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Japanese rock artist Yoshiki has announced that he will embark on a highly-anticipated 2023 classical world tour and release new music. The news was shared during a press conference this week at the Grammy Museum. The classical composer and rock drummer revealed details of the upcoming tour, titled Yoshiki Classical 10th Anniversary World Tour with Orchestra 2023 “Requiem.”
Yoshiki will perform a series of classical concerts with orchestra this October, headlining shows at Tokyo Garden Theater in Tokyo, Royal Albert Hall in London, Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
This tour will be the first time a Japanese artist has headlined all these historic venues. The concerts will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his Yoshiki Classical album which reached No. 1 on iTunes Classical charts in 10 countries.
Yoshiki will perform his new compositions, orchestral performances of his chart-topping songs from X Japan and his new groups, and pieces by classical composers Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.
The tour will also feature several special guest performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
“Last year in May I lost my mother,” Yoshiki shares. “At that time, I couldn’t do anything. I had to cancel my live TV shows, and I actually went to see a doctor, The tears kept coming for days. Then I started composing this song called ‘Requiem.’ I thought I should move forward, I shouldn’t give up. To move forward and to really thank my fans who supported me, I decided to do this tour.”
In addition to his groundbreaking world tour, Yoshiki will release “Requiem” on July 21st. X Japan’s first single in eight years, “Angel,” will follow on July 28th.
Yoshiki has gained international recognition for his work in music, television, and film. The Disney+ documentary film Yoshiki: My Music Story is currently airing; and Yoshiki Live at Carnegie Hall is available to PBS viewers nationwide.
Yoshiki’s talent competition series Yoshiki Superstar Project X became the No. 1 ranked variety show on Hulu Japan, leading to the upcoming debut of hot new boy band “XY.” Recently, he finished a sold out world tour with his rock group The Last Rockstars.