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What a racket. $300 to watch Yoshiki warm up for Coachella? Lmao release the album already.

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General chat / Re: X JAPAN to perform at Coachella?
« on: January 04, 2018, 12:22:12 AM »
Aaaaaaaaand Yoshiki confirmed it will be the "comeback" (once more).
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdea2cGAxGU/
I've lost count of the number of times I have seen the word "comeback"

Jesus Christ, it's been 10 years already. That's the same amount of time since Vanishing Vision release and The Last Live.

Yeah, it's quite pathetic that entire bands form, rise, peak, and disband in often less time than X Japan have done since their 2008 "comeback/reunion". 2010-11 had promise but after the World Tour things just fizzled out. They needed to release the album but Yoshker-strudel didn't have it ready. Coachella is simply another feather in his cap, like MSG and Wembley. What presence and right do they even have being there? It's huge but such a misfit at the same time. Yoshiki's got connections and that in my opinion is the only reason why they're there.

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General chat / Re: X JAPAN to perform at Coachella?
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:29:35 AM »
This is HUGE. Wondering why there was nothing from him before this. Hope there's more to come.

Edit: They're definitely not really fitting in with the "Coachella vibe"; much less than they did @ Lollapalooza as you mentioned, Joker. In fact, you can see on FB the comments are rife with disappointment at the lack of rock music. This will be interesting.

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General chat / Re: X Japan to perform at Songs of Tokyo
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:47:38 AM »
I never knew one of you attended the Songs of Tokyo event! You should've repped the forum while you were on your soapbox about how gloriously wonderful Yoshiki is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJzxlToYyHA




Half kidding but this woman at the start of the video is so cringe and it's a major issue with this community; the hosts think she's bat shit crazy, the crowd are silently holding in laughter at her, even Yoshiki is looking at her like "wtf...".

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General chat / Re: X Japan to perform at Songs of Tokyo
« on: December 29, 2017, 07:08:43 PM »
Something I gleaned from the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f4rVsPRq6w that's not mindless talk about standing position or fan-fic level speak is the fact that...

1) Yoshiki spoke in English for almost the entire video. Keep in mind, this is a Japanese station for a Japanese event on New Year's Day.
2) Yoshiki restates that they broke up 10 years ago, had drama/hardships, and now back together to achieve "their dream". This is essentially what they were saying 7-8 years ago. Interesting again how it's being said in ENGLISH on a Japanese station. This is almost purposefully done for Western audiences or fans who are following them. It's like a retake at what they tried to do years ago.
3) Yoshiki practically confirmed future tours "we're going to be around the world for the future".
4) Pata does does not look that great at all. Keep in mind, they've got makeup on and their hair is all done as if it were for a show; he still looks in rough shape. I have to wonder if half of Yoshiki's lamenting about his surgery is again due to Pata's health holding them back from performing. It was only recently Yoshiki tweeted about starting to drum again, "I don't know how long it will last" (somewhat true but mostly to stir the drama pot).

Just what I gathered from the video. Felt like this forum needed some actual discussion again :)

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it might have fatal consequences.

lmao oh man this board is comedy CENTRAL sometimes. Honestly, guys, we're in no position to start calling shots as to whether he can drum or not. Unless you're in his daily circle or his physician, it's not up to us. Yoshiki's not going to die, at most, he may just slow his progress and be in pain for a bit. Who knows and who really cares if it's just buzz. It's either DO IT or don't agree to perform at these things UNTIL you can do it.


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Yoshiki / Re: Yoshiki's hair
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:28:31 AM »
The first video is from the first night in Tokyo Dome after the reunion, it's from 2008, the second is from 1993.

OK.  I thought I read he they played the song two nights in a row and he passed out the first time.   Is that incorrect, then?  hide is in both videos and he died in 1998.  How can he be there unless that film was spliced from a much older performance? Just curious.  I haven't figured it out, yet.  LOL.  Or did I maybe post the wrong video?? I went straight to youtube to get it this time and when I first found it, I went through google, first.  Hmmm

Ummm.... not sure if serious... but they used a hologram of hide from the 1993 show during the Art of Life performance in 2008. It looks like he's there in the video as it's edited to be that way. When you see shots from far away, you'll see it's just a smokey hologram on stage. What made you think these are from the same show? The other members, including Yoshiki don't even look remotely the same. LOL

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General chat / Re: 10 best X-Japan songs according to Yoshiki
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:36:32 PM »
This will give you a good idea of how "heavy" La Venus will be  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d8QgJ0pHSI This was from a live back in the summer I believe.

I'm also on the same page as axlroseX - my hopes of a "new" album are kind of shot. At this point, it'll be getting to hear a studio version of La Venus and Kiss the Sky. I think it's a little brash for him to say "it's going to be another masterpiece". Another masterpiece as compared to what? Art of Life? I think that's for the public/fan base to decide. Does a painter go and say, "This one will be the masterpiece." Being hard on him here but only because I know he's thinking this song is going to justify the lack of actual "new" songs on this album.

