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.
The broadcast coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the release of X JAPAN’s Blue Blood album. YOSHIKI–composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer and the leader of X JAPAN–discussed his personal and musical challenges since making his major label debut three decades ago in 1989, the first year of the Heisei era.
On the show, YOSHIKI opened-up about building up a strong spirit from a lifetime of dramatic ups and downs, and his reasons for continuing to challenge the world music scene. He confessed that after the death of X JAPAN guitarist HIDE, he fell into a depression and withdrew to his home in L.A., but overcame those emotions with his conviction that “the future can change the past.”
“I want to tell the world about my band members who have passed… how wonderful they were,” said YOSHIKI. “The harder I work, the more I can share about HIDE and TAIJI. My mission is to help people by creating great music.”
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: We love what Yoshiki is all about as an entertainer here at the Metal Media High Command and look forward to seeing him perform in our region again. It’s been a couple of years now since his classical event and even longer since X Japan rocked our socks off and I am telling you to make sure you attend if you hear they are coming back. I love big spectacle shows and wow did Yoshiki make sure to pull out all the stops. That’s all I have to say about this news and I hope you enjoy the clip while you can. It’s a little long and in Japanese but there are sub-titles and the stream is only valid until June 27th so if you snooze you will lose. What do you Yoshiki fans think about this latest announcement? Chime in down below. It’s always great to hear from you.
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