Natalie.mu has some very, very exciting news for us today!
Today, members of X JAPAN attended the grand opening of Madame Tussauds in Tokyo. Madame Tussauds is a famous doll-making company that specializes in making life-size figures of celebrities.
All members (PATA, HEATH, Yoshiki, Toshi, and SUGIZO) are pictured above with their life-size figures.
At this rare and long-awaited press conference, the members discussed their activities and plans for the future. In addition to their solo activities, each member has been working on material for X JAPAN.
When asked specifically about upcoming activities, Yoshiki was quoted as saying, “It will probably happen sometime next year, but we’re planning our second full-scale world tour. We’ve been having a lot of meetings about it.”
The members were then asked which countries they most wanted to visit. Vocalist Toshi answered, “I want to try going to Indonesia.” SUGIZO’s response was, “I want to visit Islamic countries.” “I want to go where we went before. I also want to go someplace cold and someplace hot, haha,” bassist HEATH said. PATA, on the other hand, only left us with, “I’ll leave it up to someone else!”
After the opening ceremony, a short question-and-answer session took place. Yoshiki said, “We really want to participate in festivals in addition to our world tour, but our shows are really tough on us both mentally and physically.”
He also explained, while laughing, “Since we toured last time without even an album, we were thinking of bringing like business cards along with us. We’ve really wanted to release an album since the band got back together, haha. We should have released an album before releasing our dolls!”
So, there you have it, X fans! It looks like 2014 will have a lot in store for you!
At the beginning of the month, HEADWAX, the group that manages most of hide’s postmortem affairs, announced a temporary closure of hide’s grave site as a result of instances of vandalism. The notice reads:
A request to everyone visiting hide’s grave
We truly thank you for always supporting hide.
We are grateful for the many people who come to hide’s grave every day.
Recently, there has been an incident involving intentional damage to hide’s gravestone with a sharp object.
The matter is being investigated as personal property damage.
Apart from this, there have unfortunately been recent reports of a portion of people not minding themselves,
including littering in the vicinity, speaking in boisterous voices, pouring alcohol on the gravestone, and carrying hide’s photograph away.
Should these circumstances continue, general access to hide’s grave will unfortunately close temporarily.
We ask for everyone’s cooperation in order to make visits to the site pleasant for everyone.
Furthermore, we would like to ask anyone who witnesses these kinds of incidents to please notify the respective hide official site.
HEADWAX ORGANIZATION CO.,LTD
It may seem like common sense to conduct oneself in a respectful manner at a grave site, but some patrons clearly need a reminder. HEADWAX has added a few requests in an effort to assure all visitors can have a pleasant experience when they visit.
※ Please do not enter the cemetery outside of opening hours
※ Please remove the vinyl wrapping from flowers before offering them
※ As the gravestone can be damaged by pouring alcohol or drinks on it, please refrain from doing so
※ As incense sticks may catch fire and cause accidents if many are lit at once, we ask for a limit of one stick per person
※ Please refrain from damaging the installation of the grave stone or offerings left by others
※ There are grave sites for others in the area. We ask for everyone’s cooperation in not speaking too loudly or littering on site
If you’re interested in visiting hide’s grave site, it can be found at Miura Reien in Miura City, Kanagawa.
Last week, we wrote about X JAPAN becoming the first Asian band to be nominated for a Golden Gods Award. The winners were announced yesterday, and X fans can rejoice: the band won the Award for Best International Artist!
In his acceptance speech, Yoshiki thanked the people from Revolver for the acknowledgement. He talked about their 2010 North American tour and their world tour in 2011, before revealing they have currently the final stages of their worldwide debut album. They are also planning their second world tour. Yoshiki finished by thanking the fans for their support and promised they will continue to rock from now on.