My final strand of hope is for re-recordings of whatever old songs they put on the album as English.

Teemeah, how old isn't Yoshiki again? I can't remember from the last 8 times you reminded us.

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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« on: October 22, 2017, 12:53:48 AM »
They will keep repeating the same complaint track all over again, don't bother. Somehow it is a pet peeve here, that in every thread, the same thigns are repeated all over again. The same people posting the same complaints over and over again, like a broken record stuck at one note.

What Teemeah and Kayabee keep saying - "Yoshiki is a person and owes you nothing. They aren't in their 20s and 30s anymore. Yoshiki has done no wrong. You aren't supporting him enough and your negativity can cause the band to fall apart."

What Teemeah and Kayabee are really saying - "We're pretty new to this scene and we're in our X Japan honeymoon phase and Yoshiki is a super god who shouldn't have to deal with any harsh criticism but that's ok because we've been fortunate to join the bandwagon after most of you guys have already expelled all of your patience and energy waiting and waiting. We're too new here to understand what X Japan has been since 2007 but surely it can't be that bad guys, just enjoy the music"

What we're all saying - "Yoshiki owes the fans for the things he's promised us. That is just a basic part of being in the business, UNLESS you want to lose all credibility which I'm guessing he DOESN'T because he constantly goes on about how much his fans mean to him. X Japan have been an absolute shell of their former selves due to a HOST of issues, many of which don't seem to make sense or are unexplained by Yoshiki or are completely contradicted by his own actions. For all of this, we're at the end of our patience as long-term fans and take most of what Yoshiki says nowadays with a grain of salt until he delivers."

Wow you really don't know how to read. Idgaf if I'm fairly new to x japan that doesn't mean any of you are  superior here. I never said yoshiki did no wrong, but you all get mad when your told things aren't going to be the same and the music isn't going to be the same.

I said it was wrong for yoshiki to make empty promises, but I'm not gonna get pissed at any of then for canceling shows when it comes to their health.

What feudal is trying to say is "I'm just a piss baby that is gonna take any response to heart" along with everyone else trying to fight

I was just genuinely trying to understand why people kept calling yoshiki a joke and yall lost all your damn marbles over it.

I see there are a lot of selective readers here so take it or leave it. I'm not fighting with anyone nor am I gonna let some people talk down to me because I haven't been a fan for 15 or 20 years.

I was just trying to give men who are in their damn 59s the benefit of the doubt because we all know they ain't rebellious kids on stage anymore.

What I'm tryna to say is. Chill the fuck out. What is it with most metal heads thinking their so high and damn mighty. Calm the hell diwn.

So once again, you basically repeated yourself. Any other riveting info you got for us? Also, who here said they're mad at the health cancellations? Right, you weren't around when the other ones happened years ago with so little as a "sorry"... To me it seems like you just need to stop trying to talk about shit that you know nothing about.

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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« on: October 22, 2017, 12:06:27 AM »
They will keep repeating the same complaint track all over again, don't bother. Somehow it is a pet peeve here, that in every thread, the same thigns are repeated all over again. The same people posting the same complaints over and over again, like a broken record stuck at one note.

What Teemeah and Kayabee keep saying - "Yoshiki is a person and owes you nothing. They aren't in their 20s and 30s anymore. Yoshiki has done no wrong. You aren't supporting him enough and your negativity can cause the band to fall apart."

What Teemeah and Kayabee are really saying - "We're pretty new to this scene and we're in our X Japan honeymoon phase and Yoshiki is a super god who shouldn't have to deal with any harsh criticism but that's ok because we've been fortunate to join the bandwagon after most of you guys have already expelled all of your patience and energy waiting and waiting. We're too new here to understand what X Japan has been since 2007 but surely it can't be that bad guys, just enjoy the music"

What we're all saying - "Yoshiki owes the fans for the things he's promised us. That is just a basic part of being in the business, UNLESS you want to lose all credibility which I'm guessing he DOESN'T because he constantly goes on about how much his fans mean to him. X Japan have been an absolute shell of their former selves due to a HOST of issues, many of which don't seem to make sense or are unexplained by Yoshiki or are completely contradicted by his own actions. For all of this, we're at the end of our patience as long-term fans and take most of what Yoshiki says nowadays with a grain of salt until he delivers."

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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« on: October 21, 2017, 01:13:22 PM »
I see some of your points, but i think a lot of you have to realize that these men are not in their 20's/30's anymore. They aren't rebellious anymore because they aren't trying to rebel anything. They were very different back in their day, it wasn't normal to see people dress and act like them. Now, that's what is all around Japan and the world. Style, different attitudes, and people speaking up and using their voices. Basically they've raised a generation.

