YOSHIKI and TOSHI of X JAPAN have recently announced that they will be attending the 2015 HYPER JAPAN Festival (July 10th-12th, organised by Cross Media Ltd.), the UK’s largest celebration of Japanese culture. Band leader YOSHIKI and vocalist TOSHI will present the “YOSHIKI x TOSHI from X JAPAN Special Live Showcase” at the 2,700 capacity concert house inside the venue. Fans will be pleased to note they will also have a special announcement for Europe around this time. There will also be an X JAPAN booth occupying 36m² inside the exhibition area. At the X JAPAN booth, YOSHIKI’s beloved crystal drum set will also be on display, and fans will be able to purchase T-shirts and other goods.
YOSHIKi x TOSHI from X JAPAN special live showcase
Date and time: 15:45-16:45 on Saturday July 11th 2015
Venue: HYPER Live! Stage inside the HYPER JAPAN Festival 2015 The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
Entrance: A general entry ticket is necessary to enter the HYPER JAPAN Festival 2015. Entrance on the day will be decided on a first-come-first-served basis, and the number of audience members will be limited, so please make sure to check the ticketing information on the HYPER JAPAN official website well in advance.
X JAPAN Booth
The X JAPAN booth will be in the HYPER JAPAN exhibition area for the duration of the festival. At this booth, YOSHIKI’s much-loved crystal drum set will be on display. There will also be an X JAPAN photo gallery, as well as CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and other original merchandise for sale.
X JAPAN Bio
X Japan is the most successful rock band in Japanese history, and that is not a statement made lightly. The band has sold more than 30 million albums; singles and videos combined, sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times – so far – and have played to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. In the band’s early days their look and sound sparked a global interest in entertainment, especially with the Japanese cultural rock phenomenon, “Visual-Kei,” a movement X Japan pioneered that spread globally.
X Japan formed in 1982 (calling themselves X) by Yoshiki and Toshi while they were still teenagers. Over the next 13 years, the band released five studio albums – Vanishing Vision (1988), Blue Blood (1989), Jealousy (1991), Art of Life (1993) and Dahlia (1996), as well as six live albums, ten greatest hits albums and 20 DVD releases. X Japan was the first Japanese band to achieve mainstream success while signed to an independent label. The band was so popular they became a cultural phenomenon.
In the fall of 1997, at the height of their success, the band broke up. Four months later, Hide, X Japan’s original lead guitarist, was found dead in his Tokyo apartment. At his funeral, more than 50,000 fans came to mourn his passing. In early 2007, Yoshiki and Toshi resumed communication and later that year X Japan officially reformed. The band launched its reunion in 2008 with three nights at the Tokyo Dome. Two years later, X Japan filmed a music video on the rooftop of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre with a throng of some 8,000 U.S. fans taking part in the shoot on Hollywood Blvd. But it was on August 8, 2010 that X Japan performed in front of a mainstream American crowd for the first time at Lollapalooza. Immediately following the festival, X Japan played the biggest concert in its history, selling out two consecutive shows at Japan’s Nissan Stadium, filling 140,000 seats. The band’s first North American tour wrapped with a monumental New York date selling out The Roseland Ballroom on Oct. 11, 2010.
In June 2011, X Japan kicked off a European Tour at London’s Shepherd’s Bush (selling -out the venue in 30 minutes). The tour continued to Paris and Utrecht wrapping in Berlin before the band traveled back to Japan to play the famed Summer Sonic Festival. That same year the world tour took them to South America where they sold out shows playing to massive crowds in Santiago, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima and Mexico City. X Japan then returned to Asia playing arena shows in Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok. In 2012 X Japan was the first Japanese band to take home the prize for “Best International Band” at the Golden Gods Awards held in the U.S.
In 2014 X Japan headlined a colossal show at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden in the U.S.
Now, in 2015, X Japan is gearing up to announce the biggest event in the band’s history.
The Current line up of X Japan is Yoshiki/drums, piano; Toshi/vocals; Pata/guitars; Heath/bass; and Sugizo/guitars, violin.