X Japan & Yoshiki End of Year Summary

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The end of the year got busy for X Japan and Yoshiki! Here is a small overview of their December schedule.

It started with the TV shows NHK Songs on December 17th and Music Station Super Live December 23rd, where they presented the full band version of their new song La Venus. You can watch a preview of the song on Youtube. The second appearance has been without Sugizo, who had to play with Luna Sea on December 23rd and 24th.

On December 29th, Yoshiki was supposed to play his Yoshiki Classical Special concert in Hong Kong at Asia World Expo. As we reported earlier, there had been problems with the promoter having not gotten the necessary entertainment license for the concert which resulted in the event being cancelled only a few hours before it was supposed to happen.  Yoshiki therefore proposed doing the concert for free the next day (December 30th) and refunded the 5000 tickets. Additionally, the original ticket holders were able to bring one person along, which resulted in a total of 6000 attendants and required adjusting the stage plan accordingly. The concert setlist could be played as planned and they added “Hoi Fut Tin Hung” by the band Beyond from Hong Kong.

Finally, on December 31st, X Japan performed at Kouhaku Utagassen on NHK and greeted the New Year on a special broadcast on Niconico.

With a turbulent year coming to an end, we are looking forward to their activities in 2017. First, Toshi is currently playing New Year concerts from January 6th to 9th.

Next, Yoshiki will play Yoshiki Classical Special together with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall on January 12th and 13th. (Tickets for Jan 12th and Jan 13th, VIP)

On March 4th, X Japan will take the stage at SSE Wembley Arena in London. The London concert, originally planned for March 12th 2016, had to be postponed to 2017 because of guitarist Pata’s health. (Tickets here)


NHK Songs

  • Born to be free
  • X
  • Tears
  • La Venus

Music Station Super Live

  • Silent Jealousy
  • La Venus

Kouhaku Utagassen

  • Kurenai

Posted: January 6th, 2017

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