarding the health condition:
The feeling of numbness hasn’t disappeared at all yet. I have a severe pain as if a current is flowing at tens of thousands of volts when I touch the piano or anything, but still I’ve started playing the piano bit by bit as rehabilitation.
It seems that it will take 6 months until the artificial intervertebral disc is firmly fixed between the bones, so I’ll still be in the middle of the process of recovery at the time of the concerts. However, staying in bed is considered to be bad in the U.S., and I was even told to walk for 10 minutes once every hour since just after surgery. The doctor told me that it might be better for me to perform the concerts as long as I only play the piano.
I am paralyzed on my right side from chin to neck and feel as if someone is squeezing my neck. I think I won’t do anything reckless on the stage while I have this feeling. The process of recovery after surgery is really more painful than I had expected before having surgery.
Regarding the new album:
I got back to the studio 2 days after having surgery. I can do editing work, so I’ve been doing it slowly and take a rest when I feel pain. There will be a new surprise about the album.
Regarding the plans from now on:
- Fly somewhere for shooting this weekend
- Then go to Japan to have rehearsals for the Japan tour
- Appear in a screening of “We Are X” at Anime Expo in LA on July 2nd
- Appear in Japan Expo and do interviews in Paris on July 6th and 7th
- Then go to Japan for the Japan tour
Source: Press conference, summarized by Max
Official Press Release
“I Can Only Live by Moving Forward. I Want a Goal to Live”
X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X CONFIRMED!
During a press conference held in Tokyo on June 9th, X Japan members Toshl, Pata, and Heath, along with host Udo Artists, Inc., announced that the “X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X” concerts in Japan at Osaka-jo Hall (July 11 and 12) and Yokohama Arena (July 14, 15, 16, and 17) will be performed as acoustic concerts. The title of the tour will be changed to “X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS”.
Although Yoshiki successfully underwent cervical artificial disk replacement surgery and has already started the rehabilitation process, doctors cannot say with certainty that he will be able to drum like he used to. Since doctors have instructed him to stay away from vigorous exercise for at least 6 months, he cannot play the drums for the time being. However, since Yoshiki himself does not want these scheduled concerts to be canceled due to his surgery, he asked whether there would be any way to make the concerts happen, and the band members sided with him when he reached out.
X Japan members explained during today’s press conference that these performances will happen as “acoustic” concerts with Yoshiki only playing the piano, a decision based on Yoshiki’s rehabilitation schedule, projected recovery timeframe, advice from doctors, and his current state, after multiple discussions with promoters and WME, Yoshiki’s U.S. agency.
During the conference, there was also a phone call from Yoshiki, who is currently going through recovery in Los Angeles. After conveying his message, saying “I want to move forward. I’d love to be given a chance to do the shows”, Yoshiki also revealed, in response to the emcee’s question, that the “EVENING WITH YOSHIKI 2017 IN NAGOYA & OSAKA & TOKYO JAPAN” premium dinner shows scheduled for this summer will also happen.
Regarding his decision to go on with these performances in Japan, Yoshiki had already made up his mind prior to the procedure that he will make the tour his goal to overcome the surgery. The fact that fans from around the world were so concerned for Yoshiki was such a blessing, however, he stated “I want to accomplish this goal I promised to myself by any means.” In other words, the goal of doing this tour helped him overcome his surgery. His message implied that, even though there are concerns for his physical ability, he is ready to address the challenge to make the July shows a success.
Based on what we know about Yoshiki’s current state after surgery, we cannot say that his rehabilitation, which is very painful, is going smoothly. Shortly after surgery, he was not able to walk on his own, and even breathing normally was difficult. This is why he became worried if his fingers would move normally and headed to his recording studio after getting out of the hospital. Currently, he is feeling numb from his mouth to neck, and a pain that feels like electricity is running through his left arm. Under doctor’s supervision, Yoshiki has been advised to “move around as much as possible” and he is following his doctor’s instructions in order to get himself ready for the upcoming shows.
26 years ago, X Japan performed a single acoustic show in 1991, when the band was called “X”. During the show titled “Silent X”, Yoshiki did not drum and the band members came on stage with their acoustic guitars. Their long-time fans called it the “X never to be seen again”.
Yoshiki’s surgery struck people as a shocking news, but because it has transpired, a legendary concert will come to life which people thought would never happen again. The July concerts may very well be called “Elegant X Japan”, which has evolved from “Silent X”, something beyond the realm of acoustic, with beautiful strings, that people can indeed call a “Miracle Night” as the title reads.
Yoshiki said before the closing of the press conference, “I am very sorry to the fans who have worried for me. As long as I stand on stage, I want to inspire people.”
Statement from Udo Artists, Inc.
As this X Japan tour of Japan was flooded with demand, all performances were sold out immediately. We unfortunately caused concern for many fans and related companies due to the emergency surgery on Yoshiki, the leader, drummer, and pianist, but we sincerely appreciate the countless words of encouragement and support from inside and outside Japan. Since the content of the performances will be changed from the original plans to an acoustic format, with the addition of strings and other aspects as announced today, we will be providing refunds to those who desire one. Refunds will be processed through the ticketing agency you used. Please visit the Udo Artists, Inc. homepage for details.
We will support Yoshiki with everything we have, and we will fight with him. For the upcoming shows, I want to share the X Japan that an audience can only see in a moment like this and be inspired together.
I’m sure I’ll see you soon, Yoshiki, but good luck! I’m looking forward to the July shows.
The July shows will be our first acoustic concerts. We will do out best to make it an inspiring evening. We appreciate your support.
Under the circumstances, I will do my best. I will give my heart and soul under any situation. That is my responsibility.
Source: Official Press Release
Posted: June 12th, 2017