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Yoshiki / Re: My interview with Yoshiki
« Last post by matsumoto on Today at 09:17:00 AM »
Lovely! Thanks for this!

Did he model a Scottish kilt? Are there pictures of that?

I LOLed at the fanfiction question so hard. How can he not know. Does he live under a rock? Japan is the legit world leader when it comes to fanfiction. I wonder if he went to check it out after you told him that. I hope not. The poor guy.
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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« Last post by matsumoto on Today at 09:00:35 AM »
I've been a fan for 10 or 15 years and X was a giant part of my teenage years and adult life. I don't think I could ever hate Yoshiki or anyone else in that band, but I agree that I do find him quitte funny these days.

Truth be told, it's extremely hard to ressurect a thing like X in 2017 - and it's especially hard to make it a worldwide success. Yoshiki is an extremely talented musician, but that's not enough to cut it. He has shown in the past to be very hard to work with and a little unaware of how things work in the real world. Open a window into the life of a guy like that and you'll see him alone in his studio, working on a segment that's not even that crucial for 24 hours straight, striving for perfection, then he'll get bored with it, or angry that he can't reproduce whatever's in his head, he'll delete the whole thing and start over again. Meanwhile, the other guys will be going about their lives and solo projects, pretty much like they did around the Dahlia era, because they know that their band leader always has the last word and seems to do much better without them questioning him. They don't completely give up, though, partly because X is still a big deal (and brings money and recognition) and partly because Yoshiki is good at convincing people that he has it all under control and that trust me, it will work.

The result is songs that are musically pretty good but just not... that good. They're predictable. Take a basic balad melody, run it through the Yoshikimachine where he adds rain/tears/scars/unrequited love/roses and you get everything they've done in the past ten years. It's okay, but it's not new, it has no soul, it's a little basic. Hardcore fans will still like them, but that's about it. The songs of X I grew up with were unpredictable, unusual, angry, batshit crazy... even the ballads were weirdly sad, they were written in strange English but they hit close to home, there was something heartbreaking and distressing about them.

This being said, I think these guys don't know how to pick good agents/producers/etc. Take whoever convinced Yoshiki that Born to be Free was a nice, commercial thing that would appeal to an all-American audience. And that a gangster/rapper/big daddy-style video clip was a good idea. Oh, that guy Toshi? Make him sit in a large porn film-style sofa and surround him with blond models. He's 5'2'' and not exactly the type? Don't worry, it will work out.

 

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Introduction / Re: Hey from Ohio
« Last post by kayabee on October 19, 2017, 11:57:27 PM »
Oh wow! Another Hungarian blood on the forum! yay  ;D
I'm so happy about this hehe
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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« Last post by Teemeah on October 19, 2017, 11:45:55 PM »
Welcome to our world :D I'm sure the other members will spill their hearts about this :D Read my introduction, I had the same questions :D Basically, the short version is that many people are tired because of Yoshiki's empty promises and multiple delays and cancellations (album, concerts, appearances etc.) Basically, the issue they have is that Yoshiki is apparently not trustworthy, and they are fed up with his promises that never seem to get fulfilled. Some people were in for nasty surprises with sudden concert cancellations, leaving them with high costs of plane tickets and accommodation etc., all for nothing. It seems to happen more often than with other bands. So they spit on him, because he is not like what they expected him to be. Not like he hasn't been the same since... forever... but hey, that doesn't matter :D

I also told them, that we don't really have any right to demand anything from Yoshiki or the band. They will do the album when they see fit and that's it. If he keeps delaying, he probably has a good reason to do so. Probably not satisfied 100% and we all know he is a perfectionist. Poor Toshi can tell stories about this ;) Don't mind them. Some of us are here to enjoy the music and enjoy this band as long as we can, and let's face it, Yoshiki's health condition will not improve dramatically, so god knows how long we can still have them. Boo to the booers, let him be.
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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« Last post by Feudal on October 19, 2017, 11:39:39 PM »
I think all of the previous posts on here summarize it quite well. In my opinion, he squandered the better part of 10 years making a true comeback and has delayed and delayed and delayed on this promised album for the better part of 8 years which is SUPPOSEDLY coming out Spring 2018 and I can almost guarantee that 25-50% of the songs on it are ones we already know. I'll be floored if it's 100% new content. Yoshiki's thinking is getting a little delusional. He wants to raise X Japan up to some new level and become much bigger internationally but he doesn't deliver. He's even said he was almost completely hands off with the We Are X doc so where is all this time going???

I see it as a disrespect to your loyal fan base to continue to string them along. He even admitted in a recent interview with a member of this board that he doesn't see X Japan going for much more than 5 years, realistically. We've got 1 long over-due album and potentially a few tours if we're lucky. At this point, I just want them to wrap it up with dignity.
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Introduction / Re: Hey from Ohio
« Last post by Teemeah on October 19, 2017, 11:38:42 PM »
Oh wow! Another Hungarian blood on the forum! yay  ;D
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Introduction / Re: Hey from Ohio
« Last post by kayabee on October 19, 2017, 11:26:47 PM »
Nice to meet you, Kaya! Have fun on the forum  8)

Thank you, darling! I see you're from Hungary, my family is from there as well!  :)
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Yoshiki / Why all the negativity?
« Last post by kayabee on October 19, 2017, 11:20:04 PM »
So I've been reading stuff about Yoshiki on here as well as on other forums. So many people are insulting him and saying he's a joke. I don't get it? Like, I can understand the frustration about the album being delayed. If you look at the bands history they have been legendary, but not the luckiest either.

I've been trying to not think in black and white and what if some the members feel as if their album won't be received well by others? I mean, I cans see why. So many people have said their songs weren't that great.

I just want to know why everyone has been coming for Yoshiki lately? It's almost ridiculous to see all the hate and negativity.
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Yoshiki / Re: My interview with Yoshiki
« Last post by kayabee on October 19, 2017, 11:13:36 PM »
I'm ngl I laughed about the fanfiction question, i could i=only imagine what he was thinking. Great interview!
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Introduction / Re: Hey from Ohio
« Last post by Teemeah on October 19, 2017, 11:12:55 PM »
Nice to meet you, Kaya! Have fun on the forum  8)
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