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Important / Announcements: new staff & other stuff
« on: June 14, 2018, 06:52:17 AM »
Dear X-Freaks,

A lot has been going on recently, and Yoshiki is not the only one who has important announcements to make! As you might have noticed, our forum was offline for a short while and I myself have not been very active in the recent... 7 years or so. Meanwhile, X Japan is alive and kicking again and we have a new active chatroom.

But first things first....

We have new staff!

While I do plan to try to be more active in the realm of X fandom again, I realize that I won't be able to be quite active enough to keep this community up and running and even maybe growing. So, to lighten my load, in addition to our veteran admin AsukaMiyu, three new people recently joined the X-Freaks Forum staff. Fluffy, matsumoto and nb - at your service and actively working on making this forum great again! On to the presentations:

    New administrators: nb and matsumoto

Quote from: nb
Hello, I'm a guy
look, there is a butterfly!

My name is Julien and I was born in 1987. In the first place I didn't like X Japan because of all the hype about HIDE. Later I discovered a band called X from Japan. They had this one album, "Vanishing Vision" which I'd heard a couple 100 times. And then, still not aware they were the same, I bought myself "Blue Blood". I was shocked how great it was. And I was more shocked when I realised, that it was this shitty band with this HIDE and the drama queen YOSHIKI :D So, to all the haters, yes, I deserve yours. Give it to me ^___^
Why am I into japanese music? Maybe I'm tired of all the western stuff and I also liked Anime and Manga since the late 90s... I spend my holidays regularly in japan.  I started being an X fan about 2004 or so, but not as an active member in an international community and I wanted to change this now.
Oh, and my wife is also a member in this forum ^_____^

Quote from: matsumoto
Hi everyone, matsumoto here! My name is Lucy, I'm 27 and I curently live in Paris, France. I've been a fan of the band since around 2004 and... hey, it's safe to say it's a long-lasting love affair! I first joined this forum around 2007 and it truly is a source of great memories.
Besides X, I like Star Wars, rock and metal in general, motorcycles, cringe comedy and plenty of other nerdy stuff.
I currently work in journalism, but I'm thinking of tossing my corporate self to the wind so I can just chill and open a cat café somewhere. Nice to meet you all! 8)

    New moderators: Fluffy

Quote from: Fluffy
Hi Everyone I'm Fluffy! Well that's not my actual name and i'm not actually 'fluffy' but I am a lover of all cute and fluffy things. I'm 35 (sigh..☹) from the UK and have developed a healthy/unhealthy love of our Japanese rockers after seeing them at the Wembley concert in 2017. When i'm not slaying inner demons and trying to construct a real 'adult' life I am often found in the chatroom, sometimes trying to speak bad French on the French chat section or just sitting in the 'Endless Rain' waiting for Toshi, Yoshiki or Sugizo to turn up at my door with blue roses and take me on a date

Please welcome them in their new jobs and support them in their efforts to improve and enhance the X-Freaks eXperienceTM  :D

Important / New theme and ANARCHY!
« on: June 11, 2011, 10:02:58 AM »
Hello, two important things!

First, I have implemented this new beautiful theme, designed by our lovely AsukaMiyu. I originally planned to reveal this along with the website, but I haven't been able to finish it in time due to university (it actually just needs some texts to be written about the band members, if anyone wants to help in the future, feel free to email me on admin[at]x-freaks.com). So I'll let you enjoy it now! :)

Second, I'm leaving tomorrow early morning (4:30AM London time) on a trip through Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria (bus to L'viv, then train to Odessa, then hitchhiking with a friend) for two weeks. On June 27th I'll take a plane from Istanbul to London for the London and Paris X Japan concerts. During those 3 weeks I won't be able to be online (maybe only a little in London & Paris if someone lends me his/her laptop :) ). After the Paris concert I'm flying home for two days and on July 4th I'm being drafted to the Estonian Defence Forces for 11 months (mandatory for men up to 30 years old here) to learn how to shoot a gun, crawl around in a forest for a week and guard the president (the corps I'm joining is also the Presidents personal guard unit). During those 11 months I will only be able to visit the forum briefly every few days (more on Sundays though).

Now, this won't mean this forum will close! No way! I'm leaving a few people here who can delete spambots and keep an eye on things (admin AsukaMiyu will lead the forces from today!). But in the long run they'll also need some help. So, whoever is interested in helping out as a moderator, contact me by PM! I'll look over the applications before I leave for the army, that means you have three weeks to think over it. If you are coming to the London or Paris shows also, you can contact me there (you'll recognize me by a white flag with the new X-Freaks logo on it).

I'll check the forum a few more times before I leave, so feel free to ask any questions while you can! But until then, it was a pleasure and see you again, basically, in a year!

