3 days!!! #YoshikiWorldTour will kick off!!
—Yoshiki @ Twitter
「Toshl Live CRYSTAL ROCK・NIGHT」に出演致しました。小瀧俊治(ピアノ)、
—Toshiharu Kotaki @ Twitter
On April 12 & 13, we played the piano as support members of the
X JAPAN's vocal Toshl. It was held in Hotel de Mikuni to "Toshl Live
CRYSTAL ROCK · NIGHT". Toshl's solo songs, western & cover songs such
as X JAPAN program was very great in the live carried out over 2 days.
It was two days of excitement parting from the voice of overwhelming
Toshl's recital with Toshi's musical instrument of course,
even while playing together.
I was able to see the figure that has been excitement of every fan's
smile, you feel a great power of music again.
—Toshiharu Kotaki @ ameba (Google translation)
Yoshiki may not be a household name in the United States, but he’s a superstar in his native Japan.
The drummer and pianist, who founded the glam-rock/metal band X Japan, has sold 30 million records worldwide, and has sold out the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. He’s one of the creators of the popular “visual kei” rock and fashion movement.
Yoshiki composed the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, and wrote and performed the theme song for Expo 2005, the world’s fair held for 185 days in Nagoya, Japan. He played an original composition for the Japanese emperor’s 10th anniversary, and even served as the inspiration for a Hello Kitty character and a Marvel Comics hero – Blood Red Dragon.
X JAPAN interview, September 1989 (English subs)
I feel greatly honored to write the theme song for SAINT SEIYA.
I truly believe I have created a touching song with a beautiful melody using a hero as the motif. I very happily accepted this offer since I of course knew SAINT SEIYA and I am a great fan of anime. I saw the manga a long time ago.
Before writing the song I had the chance to see the new movie, which feels like it was created at a magnificent scale.
I actually faced a big struggle with matching my music with the movie. The result is a sort of ballad, rather than a loud piece. I think the song suits the magnificent scale sensitivity of SAINT SEIYA. I will play this song during the upcoming Yoshiki Classical World Tour at 13 venues in 10 countries.
Yoshiki about “Hero” [ via Music Japan Plus ]
X JAPAN’s Yoshiki Performs Saint Seiya CG Film’s Theme
Yoshiki, the 48-year-old leader of the rock band X Japan, is contributing the theme song for this June’s CG film Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary. The song will be heard in every country that is releasing this first Saint Seiya film in a decade. Yoshiki wrote this new song “Hero (Yoshiki Classical Version)” specifically for this film. Katie Fitzgerald, the female vocalist of the Violet UK unit that Yoshiki leads, is singing the ballad while Yoshiki himself performs the piano work. A self-professed anime fan, Yoshiki watched the film before producing the song and remarked on its sense of amazing, grand scale. He wondered what kind of song would match the film before deciding to write this ballad. He added that the song carries the hero’s motif with a very beauitful melody that strikes the heart with much impact.
Yoshiki will unveil this song during “#Yoshiki Classical World Tour part 1,” his 10-country, 13-city tour which will begin on April 25 at Costa Mesa, California. [ x ]