International Rock Star Offers Fans Chance to Win Exclusive Experience
LOS ANGELES, CA – Yoshiki, composer, pianist, drummer and bandleader of one of the biggest global bands, X Japan, has partnered with The Recording Academy’s MusiCares to donate an exclusive dinner for a lucky fan. Beginning November 20th 12pm EST Yoshiki Foundation America will auction the experience via Charitybuzz in an effort to raise funds for MusiCares. The lucky fan will win a 90-minute dinner with Yoshiki here in the U.S. in Los Angeles or Tokyo, Japan. To win, fans can visit https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/600709?preview=1 where all donations will directly benefit MusiCares. The auction will be accepting bids until December 10th 3:30pm EST.
Yoshiki is known to champion philanthropic efforts that support various causes from earthquake relief to music education via Yoshiki Foundation America. In 2012, Yoshiki offered the opportunity to dine with him for auction at the Points of Light Tribute Awards, “Changing Lives Through Service.” The final bid, reaching $37,000 supports the Points of Light charity, a nonprofit inspired by former President George H.W. Bush. He also donated the chance for a fan to sing an X Japan song accompanied by himself on piano at the 20th Anniversary celebration charity dinner for Make-A-Wish Foundation Japan. The bidding for this experience closed at $30,050.
Yoshiki has been making headlines in the U.S. with his legendary band X Japan, which recently performed their first stateside concert in four years at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Principle photography for the upcoming documentary about the band, produced by John Battsek (Oscar-winner Searching for Sugar Man) began at the Madison Square Garden concert. The documentary will chronical X Japan’s tumultuous history, which involves several breakups, the deaths of two of its members and how they ultimately overcame these obstacles to sell 30 million albums and singles to date becoming one of Asia’s most legendary rock bands. Stephen Kijak (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Rolling Stones Documentary “Stones In Exile”) will direct.
This month at Comikaze in Los Angeles, legendary Marvel Comic creator Stan Lee announced details for the release of the digital comic series, Blood Red Dragon, whose hero is based on Yoshiki. In addition, Yoshiki recently debuted the Hello Kitty theme song at Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles and will also perform at Sanrio Puro Land in Tokyo on November 24th. The song will be released at a later date in multiple languages.
Yoshiki Foundation America 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation
Yoshiki put his own favorite “crystal” piano up for auction in 2011, to help provide aid for the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami. Yoshiki’s charitable work includes donating pianos to schools in the area affected by the Kobe Earthquake, donating musical instruments and helping build music rooms for children affected by the Sichuan earthquake in China, and many more. Since its establishment in 2010, Yoshiki Foundation America has donated over $300,000 to the following charities: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Japan Red Cross, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. To learn more about MusiCares visit http://www.grammy.org/musicares
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 Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. The band’s popularity is spreading throughout the world, having completed a sold-out World Tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia, with their most recent performance being at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
In 1999, Yoshiki composed a piano concerto and performed it 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 for 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.
In 2010, he launched his non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America, which he continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims. In 2012, Yoshiki composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®, which aired in 167 countries. The Golden Globe® Theme was released through iTunes in Jan 2013, available in 111 countries worldwide. In 2014, Yoshiki announced Part 1 of his Yoshiki Classical World Tour, which will take place in 10 different countries (US, Mexico, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan).
Beyond music, Yoshiki has his own Visa Card and MasterCard issued by one of the largest Japanese banks. Yoshiki also collaborated with Stan Lee on a comic series, Blood Red Dragon, and features a Super Hero based on him. Yoshiki most recently wrote and composed the Hello Kitty theme song, Hello Hello, which debuted at Hello Kitty Con in downtown Los Angeles.In addition, the rock star is the first person to ever have a Hello Kitty doll named after them, which was aptly named “Yoshikitty”.