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X Japan Shuts Down London For HMV Signing Event, Takes Top Spot On UK Rock Chart

March 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

On Saturday, March 4, X Japan performed their first major show of 2017 on #XDAY at SSE Arena, Wembley, following the release of their feature film documentary We Are X in theaters across the UK. The We Are X Soundtrack (featuring the theme song “La Venus”) was released worldwide on March 3 on Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, taking the Number 1 spot in 9 countries on iTunes as well as the #1 position on the UK Rock And Metal Chart, Top 30 on the UK Albums Chart, and Number 3 on the UK Soundtrack Chart.

UK Official Charts (link): http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/rock-and-metal-albums-chart/20170310/112/

The award-winning We Are X made its UK premiere to a sold-out audience at Piccadilly’s Picture House in London on February 28 before launching in UK theaters across the country on March 2, adding to the excitement of the band’s upcoming show 2 days later at Wembley Arena. Fulfilling the band’s promise to return to the UK after last year’s concert had been abruptly cancelled by guitarist Pata’s serious illness, the band held a special CD-signing event at HMV in London on March 3, forcing the shut-down of Oxford Street as over 1000 fans gathered to meet the members of X Japan in person.
[Check out HMV’s photo album of the record-breaking event]

X Japan has created a buzz among UK fans and critics alike with last week’s back-to-back concert, film, and soundtrack events, promising more announcements later this year.
“Their show proves eye-poppingly captivating” — METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE
“Perfection” — POWERPLAY MAGAZINE
“Intoxicatingly triumphant” — METAL TALK
“Fervently mesmeric” — RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
“X JAPAN deliver a unique, moving experience.” — MY GLOBAL MIND
“Mesmerising, they hover around a magical musical sweet spot” — MUSIC-NEWS

The We Are X Soundtrack is available now worldwide on Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/WeAreX_iTunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/WeareX_amz
1. La Venus (Acoustic Version)*
2. Kurenai (from The Last Live)
3. Forever Love
4. A Piano String in Es Dur
5. Dahlia
6. Crucify My Love
7. Xclamation
8. Standing Sex (from X Japan Returns)
9. Tears
10. Longing ~Setsubou no Yoru~
11. Art of Life (3rd Movement)
12. Endless Rain (from The Last Live)
13. X (from The Last Live)
14. Without You (Unplugged)*
* New Recording.
Disc 2 – Japan Edition bonus tracks:
1. Rusty Nail (from DAHLIA TOUR FINAL ~Mubou na Yoru~)
2. Forever Love (from The Last Live)

X Japan Rocks Los Angeles! by J!-ENT’s Edwin and Mel Macaraeg (Interviews and articles)

September 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Saturday, September 25, 2010, the dreams of thousands of fans came true on this special evening with one of the most influential rock bands in history, X Japan.  Performing live in Hollywood, California, this legendary band delivered one of the most memorable, dynamic performances ever to be held in Los Angeles’s very own Wiltern Theatre.  A diverse setlist included many favorites from the past as well as more recent works, thus fans were not disappointed despite the many hours many endured, waiting for this “once in a lifetime” performance.

X Japan is a unique band that creates songs, which cater to music lovers of many genres and categories.  The leader of the band, Yoshiki, is a ravisher of the double bass foot pedal on the drums while maintaining grace and elegance on the grand piano.  Through Yoshiki and talents of the other musicians in X Japan, this band has been creating a memorable sound, which will forever enthrall the audience through the dynamism in their musicality and romantic chord progressions.  Other members would include Toshi on vocals, Pata and Sugizo on guitar, and Heath on bass.

Thousands of voices were applauding and chanting in darkness as they eagerly awaited the arrival of X Japan on stage.  The lights slowly began to appear as Yoshiki appeared on the throne of the drumset, as they begin their opening act with the song “Jade”.  The crowd grew ecstatic as they found all members appeared playing on stage.  X Japan then moved to the next song, “Rusty Nail”, which drew the audience closer to ecstasy with one of their most popular hits.

The show moved forward with another popular upbeat song, “Silent Jealousy”, which continued to captivate the audience.  A more progressive side of X Japan was displayed during their performance with “Drain”.  Members of the audience were then treated to an interlude with a surprise violin performance with guitarist Sugizo.  Pianist, Yoshiki, later joined this mesmerizing piece as they gracefully played one of their most beautiful compositions.

The whole band came together again for a performance with one of their most beloved songs, “Kurenai”.  This memorable classic was followed by two later works, “Born To Be Free” and “I.V.”  The show ended with a very explosive performance with “X”.

After what seemed to be the end of the X Japan concert, the members gave the audience a very special encore performance.  Yoshiki allured members of the crowd, as he spoke briefly about the first American X Japan tour.  The band came to the stage once again to perform two very sentimental songs, “Endless Rain”, and “Art of Life”.

X Japan gave Los Angeles one of their most memorable concerts in history.  Performances of both nostalgic and more recent selections developed a very intimate connection between the artists and the audience, as they cheered, applauded, and cried into the night.  With a multinational fan base stretching from Japan to the Americas, this “once in a lifetime” moment will be remembered forever in their hearts.

Concert Setlist:

JADE
RUSTY NAIL
SILENT JEALOUSY
DRAIN
VIOLIN AND PIANO INTERLUDE
KURENAI
BORN TO BE FREE
I.V.
X
ENDLESS RAIN (Encore)
ART OF LIFE (ENCORE)

Photo credits:

© 2010 YSK Entertainment.  All Rights Reserved.
Edwin Macaraeg, Melvin Macaraeg

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