A press release sent out by Resonance Media:
April 5th, 2012, Los Angeles, CA – X Japan has been nominated for Best International Band at the Golden Gods Awards alonside Rammstein (Germany), Lacuna Coil (Italy), Sepultura (Brazil), Behemoth (Poland), and Meshuggah (Sweden). X Japan is the first band from Asia to ever be nominated for a Golden Gods Award. This year’s nominees in other categorise include Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Van Halen, Slash, and Evanescence.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 11th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. It is America’s biggest hard rock and heavy metal awards show, and special performances include Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, Korn, Slash, and more.
The event will also coincide with the launch of a special Metal Exhibition at the Grammy Museum, located next to Club Nokia. The Golden Gods Award Black Carpet and Show presented by Epiphone® will be broadcasted live on X Box Live at 6pm PST. Show begins at 8pm PST. The 2012 Golden Gods Awards will also air on VH1 later in the year.
X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30-million albums, singles, and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. The popularity of the band in Japan has made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion, and business. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of their first American tour in 2010. In 2011, they kicked off the European portion of their tour by selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London within 30 minutes. They continued their sold-out tour by performing in Latin America and Southeast Asia. X Japans to release their first English language album and is currenty scheduling their next world tour.
The Golden Gods Awards was created in 2009 by Revolver, the number one hard-rock and heavy-metal magazine in the world. Each year, the show features performance and appearances from the world’s biggest rock and metal stars, including Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and more. It is considered America’s biggest hard rock and heavy metal awards show, and it airs on VH1 Classic every year.
Yet another cover compilation CD is coming out! Counteraction —V-Rock covered Visual Anime songs Compilation— is scheduled for release on May 23rd and will cost 3,000 yen. The CD will feature visual kei bands covering anime opening and ending themes done by other visual kei artists.
NoGoD – INVOKE （T.M.Revolution）
機動戦士ガンダムSEED (Kidou Senshi Gundam SEED / Mobile Suit Gundam SEED) first opening theme
DaizyStripper- モノクロのキス [Monokuro no Kiss] （シド [SID]）
黒執事 (Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler) opening theme
ν[NEU] – 真夏の扉 [Minatsu no Tobira] （GLAY）
ヤマトタケル (Yamato Takeru) opening theme
ギルド (Guild) – the WORLD （ナイトメア [Nightmare]）
DEATH NOTE opening theme
HERO – 「Lu:na」（GACKT）
新・北斗の拳 (Shin・Hokuto no Ken / New Fist of the North Star) theme song
OZ – ハルカ… [Haruka...] （PIERROT）
神風怪盗ジャンヌ (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne) ending theme
宇宙戦隊NOIZ (Uchuu Sentai NOIZ) – 僕クエスト [Boku Quest] （ゴールデンボンバー [GOLDEN BOMBER]）
遊☆戯☆王ZEXAL (Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL) ending theme
AYABIE – 堕天使BLUE [Datenshi BLUE] （Λucifer）
KAIKANフレーズ (KAIKAN Phrase / Sensual Phrase) opening theme
アヲイ (Awoi) – FOREVER LOVE （X JAPAN）
X theme song
アンド (AND) – ROCKET DIVE （hide with Spread Beaver）
AWOL -Absent Without Leave- opening theme
EVE – 88 （LM.C）
家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! (Katekyou Hitman REBORN!) opening theme
FEST VAINQUEUR – 1/3の純情な感情 [1/3 no junjou na kanjou] （SIAM SHADE）
るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- (Rurouni Kenshin – Meiji Kenkaku Roumantan / Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story) ending theme
DIAURA – song undecided
樹威 (Jui) – song undecided
What are your thoughts on this release? Which covers are you looking forward to?
Source: DaizyStripper’s Nao’s blog
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Back in February, we posted about Megamasso’s INZARGI singing a v-rock cover song album that was to be released on March 21st.
They have now announced that the album release date has been postponed, and instead it will be coming out on April 18th.
Don’t forget, the album is still up for pre-ordering on CDJapan! So get your copy if you haven’t already!
Source: Megamasso OHP
INZARGI (インザーギ), Megamasso’s vocalist, will be releasing a cover album on March 21st called “Visualist ~Precious Hits of V-Rock Cover Song~”!
