X-Japan’s Yoshiki Records Golden Globe Awards Theme Song

The latest Golden Globe Awards theme song will hit iTunes for the first time this year. To mark the event’s 70th anniversary, Japanese star and classically-trained multi-instrumentalist Yoshiki composed and recorded a song that will open the show and appear throughout the Jan. 13 broadcast.

Yoshiki, who’s also in the hit rock group X-Japan, played many of the instruments himself before adding a full string orchestra to the piece. He said he tried to come up with something beautiful, but also edgy and festive for the occasion.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of this esteemed event which is enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world,” said Yoshiki. “Composing this music was a journey that involved creating numerous versions in order to arrive at just the right sound to capture the unique combination of glamour and edginess that makes the Golden Globe Awards so entertaining.”

On Jan. 15, the theme song will be available on iTunes, with all profits going to charity.

X Japan’s Yoshiki Wax Figure Unveiled at Madame Tussauds

Rock band X Japan have been one of Japan’s hottest commodities since their formation in 1982, and now their leader / drummer Yoshiki has received an honor that’s been bestowed upon many of the world’s most famous celebrities.

The Madam Tussauds Hong Kong wax museum recently unveiled a wax figure of Yoshiki, and the rock star was on hand to give it the once over. Apparently giving it the seal of approval, Yoshiki glanced at the figure and said, “Am I looking in a mirror?” Although it is quite life-like, Yoshiki did think it was missing one thing, and added a little extra guy-liner to the figure.

Read the rest of the story: X Japan’s Yoshiki Becomes a Madame Tussauds Wax Figure.

X Japan Cancels Beijing Concert

Rock band X Japan has canceled their Beijing concert, which was scheduled to be held on November 2nd. This would have been the group’s first concert in that city.

Although X Japan successfully obtained approval for the concert from China’s government, the band’s agency said that they made the decision to cancel the show based on the judgment of the local promotional company. It appears that there were some problems with the technology and the production work necessary for the concert.

X Japan is set to embark on their Asia tour from October 28th to November 8th. Besides Beijing, the band currently plans to proceed with their other scheduled concerts in Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Bangkok.

Taiji Sawada, Japanese rocker dies in Saipan

A Japanese rock musician who tried to hang himself after being arrested for unruly behaviour on a flight to the Mariana Islands has died in hospital, reports said Monday.

Rocker Taiji Sawada, who was best known as the former bass player with heavy metal group "X", died on Sunday when medics at Saipan’s Commonwealth Health Centre turned off his life support, the Saipan Tribune reported.

The Marianas Variety newspaper reported that Sawada, 45, had been in intensive care since July 14 after he tried to hang himself with a bedsheet in a jail in the US-administered Pacific territory.

Read the rest of the story: Japanese rocker dies in Saipan.


X Japan’s Yoshiki making Anime Central appearance

The Anime Central convention revealed on Sunday that X Japan leader Yoshiki is attending this year as a guest. The announcement is not clear about whether he will perform as a musical guest or be there for other reasons, though it does mention that he will be showing a “special video for his fans” at his scheduled panel.

At last year’s New York Anime Festival/New York Comic Con, Yoshiki and American comic creator Stan Lee revealed that they are collaborating on a “music superhero comic book” based on Yoshiki. Based on Anime Central’s announcement, it appears that Yoshiki’s planned video is related to the comic book project.

Anime Central is being held in Rosemont, Illinois, on May 20-22.

X Japan World Tour – London, Paris, then Berlin

X Japan leader Yoshiki has partially announced the schedule for the band’s upcoming world tour. So far, three concerts in Europe have been revealed, plus two dates in Japan as part of this year’s Summer Sonic music festival.

This will be X Japan’s first time touring in Europe. They will start with the O2 Academy Islington in London on June 28, then Zenith de Paris on July 1, then Huxleys Neue Welt in Berlin on July 4.

X Japan will return to Japan for Summer Sonic on August 13 (Osaka) and August 14 (Chiba).

