Japanese musician Yoshiki performed two back-to-back sold-out shows at New York’s famous classical venue, Carnegie Hall, on Jan 12 and 13. The drummer, pianist, composer, and leader of X Japan played a selection of his band’s popular songs, his original classical compositions from the album "Yoshiki Classical," and works from renowned composers Beethoven and Tchaikovsky with special guests Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following four shows in Japan and a rescheduled event in Hong Kong, the final performance of Yoshiki Classical Special World Tour 2016-2017 was broadcast live on Jan 13 across the world in sold-out screenings in Hong Kong and Taiwan and in Japan on WOWOW. Yoshiki introduced each song to the audience, connecting his personal history with the compositions, including video tributes to deceased X Japan members Hide and Taiji.
Yoshiki also included a surprise performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” after a heartfelt speech about his personal pursuit of the American Dream. “There is a thing called ‘The American Dream’. I came here to pursue that dream a long time ago. It hasn’t been easy but I kept trying and will keep on trying… I hope America will continue to give all of us the chance to pursue that Dream, regardless if you’re Asian, Hispanic, black or white. I really respect this country and always will.”
The final song of the night, “Endless Rain,” found the music hall bathed in light from a mirror ball above the stage, and the audience joined together to fill Carnegie Hall with their voices. At the climax of the show, Yoshiki received flowers from fans during an extended standing ovation as they screamed a final “We Are X!” together.
Yoshiki’s upcoming projects include the release of X Japan’s new single, “La Venus” (currently in contention for an Oscar for Best Original Song from the documentary film "We Are X"), X Japan’s new album, and the band’s concert performance at SSE Wembley Arena on March 4 (postponed from last year due to the illness of band guitarists Pata).© Japan Today