I've seen a lot of people say they should just do the reunion and pass the baton to the younger generations, but that is such an ugly attitude to have. The world and the music industry is big enough for the originals and the newbies.

I'm trying to see what X has gone though. From Toshi deadass being brainwashed and hide's death. Now they have some health problems, obviously, Yoshiki has said that even when he was younger he wasn't even supposed to grow up because he could've died. He nearly killed himself at all his shows when you see him collapsing. Then he had neck surgery and possibly or needs to have surgery on his hand. Which makes it incredibly hard as someone who is a pianist and a drummer.

It can be frustrating when you spend money only to be let down. I can understand the anger with that because it's clear that this shit isn't cheap and we all gotta survive.

But to say (Which i've also seen on another forum) that Yoshiki is a joke is asinine. The man is talented as fuck, just maybe too much of a perfectionist.

I thought the songs were good. My personal opinion of course, everyone has theirs. It's just, I don't get how some of ya'll can basically say most of the song are terrible, but I just hate when people start to get aggressively critical about their music because it evolved. It's not the 80's or 90's anymore, this band has been going on for 30 or more years. Things aren't the same. I mean, we all seen what happened to Chester Bennington after people basically boo'd them off stage. People hold their art close to them and when they share it they know they are going to get good a bad reviews.

I just think when it comes to the music, a lot of you are holding onto the past way too much and only giving a narrow passage way for their future stuff to come through.

Let's be real, I don't think I've seen a Japanese band actually make it mainstream in america. They were and are the closest ones to do so. Yoshiki is still got a lot of shit to medically before he'd be able to play like he used to. I heard that his tendon is torn in one of his hands? That's nerve damage right there and you can kiss any finished album goodbye if that happens.

I feel like this is what makes bands fall apart of hold off because the critiquing is way too harsh, and if it's coming from fans all around then it's almost like what's the point? I'm sure he's afraid people aren't going to receive it well. He said before that he was ready to die for X. They are under a lot of pressure, and while they promised an album so many times and didn't come through, I'm still trying to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Especially as a musician myself and being a perfectionist, the process is almost never ending. If I had a name as big as X and Yoshiki? The process would be long as hell with wanting to change things and re-do them all while putting up with the criticism of other people.

It seems like a personal thing. I heard that they are planning on releasing it next spring and that it should be done by Christmas. With Yoshiki being a (as frustrating as it is) perfectionist it's gonna take a while. I just think that they shouldn't have promised it if that was going to be the issue. I feel ya'll on that.

I also think you all need to be reminded that they are not the same rebellious guy's in their 20's anymore. Things change, you're not gonna get the crazy X that ya'll seen in the 80's and 90's. Guaranteed. I just think that, just because the direction they are going isn't your cup of tea doesn't mean it's deemed as 'not so great' or 'bad'.   

I think a lot of people just need to... idk, chill tf out for a minute and just enjoy the music. Don't get preachy about it not being the same. It's never going to be the same. Their album isn't even released yet, don't deem it as a failure just because a couple of songs didn't tickle your fancy is all I'm sayin.

I get your frustrations, but there are some things i just odn't agree with what is being said.

You're so far off the mark with just about all of this. Stop repeating yourself with things we already know and HAVE known for quite some time. I actually don't have so much of an issue with their "new sound" as much as I do the broken promises, the poor communication and lack of transparency. So many unanswered questions that we'll probably never get to the bottom of. Why didn't Yoshiki do this surgery right after the World Tour of 2011??? They had no appearances until THREE years later. I'm sure in that time he could've had it done and recovered significantly and then been progressing for the past 3 years but no. I mean, as you said, it's his life he can do what he wishes but unless you address the promises to your fans, you're going to get criticized, that's just the way it is.

Now we're faced with probably a year or more until Yoshiki can drum properly, an album that is still 6-8 months away, and an actual TIME FRAME for the remaining life of the band (potentially 5 years) if we're to believe that as an answer from Teemeah's interview. Yoshiki's treating this whole thing like he's trying to make this big breakthrough and take them to a new level....that just does not jive with everything I've just listed. I think they should just release what they have properly and move on to projects that are viable.

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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:35:43 AM »
What people here don't realise is that these cancellations and stuff are nothing new with X. Have you ever checked their past, Japanese only tour dates in the 80s and 90s? TONS of cancellations and re-schedules, there are more srtriked through dates in the table than actual completed shows. This band has always been like this, it didn't start with the reunion and Yoshiki is not the goddamn devil.

