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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 know. I had neck surgery last year.

I've never understood exactly what happened with that.

Well, I've been head banging for a long time, so my vertebrae got really screwed up. Also these two fingers are numb (on left hand).

How can you play piano with that issue?

Motor nerves and sensory nerves are separate nerve systems, so I still have motor nerves, they're OK. It's like ice though, with those fingers - everything I touch is like touching ice, it's very uncomfortable. I may have to do another surgery if I keep going, they'll cut the neck and then make the space between the bones bigger. Next time they'll put metal into it. I'm trying to be cheerful, but...

What is the neck brace actually for? Is it to support you, or is it to stop you from excessive motion?

Both - to support me and to stop me from moving all the way. The doctor will only allow me to play drums with the neck brace.

How are you doing so far? By the end of the show are you feeling OK?

I feel rough, but (shrugs). Hopefully I have another few years left.

If you had to have the other surgery how much recovery time would you need before you could play again?

For the next one probably six months to a year or so, if I do the surgery. Hopefully I can keep going without it. You never know..

After this tour is over what's the next step?

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