Later this April Yoshiki will embark on his Yoshiki Classical World Tour. For many Yoshiki needs no more introduction than the following: X-Japan. He is the leader and drummer for the Japanese rock megagroup. He has become much more than just a metal musician over the years and his fingerprints can be seen on many other industries including comic books, headphones, and even Hello Kitty (the aptly named Yoshikitty).
As the name might suggest it is a tour orchestral in nature. Yoshiki’s album “Yoshiki Classical” was released last summer and quickly shot up the charts around the world. It includes covers of X Japan songs as well as others. As for the actual contents of the tour it’s anyone’s guess; the mini-concert in February had a few things we’ve heard in this format and others we haven’t. Consider the album a preview of what you might here. What we do know is that it’ll be Yoshiki on piano with a string quartet accompaniment.
He has labeled it “part one” which hints at more shows to come. If none are near enough to you right now there’s still hope.
The tour kicks off in Costa Mesa, California on April 25th and stops by my neck of the woods on the 28th. It later heads to Mexico, Europe, and finally Asia.
Tickets, at least for San Francisco, range between $30 for the highest seats and $100 for the closest. Not too shabby.
Check out yoshiki.net for more info.
Here’s a rundown of the dates:
April 25 (F), USA - Costa Mesa - Segerstrom Center of the Arts
April 28 (M), USA - San Francisco - Davies Symphony Hall
May 3 (Sa), MX - Mexico City - Blackberry Auditorium
May 10 (Sa), CA - Toronto - Queen Elizabeth Theater (CANCELLED)
May 21 (W), RU - Moscow - Crocus City Hall
May 23 (F), DE - Berlin - Tempodrom
May 26 (M), FR - Paris - Le Trianon
May 29 (Th), UK - London - Royal Festival Hall
June 6 (F), CH - Beijing - Beijing Exhibition Center
June 8 (Su), CH - Shanghai - Oriental Arts
June 10 (Tu), TH - Bangkok - Royal Jubilee Hall
June 13 (F), CH - Taipei - NK101 Taipei
June 16 (M), JP - Tokyo - Metropolitan Theater
June 17 (Tu), JP - Osaka - The Symphony Hall