¹S YOSHIKI TO AUCTION OFF HIS ³CRYSTAL² PIANO TO AID JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE/TSUMANI VICTIMS
LOS ANGELES, CA March 15, 2011 Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese rock band X Japan
, will put his favorite ³crystal² piano on the auction block, donating all proceeds to help provide aid to the victims of Japan¹s earthquake and tsunami.
The custom-made, plexi-glass ³Yoshiki Signature Piano by Kawai² with Yoshiki¹s name engraved on it, was used when the band played their legendary shows at the Tokyo Dome.
The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan
¹s first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. ³It took awhile to locate my mother, but she is, thankfully, OK,² said Yoshiki, ³and I¹ve spoken with [band members] Toshi, Pata, Sugizo and heath
, and they
are all safe as well. I am praying for the people here who are still trying to locate their family and friends.²X Japan
has decided to postpone the release of their first U.S. single, ³Jade,² that had been scheduled to be released today, so that they may focus their time and energies on helping with the recovery.
In addition to raising money by auctioning his ³crystal ³piano, Yoshiki will collect donations for the Japanese disaster relief through the Yoshiki Foundation America, his California non-profit, public benefit corporation with tax-exempt status as a section 501(c) (www.yoshikifoundation.org
). The Yoshiki Foundation has already donated to American organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Grammy Foundation, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.