Yoshiki reveals Grammy Museum exhibit and upcoming world tour
Starting in late April, the Japanese rock star will tour concert halls around the world to perform his classical compositions.
by Cathy Wang
Date Published: 02/20/2014
Yoshiki performing at the Grammy Museum. Photo by Cathy Wang.
On Thursday, February 19, the Grammy Museum unveiled a small exhibit honoring the work of Japanese musician Yoshiki. To celebrate, Yoshiki performed an intimate set on the rooftop of the museum and announced his plans for a world tour to promote his new solo album, Yoshiki Classical. The festivities were streamed online for all of Yoshiki’s fans to witness his important announcement.
Yoshiki is best known as the leader and drummer for the popular Japanese rock band X Japan. Contrary to his rock star image, Yoshiki has also composed classical compositions for various prestigious events such as the 2005 World Expo in Japan. This upcoming classical tour will see Yoshiki playing in performance halls around the globe, starting with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on April 28.
Flanked by a string quartet, Yoshiki performed a selection of songs from Yoshiki Classical including "Golden Globe Theme," the theme music for the 2012 Golden Globes award ceremony. In addition to performing his solo work, Yoshiki ended the night off with a rendition of X Japan’s "Endless Rain."