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X JAPAN アメリカツアー中! 

一昨日、スウェーデンの友達と音楽トーク中に、X JAPANの話題に。
凄いなX JAPAN。

今さらだけど、でっかく世界進出おめでとう!
Lollapalooza出演に北米ツアー。もう誰も止められないね



何十年もかけて夢を実現するんだもんな。素晴らしい!
Keep holding on to your dreams!




Yoshikiのインタビューを含んだ記事はこちら(ABC NEWS)↓(続きを読むをクリック)
Japan's Bono: Yoshiki Is Ready
to Take on the U.S.


戦ってるな~。最後の文章、マジで鳥肌物。気合入ります
(記事に関する英語の質問があればこたえられる範囲で、コメント欄でお答えしま~す)
His Band X-Japan Played Lollapalooza Recently

and Will Release an Album in the Fall



He may have a small U.S. fan base but he has been

called the Bono of Japan.

Yoshiki, the drummer and pianist of the rock band

X-Japan, has sold millions of records and regularly

plays to 50,000 to 70,000 people. He has a branded

Visa card, a fragrance line and a race car team.




He's the first human to have a Hello Kitty doll

named after him. And now he wants to conquer

America.

"We wanted to come here [to America] a long

time ago," Yoshiki said. "Because of our influence.

... Kiss, Metallica. Also it's a center of

entertainment, center of pretty much everything."





X-Japan Begins




Yoshiki Hayashi, 44, of Tateyama, Japan, and a

classically trained pianist, discovered U.S. heavy

metal as a kid.




He only listened to Beethoven, Bach and Chopin

until he was 10 and discovered Kiss, he said. "I saw,

like, Gene Simmons, the face with the blood, like

what is that? I want it," he said.

From there, he started listening to Led Zeppelin

and the Beatles.

At the age of 10, Yoshiki and childhood friend

Toshimitsu "Toshi" Deyama started an amateur

school band with Yoshiki on drums and Deyama on

vocals and guitar. By junior high, they had added a

few more members and named the band X. They

added Japan 15 years ago because a band named

X already existed in the United States.




They combined punk fashion with kimonos,

provoking controversy in socially conservative

Japan.

"Our style at the time it was like punk rock, like

Mohawks and spikes, and we just put all the

elements into one style," Yoshiki said.

The style, called visual kei, influenced animation and

comics.

Despite the attention in the 1980s, the band broke

up in the late '90s. Deyama and Yoshiki didn't speak

for eight years. Three years ago, the pair reunited,

and Yoshiki set his sights once again on the United

States.




He has now become the face of the band. He has

composed a concerto for the emperor and made

lots of money.

Yoshiki said it isn't fame he seeks, however. "I want

people to listen to our music so that's my goal," he

said



X-Japan Band Members Reluctant




His bandmates are reluctant to take on America

but Yoshiki is quietly confident.

"You just have to keep challenging," Yoshiki said.

"I mean, if we don't have confidence, we are not

here [in America.] You've got to try to see. We are

pretty confident."




He said he and the band have been encouraged by

the fans in the United States.

This past week, X-Japan played its first big U.S.

show at Lollapalooza in Chicago. The band's new

album -- with English lyrics -- will be released in

the fall followed by a U.S. tour.




"[The new album] is still very heavy," Yoshiki said.

"A combination of heavy rock and some classical."

Yoshiki said he just smiles when critics say that

X-Japan won't succeed in the United States, that

no Asian band has ever broken into the U.S.

mainstream.

"I mean, as I said a long time ago, I proved them

wrong," he said, "so I just have to do that again."(ABC NEWS)

テーマ: HR/HM

ジャンル: 音楽

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