LOS ANGELES, CA (FEBRUARY 20, 2014) – On February 19th, the GRAMMY Museum unveiled their Yoshiki exhibit which puts the influential rock icon’s signature crystal piano, flamboyant wardrobes, and other items on display. The exhibition explores Yoshiki’s fascinating career and follows the museum’s unique collection on Ringo Starr. Yoshiki is the first Asian artist to be honored with an exhibition by The GRAMMY Museum.
Last night – which was hosted by comic book legend Stan Lee and head of music at William Morris Endeavor, Marc Geiger – not only featured an exclusive performance on The GRAMMY Museum’s Target Terrace, but also included Yoshiki’s world tour announcement in support of his acclaimed new album Yoshiki Classical.
The first leg of this highly anticipated and long awaited tour will kick off in the United States and includes performances in:
April 25th Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts
April 28th San Francisco, CA Davies Hall
May 3rd Mexico City, Mexico Auditorium Blackberry
May 10th Toronto, Canada Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 21st Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall
May 23rd Berlin, Germany Tempodrom
May 26th Paris, France Trianon
May 28th London, England Royal Festival Hall
June 6th Beijing, China Beijing Exhibition Center
June 8th Shanghai, China Oriental Arts
Yoshiki Classical debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world (along with 4 Top 10 debuts), and has been spotlighted by Billboard Magazine, MTV, Reuters, and AOL, to name a few. Pianist Magazine raved Yoshiki Classical is a “true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres.”
Yoshiki, one of Asia’s most influential music artists and biggest rock icons, is a songwriter, drummer and classically trained pianist. His rock group X Japan has sold 30 million singles and albums combined and filled the 55,000-seat Toyko Dome a record 18 times. Now the band’s popularity is spreading throughout the world, having recently completed a sold-out World Tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia. In 1999, Yoshiki composed a piano concerto that he performed with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign. In 2005, Yoshiki composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. Previously, Yoshiki also recorded a classical album co-produced and arranged by acclaimed Beatles producer Sir George Martin and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Beyond music, Yoshiki has his own Visa Card and MasterCard issued by one of the largest Japanese banks. Recently, the legendary Stan Lee created a Super Hero based on him, and he was the first person for whom a Hello Kitty product line was named (“Yoshikitty”). In 2010, he launched the non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America (http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org), which continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims. Follow Yoshiki on www.twitter.com/yoshikiofficial, https://www.facebook.com/YoshikiOfficial, and http://www.yoshiki.net
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