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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

X Japan's Yoshiki on Touring the U.S., the Loss of Hide, and the Future of the Band

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It was because we didn't belong anywhere, so we had to make our own genre. Because usually if you play dark stuff, you don't play piano ballads, it's just not part of the same world. So we played with Slayer-type bands, and then the next minute we'd play piano. (laughs) We also played with punk bands, not hard rock bands, so they'd be doing stage diving, and...I don't know. We didn't really fit. But then at the same time our number of fans was increasing and so all the labels came around.

How long did it take between when you guys got to Tokyo and when you got signed?

It didn't take that long. A few years or so? Around that time rock music was not that popular. There was a band called Loudness, they sold fifty thousand records or so. That was huge at that time. But in interviews I was saying, oh, I'm going to sell a million copies, I'm going to play Tokyo Dome. (laughs) And they were like, you're crazy. Even the people at Sony didn't think we could do it. But then in two years we ended up selling a million copies and playing Tokyo Dome. Around that time also we started to be known outside Japan, actually there were a few people who came from America, people from Epic Records. There was a guy called Michael [Goldstone]. I think he was the one who did Pearl Jam.

Did you say no?

No, we didn't communicate because we didn't speak English. Then a few years later Atlantic came and I said, OK, right now. But again, we didn't speak English, we weren't ready.

How long a gap was it between when you originally broke up and when you got back together?

About ten years.

During the time that the band was broken up you were doing a bunch of different projects. What was everyone else doing?

I think they were doing a bunch of different projects too.

So, now that you guys are back together, where do you go from here? You were saying that you didn't really fit in Japan - where do you fit in America?

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