On September 25, X Japan will start a seven-city North American trek beginning at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The band will be making stops to Oakland, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, and New York City.
“We feel like a new band now, like we are going back to the beginning,” said X Japan’s leader/drummer/pianist/composer Yoshiki about the upcoming U.S. concerts, “and it’s very, very exciting. We are looking forward to playing smaller venues here in the U.S., something we haven’t been able to do in Japan since the very early days.”
As Yoshiki told one reporter, “You don’t see good rock shows anymore. Rock doesn’t have enough drama now, rap, R&B, and dance music have taken care of that. We want to be part of bringing the drama back to rock.”
“While we are confident about coming to America,” Yoshiki added, “I don’t know if we are going to end up being successful or not. But what I do know is that music breaks down barriers, and it doesn’t matter what country the music comes from. Good music is universal.”
X Japan’s North American concert tour debut dates:
Sep. 25 – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 28 – Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
Oct. 01 – Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
Oct. 03 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC Canada
Oct. 06 – Riviera, Chicago, IL
Oct. 07 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct. 10 – Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY
Tickets are on sale now and can purchased through Ticketmaster.com (and Etix.com for the Chicago date).