Beginning Sunday, June 5, Yoshiki Radio will air the first Sunday of every month at 9:00 pm ET. Yoshiki Radio will offer an eclectic mix of East meets West, and will include Yoshiki’s personal favorite music tracks, and music from artists that have influenced him, as well as an introduction to some of Japan’s most innovative and successful artists. The monthly show will also feature elements of Japanese pop culture that already have made their mark on American life, from sushi to Sony to Nintendo/Wii, to the global megastar Hello Kitty, to the burgeoning western popularity of Anime. Yoshiki’s band, X Japan, has been credited with pioneering “Visual Kei,” a cultural movement that greatly contributed to today’s worldwide Anime craze.
“We love introducing listeners to bands they may not otherwise hear on other audio platforms and providing them the chance to discover great new music,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Yoshiki’s music ranges from heavy metal to ballads to alternative rock to symphonic. Only on SiriusXM will you hear Yoshiki’s pioneering choices of songs that mix musical worlds.”
X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, and the heart of X Japan is Yoshiki, songwriter, drummer, producer, and classically-trained pianist who also plays guitar, bass and trumpet. Yoshiki, who has been referred to by his first name only throughout his professional career, is arguably Asia’s most influential musical artist and, according to one industry insider, “is to Japan what Bono is to the UK.” Hello Kitty, for the first time in its history, even designed a product line after a person, creating a new character, “Yoshikitty,” based on Yoshiki. X Japan has sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and headlined and sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times. The band, having always wanted to break in North America, made its concert debut at 2010’s Lollapalooza festival with a critically-acclaimed North American tour that followed last fall. The band plans to tour extensively in 2011, and has already announced dates in the UK, Europe and Latin America.
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Below are concert photos of X Japan performing at Roseland Ballroom in October 2010.
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