The album is coming out in two types, both of which are currently available for preordering on CDJapan!
Visualist ~Precious Hits of V-Rock Cover Song~ (CD + DVD) - 3990 yen
+ bonus DVD with a PV
Visualist ~Precious Hits of V-Rock Cover Song~ (CD only) - 3100 yen
+ bonus track
INZARGI iwll be singing the songs, and the album will be produced by Onda Yoshihito of JUDY AND MARY.
・ Winter, again by GLAY
・ 誘惑 [Yuuwaku] by GLAY
・ HOWEVER by GLAY
・ ロマンス [Romance] by PENICILLIN
・ B・BLUE by BOOWY
・ 1by3の純情な感情 [1 by 3 no Junjou na Kanjou] by SIAM SHADE
・ X by X JAPAN
・ Forever Love by X JAPAN
・ SPARK by THE YELLOW MONKEY
・ ANOTHER WORLD by GACKT
・ HIGH PRESSURE by T.M.Revolution
・ I for You by LUNA SEA
Other artists that will be participating in the cover album include:
Kiyoshi from MADBEAVERS
Syu from GALNERYUS / SPINALCORD
Onda Yoshihito from JUDY AND MARY
You from Matenrou Opera
Gou from Megamasso
Yuchi from kannivalism
Igarashi Kouta from JUDY AND MARY
GO from SADS / SUNS OWL / Zigoku Quartet
KEN’ICHI from SEX MACHINEGUNS
Is this a cover album that you’re going to be picking up?
Source: Vsoku, CDJapan, Amazon.co.jp
Are any of you familiar with the Golden Globe Awards show? Well guess which rocker has composed the theme song for the Golden Globe Awards this year? That’s right, it’s Yoshiki from XJapan! Let’s take a look at one of his recent tweets, shall we?☆
Yoshiki has released a little snippet of the song which is below:
Yoshiki stated that he wanted to create a beautiful yet edgy theme that fit the edginess and prestige of the Golden Globe Awards. Originally the song came out to be eight or so minutes, but the show only needs two minutes, so the song will be cut down quite a bit. What a shame! Maybe a full version will be released somewhere.
If you want to watch the Golden Globe awards it is on January 15th, which is this Sunday, at 8:00PM-11:00PM EST. Anyone planning on watching?
This is definitely surprising news, and it’s quite the story.
According to reports from Natalie.mu and Sankei.jp, on July 11th, TAIJI was on a Delta flight from Japan to Saipan.
During the flight he was restrained for imporper conduct, which included fighting with a female passanger, hitting the airplane windows, kicking the seat in front of him and failing to adhere by the flight attendent’s instruction to stop.
When he reached Saipan, he was arrested. On July 13th he appeared in front of the US federal court for his first trial. Once the trial had ended, he was taken into American custody.
TAIJI’s court-appointed attorney commented on the incidents of the flight saying that TAIJI hadn’t opposed anyone and was not angry. Only that he was annoyed with himself. He also mentioned that it was a female manager sitting next to him and trying to calm him down, and that there was no struggle inside the plane when he was restrained.
A second trial was scheduled for the morning of the 15th, however the night before, TAIJI attempted suicide and was transported unconscious to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
He passed away in the hospital on July 17th.
By the way, since we posted about JADE today. Did you know the cover was shot by Yoshiki? Yup yup! He has always had a passion for photography but this is official first work.
He should do some more photography and open a gallery or do an art showing! What can’t he do?
Guys, its finally happened – a freaking release date for Jade. I feel like we’ve talked about this release for years. So now on June 28th – you can get your copy of Jade! It was supposed to be out earlier this year but complications and the devastation in Japan paused the single to be released.
OK – Yoshiki is going to be on XM Boneyard on Sundays. I feel like this should be talked about. Now for those who don’t have XM/Sirus radio – every once in awhile they will do artist showcases that lead up to an event. My personal favorite was the Paul McCartney radio on XM The Bridge which lead up to his live in New York….yeah I am hardcore!
