Wembley concert and album postponed – or not?????????

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As you may already know, a lot of rumours have been around since the end of last week. Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but confusion among the fans is spreading. Will the album that was scheduled for March 11th be postponed? And what about XDAY, the album release concert and film premiere of “We Are X” on March 12th at Wembley Arena? Will there be a concert without the album?

Here are the facts

The website hollywoodreporter.com published a news article about the “We Are X” documentary premiere at Sundance Filmfestival.

X Japan will release its first new studio album in 20 years this fall. The Wembley show, originally slated for March 12, in conjunction with a screening of We Are X, has been moved to the fall in order to give Pata, the band’s guitarist, time to fully recover from a blood clot.” (quote from “The Hollywood Reporter”)

Shortly after being published, the article was edited to just mention that the album will be out in fall. This is also written in some other articles about the documentary at Sundance Filmfestival since then.

Their latest album, their first to be sung completely in English, is scheduled to be released later this year with a yet-to-be-determined label.” – Variety

The latest show of Ra:IN, another band that Pata is part of, had to be cancelled due to him being ill, but according to Yoshiki, Pata is already getting better, as he told a Japanese news website.

But what about XDAY? In the press releases up to January 20th, they always had a note saying that “The band will also perform live at SSE Wembley Arena in the U.K. for XDAY, immediately following a screening of their new documentary film ‘WE ARE X’ on March 12, 2016.” Since January 22th, this is gone. No more hint at the Wembley concert. However, ticket sales are still going on and the official websites still promote the XDAY event.

And what now?

All these information caused a lot of questions and confusion – especially among the fans who had already booked their tickets, flights and hotel for the Wembley concert in March. But at the moment we don’t know what will happen. During a recent live stream event on nico nico, Yoshiki said there will be an announcement after he talked to the other members. We hope Pata’s health will be better soon and that there will be an official clarification as soon as possible!

X Japan fans are used to postponements and cancelled events, but what do you think now? Are you still looking forward to the album? Are you willing to go to a Wembley show in fall instead of March? After all these years of waiting… will there ever be a new album?
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Variety, Sanspo

Posted: January 29th, 2016

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Details about self-titled new album ‘X JAPAN’ & TV Appearances Summary

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New Album X JAPAN’

After X Japan’s appearance at Kouhaku Utagassen yesterday, Yoshiki had a special broadcast on his Nico Nico channel, where he also talked about their upcoming album.

The album will be simply self-titled ‘X JAPAN’ and will contain 12 songs. 8 of these will be main songs, while the remaining 4 will be a kind of interlude. A while ago Yoshiki has already mentioned that all of the songs will be new post-reunion material and 90% of the lyrics will be in English.

But Yoshiki didn’t only talk about the new album: He is also planning to perform at Sundance Festival – either on January 22nd or 23rd – where their documentary film ‘We Are X’ will be shown.

He is also planning to organize a music festival and already booked the venue, but no further details have been revealed yet.


TV Appearances Summary

On December 25th, X appeared at Music Station Super Live, where they performed ‘Born to be free’ and ‘X’. For the first song, all of them were wearing Santa Claus costumes and both the audience and the band had a blast! You can find pictures and videos here.

On December 31th they joined the huge music show Kouhaku Utagassen and performed a short medley of ‘Forever Love’ and ‘Born to be free’. Yoshiki accompanied ‘Hana wa Saku’, which many of the artists performed together. The song is a project by NHK to support those who suffer under the consequenes of the Tohoku Earthquake. You can read more about the song here.
You can find more pictures and videos of X’ appearance at Kouhaku Utagassen here.

Sources: Yoshiki Channel, Natalie

Posted: January 1st, 2016

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