APRIL 27, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAPAN’S BIGGEST ROCK STAR AND COMPOSER YOSHIKI
INVITED BY THE GRAMMY MUSEUM® TO MAKE MAJOR GLOBAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWED BY LIVE PERFORMANCE ON MAY 15
YOSHIKI – composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and leader of X JAPAN and THE LAST ROCKSTARS – has been invited by the GRAMMY Museum® to announce a major global event on May 15.
YOSHIKI has collaborated with KISS, Queen, Sarah Brightman, St. Vincent, and Beatles producer George Martin, amongst others. YOSHIKI was named “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” by Consequence and is described by Billboard as “a musical innovator”.
YOSHIKI will reveal details of a highly anticipated project during an invitation-only press conference at 6:00pm.
Talking with GRAMMY Museum Chief Curator and VP of Curatorial Affairs Jasen Emmons, YOSHIKI will discuss his monumental career in rock and classical music and his upcoming 2023 plans at the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The discussion will be followed by an on-stage interview and Q&A, ending with a special piano performance by YOSHIKI.
YOSHIKI – who recently finished a sold-out tour of the U.S. and Japan with THE LAST ROCKSTARS – has gained international recognition for his work in music, television, and film. YOSHIKI’s talent competition series YOSHIKI SUPERSTAR PROJECT X became the #1 ranked variety show on Hulu Japan; the Disney+ documentary film Yoshiki: My Music Story is currently airing; and Yoshiki Live at Carnegie Hall is available to PBS viewers nationwide.
THE DROP: CONVERSATION WITH YOSHIKI
Live at the Grammy Museum
Clive Davis Theater
Monday, May 15, 2023
6:00pm Invitation-only press conference
7:00pm Doors open
7:30pm Conversation with Yoshiki – moderated by GRAMMY Museum Chief Curator Jasen Emmons
Limited tickets on sale starting 4/27: (click here for information)
American Express Early Access: 4/27; 10:30 am PT
General tickets on sale: 4/29; 12:00 pm PT
YOSHIKI is a composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the rock groups X Japan and The Last Rockstars. YOSHIKI was named “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” by Consequence and is described by Billboard as “a musical innovator”.
His worldwide projects include a song dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the Emperor of Japan’s reign, the official theme song for the World Expo, Hollywood film soundtracks, and the official theme song for the prestigious Golden Globe Awards. Led by YOSHIKI, X Japan has sold over 30 million albums and singles and sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times. He was the first Asian musician to perform at the world’s greatest music halls including Madison Square Garden, Wembley Arena, and solo performances at Carnegie Hall.
In 2022, YOSHIKI’s talent competition series YOSHIKI SUPERSTAR PROJECT X with NTV became the #1 ranked variety show on Hulu Japan, leading to the debut of new superstar boy band XY. YOSHIKI formed the rock supergroup The Last Rockstars, followed by the release of their first single “The Last Rockstars (Paris Mix)” and sold-out concerts in Tokyo, New York, and Los Angeles.
In addition to his music activities, he is also a fashion icon as the designer of his high-fashion kimono brand YOSHIKIMONO and the first Japanese male to appear on the cover of Vogue Japan. YOSHIKI was chosen to be the first living person to have a Hello Kitty doll named after him, called “yoshikitty”. YOSHIKI has his own Visa and Mastercard, top-selling premium wines (with Robert Mondavi, Jr.) and Champagne (with prestigious French establishment Maison Pommery), and an exclusive energy drink collaboration with Coca-Cola Japan.
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