X JAPAN guitarist PATA diagnosed with diverticulitis and pylethrombosisFebruary 4, 2016It's been reported that X JAPAN guitarist PATA has been diagnosed with diverticulitis and pylethrombosis, making it difficult for him to be musically active. As such, the band have announced that they will temporarily halt their activities. On January 15, PATA was suddenly hospitalized and admitted into the intensive care unit. He is currently receiving IV drip and is in a state of reduced activity. Due to this urgent situation, X JAPAN's concert "X Japan World Tour 2016 #XDAY", which was originally scheduled to be held on March 12 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in England, will be rescheduled to March 4, 2017. As for the release date of their new album (currently untitled, March 11 release), it will be announced after further discussion. We hope PATA gets well soon!Source: natalie
X JAPAN reveal trailer for documentary filmMarch 12, 2016 X JAPAN have revealed the trailer for their documentary film 'We Are X'. 'We Are X' was nominated for the movie division in the event 'SXSW 2016', which is taking place in Texas. The two-minute trailer shows interview footage of YOSHIKI and other persons concerned. YOSHIKI is scheduled to make an appearance in 'SXSW 2016' on March 18 after the showing of the film. He plans on performing classical versions of X JAPAN's songs with a string quartet. Source: natalie
Yoshiki to donate special drum set for charity auction as 5-year commemoration of the Great Japan Earthquake and TsunamiMarch 15, 2016On March 11 Japan local time, X Japan's leader Yoshiki donated his premier special edition of signature TAMA drum set for a charity auction to commemorate Japan's 5 year memorial of the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. (*see below for details)The drum set will include Yoshiki's autographed signature drum sticks. If the winner resides in Japan and is able to pick up the item in Tokyo, Yoshiki will personally hand them over to the winner, and they will be granted a photo op with Yoshiki.This charity auction is presented by Yoshiki Foundation America, a 501(c)(3) organization, and will be hosted by Yahoo Auction Japan. The online auction will kick off around noon, Monday, March 14 Japan time and end around 11PM on March 21 Japan local time. This auction is open to worldwide users and the entire proceeds from the final bid will be donated to Japan Red Cross for the Great East Japan Earthquake relief fund.X JAPAN and Yoshiki have continuously done charitable work, including donating musical instruments and helping build music rooms for children affected by the Kobe Earthquake in 1995, the 2009 Sichuan earthquake in China, and much more. Yoshiki put his own favorite "crystal" piano up for auction in 2011 as well as donating X Japan's entire performance fee at one of Japan's biggest summer festivals a-nation to help provide aid for the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami. Most recently in 2015, X Japan kicked off their Japan Tour at a club size venue in Ishinomaki City, a city that was most severely affected by the 3.11 disaster where they held a charity concert performing to a very small crowd of 150 people. Seventy five tickets were gifted to the selected local fans and the remaining tickets were auctioned off on a charity auction site, raising 28 million JPY. Proceeds were donated to Central Community Chest of Japan to help aid the children in need who were affected by the disaster.X JAPAN recently announced a suspension of their current performance commitments due to band member Pata's sudden illness.YOSHIKI'S DRUM SET INCLUDES:[Drum Set (Black Color)]TAMA Bass Drum 24" x 18" (X JAPAN LOGO HEAD)TAMA Bass Drum 24" x 18" (X JAPAN LOGO HEAD)TAMA TamTam 10" x 10"TAMA TamTam 12" x 12"TAMA TamTam 13" x 13"TAMA TamTam 14" x 14"TAMA FloorTam 16" x 16"TAMA FloorTam 18" x 18"TAMA Snear Drum 14" x 6.5" (Crome Color)[Kick Pedals]TAMA IRON COBRA x 2[Cymbals]A ZILDJIAN HI-Hats Top Quick Beat 14"A ZILDJIAN HI-Hats Bottom Quick Beat 14"A ZILDJIAN China LOW 18"A ZILDJIAN Rock Crash 18"A ZILDJIAN Rock Crash 18"A ZILDJIAN Medium Rock Crash 18"K ZILDJIAN K Ride 20"A ZILDJIAN China HI 18"[Stand]TAMA Cymbal Stand x 5TAMA Hi-Hats Stand x 1TAMA Tam Stand x 1TAMA Tam Holder x 2[Drum Chair]TAMA Drum Throne[Sticks]TAMA Signature Sticks Yoshiki Model 1 (Autographed by Yoshiki)Auction begins: Monday March 14th around 12PMAuction ends: Monday, March 21st around 11PMAuction Website: http://reuse.yahoo.co.jp/archives/311charity/2016/yoshiki.html- Auction item is being stored in Japan. The shipping fee across countries and custom duties will be at owner's expense- If the winner requests Yoshiki's presence to receive the drum kit, time and place will be discussed at a later time before confirmation.
Yoshiki's Charity Auction Closing Bid at 604 Million JPYMarch 27, 2016X Japan's leader, Yoshiki auctioned his premier special edition of signature TAMA drum set to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of The Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 14th JST. The last hour of the auction saw a bidding war that spiked the closing bid to JPY6.04 million ($53,870 USD). There were some 766 bids made worldwide and the proceeds will be donated in their entirety to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund through the Japan Red Cross.Yoshiki announced his participation in the charity auction by joining forces with the Japan Red Cross, which offers ongoing support to the victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and donating his drum set on March 11th. This donation was made by Yoshiki Foundation America, a 501(c)(3) organization, on Yahoo Auction Japan. The special drum set includes Yoshiki's autographed signature drumsticks. If the winner resides in Japan and is able to pick up the item in Tokyo, Yoshiki will personally hand it to the winner and they will be granted a photo op with Yoshiki.X JAPAN and Yoshiki have continuously done charitable work. Yoshiki put his own favorite "crystal" piano up for auction in 2011, as well as donating X Japan's entire performance fee from their appearance at one of Japan's biggest summer festivals a-nation to help provide aid for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Most recently in 2015, X Japan kicked off their Japan Tour in a club size venue in Ishinomaki, a city that was most severely affected by the 3.11 disaster. They held a charity concert performing to a very intimate crowd, raising 28 million JPY. Proceeds were donated to Central Community Chest of Japan to help aid the children in need who were affected by the disaster. Other charitable contributions from Yoshiki Foundation America include donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Points of Light, Grammy Foundation, etc.YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA Official Website: http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org/YOSHIKI Official Website: http://www.yoshiki.net/