Yoshiki To Triumphantly Return To Carnegie Hall with “Requiem” This Weekend

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The Press Release:
YOSHIKI, world-renowned composer, pianist, drummer, and leader of rock band X Japan, delivered an emotional and unforgettable performance of the YOSHIKI “REQUIEM” Classical World Tour this past Friday (October 20) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

After dazzling audiences and receiving standing ovations at Royal Albert Hall in London (October 13), Tokyo Garden Theater (October 9), and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA (October 20), YOSHIKI returns to headline Carnegie Hall this week on Saturday, October 28 in New York City. This marks the first time a Japanese artist has headlined all of these historic venues.

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YOSHIKI delivers a stunning and immersive classical piano concert experience, with a unique homage to his rock roots, and a nod to his history as a musical icon. The world tour features orchestral performances of new YOSHIKI compositions and chart-topping songs from X Japan–which have sold 30 million albums–as well as pieces by classical composers such as Tchaikovsky.

At the Dolby Theatre, YOSHIKI performed his historic concerto “Anniversary,” originally composed for the 10th anniversary of the Japanese Emperor’s enthronement. Another highlight during the show was the moving ballet performance.

YOSHIKI also performed a unique and physically demanding drum solo that shocked the audience, leaving them on the edge of their seats as he dramatically switched from drum solo to piano. He closed the concert with his signature song “Endless Rain,” during which the entire audience tearfully sang along.

At London’s Royal Albert Hall, the international superstar was joined onstage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and GRAMMY-award winning artists Ellie Goulding and St. Vincent.

Goulding joined YOSHIKI to perform his orchestral arrangement of her hit song “Love Me Like You Do.” In celebrating her collaboration with YOSHIKI Goulding said, “I would love to do a whole show with you.”

St. Vincent delivered an emotional performance of her seminal song “New York,” also with YOSHIKI’s orchestral arrangement. The concert reunited the superstars after they were featured in the documentary music film YOSHIKI: Under the Sky. On stage, St. Vincent said of YOSHIKI, “I was really surprised that just one person could have so many talents. He was unbelievable. He is a wonderful artist and composer.”

YOSHIKI, Ellie Goulding, and St. Vincent perform during the YOSHIKI “Requiem” Classical World Tour.

This September, YOSHIKI became the first Japanese artist to be honored with a handprint and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood since the tradition began in 1927.

YOSHIKI hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.

YOSHIKI “Requiem” Classical World tour setlist:

1. Amethyst
2. Tears
3. Angel
4. Miracle
5. Forever Love
6. Kiss the Sky
7. Anniversary

1. Tchaikovsky – Serenade For Strings (Drum solo)
2. Górecki – Symfonia Pieśni żałosnych (Drum solo)
3. Say Anything
4. Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake
5. Red Swan
6. Requiem
7. Without You
8. Mendelssohn – Opus 13 in A-minor
9. Art of Life
10.Endless Rain

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Yoshiki @ Carnegie Hall (2017) by Ken Pierce for PiercingMetal.com

YOSHIKI is a composer, classically trained pianist, rock drummer, and leader of the rock group X Japan. YOSHIKI was named “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” by CONSEQUENCE and is described by BILLBOARD magazine as “a musical innovator”. He is the first Japanese artist to be honored with a handprint and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood since the tradition began in 1927.

YOSHIKI has sold over 30 million albums and singles and has sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times with his band X Japan. He has performed on the world’s greatest stages including Madison Square Garden, Wembley Arena, Coachella Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He has also composed Hollywood film soundtracks, a concerto for the Emperor of Japan, and the official theme song for the Golden Globe Awards. Recently, YOSHIKI assembled the new rock supergroup The Last Rockstars.

His first feature documentary film as director, YOSHIKI: Under the Sky, premiered in the US, UK, and Japan in September. YOSHIKI will perform his Yoshiki Classical 10th Anniversary World Tour with Orchestra 2023 “REQUIEM” in October, headlining shows at Tokyo Garden Theater (Tokyo – Oct. 7-9), Royal Albert Hall (London – Oct. 13), Dolby Theatre (Los Angeles – Oct. 20), and Carnegie Hall (New York – Oct. 28). This tour marks the first time a Japanese artist has headlined these four historic venues.

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