LEGENDARY X-JAPAN STAR YOSHIKI EXPANDS HIS FIRST EVER
CLASSICAL WORLD TOUR ADDING DATES IN TAIPEI, TOKYO AND OSAKA
YOSHIKI CLASSICAL World Tour To Kick Off April 25th in United States
TOKYO, JAPAN (APRIL 3, 2014) – International rock icon Yoshiki announced today that he will add three new concert dates across Asia to his highly anticipated YOSHIKI CLASSICAL TOUR. X-Japan’s founder and leader will bring his first ever classical concert tour to Taipei, Taiwan (June 13th), Tokyo, Japan (June 16th) and Osaka, Japan (June 17th). The newly added concert dates follow Yoshiki’s recently announced Bangkok, Thailand date on June 10th.
Yoshiki, a classically trained pianist known best as leader of the globally renowned rock band X-Japan, will perform original, classical songs from his recent solo release YOSHIKI CLASSICAL, which debuted at the top of the charts worldwide.YOSHIKI CLASSICAL debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries (along with 4 Top 10 debuts), and has been spotlighted by Billboard Magazine, MTV, Reuters, and AOL, among others.
Yoshiki will embark on the YOSHIKI CLASSICAL TOUR beginning April 25th in southern California at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts before setting off across North America, Europe and Asia, culminating in Yoshiki’s native Japan.
Tickets for the YOSHIKI CLASSICAL TOUR are on sale now via Yoshiki.net. A full listing of all concert dates is below:
TOUR DATES & LOCATIONS (Feel free to publish on your site; Tickets are and more information can be found at www.yoshiki.net)
||Costa Mesa, CA||Segerstrom Center for the Arts|
||San Francisco, CA||Davies Hall|
||Mexico City, Mexico||Auditorium Blackberry|
||Moscow, Russia||Crocus City Hall|
|May 26th||Paris, France||Trianon|
|May 28th||London, England||Royal Festival Hall|
||Shanghai, China||Oriental Arts|
||Beijing, China||Beijing Exhibition Center|
|June 10th *||Bangkok, Thailand||Royal Jubilee Ballroom|
|June 13th*||Taipei, Taiwan||NK 101|
|June 16th*||Tokyo, Japan||Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre|
|June 17th*||Osaka, Japan||The Symphony Hall|
* denotes newly added date
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.