X Japan

エックス・ジャパン, Xエックス
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Official Websitehttp://www.xjapan.com/index.html Twiterhttps://twitter.com/xjapanofficial Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/xjapanofficial/ Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/XJapan X Japan is the most successful rock group in Japanese history. Led by composer drummer and pianist Yoshiki the band has sold more than 30 million albums singles and videos combined sold out Japans 55000seat Tokyo Dome 18 times and played to millions of fans around the world. In the bands early days their look and sound sparked a global interest in the Japanese cultural rock phenomenon VisualKei a movement X Japan pioneered that spread worldwide. In 1997 at the height of their success the band broke up. Four months later Hide X Japans original lead guitarist was found dead in his Tokyo apartment. At his funeral more than 50000 fans came to mourn his passing. In early 2007 Yoshiki and vocalist Toshl reunited and later that year X Japan officially reformed. The band launched its reunion in 2008 with 3 nights at the Tokyo Dome. In 2010 X Japan performed for the first time at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Immediately following the festival X Japan played the biggest concert in its history selling out two consecutive shows at Japans Nissan Stadium filling 140000 seats. The band then launched their first North American tour selling out across the U.S. and Canada. In June 2011 X Japan launched a 14city world tour across Europe South America and Asia. In 2012 X Japan was the first Japanese band to win Best International Band at the Golden Gods Awards. In 2014 X Japan headlined a colossal show at New Yorks famed Madison Square Garden. The documentary film We Are X chronicling the history of X Japan premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 and won the award for Best Editing. The film then won an award at the SXSW Film Festival followed by a worldwide release in over 20 countries and 27 international film festivals. In January 2017 band leader Yoshiki held 2 soldout concerts at Carnegie Hall performing original classical compositions and orchestral versions of X Japans songs with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. The We Are X Original Soundtrack was released on March 3 2017 hitting 1 on the UK Rock Chart and dominating music charts worldwide. The following day X Japan headlined a live concert at Wembley Arena in London. In May 2017 the bands future was threatened when Yoshiki was forced to undergo emergency neck surgery requiring artificial disc replacement after years of intense drumming. In December 2017 the We Are X DVD Bluray and vinyl soundtrack LP were released topping sales charts worldwide. X Japan made their Coachella debut in 2018 and the band announced three soldout concerts at Makuhari Messe in September 2018 for 100000 fans. Due to a powerful typhoon on the final night X Japan sent the audience home and performed an unprecedented no audience live concert broadcast for over 1 million viewers. Yoshiki is finalizing X Japans first new studio album in over 22 years which the acclaimed musician promised Billboard Magazine will bring rock back to the mainstream again. The current lineup of X Japan is YOSHIKI drums/piano/composer TOSHI vocals PATA guitar HEATH bass SUGIZO violin/guitar. Source: Official Website
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