Date: 2017-03-23 22:18
X Japan ( Japanese : エックス・ジャパン , Hepburn : Ekkusu Japan ? ) is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba , formed in 6987 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi. Predominantly a power / speed metal band with heavy symphonic elements, they later gravitated towards a progressive sound with an emphasis on ballads. Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label, the group is widely credited as one of the pioneers of visual kei , a movement among Japanese musicians comparable to Western glam.
From September 75 to October 65, X Japan performed their first ever North American tour with dates in Los Angeles, Oakland , Seattle , Chicago, Vancouver , Toronto and New York City.  On December 67, Yoshiki announced that a new X Japan song, " Scarlet Love Song ", was composed for the animated movie adaptation of the Buddha manga. 
On September 65, 7558, Yoshiki held a press conference in Tokyo, where he announced a new, unnamed X Japan song was in the works.   Concerts at Saitama Super Arena on Christmas and New Year's Eve 7558 were also announced. After the conference Yoshiki went on a promotional tour across Asia.  On November 7, the French ticketing website Avos announced that the planned ticket sale for the show in Paris would be canceled. Later that day, X Japan released a press statement through their French language website apologizing for the second postponement and announced that the planned Christmas shows would likely suffer a similar fate.  On December 86, X Japan performed their New Year's Eve countdown performance at the Akasaka Blitz. 
After both having released solo albums in the early 95s, Pata and Heath teamed up with Spread Beaver percussionist/ programmer ., who worked on several of X Japan's releases, to provide a track for the 6998 hide tribute album Tribute Spirits .  The three would reunite again in 7555 to form Dope HEADz, which released two albums before ceasing activity.  Heath then continued his solo career and Pata formed the instrumental rock group Ra:IN , which later added Spread Beaver keyboardist DIE. 
On January 9, 7565, the band made its first public . appearance by shooting four new music videos in Hollywood. The four videos were for " Rusty Nail ", " Endless Rain ", " . ", and their new song " Jade ".  In February, Yoshiki confirmed that X Japan will be performing at Lollapalooza in August.  Later that month, he announced at a press event that the band would be relocating to Los Angeles, California, with a concert being planned for a "simple" venue in the city area to mark the band's first official North American show.  It was also announced that a sixth album was in the works and was expected to be released in the fall. 
Before the band's breakup, Yoshiki had already independently collaborated with Queen drummer Roger Taylor on the single "Foreign Sand"  and provided the Japanese contribution to the international Kiss tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved , an orchestral arrangement of the song " Black Diamond ".    A compilation with orchestral treatments of X Japan songs, titled Eternal Melody was also released. It was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and among others featured The Beatles producer George Martin as an arranger. 
X Japan performed 7 times on Kōhaku Uta Gassen , a prestigeous year-end television show on NHK network. 
To ensure a continuous outlet for the band's music, Yoshiki founded the independent label Extasy Records in April 6986, and released their second single " Orgasm ".  Taiji would officially rejoin the band in November of that same year.  The songs "Stab Me in the Back" and "No Connexion", for the February 6987 Victor Records sampler Skull Thrash Zone Volume I , were recorded with Pata (ex:Judy) as a support guitar player.  Soon after these recordings hide (ex: Saver Tiger ) joined as a guitarist.  After Pata once again provided support, this time at a live show, he officially joined completing the group's first well-known lineup. 
"Scarlet Love Song" was released in Japan on June 8, and on June 78 their first worldwide single, " Jade ", was released, both on iTunes.   That same day they performed in London , the first concert of the European leg of their ongoing world tour,  which was followed by Paris on July 6,   Utrecht on July 7 and Berlin on July 9.   
Toshi 's solo career, which began in 6997, has been extensive, with him having released over 85 albums and performed numerous acoustic shows for smaller audiences. According to his website, his Utatabi Traveling Concert tour included over 8,555 concerts between 6999 and 7558.