(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
Everyone had been fearing that message for years – Yoshiki‘s neck is in such a bad condition that he now has to undergo an emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery on Tuesday, May 16 in Los Angeles. In 2009 he already underwent a cervical laminectomy and a cervical foraminotomy.
Unfortunately, the cancellation of all scheduled activity in May could not be avoided. In addition, July’s X Japan World Tour 2017, We Are X concert dates in Japan, the Yoshiki Premium Dinner Show dates in August and September, as well as yet-to-be-announced dates for the summer world tour that was to start in Los Angeles, are now undergoing rescheduling with his U.S. agency William Morris Endeavor.
Full press release from Yoshiki’s management below:
EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR YOSHIKI OF X JAPAN TO TAKE PLACE IN LOS ANGELES MAY 16, 2017
It has been determined by multiple doctors that YOSHIKI of X JAPAN will undergo an emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery on Tuesday, May 16 in Los Angeles.
As a result of YOSHIKI’s intense drumming style and its impact on his physical health, he was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis in July 2009, and then underwent a cervical laminectomy and a cervical foraminotomy.
After suffering from a herniated disc that has worsened over the past six months, YOSHIKI has experienced symptoms including numbness and severe paralysis of the left hand and arm, which have since affected his musical performances. Upon receiving a complete examination by his doctors in both Japan and the U.S., YOSHIKI was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis (radiculopathy of the left arm and herniation of intervertebral disc C5-C6). After thorough consultation, YOSHIKI has no choice but to undergo surgery at this time.
YOSHIKI has been informed by a neurosurgeon in Japan that his neck has experienced severe damage that would force a professional rugby player to retire. It has been medically determined that he is approaching his limit, both physically and mentally. The intense schedule has taken its toll on his already damaged nervous system. With performances at Visual Japan Summit Festival, Yoshiki Classical Special in Japan, Hong Kong, Carnegie Hall in New York and Wembley Arena in London, he has continued to play around the world with X JAPAN and solo. In addition to adopting an intensive travel schedule to over 20 film festivals globally to promote the documentary WE ARE X, contributed to his health condition.
“I had the pleasure of seeing Yoshiki, who has a C5-6 disc herniation with left arm radiculopathy. He has been recommended to have a cervical artificial disc replacement,” explains Neel Anand, M.D., YOSHIKI’s Orthopedic Spine surgeon in the U.S.
Dr. Tommy Tomizawa, M.D., adds “It was decided upon consultation that he will undergo emergency surgery as the condition of his neck at present will interfere not only with his career as an artist, but also with everyday life. From viewing the results of the MRI and CT scans, the damage is so severe that it is apparent that he has experienced considerable pain while performing. As this would be his second such procedure, we eliminated the option of a cervical foraminotomy, an operation in which a portion of bone is removed. Yoshiki’s symptoms reappeared at the Visual Japan Summit festival, which was held last October in Japan. By the time he performed in January of this year at New York’s Carnegie Hall, he had already lost the sensation in his left hand. The symptoms worsened this March following the U.K. Wembley performance, but he continued recording. Even in his condition at that state, Yoshiki stated that he wanted to see things through to the end. However, due to the worsening of his symptoms, doctors, determined that if the situation continued he would have gone beyond the point of surgery and recovery.”
The operation is to be performed on May 16th at a Los Angeles hospital. Unfortunately, the cancellation of all scheduled activity in May could not be avoided. In addition, July’s X Japan World Tour 2017, We Are X concert dates in Japan, the Yoshiki Premium Dinner Show dates in August and September, as well as yet-to-be-announced dates for the summer world tour that was to start in Los Angeles, are now undergoing rescheduling with his U.S. agency William Morris Endeavor.
Following YOSHIKI’s operation, a discussion whether to cancel, postpone or move forward as scheduled will be held amongst the agent, promoter and management.
We deeply apologize for the inconvenience this will cause to fans and everyone involved.
Posted: May 9th, 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
Alright guys, ‘We are X’ is finally getting available outside of movie festivals! Just in the US for now, but let’s hope there will be more places all over the world added later.
A bunch of screenings will be joined by Yoshiki and Stephen Kijak for a Q&A and/or have sweet little extras like free posters. Please check the individual dates for more information. We’ll try to keep this post updated whenever something new gets announced!
We Are X! – US Dates
October 21th(7:30pm) and 22th(7:30pm): Q&As with director Stephen Kijak & Yoshiki
October 21th: WE ARE X geofilter on SnapChat @ L.A.’s Nuart Theatre from 6-10pm
Fans attending October 11th (7:30pm and 9:55pm) “WE ARE X” shows will also have an unprecedented chance to win a free, exclusive giclée print of the not-yet-revealed, limited edition Mondo poster of Yoshiki for “WE ARE X” by artist Becky Cloonan before it’s made available for purchase
Free movie poster
October 25 – San Francisco, CA (Mezzanine)
- Q&As with director Stephen Kijak & Yoshiki
- Live performance of Yoshiki
October 28 – November 3 – Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse – South Lamar)
Win tickets to see ‘We are X’ with Director Stephen Kijak and Yoshiki
October 28 – November 3 – Los Angeles (OC), CA (Regency South Coast Village)
October 28 – November 3 – San Francisco, CA (Alamo Drafthouse – New Mission)
November 4 – Atlanta, GA (Plaza Theatre)
November 4 – November 10 – Brooklyn, NY (Alamo Drafthouse – Downtown Brooklyn)
November 4th (7:30pm): Q&As with director Stephen Kijak & Yoshiki
November 4 – November 10 – Houston, TX (Alamo Drafthouse – Vintage Park)
November 4 – November 6 – Phoenix, AZ (FilmBar)
November 4 – November 10 – Washington, DC (Angelika Pop-Up @ Union Market)
November 9 – 10 & 12 – 13, 2016 – Seattle, WA (Northwest Film Forum)
November 11 – November 14 – Boston, MA (Brattle Theatre)
November 11 – November 17 – Columbus, OH (Gateway Film Center)
November 11 – November 17 – Detroit, MI (Cinema Detroit)
November 11 – November 17 – El Paso, TX (Alamo Drafthouse – Montecillo)
November 11 – November 17 – Kansas City, MO (Alamo Drafthouse – Mainstreet)
November 11 – November 17 – San Diego, CA (Digital Gym Cinema)
November 18 – November 24 – Lubbock, TX (Alamo Drafthouse – Lubbock)
November 18 – November 19 – Miami, FL (O Cinema – Wynwood)
November 18 – November 19 – Tulsa, OK (Circle Cinema)
November 22 – Cleveland, OH (Capitol Theatre)
November 25 – November 27 – Portland, OR (Hollywood Theatre)
December 19 – Orlando, FL (Enzian Theatre)
Source: Various Press Releases, We are X Official Website
Posted: October 21st, 2016
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