On January 25th, Yoshiki made a bunch of announcements on his niconico channel regarding ‘We are X’.
The movie will finally be shown in Japanese cinemas starting on March 3rd. It will also start in UK cinemas later that month. There are plans to show it in South Korea, Taiwan, Germany and Australia, according to the Japanese press.
Simultaneously, the ‘We are X’ soundtrack will be released as a 2-disc album and is already available for preorder! While we already know the majority of the songs, it will also include ‘La Venus’ which Yoshiki wrote for the documentary film. Both ‘La Venus’ and ‘Without You’ were re-recorded in 2017 exclusively for the soundtrack. The Japanese version of the album will also contain two bonus songs.
WE ARE X Soundtrack Track List
1. La Venus (Acoustic Version)*
2. Kurenai (from The Last Live)
3. Forever Love
4. A Piano String in Es Dur
6. Crucify My Love
8. Standing Sex (from X Japan Returns)
10. Longing / Setsubo-no-yoru
11. Art of Life (3rd Movement)
12. Endless Rain (from The Last Live)
13. X (from The Last Live)
14. Without You (Unplugged)
* New Recording 2017, Soundtrack Exclusive
1. Rusty Nail (from Dahlia Tour Final)
2. Forever Love (from The Last Live)
Posted: January 26th, 2017
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.
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)
- Born to be free
- La Venus
Music Station Super Live
- Silent Jealousy
- La Venus
Posted: January 6th, 2017
It was announced that YOSHIKI composed “Bara no youni saite, Sakura no youni chitte” (which means “Bloom like a rose, Fall like a cherry blossom”), the theme song of a drama series “Seisei suruhodo, aishiteru” which is going to start to be aired on July 12th. According to YOSHIKI’s comment, it’s a Japanese-sounding song with Japanese chord progression and Japanese lyrics. Seiko Matsuda, a Japanese famous female pop singer who sang this song says “the sensitive beautiful melody and lyrics are really amazing”.
Let’s look forward to listening to it next Tuesday!
YOSHIKI also talked about X JAPAN’s new album. He says that it was decided that another song will be added to the album and they are recording it now. It seems that it’s the theme song of something and will be released in autumn ahead of the documentary film and the album. He is implying that he will make a big announcement within the next few weeks, so we are looking forward to that!
Posted: July 9th, 2016
Already one week has passed since the X JAPAN fan meeting at Wembley on the original XDAY on March 12th, 2016.
First of all we want the thank all the wonderful people who joined us and came together for the fan meeting!! It was great to meet lots of other X fans from so many countries during that day! We had an awesome time and we hope all of you did as well.
WE ARE X!!
The day started with a meeting in front of Wembley SSE Arena at 11 a.m. when the first fans arrived. Soon, more and more fans joined our group and we had a great time chatting, meeting old and new friends and taking photos.
In the afternooon, our meetup group split up and some went to look for lunch or go shopping, while others joined the X JAPAN UK Street Team for a special “Yoshiki Version” sightseeing tour where they visited places Yoshiki took photos he posted on several social media platforms. But also passing by SSE Arena, we could meet other fans at pretty much any time that day.
More people joined us in the evening – because they just arrived that day or did some London sightseeing and shopping on their own. At approx. 7 p.m. we gathered at The Pipeline, an independent rock bar in East London, where the charity event Origami: A Charity Gig presented by Peko Peko took place. It was organized for the Tohoku region that was affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11th 2011 and all donations and money collected on this evening will go to Aoba-gakuen, an orphanage in Fukushima. It was a great evening with Japanese food and live music. On stage Les Inconnus, Selina, The Picaresque and Esprit D’Air.
We were very lucky to have the opportunity to go to this event as an alternative to the postponed X JAPAN Wembley concert. So many X fans took over the venue chatting, taking even more photos and sang Born to be free at the end of the evening, when the DJ played that song!
Orphanage Aoba-gakuen: http://www.kosodate-web.com/aobagakuen/index.php
The Pipeline: www.thepipelinebar.co.uk
Origami: A Charity Gig: www.facebook.com/events/555283681307970/
Many thanks to the photographers Keiko, Nage, Astrid and Becky
Posted: March 20th, 2016
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.
Posted: January 1st, 2016