Ellie Goulding and St. Vincent, GRAMMY Award Winning artists, Join Japanese Icon YOSHIKI on His World Tour at the Historic London Venue
Yoshiki Classical World Tour performances will be held
at Dolby Theater (L.A.) on October 20 and
Carnegie Hall (New York) on October 28
YOSHIKI, famed composer, pianist, drummer, and leader of rock bands X Japan and The Last Rockstars, delivered an epic performance at Royal Albert Hall on October 13th.
After overwhelming responses by audiences at Tokyo Garden Theater and Royal Albert Hall (London), Yoshiki Classical World Tour with Orchestra 2023 performances will be held at Dolby Theater (L.A.) on October 20, and Carnegie Hall (New York) on October 28. This tour is the first time a Japanese artist has headlined all these historic venues.
Last month, YOSHIKI became the first Japanese artist to be honored with a handprint and footprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood since the tradition began in 1927.
The international superstar was joined on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and GRAMMY award winning artists Ellie Goulding and St. Vincent.
Goulding joined YOSHIKI to perform his orchestral arrangement of her hit song “Love Me Like You Do”. On stage, Ellie explained that “this song resonated with people, and when I perform it live it always feels like it brings people together.” In celebrating her collaboration with YOSHIKI, she said “I would love to do a whole show with you.”
St. Vincent delivered an emotional performance of her seminal song “New York”, also with orchestral arrangement by YOSHIKI. The concert reunited the superstars after they were featured in the documentary YOSHIKI: Under the Sky. On stage, St.Vincent said of YOSHIKI, “I was really surprised that just one person could have so many talents. He was unbelievable. He is a wonderful artist and composer.”
YOSHIKI also performed his historic concerto “Anniversary”, originally composed for the 10th anniversary of the Japanese Emperor’s enthronement. Another highlight was the moving ballet performance.
YOSHIKI also performed a unique and physically-demanding drum solo that shocked the audience, leaving them on the edge of their seats as YOSHIKI then dramatically switched from drums to piano. He closed the concert with his signature song “Endless Rain”, during which the entire audience tearfully sang along.
Due to high demand, YOSHIKI’s performance at Royal Albert Hall was live streamed globally by premiere platforms On Air and WOWOW. The stream is available to experience this historic event.
On Air (Global outside of Japan): http://onair.events/yoshiki-classical-world-tour-2023
WOWOW (Japan only): https://www.wowow.co.jp/detail/193930
“REQUIEM” Tour – Teaser
YOSHIKI Classical “Requiem” Setlist
- Forever Love
- Kiss the Sky
- Tchaikovsky – Serenade For Strings (Drum solo)
- Górecki – Symfonia Pieśni żałosnych (Drum solo)
- Say Anything
- Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake
- New York (featuring St. Vincent)
- Love Me Like You Do (featuring Ellie Goulding)
7. Red Swan
- Without You
- Mendelssohn – Opus 13 in A-minor
- Art of Life
- Endless Rain
Yoshiki Classical 10th Anniversary World Tour with Orchestra 2023 “REQUIEM”
Tokyo Garden Theater – October 7-9
Royal Albert Hall (London) – October 13
Dolby Theatre (Los Angeles) – October 20
Carnegie Hall (New York) – October 28
YOSHIKI is a composer, classically trained pianist, rock drummer, and leader of the rock groups X Japan and The Last Rockstars, YOSHIKI was named “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” by Consequence and is described by Billboard Magazine as “a musical innovator”. He is the first Japanese artist to be honored with a handprint and footprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood since the tradition began in 1927.
YOSHIKI has sold over 30 million albums and singles and has sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times with his band X Japan. He has performed on the world’s greatest stages including Madison Square Garden, Wembley Arena, Coachella Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He has also composed Hollywood film soundtracks, a concerto for the Emperor of Japan, and the official theme song for the Golden Globe Awards. Recently, YOSHIKI assembled the new supergroup The Last Rockstars.
His first feature documentary film as director, YOSHIKI: Under the Sky, premiered in the US, UK, and Japan in September. YOSHIKI will perform his Yoshiki Classical 10th Anniversary World Tour with Orchestra 2023 “REQUIEM” in October, headlining shows at Tokyo Garden Theater (Tokyo – Oct. 7-9), Royal Albert Hall (London – Oct. 13), Dolby Theatre (Los Angeles – Oct. 20), and Carnegie Hall (New York – Oct. 28). This tour marks the first time a Japanese artist has headlined these four historic venues.
Official website: https://www.yoshiki.net/
To date Ellie has celebrated 10 platinum singles, three #1 albums, two BRIT Awards, a GRAMMY Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. She has sold over 27 million albums and 218 million singles, amassing 43 billion streams worldwide. Ellie is also one of the most streamed female artists on Spotify with over 8 billion streams. With over 50 million followers combined on her social platforms, she also earned YouTube’s Diamond Award with 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and over 6.8 billion views globally.
Alongside her incredible music career, Ellie is a long-standing activist and philanthropist who uses her platform to engage young people with global issues. In 2017, Goulding was awarded the UN’s New Voices Award, and in recognition of her wider activism became a goodwill ambassador for UN Environment. Earlier this year, Goulding also became a TIME100 Impact Award winner and shortly after, announced her ambassadorship with the WWF.
Annie Clark (better known as St. Vincent) has been hailed as one of the most innovative and fascinating multidisciplinary artists working today. Her 2014 self-titled sophomore album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album, and in 2017, working with co-producer Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent created a defining statement with Masseduction. The album broke into the U.S. and U.K top 10s and landed atop Best of 2017 lists in The New York Times, The Guardian, AV Club, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, NME, USA Today, and more. In 2020, she co-wrote and starred in the IFC feature film The Nowhere Inn.
Her 2021 album Daddy’s Home channeled the hungover glamor and gritty sepia-toned sound of 1970s downtown NYC to an ecstatic reception, winning St. Vincent another Grammy award for Best Alternative Album.
St. Vincent Photo Credit: Zackery Michael
ROYAL ALBERT HALL
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Throughout its 152-year history, it has welcomed a who’s who of world-renowned figures: artists, athletes and activists. No other place on earth has played host to Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Muhammad Ali; Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles and Adele. This was the Suffragettes’ “temple of liberty” – the site of Votes for Women rallies that helped change the course of British history – the home of the Stonewall concerts, and a place of celebration during Nelson Mandela’s state visit. But its eccentric history has also seen it used for a séance, an indoor marathon and the world’s first bodybuilding contest (judged by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).
In an ordinary year, the Hall’s extraordinary auditorium presents around 400 world-class events: encompassing rock, pop and classical music, theatre, dance, films, Cirque du Soleil and sport. It typically welcomes 1.8 million visitors a year, while its 1,000 events in secondary spaces help to attract a young, diverse audience. Its Engagement programme includes music therapy, concerts in the community, and workshops with A-list artists, often in collaboration with other charities, such as Nordoff Robbins and Music for Youth.