Jan 02 2017

Yoshiki makes Hong Kong history with complimentary concert


For the First Time Ever in the History of Hong Kong’s Concert Business, YOSHIKI Plays a Complimentary Concert in Lieu of Cancellation

“YOSHIKI Classical Special with Orchestra – HONG KONG”, originally scheduled to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena on Thursday, December 29th, was cancelled due to an oversight by Puffin Entertainment, one of Hong Kong’s major local promoters, in applying for the entertainment license necessary to perform the show. Immediately following the cancellation announcement, Yoshiki himself negotiated with the venue and held a press conference shortly after.

Since the entertainment license for paid concerts takes weeks to complete, Yoshiki proposed that the concert would take place the next day (December 30th) free of charge, and that all 5,000 tickets purchased will be refunded as compensation not only to the people who came to the show from Hong Kong but also to those who traveled internationally to see the performance. Yoshiki also expressed his sympathy towards the promoter by saying it wasn’t an intentional mistake and that he really appreciated the promoter’s hard work. The ticket price for the concert ranged from HK $580-1280 (appx. $75-165 USD).


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Dec 29 2016

Yoshiki Classical Special in Hong Kong Cancelled, Free Concert Announced


The Yoshiki Classical Special feat. Orchestra in Hong Kong, scheduled to take place the evening of Thursday, December 29th at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, was cancelled two hours before the show.

The cancellation was due to an oversight by the promoter in applying for the Entertainment License necessary to perform the show. The announcement was made at the venue’s discretion during the concert rehearsal that was being watched by fans who had purchased the VIP package.

While the local promoter profusely apologized to Yoshiki for her mistake, Yoshiki took into account the scope of the situation and negotiated directly with the venue himself. A press conference immediately followed to announce that ticket purchases would be refunded, and that Yoshiki will conduct a free concert as a private event for not only his fans in Hong Kong, but for those who travelled from mainland China, Europe, and Japan.


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Dec 20 2016

URBANGARDE celebrates the Angels and Demons of Christmas at one-man holiday concert


Japanese alternative rock band URBANGARDE played equal hosts to the angels and demons in their audience at their special one-man holiday live show on December 17. In the 2-hour long performance, singer Yoko Hamasaski donned a sexy red outfit with devil horns, toted a menacing machine gun in white robes, and danced along next to fellow vocalist Temma Matsunaga’s animated coffin as the band played their recent singles including “Akumade Akuma“, “Femme Fata Fantasy“, and “Tokai no Alice“.

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Dec 17 2016

URBANGARDE finds rooftop religion in Akumade Akuma music video


The devil always wins in URBANGARDE’s view of a sick society, and the “trauma techno-pop” Japanese band gives fans a ringside seat to the battle of desire vs. purity in their new music video for the upcoming single “Akumade Akuma”.

Shot on a rainy Tokyo rooftop, singer Yoko Hamasaki returns to the twisted religious imagery of URBANGARDE’s 2010 album Kizu Darake No Maria to act out her conflicting inner selves, finally resolving once and for all band leader Temma Matsunaga’s statement that “We’re all devils to the very end.”

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Dec 17 2016

Fuki Commune [Fuki Fes. Vol.2] – Live Report


Fuki Commune
Shinjuku ReNY, November 13, 2016

Vocalist Fuki (Light Bringer, Unlucky Morpheus, DOLL$BOXX) performed her 2nd concert in support of her solo project, Fuki Commune, at ReNY on November 13th. This 2nd live was scheduled due to the success of the 1st live held in July which was a sell out. The show kicked off with the high speed rocker “I’ll Never Let You Down!”. This choice for the opening song was definitely appropriate because for the next 2+ hours of the live, Fuki and her band delivered an amazing, loud, high energy performance that captivated the audience.

Fuki followed up the opener with a few more songs from her Welcome! album including the single “Welcome To The Shining Night!”. Then the first special guest of the night made an appearance.

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Dec 15 2016

X Japan to perform La Venus on NHK SONGS


Following the announcement of X Japan’s upcoming appearance at the prestigious NHK New Year’s Eve live music event, the 67th “Kouhaku Uta Gassen”, the band is scheduled to broadcast the world premiere performance of their new song “La Venus” from the documentary film We Are X. The performance will be part of a special edition of NHK SONGS airing on December 17, which will also feature an interview with band leader Yoshiki.

X Japan performed a partial piano-and-vocal-only version of “La Venus” in October at the Visual Japan Summit, which brought in 10,000 fans over 3 days to the festival headlined by X Japan, GLAY, and Luna Sea. NHK SONGS will present the world premiere performance of the complete track featuring the entire band. Yoshiki commented that even he couldn’t remember the last time the band had performed an in-studio live concert.

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Dec 14 2016

Yoshiki Classical Special at Osaka Castle Hall

Image gallery from Yoshiki Classical Special with Orchestra at Osaka Castle Hall Dec. 5, 2016​

Yoshiki Classical Special World Tour Info (includes ticket links and VIP packages): http://www.yoshiki.net/classical.html



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Dec 13 2016

Yoshiki Classical Special at Tokyo International Forum

Image gallery from Yoshiki Classical Special with Orchestra at Tokyo International Forum Dec. 6 – 8, 2016​

Yoshiki Classical Special World Tour Info (includes ticket links and VIP packages): http://www.yoshiki.net/classical.html



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