Pata: *in English* Hi, I’m Pata.
Heath: *in Japanese* Nice to meet you. I’m Heath.
Q: X Japan last played in NY in 2010 as part of the world tour in 2011. In this October, X Japan will be playing in Madison Square Garden in New York City and later Yokohama Arena in December. Will there be another world tour in the next year or sometime in the foreseeable future?
Yoshiki: Actually, we’re playing at the Yokohama Arena September 30th, not December 1st, almost 10 days before Madison Square Garden. Yes, we’re actually going to be announcing some kind of shows in Madison Square Garden, but right now, we’re concentrating on Madison Square Garden. Right now it’s MSG, MSG, MSG. *laughs* But it’s a possibility.
Q: Are these shows to promote your album or are these just great opportunities for X Japan?
Yoshiki: Well, we haven’t released an album in a long time, but we just released a ‘Best of’ a few months ago. Our history is about 22 years ago. We had a press conference at Madison Square Garden-not Madison Square Garden-in New York, at Rockefeller Center. We signed with Atlantic Record and it was a big deal. We were suppose to release an album that, but other things happen. Than 22 years later, we can come to New York and play shows like now. I can’t really tell you why we’re doing this at Madison Square Garden, but you’re going to know soon. There is something going on. Soon. *smiles*
[Aug 30, 2014] Yokohama summer festival, Bayhall
PATA with Kyoji Yamamoto, Yuzo Sato & Kazunori Yoshida
X Japan / Otakon 2014
(See more concert photos with commentary here.)
This hasn’t come up on my blog before, so let me say now that X Japan is my favorite band of all time.
I was super stoked to hear that they’ll be playing in the Madison Square Garden in NYC this year (on my birthday! Best birthday present!). This will finally be that MSG concert I was waiting for, which was cancelled (postponed indefinitely) 6 years ago, and I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to see the band play live.
But on top of that, as Otakon 2014 drew near, they announced Yoshiki would be playing a concert from his classical tour at the con this year. Otakon held a drawing for concert passes as well as the even more exclusive photo op (in place of autographs, to save Yoshiki’s wrist).
I totally lucked out! I’m in the X shirt next to Heath in the group shot. As we were leaving, I said, “I’ll see you in October! (The concert’s on my birthday!)” and Yoshiki replied with, “Really? Happy birthday!” and shook my hand. Pretty awesome shaking hands with Asia’s biggest rock icon!
I’m so happy!