Hypno aka. Sander

PS: I might change my username (Hypno) to my real name (Sander) on the forums soon... Hypno is just so... 2005 :)

Xplosion-online and Yoshiki.fr present:


Yoshiki / The Supernatural cast with Yoshikitty?
« on: June 04, 2011, 07:10:29 PM »
I just came across this on Riz Nesia's FB page, apparently it was uploaded by lucy_hp on Twitter. No idea what happened there...

X JAPAN World Tour / The X-Train project - London to Paris
« on: April 19, 2011, 08:18:26 AM »
Now that the ticket sale for both the London and Paris X Japan concerts has begun, I'm going to re-issue my call-to-arms for everyone who are going to both concerts - the X-Train project :)

The idea is that we'll book a whole carriage on the Eurostar train going between London and Paris, when we switch cities. We might not all get to stay in the same hotel, but we'll sure have a lot of fun on the two-hour train ride :)

The cheapest tickets start at 38GBP (for youth up to 26 years), which is a lot cheaper than taking a plane (specially if you add the time it takes to get to/from the airports and the money for transportation there and back). We already have a group of interested people from the Xplosion-online.com team, if you are interested also then ask your friends and come with us!

Right now the idea is to leave some time on the afternoon of June 29th, so we'll have an extra day to sightsee in Paris. I don't think the difference in cost of hotels in Paris and London is so big that it'll make a difference. One carriage is about 56 seats, it shouldn't bee too difficult to book it all :)

Who likes the idea and what do you guys think of the outbound time?


We are taking the 16:02 train from London on the 29th and we are seated in carriage number 15. Make sure you pick that one while purchasing your ticket.

X JAPAN World Tour / X Japan World Tour @ Zenith, Paris - July 1st
« on: April 15, 2011, 09:46:57 AM »
Zenith, Paris - July 1st Buy ticket here! €45-€56

The Zénith de Paris is a concert hall in Paris, located in the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement on the edge of the Canal de l'Ourcq. Its ability to seat approximately 6,300 people makes it one of the largest venues in Paris.

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London - June 28th Buy Tickets from Ticketweb- £20.00 + handling fees
Buy Tickets from SeeTickets - £20.00 + booking fee £2.25

The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (the first word is sometimes spelled Shepherd's) is a music venue in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, run by the Academy Music Group. It was built in 1903, as a music hall, and in 1953 became the BBC Television Theatre. Since 1991, it has operated as a music venue. It has a capacity of 2000 people.

Offtopic / About Maverick
« on: March 10, 2011, 12:05:59 PM »
Some of you should remember a user named Maverick, he was one of the oldest members on the board (registration number 54), even though he hasn't posted since last July and hasn't been online for a while. There is another reason for that, aside his work on Xplosion-online and graduating University.

Last Friday morning Maverick passed away. He was diagnosed with gullet cancer (cancer of the oesophagus/the food pipe) in October 2010. Being his usual self he fought it and didn't give up. He pulled back from the Internet but didn't tell most of his friends as he tried not to worry anyone. He hoped he'll get better soon and can come back.

I was lucky to have met Maverick in person several times, first time being the first failed X Japan Paris concert where we had lots of fun, and the last time when Ra:IN toured Europe and we saw them in Berlin and Köln and even got to interview them (Mav doing most of the work and speaking, I just took some pics and laughed along)... He was certainly a person I will never forget... Rest in peace, friend!

Albums/Singles / X Japan signed to EMI
« on: January 28, 2011, 09:09:41 AM »
I think this deserves it's own topic!

So, with the Jade single to be released in March, there came another piece of news which went more unnoticed by X fans than the general media. X Japan in fact signed a 3 year contract with the big music company EMI. "We are so honored to have X JAPAN as part of the EMI / CAROLINE family. After the highly successful North American tour last fall, the timing is perfect for the upcoming X JAPAN release" , says EMI s executive vice-president and general manager Mike Harris. Added Executive Vice President EMI Music Services North America, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with X JAPAN. They have cultivated a strong following in the U.S. and we look forward to working with them, helping to reach even more fans."

You can read more on The Gauntlet and the Phoenix Times

I personally think that this is a big and important step. Now Yoshiki has some big guys breathing into his neck all the time, so we hopefully will see less delays and postponements in the future.

Toshi / ToshI-club permium members CD
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:41:24 AM »
Apparently premium members of the official ToshI fan club were able to buy a new ToshI single, which arrived late in december. It contains five songs:

1) oshizora no Neptune
2) otoko no PRIDE
3)kokoro no naka na itsumo RED
4) Nagori Yuki itsumademo
5) crystal piano no kimi

...and, as far as I understand it won't be on sale for the general public.

