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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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I just really like playing music. It doesn't have to be just one dimension. I want to take people on a journey. When you're watching a movie there are hardcore action scenes and then mellow parts.

It definitely seemed like you tailored the set list that way tonight, with more hardcore songs and then gentler moments.

Yeah, I like that. I mean I love heavy, heavy music as well; I go to those kinds of shows once in a while. But if you're going to go to a festival and listen for five hours straight you don't want it to be all the same kind of music, right?

Moving forward, you guys have an album coming out, right?

Yes, early next year.

Is it finished already?

I'd say almost ninety percent done.

I know that you re-recorded some old songs, are you also writing new songs?

Actually at today's concert we performed some new songs. And we're translating the old songs into English.

How is Toshi doing as far as being comfortable singing in English? I mean for you, you've been here for so long it's no big deal, but how is it for him?

Well, actually, Toshi has better pronunciation than me, I think. (laughs) He's doing great. Of course it's not easy. It may take a while.

You guys were adults already when you started learning English, right? How old were you?

I started learning when I was twenty-eight, almost thirty years old. It wasn't easy. But I think we can communicate. We're trying hard, but we're still learning.

I was just wondering because it seems like you're handling all of the publicity right now, so I was wondering if he wasn't comfortable talking to reporters in English.

Maybe Toshi can join in, with a translator.

What about the other guys?

I think they all understand if people talk to them, but they're very quiet. Even in Japan, when we do interviews, Toshi and I are the only people talking. But Sugizo's English is very good.

The other question, and I guess this tour will answer it to a certain extent, is how you're doing physically. When you were playing the reunion shows you had a lot more time between shows to rest.

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