Update on X Japan’s plans and Yoshiki’s health

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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


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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.

Toshl Statement:
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.

PATA Statement:
I’m sure I’ll see you soon, Yoshiki, but good luck! I’m looking forward to the July shows.

HEATH Statement:
The July shows will be our first acoustic concerts. We will do out best to make it an inspiring evening. We appreciate your support.

SUGIZO Statement:
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

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