On September 9, 2017, YOSHIKI made a special guest appearance during the opening ceremonies of VOGUE FASHION’S NIGHT OUT 2017, sponsored by Condé Nast Japan. The surprise performance was kept secret until 1 hour before the event, when YOSHIKI made the announcement on his official Instagram.
As soon as the information was released, the high-fashion Omotesando Hills shopping center immediately filled with over 3400 people who wanted to get a glimpse of YOSHIKI’s performance. Upon his arrival on stage, the excited crowd erupted with cheers and camera flashes.
Playing a crystal piano, YOSHIKI entranced the audience with “Forever Love” and “ENDLESS RAIN”, two of X JAPAN’s most famous songs. As he reached the climax of “ENDLESS RAIN”, the crowd joined with the chorus, transforming Omotesando Hills into a YOSHIKI concert hall.
YOSHIKI’s photo shoot for the October issue of VOGUE JAPAN — the first time that a Japanese male has ever graced the cover — took place only 3 weeks after his surgery in May for cervical artificial disc replacement. He had been rehabilitating in Los Angeles, yet swiftly flew to New York for the shoot. During his interview after the performance, YOSHIKI spoke about his experiences receiving the cover model offer. “It was truly a high honor, and a very worthwhile challenge for me. But it came only 3 weeks after my surgery, so it felt like heaven and hell were both happening to me at the same time!”
VOGUE JAPAN Editor-In-Chief Mitsuko Watanabe spoke about the sensation sparked across the globe by YOSHIKI’s appearance on the cover, which has been “causing a lot of buzz in fashion industries around the world.”
YOSHIKI has added yet another achievement to his outstanding music career with his performance at the opening ceremonies in one of the world’s largest shopping events, VOGUE FASHION’S NIGHT OUT. YOSHIKI recently concluded his sold-out dinner show tour in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, and has just been announced as a special guest on “MUSIC STATION ULTRA FES 2017” (to be aired on September 18) before he begins his We Are X film promotion tour in Europe early next month.
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