Songwriter, drummer/percussionist and classically-trained pianist YOSHIKI made his Carnegie Hall debut selling out back-to-back headlining shows as part of “YOSHIKI CLASSICAL SPECIAL Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra” (Thursday, Jan 12 and Friday, Jan 13). The shows were a part of the YOSHIKI Classical World Tour which comprised seven performances in four cities across the world including Osaka, Tokyo and Hong Kong. With successful performances at Carnegie Hall and at Madison Square Garden with the rock group X JAPAN (2014), YOSHIKI has performed at both the classical and rock music meccas of New York–a feat accomplished only by a handful of global icons such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Sting, and David Bowie. YOSHIKI is now the first Asian artist to have made this achievement.
During his New York visit, YOSHIKI also stopped by NPR’s studios. Listen to his interview on NPR’s “Here and Now” (here) and watch his live piano performance and interview at PASTE magazine studios (here).
Although known as the founder, songwriter and drummer of the rock group X JAPAN, YOSHIKI is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and musician. Having composed the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, he also wrote and performed an orchestral piece and piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor’s 10th anniversary of his reign. His recent album Yoshiki Classical features collaborations between YOSHIKI and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco. At the Carnegie Hall shows, YOSHIKI performed his original compositions, several traditional classical pieces including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky as well as a heartwarming rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, he tapped Yuga Cohler of YEETHOVEN to conduct the concerts. *See the full set list from Carnegie Hall below.
X JAPAN is now gearing up for their first major show in 2017, Saturday, March 4 at SSE Arena, Wembley in London U.K, tickets (here). X JAPAN—YOSHIKI/drums, piano; TOSHI/vocals; PATA/guitar; HEATH/bass; and SUGIZO/guitar, violin–is the most successful rock band in Japanese history. The band has sold more than 30 million albums; singles and videos combined, sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times, and have played to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. X JAPAN became a cultural phenomenon pioneering a spectacle-driven style of visual rock called Visual Kei and was the first Japanese band to achieve mainstream success while signed to an independent label. X JAPAN recently announced the release of the band’s first new studio album in 20 years, which will be available worldwide in 2017.
X JAPAN at SSE Wembley Arena:
Carnegie Hall set list:
Yoshiki Classical Special at Carnegie Hall
January 12 & 13, 2017
1. I’ll Be Your Love (Theme for the World Expo Japan)
2. The Last Song
3. Forever Love (Theme for the animation film X)
4. Golden Globe Theme (Theme for the Golden Globes®)
5. Hero (Theme for the animation film Saint Seiya)
6. La Venus (Theme for the film We Are X)
7. Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
8. Anniversary (Theme for the Emperor of Japan 10 Year Anniversary)