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X Japan make their mark

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 02:20

June 29 - One of the most successful bands in Japanese history sets its sights on the rest of the world. Doug Maclaurin reports.

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They're big in Japan - very big. X Japan have sold more than 30 million albums, singles and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. Now they're set to take to the rest of the world by storm - and while they might not yet enjoy the same dizzying heights of fame overseas that they do in their homeland, breaking into the foreign market may not prove much of a challenge with the band discovering foreign fanbases they never knew existed. Last year X Japan made their North American debut with several high profile gigs to packed crowds - including a Lollapalooza appearance - and earlier this year they announced a three year deal with multinational music giant EMI. Their first ever London concert sold out almost immediately with fans queing up around the corner of the famed Shepherd's Bush Empire Band drummer, founder and leader, Yoshiki, said the London gig was a dream come true. SOUNDBITE Yoshiki, X Japan drummer, saying (English): "We grew up with a lot of famous, legendary artists from London. The Beatles, of course, Dave Bowie, the heavy stuff like Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin. Anyway so last night we were like: 'Oh my God we are playing, you know, the venue our rock stars played. So it almost made me cry." The London concert came the same day as the release of the single "Jade" from the band's first English language album. Originally scheduled for a March launch, they decided to postpone the single's release after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. SOUNDBITE Yoshiki, X Japan drummer, saying (English): "Tsunami just took over everything that we just felt how vulnerable we are, how fragile we are. So I'm still just trying to digest what's going on in my head but instead of thinking about it I said lets just take a break from recording or whatever we are doing, lets concentrate on charity, at least a few months. We're still doing charity but slowing going back to recording again now tour has started." Following a series of European concerts X Japan will return home for several festival gigs before starting the South American leg of their world tour. Doug Maclaurin, Reuters.

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X Japan make their mark

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 02:20