Recently Howard Stern ranted about Yoshiki getting his own air time.
Amazing for those who are going to FanimeCon this year – just announced that Yoshiki will be one of their guest of honor attendees!
FanimeCon 2011 announces surprise Guest of Honor, Yoshiki. The talented co-founder of X Japan will hold a panel and autograph session in the evening on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the San Jose Convention Center.
Yoshiki and vocalist Toshi formed X Japan (originally named X) in 1982. Since then, X Japan has sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, becoming the most successful rock band in Japanese history. The heart of X Japan, Yoshiki has written popular hits such as “I.V.” from Saw IV and “Forever Love” from the X/1999 movie. He also plays drums, piano, guitar, bass, and trumpet. Beyond X Japan, Yoshiki has produced some of Japan’s most influential bands, including Dir En Grey and Glay.
Yoshiki is also an entrepreneur and a true renaissance man. He has a line of jewelry, his own wine, and a line of kimonos. In July, 2010, Yoshiki launched the Yoshiki Foundation America, which has already helped organizations including The Grammy Foundation, Make-a-Wish, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. After the March 2011 earthquake in Japan, the foundation has partnered with the Japan America Society of Southern California and is focusing on disaster relief efforts.
Yoshiki will be at FanimeCon 2011 for only a few hours on Saturday, May 28, and www.fanime.com will have more details about his appearance. Visit the web site for the latest news about the convention as FanimeCon gears up for Memorial Day Weekend, 2011.
You all have heard about it yet, I’m pretty sure, but I thought I should post about this just in case someone is interested in it.
06.28 – London, UK (O2 Academy – moved to Shepherds Bush Empire)
07.01 – Paris, FR (Zenith)
07.02 – Utrecht, NL (Tivoli)
07.04 – Berlin, GE (Huxleys – moved to Columbiahalle)
08.13 – Osaka, JP (Summer Sonic Festival)
08.14 – Tokyo, JP (Summer Sonic Festival)
The OHP also says that there will be more dates soon!
For details about the tickets, please check the official homepage
YOSHIKI recently announced that he will be auctioning off his crystal piano and all the money will be donated to the earthquake relief.
The crystal piano will be the one in the photo below.
On the March 11st, 2011 the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake happened, and YOSHIKI conveyed his thoughts saying: “Thank you for your concern. Although there are some friends I can’t get in contact with, I’ve contacted all my family members. I intend to prolong the period of staying in Japan to support everyone. LOVE YOU….”
And YOSHIKI also decided to put the piano he used during the live at Tokyo Dome in May 2009, which carries the name logo “YOSHIKI” on it, up for auction and he will donate all the money to support organizations.
For more details on the auction, do visit YOSHIKI’s official mobile site [YOSHIKI mobile].
Other than the auction, the YOSHIKI Foundation founded by YOSHIKI will also be collecting donations.
Source: Music Japan Plus & Yoshiki’s Facebook
X Japan hasn’t slowed down in the new year, they are set to perform at the Asia Girls Explosion fashion event at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium on March 6. They are going to perform their US single: Jade (comes out March 15th). They are also going to preform Scarlet Love Song – which is being featured on the animated film: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku- (we talked about that over here).
Yoshiki has already stated that his new brand YOSHIKIMONO will premiere here at the event. The brand is a collaboration with Tokyo Girls Collection producer Jay FR. On top of that, the special guest appearance has been interesting! Not only will Yoshiki’s Violet UK project perform their first live in Japan with SUGIZO but they also list a few familiar North American faces to model in the event. For those who watch tv: Olivia Palermo (Mtv’s The City) , AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Shenae Grimes (90210, Degrassi), Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl), Marilyn Manson and many more. Taylor Momsen’s band The Pretty Reckless will also be performing along side X Japan and Violet UK.
For more info check out the event page over here.
We previously mentioned about a musical based on hide’s music, Pink Spider that will be happening during March.