Yoshiki mentioned on his Twitter account that there are other tour dates to be announced, but his management asked him not to announce any more for now.

X Japan was scheduled to release their U.S. single “JADE” on March 15, but the Tohoku earthquake in Japan on March 11 led them to postpone the single. They plan to announce a new release date soon. It is also being reported that the song will be the opening track on the band’s new album that is expected to be released later this year.

X Japan’s Toshi to hold charity concert tour

X Japan vocalist ToshI will embark on a charity concert tour next month, raising funds for the rebuilding efforts in the earthquake-stricken Tohoku region. He will perform 8 concerts in 4 cities, starting in Gifu on April 9 and continuing with Kanazawa, Osaka, and Fukuoka.

Although none of the concerts are in eastern Japan, which is currently suffering from a shortage of electricity, ToshI will still be conserving power by performing with an acoustic orchestra. During the tour, he will unveil his new song “Haru no Negai,” written by Yoshiki and songwriter Shida Masae for the recovery of the disaster-affected areas.

ToshI stated that he is currently unable to include any concerts in eastern Japan due to power and safety concerns, but he hopes to be able to add some in the future, depending on conditions in those areas.

X Japan bassist HEATH and LUNA SEA drummer Shinya will be participating in the tour as well.

In addition to the concert tour, the X Japan members and others will auction off personal items and donate all of the proceeds to the Japanese Red Cross.

X Japan providing the theme song for Osamu Tezuka’s “Buddha”

Rock band X Japan is providing the theme song for an animated film based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga "Buddha." The song, titled "Scarlet Love Song," is a ballad written by band leader Yoshiki. It will begin playing in theaters on December 23 when the movie’s trailer premieres.

"Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku-" is planned to be the first film in a trilogy based on "Buddha." Directed by Kozo Morishita, the movie features a voice cast that includes Sayuri Yoshinaga, Masato Sakai, Junko Takeuchi, and Hidetaka Yoshioka.

"Scarlet Love Song" will reportedly be included on X Japan’s album planned for release next spring. "Tezuka Osamu no Buddha" will open in theaters on May 28, 2011.

X JAPAN Annouces it will release a Full Album in English!

X JAPAN will release their first original full album in the last 14 years in English.

Of course this is also the first time for them to release an album with 6 members.

Recording started in the US in March. They seem to be working 24/7 to finish the album in time.

This album will include new and old songs.

Details are to be released, but it is said that it will include “Kurenai” as well as “I.V.” and “Without you”.

New songs will be played at Lollapalooza, which they have been officially invited to attend in August. Fans who are going to Lollapalooza must check out this album!

Read more of the story: X JAPAN to Release Full Album and Details of 13th Memorial Service

X Japan says, “Show me the money!”

X Japan leader Yoshiki has filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against the music production company Nexstar Corporation, seeking approximately 375 million yen in damages. However, that figure could grow by another 600 million yen.

According to the lawsuit, after X Japan reunited, they entered a contract with Nexstar Corporation in January 2008, which included the use of some recordings. That initial deal was for the sum of 600 million yen in advance royalties and contract money, which has so far been entirely unpaid.

Between 2008 and 2009, the company also sponsored ten of the band’s concerts in Japan and other parts of Asia. About 320 million yen in performance fees and merchandise sales from those concerts is due to the band as well. In all, the total unpaid amount is more than 900 million yen.

Yoshiki’s side points out that the ticket and merchandise sales have earned more than 2.5 billion yen in revenue for Nexstar, making it unreasonable that the company still has not paid any of it. Although attempts were initially made to resolve the dispute between the two parties, a lack of progress led Yoshiki to take the matter to court.

The lawsuit is currently seeking only 375 million yen for the revenue earned from the concerts, but should the case go to trial, Yoshiki’s side plans to file an additional claim for the 600 million yen in the initial contract.

When reached for comment, Nexstar stated that they have not yet received the lawsuit. The company reportedly acknowledged that there is some unpaid money due to the band, but they said that the amount is different from Yoshiki’s claim.