The Press Release:
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen in support of the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire which occurred on July 18. After learning about the tragedy that befell the studio, YOSHIKI made the donation to the dedicated support fund established by Kyoto Animation through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
YOSHIKI–who lives in L.A.–heard about the devastating fire when news reports reached U.S. media, posted his personal message to Twitter.
“I am in the United States and I learned about the Kyoto Animation fire on the local news,” says YOSHIKI. “My heart aches. Japanese anime, and each one of those creators, is a treasure of the world. I hope they recover as soon as possible.”
The Press Release:
YOSHIKI’s just announced his August 2019 Premium Dinner Shows in Tokyo have immediately sold out. This year marks the 6th anniversary of the event which has become one of Japan’s most prestigious concert events of the summer. Ticket requests for the shows soared over 260X the number of available seats for a record 12 concerts in 7 days–an increase in both number and scale. The hotly sought-after tickets, which cost approximately $800.00 (U.S.) each, were exclusively sold to fans across the Yoshiki Mobile fan club, Yoshiki Channel, as well as YOSHIKI’s exclusive Visa and Mastercard.
The exclusive concerts will take place at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo Ballroom and feature YOSHIKI–composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer and leader of the rock band X JAPAN–on piano playing X JAPAN’s renowned songs and his popular classical music compositions such as the theme for the Golden Globes and “Anniversary,” composed for the 10th year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign. YOSHIKI has also announced that he will premiere a new composition at the event.
“I usually don’t like summer because I’m a nocturnal creature who dislikes the sun and heat,” said YOSHIKI. “But ever since I started this show several years ago, I now look forward to the season. I’m truly grateful to all my fans who support me. I wish I could have adjusted my schedule to make room for more than 12 shows, but this is the best I can do at this time and I’m looking forward to seeing you all.” Continue reading X Japan’s Yoshiki Sells Out Summer Concerts→
When we last discussed the great Yoshiki here on PiercingMetal.com, it was to alert you to his Classical show being broadcast on PBS (discussed HERE if you missed it). More than a month has passed since the show broadcast but I think you can find it On Demand depending on what your local cable provider lets you access and now some great news about another unique performance. Read on down to the press release I recently received.
The Press Release:
YOSHIKI gave special performances of the songs “Endless Rain” and “Anniversary” and was interviewed on NHK World’s premiere episode of the show “SONGS OF TOKYO,” which debuted worldwide this week (April 22, 2019). Watch YOSHIKI on NHK’s “Songs of Tokyo” episode (link avail. through June 27, 2019): HERE.
“Anniversary,” the concerto composed by YOSHIKI for the 10th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s reign, was performed for the first time in full on national Japanese television. NHK World reaches 300 million viewers in over 160 countries, and YOSHIKI, backed by an orchestra for the special event, dedicated the song to the transition between the Heisei and Reiwa eras. Read more about Japan’s historic transition to the new Imperial Era of Japan starting May 1, 2019 HERE. Continue reading Yoshiki Dedicates TV Performance With Orchestra To Late Band Members→
The Press Release:
New York’s PBS television station WNET THIRTEEN will premiere a special one-hour version of “YOSHIKI – Live at Carnegie Hall” on Friday, March 8, at 9:00pm ET in the tri-state area, with encore showings March 11-18 and additional U.S. markets to be announced soon. Watch the trailer for the PBS concert special “YOSHIKI – Live at Carnegie Hall below.
“YOSHIKI – Live at Carnegie Hall” features rock star and composer YOSHIKI as pianist joined by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing YOSHIKI’s compositions which have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Program highlights include YOSHIKI’s theme for the Golden Globes and his piano concerto composed for the Emperor of Japan’s 10th Anniversary, along with selections from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Program information and broadcast schedule WNET THIRTEEN are HERE and HERE.
YOSHIKI recently performed his first U.S. guest appearance on Sarah Brightman’s HYMN U.S. tour at Radio City Music Hall in New York on (February 6) and he’ll join her on March 9 in San Francisco at the Masonic and on March 10 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre. The digital single “Miracle (Sarah’s Version)”–composed by YOSHIKI, performed by Sarah Brightman and featuring YOSHIKI’s performance on piano–was released in 2018, reaching the Top 10 on iTunes Classical Charts in 15 countries.
Last month, The H Collective announced their partnership with YOSHIKI on the next installment in the xXx action film franchise, xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel. YOSHIKI will compose the theme song for the new film, spinoff TV series and collaborate on the film score. (Psst, hey you, yeah you, PiercingMetal shared that news in full on THIS LINK so check it out).
YOSHIKI’s film and television credits include composing music for Saw IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera, “The Golden Globe Awards,” and the hit anime series “Attack on Titan.” After receiving the Asian Icon Award from Classic Rock magazine (U.K.), YOSHIKI was chosen as the first Japanese man to appear on the cover of Vogue Japan. YOSHIKI is the leader of Japan’s most famous rock band, X JAPAN, who played Madison Square Garden and last year’s Coachella festival. X JAPAN’s first studio album in over 22 years will soon be released.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Here at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ we just love all the wide variety of stuff that Yoshiki is involved in. We were even in attendance at one of the Carnegie Hall performances and found it to be absolutely stunning. It was so good that I cannot wait to own this on Blu-ray and watch the broadcast when it airs tonight. Make sure that you check your local listings and program your DVR or VHS Recorder if you still have one of those and it works because you don’t want to miss this. It was so darned good that I hope he decides to do something like this once again.