Yoshiki: 'We had to make our own world'

Mar 5, 2017

Yoshiki: 'We had to make our own world'

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Yoshiki Hayashi hardly sleeps. The drummer, pianist, songwriter and leader of rock band X Japan has been in and out of the country constantly these past few months, promoting his band’s new documentary film, “We Are X.” At the same time he has been ...

Review: Yoshiki at Tokyo International Forum

Dec 9, 2016

Review: Yoshiki at Tokyo International Forum

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Despite being billed as a solo tour, X Japan’s Yoshiki Hayashi’s “Yoshiki Classical” tour is undoubtedly deeply rooted in the lore of one of the biggest rock acts of the country.The concert at Tokyo International Forum on Dec. 6 was packed with tear-jearkers, highlighting ...

X Japan superstar Yoshiki looks at what could have been

Oct 21, 2016

X Japan superstar Yoshiki looks at what could have been

X Japan would have been hard-pressed to imagine a more impassioned following in its heyday, with the symphonic metal group’s 1997 breakup in Tokyo taking on an air of national mourning.But could X Japan have been far bigger on the world stage? In a ...

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

Dec 3, 2015

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

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X Japan kicked off its Japan tour on Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd at Yokohama Arena. And the show was a welcome return to form.After disbanding in 1997 and returning to the stage in 2008, the band has played one-off shows ...

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

Jul 7, 2015

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

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X Japan leader Yoshiki Hayashi announced Saturday that the group will be releasing its first album in 20 years.The drummer, who goes by Yoshiki, made the official announcement on Saturday at the 16th Japan Expo in Paris. It will be the group’s first studio ...

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

Oct 9, 2014

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

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X Japan performed its first show in Japan in over three years on Sept. 30 at Yokohama Arena.One of the biggest Japanese rock bands ever, X Japan are responsible for spearheading the visual-kei movement in the early 1990s. The band is known for its ...