With sales of more than 30-million records and DVDs, a record 18 sell-outs at Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a North American concert debut last summer at the Lollapalooza festival, and a sold out New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom, X Japan announces its long-waited tour of Southeast Asia. Latin America and South East Asia dates will follow X Japan’s first-ever concerts in London, Paris, the Netherlands, Berlin and Latin America.
The tour begins October 28 in Korea (Seoul at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium) with stops in China (Shanghai at the Shanghai Grand Stage; Beijing at the Beijing Workers Stadium), Hong Kong (Asia World Arena), Taiwan (Taipei at the Nangang Exhibition Hall) and ending in Thailand (Bangkok at Impact Arena) on November 8. Log onto http://www.xjapanmusic.com for ticket information.
The members of X Japan have been writing and recording what will be their first album to be released outside of Japan with English lyrics. According to Yoshiki, about half of the album will feature some of the band’s most popular songs from throughout their career, with nearly all of the lyrics re-recorded in English, and the other half, brand new songs written specially for this album. “Jade”, the album’s first single, was released in Southeast Asia on July 13 and was a Top Ten iTunes track in Japan, Spain, Sweden, Germany, France, and Finland. “Jade” and will be on the 2011 international set lists as well.
X Japan’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
9 Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
11 Venue, Sao Paulo, Brasil
14 El Teatro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
16 Scencia, Lima, Peru
18 Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
28 Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul, Korea
30 Shanghai Grand Stage, Shanghai, China
2 Beijing Workers Stadium, Beijing, China
4 Asia World Arena, Hong Kong, China
6 Nangang Exhibition Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
8 Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand