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Yoshiki: 'We had to make our own world'

Music Mar 5, 2017

Yoshiki: 'We had to make our own world'

by Ryotaro Aoki

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

Music Dec 9, 2016

Review: Yoshiki at Tokyo International Forum

by Ryotaro Aoki

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 ...

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

Music Dec 3, 2015

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

by Ryotaro Aoki

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 ...

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

Music Jul 7, 2015

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

by Melynie Yoneda

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

Music Oct 9, 2014

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

by Ryotaro Aoki

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 ...