男のプライド (otoko no PRIDE/Pride of Man - featuring Pata on guitar) has been uploaded to YouTube already:

Source: http://xjapanx.blog.shinobi.jp/


Sugizo / Sugizo interview on Xplosion-online
« on: December 05, 2010, 08:10:59 PM »

Merchandise / 90's Visual hits cover album to be released
« on: November 11, 2010, 09:34:47 AM »
From Xplosion-Online:

Nayutawave Records is releasing a cover album, where new Visual Kei bands will cover hits from the 90's visual scene. The album will be titled 『CRUSH! -90's V-Rock best hit cover songs- 』 and released on January 26th 2011. Among other songs it will feature covers of X JAPAN's Kurenai (by Matenrou Opera), LUNA SEA's Storm (by Lolita 23q) and hide with Spread Beaver's Pink Spider (by heidi.).

The album is available for pre-order from CDJapan, with yet unspecified first press special features.

See the full setlist here.

Pata / Happy birthday Pata!
« on: November 04, 2010, 01:07:59 PM »
Pata is turning 45 today! Happy birthdaaaayyyyyyy~! Or as we say here, palju õnne sünnipäevaks! ^__^

This is the only picture I found of the two favorite things of Pata - cats and Jack Daniels. Since there was some random guy on it as well, I took the liberty of concealing his identity, for his own protection:

Sugizo / Sugizo on twitter!
« on: November 01, 2010, 01:44:30 PM »

His first tweets are:

Hello everyone in a whole world! It's SUGIZO! I just has started Twitter today! Now we can connect dilectly each other more than ever.

I am going to put on a last spurt from now on in 2010. As LUNA SEA I will drive as fast as possible.

Everyone in Germany, United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo, let's get wild together. Let's go to heaven. Let's be the one.

SUZIGO Official Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sugizo-Official/103006393102344?v=wall

Thank you everyone!! Luv U sooooo much!! Respect!!

Taiji / Taiji to play at a Munetaka Higuchi memorial show
« on: October 20, 2010, 09:20:00 PM »

Sugizo / [Interview] Q&A - X Japan's Sugizo Wants to Save the Whales
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:45:28 PM »
Following up on an interview we did a couple of years ago when he was here with Juno Reactor, we sat down with new X Japan guitarist Sugizo backstage after the band's recent show at the Fox Theater. Always an engaging interview subject, and frequently very funny (he claims that the other members of his band Luna Sea  don't want to tour in America because they can't live without Japanese food every day), he explained both his decision to join X Japan and his personal connection to the band via his close friendship with the band's late guitarist Hide.

Q&A - X Japan's Sugizo Wants to Save the Whales

General chat / X Japan iPhone/iPod application
« on: September 29, 2010, 05:45:14 PM »
From JRR:

X JAPAN just launched a FREE iPhone app today that gives you the insider scoop to the band, the tour, music, news and more. Download it now and enjoy having X JAPAN always at your side!

Here is the iTunes link, you can also find it by simply searching for 'X Japan' in the App store.

Yoshiki / Yoshiki working on a game project
« on: September 23, 2010, 12:05:18 AM »
From an interview with Crawdaddy!:

Crawdaddy!: Do you have other creative projects/endeavors in the works? Film, gallery shows, graphic art, video game, etc?

Yoshiki: Pretty much everything! I’m working on a soundtrack for an animated feature that will be released next spring, there is a game project I’m working on, I’m producing a fashion show in Japan. I’m doing a lot of things.

If more information arises, we'll post it here :)

Yoshiki / Yoshiki working on a soundtrack for an animated feature
« on: September 23, 2010, 12:04:15 AM »
... that will be released next spring.

From an interview with Crawdaddy!:

Crawdaddy!: Do you have other creative projects/endeavors in the works? Film, gallery shows, graphic art, video game, etc?

Yoshiki: Pretty much everything! I’m working on a soundtrack for an animated feature that will be released next spring, there is a game project I’m working on, I’m producing a fashion show in Japan. I’m doing a lot of things.

If more information arises, we'll post it here :)

Yoshiki / JaME interview with Yoshiki - 18. sept 2010
« on: September 19, 2010, 07:30:29 PM »
I don't think it has been posted yet (it was posted on JaME yesterday, on the 18th) so here it is - http://www.jame-world.com/us/articles-67701-exclusive-interview-with-yoshiki.html

Most interesting parts:
The X JAPAN tour is covering all the major cities, but you're mainly staying to the west and east coasts. Why weren't there any scheduled in between, such as in Texas?

