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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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(Starts laughing, nods)

Because it's the same thing - there aren't many bands here that do both classical music and metal.

I think we have to reinvent, do the same thing again. Just because you don't fit anywhere doesn't mean you can't make it, right? We kind of proved it in the Japanese scene, could be even harder doing it here. It's a challenge, but it's worth doing it.

What was it like at Lollapalooza? Did you get to talk to anyone who wasn't there specifically to see you and get a sense of how they were reacting?

Yes, I talked to some people who didn't know about X, and some people who came from New York and LA to see us, and everything in between, as it were. Towards the end of our set the crowd quadrupled, and people started singing. It wasn't a small crowd, just a few thousand in the beginning but more at the end, and there were people doing the "X". It was like, whoa, that's cool. I don't know, they seemed supportive. It was our first show in America too so we were kind of nervous. We were thinking, are they going to throw bottles at us?

Did anyone do anything mean?

No. I mean, our musical style is very different, so we were trying to accept anything. Anything could happen. So we were like, whatever happens let's keep playing. But towards the end it was just cheering and screaming, in a good way. I was like, cool, that's great. It gave us tons of confidence.

That sort of leads into another question. Moving forward, what kind of bands are you thinking about touring with, what kind of bands are you going to be able to play with? Again...

(Laughs) Exactly. I know. At the same time, we have a wide range of styles, so we can even go towards something heavier. Usually we play ballads all the time, but maybe we won't play ballads for them. (laughs)

Kind of tailoring the set list in a certain direction.

Yeah, we can go either way. We have even faster, heavier songs, so we can go super heavy, or we can go super mellow. Like In July, Toshi and I went to and performed in front of five thousand people, and I just played the piano. So we can do unplugged, or super heavy as well.

From your personal point of view, what style do you really like?

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