EXCERPT OF YOSHIKI’S INTERVIEW FROM “THE US FRONTLINE,” THE JAPANESE NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTED IN THE US ♡ 4/5/14 (Translated by me)
Question: Can you tell us about the content of the (Yoshiki Classical) tour and the most challenging thing about it?
YOSHIKI: In addition to the classical versions of X Japan songs, Anniversary song written for the Emperor’s 10th Anniversary of his reign and the Golden Globe Theme, I am thinking of playing some Tchaikovsky and Chopin’s songs. I need to practice though.. (Laughs)
It is a big challenge for me to tour the (symphony) halls around the globe as a composer and a pianist. I actually reclined an offer in the beginning. After releasing an album comprised of a collection of my classical songs, I had an opportunity to perform at the Grammy Museum once as I am one of the voting members. Immediately after the event, I was told that I should do a world tour. I reclined by saying, “It’s absolutely impossible, impossible, impossible!” But I got convinced in the end. I then said, “I wanna feel how it goes as I do this, so let me do this in 3 parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.” And I asked not to include Los Angeles and New York in the beginning. Because I was not ready to do it in such centers (of the world).
I have overcome a lot of things in my life, but I feel this tour will be yet the biggest wall of my life. I am confident, but I have anxieties as well. I want all my fans to support me. I will be practicing until the tour begins while I’ll be working over my plans (for the shows). This is the biggest challenge of my life, and I am really risking my life for it (as if it’s life and death).
It’s amazing how Yoshiki can make “impossible” “possible”!! He means everything he says.. I find it truly special, and I deeply respect that. He is our inspiration.. dream.. ThanX u~!!
Don’t worry dear, you will have our complete support! And.. you will be just fine ♡ Trust me!! Just please please take care of yourself, now, throughout the tours and always..
By Mika @mikaxxxxxxxxx