An album ["Musical Number" -Rock Musical Pink Spider] is released with all the songs that the casts will be performing in the musical.
The tracklist is as follows:
4.DOUBT’97 (MIXED LEMONed JELLY MIX Ver.4)
6.50% & 50%
1:Pink Spider (Live at YOKOHAMA on Nov.18,1998)
3:BLUE SKY COMPLEX
5:EYES LOVE YOU
7:FLAME 8:ROCKET DIVE
The album was released yesterday, so pre-order your copy here at 3000 yen.
Source: Music Japan Plus & CD Japan
Good news for X Japan fans living in North America!!
Take a look at this news from Tokyograph.
Rock band X Japan has signed a 3-year exclusive agreement with EMI Music for production and distribution of their music in North America. Their first release through EMI is the single “Jade,” scheduled for March 15. This will be the band’s first single in North America, and their first CD single anywhere since “THE LAST SONG” in 1998.
X Japan successfully completed their first U.S. tour last summer, which included their debut U.S. performance at the rock festival Lollapalooza.
Leader Yoshiki said that they have plans for an album this summer, with about half of it being new songs. Naturally, they are also aiming to do a tour for the album before the end of the year.
Yoshiki also stated that the band is currently negotiating for releases in other countries, particularly Europe and other parts of Asia.
In addition, Yoshiki announced that he is getting his own regular radio show, called “YOSHIKI RADIO,” on the U.S.-based satellite radio service Sirius XM. The show is currently planned as a one-hour broadcast once a month, starting in February.
X Japan will be performing the theme song for an anime based film, Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Akai sabaku yo! Utsukushiku.
This will be the first film in a planned trilogy on the Buddha’s life story by The God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka.
The movie will be showing in Japan on May 28th 2011, next year.
The new song Scarlet Love Song will be a ballad written by Yoshiki.
This new song will premiere during the movie trailer that will playing in over 200 Japanese theaters from December 23rd 2010 onwards.
Source: Yoshiki’s Twitter & Anime News Network
Toshi’s solo project entitled ToshI feat. YOSHIKI will be throwing 2 dinner parties, you can go for a price…
ToshI, the vocalist of rock band X Japan, held a press conference on Monday to announce the first event for his “ToshI feat. YOSHIKI” project. On January 24-25, he will hold two dinner shows at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo hotel. Seats will cost as much as 100,000 yen, which is said to tie the record for the most expensive dinner show in Japan. (Chiharu Matsuyama charged the same price for a show in Fukuoka in 2008.)
As previously reported, “ToshI feat YOSHIKI” is primarily a solo project for Toshi, with support from his friend and bandmate Yoshiki. The dinner show is titled “Crystal Piano no Kimi,” named after the project’s first single that has been rescheduled for release in January.
The dinner will be provided by distinguished French cuisine chef Kiyomi Mikuni. Toshi will then perform “Crystal Piano no Kimi” and other songs, backed by an orchestra of approximately 30 musicians. The program also includes joint performances with Yoshiki using two crystal pianos.
According to Toshi, the other members of X Japan are also planned to attend, with the possibility of providing some side entertainment during the dinner portion of the show. He joked, “HEATH is entertaining when he’s drunk. You’ll get to see that secret.”
I don’t know about you but at 100,000 yen a seat – not sure if many fans can afford that! What do you think about this appearance??
If you didn’t get a chance to see X Japan, worry not! Seems like the band is going to be super busy world wide in 2011~!
Last month, X Japan’s Yoshiki talked about their plans for overseas tours in 2011, and those plans appear to be more definite now. Last Thursday (in the U.S.), he announced that the band will do another North American tour in March, followed by a South American tour in April.
Although details are still being worked out, the South American tour is said to include Brazil and Chile. Yoshiki also said that they may hold some surprise concerts in Japan.
Yoshiki previously mentioned plans for a Europe tour and an Asia tour in the spring, but no further information about those has been announced yet.
Where would you like to see X Japan play??
Source: Tokyo Graph