X Japan Details North American Tour, New Album
posted on by Jacob Browning
In a press conference on Thursday, Japanese visual-kei rock band X Japan announced their first North American tour and a new album. The tour will begin on October 1 in California and travel to more than 10 cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Boston.
Also in the fall, X Japan's new album will ship on the same day in the United States and Japan. The album will have about 10 songs, including the new song "Jade," which will be the first American single. The album will also have "ART OF LIFE" and the English versions of the songs "Tears," "Rusty Nail," and "Kurenai."
X Japan will perform in the United States prior to their North American Tour. The band members already appeared at the Yoshiki Foundation launch party with comic creator Stan Lee in Los Angeles on July 1. During the benefit, X Japan performed an acoustic version of "I.V." and then recorded a music video with audience participation. The event also included a fashion show and a masquerade contest. (Winners of the contest got to meet X Japan leader Yoshiki Hayashi in person and appear in the music video.)
X Japan has created music for anime works such as the X² music video collection and the X film. The surviving band members Toshimitsu "Toshi" Deyama, Yoshiki, Tomoaki "Pata" Ishizuka, and Hiroshi "Heath" Morie reunited in 2007. That was ten years after they disbanded and 9 years after their former guitarist Hideto "hide" Matsumoto passed away.