YOSHIKI: I would love to go to Texas! You see this is our first step. If this tour is successful then we're going to go to more venues next year. It's more experimenting, like how it'll happen then we'll tour more next year.

We know that you're going to release a new studio album. Are there any new updates about it? How will it differ from older X JAPAN releases that we all know so well?

YOSHIKI: We're still recording it, but I would say we're about 90% done. We're still finishing it. Well, 50% of it will be older X JAPAN songs, and the other 50% will be newer songs. I don't know; it might be edgier. I would say edgier.

The older X JAPAN songs, are you re-recording them?

YOSHIKI: Yes, but we're just re-recording the vocals for some of the songs.

X JAPAN World Tour / Vampires Everywhere to tour North America with X Japan
« on: September 12, 2010, 01:03:21 AM »
Vampires Everywhere, a metal band from Hollywood just announced that they'll be joining up with X Japan for their North American tour as a support band. They have over 22,000 fans on MySpace and over 12,000 on Facebook:

hey there all you vamptramps, fangbangers, metalheads, pop killers, or otherwise music lovers!

[the bands keyboardist] here with some KILLER news about some exciting shows coming up in the very near future with the legendary Japanese band, X Japan.

Here are their official websites (you can listen to sample music on the first two):

Source: Vampires Everywhere official Facebook

Roseland Ballroom, New York - October 10th Buy Tickets - $38.50

The Roseland Ballroom (also referred to as Roseland Dance City) is a multi-purpose hall, in a converted ice skating rink, with a colorful ballroom dancing pedigree, in New York City's theatre district, on West 52nd Street.

The venue, according to its website, can accommodate 3,200 standing (with an additional 300 upstairs), 2,500 for a dance party, between 1,500 and 1,800 in theatre style, and 800-1,000 for a sit-down dinner.

Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada - October 7th Buy Tickets - CA$53.89 - CA$83.89

Massey Hall is a venerable performing arts theatre in the Garden District of downtown Toronto. The theatre originally was designed to seat 3,500 patrons but, after extensive renovations in the 1940s, now seats up to 2,752.

Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL - October 6th Buy Tickets - $29.00

Located in Chicago’s historic Uptown theater district, at the intersection of Racine, Broadway and Lawrence the Riviera Theatre is a central part of the Chicago’s past and present. Completed in 1917 by architects George and C.W. Rapp (Rapp & Rapp), it was built as a movie theater for the Balaban & Katz chain. Transformed into a private nightclub in 1986, the Riviera Theatre is now one of Chicago’s premier concert and special events venues. The Riviera Theatre is capable of holding some 2,500 spectators.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada - October 3rd Buy Tickets - CA$58.75- CA$138.75

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is a performing arts venue in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Along with the Orpheum and the Vancouver Playhouse, it is one of three facilities operated by the Vancouver Civic Theatres Department (the Playhouse adjoins the QE Theatre in the same complex).

Formerly the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which is now based at the Orpheum, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the home of the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC, in addition to hosting various other musical events year-round. The theatre has a 70' wide x 40' deep (21.34m x 12.19m) stage / performing area and seats 2,929 people at maximum capacity.

Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA - October 1st Buy Tickets - $42.00

The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington is a 2,807-seat performing arts venue at 9th Avenue and Pine Street in Downtown Seattle in the United States of America. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1974. It is also an official City of Seattle landmark. The Paramount was built expressly for showing film and secondarily, vaudeville. As of 2009, the Paramount is currently operated as a performing arts venue, serving a diverse patron base that attends Broadway theatre, concerts, dance, comedy, family engagements, silent film and jazz. It is considered to be one of the busiest theatres in the region.

Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA - September 28th Buy tickets - $37.50

The Fox Oakland Theatre is a 2,800-seat movie theater, located at 1807 Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, California. The theater was designed by Weeks and Day, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and reopened on February 5, 2009.

Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - September 25th Buy tickets - US $39.50 - US $75.00

The Wiltern Theatre and adjacent 12-story Pellissier Building are Art Deco architectural landmarks located on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The entire complex is commonly referred to as the Wiltern Center. Clad in a blue-green glazed architectural terra-cotta tile and situated on a diagonal to the street corner, the complex is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco style architecture in the United States.

The Wiltern Theatre [--- allows] for a variety of configurations from a standing room only crowd of 2300 to a more intimate seated arrangement holding 1850 people.

Taiji / Taiji's Twitter
« on: August 17, 2010, 09:51:40 AM »
So as some of you might already know, Taiji joined Twitter recently, which he started using right before the Nissan lives. He tweets only in Japanese, but with some help form an online translator we can guess what he means :P

In his latest tweets he thanked everyone for the Nissan Stadium lives, complained about it being really hot and also that after the concert he went to visit hide's grave.


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