That may be true (I don't know about how many concerts were cancelled/delayed in the 80s/90s, so I believe you), but only because it happened in the past doesn't make it right or good nowadays. ;) And I don't think you wanted to imply that but only tell that it was to be expected, and yeah, that's probably right, but I still think it sucks lol

Plus there are bands/people that could change over the years. Just take a look at Axl Rose who really isn't the most reliable person when it comes to deliever what he promised, but as of late the reunion tour goes very smoothly he's on time, the concerts take place and the play are very long setlist. So if HE can change (for at least some time) so can Yoshiki. ;)

You are not Yoshiki ansd Axl Rose is not Yoshiki either, to decide whether he can change or not. Sorr,y but this really going overboard, demanding people to change because you want them to. If I walked up to you and told you to, say, stop smoking, because it is bad for your health, will you do it or just stare at me like "who the fuck are you and why do you think you can tell me how to live". Why do fans think they have the right to demand that a musician live and work a certain way? Who are YOU to demand such a thing from a fellow human being? :) are you his friggin mother? Wife? Kid? Then what? :)

The tour list is up on the Japanese Wikipedia with all cancelled and rescheduled stops.

What kind of logic is that? You compare telling someone to stop smoking to us getting frustrated about nearly a decade of broken promises and actual lost $$$? Come on now. I respect your interview with Yoshiki, but you're being ridiculous and FAR too biased. We're not trying to change his life. We're calling him out for things he's not kept his word on.

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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:34:02 AM »
Honestly, I don't even care anymore. We aren't even waiting for a masterpiece. The sad truth is that most songs that have been teased, played, or god forbid, released since the reunion just haven't been that good. The only one that really sticks out to me as a truly great X Japan song is Jade and MAYBE Without You and IV. Lets look at all of the songs we have heard,

Without You- Nice simple little song. Now, the piano and vocal only ballads are so boring and played out, but this is a nice one and the vocal lines are good. Too bad it was never really released properly and when it did, it was on a crappy film soundtrack as a half assed (except for Toshi's vocals) piano and vocal version. After 10 years you'd think they could incorporate the whole band and throw in a melodic guitar solo.

IV- Good, anthemic melodies and was a nice tribute to hide. Still, it felt a little empty without a bigger instrumental part.

Jade- Great song. Its catchy, has some cool guitar and orchestra work. Actually has a solo. Sounds like it could have been on Dahlia.

Born to be Free- This song I liked years ago because I was starved for new material. I still don't hate it and think the studio version sounds well made. The guitar riff is very amateurish, though, and I'd have liked it to be a little bit more full. Its a cheesy song, but whatever.

Scarlet Love Song- Completely forgettable throw away song that sounds like any other simplified X ballad, but more lame.

Beneath the Skin- Song showed promise. Not anything mind blowing, but something cool at least. There seems to be a solo (huzzah) and I like the bass in the verses.

Hero- Basically a pop song with what Yoshiki thinks sounds "commercial"

Angel- Another relatively forgettable ballad

Kiss the Sky- Another ballad but apparently it has guitars at least

La Venus- ANOTHER fucking vocal/piano ballad. I actually like the melodies in this even though its mind blowing almost all of these songs have the same format

Still, what the fuck is this? All of these songs are fucking predictable and generic ballads where you have basically only vocals and piano. The other sock songs are mainly generic commercialized rock where you have dead simple guitar work. A good song doesn't NEED a guitar solo, far from it, but one of the big reasons I became a fan was because of their guitar work. There isn't a SINGLE memorable guitar part in any of these songs save for maybe Jade. These songs aren't offensive or necessarily bad. They just are very subpar and don't make the mark.

So yeah, who cares anymore? Is this album worth all this drama and the 10 year wait? For me? No.

I'd like to see them again and take my friend who didn't get the chance to see them the first time they toured the states. That'd be cool and pretty exciting for me but other than that, it is whatever.

The fact of the matter is, Yoshiki grossly dropped the ball on the reunion. From countless canceled dates, late starts, delays in shows and music release, false promises and lies, and squandered potential, it is VERY easy to see why fans are bored, negative, or worse- indifferent now. Fans like Teemeah are new, and that is great! There is some awesome rock music to be found with X Japan and their history and personalities are very interesting. However, the "YOU AREN'T A TRUE FAN IF YOU DON'T AGREE OR LIKE EVERYTHING THEY DO" mentality is both asinine and counterintuitive. I'm a diehard GNR fan, as well, and I see this ALL THE TIME when it comes to Axl Rose as well. Teemeah said it above, the band doesn't "owe" us anything. Well, I both disagree and agree. If a band offers a product, such as a concert you buy a ticket to, they owe you a show with a respectable performance. They have delayed MANY shows throughout the past 10 years. I understand that health issues happen, and unforeseen events occur, but when it happens the amount of times it has, it isn't all just bad luck. That means there is poor planning, communication, and a failure to adapt to changing events.

Years ago, they announced this big concert in the UK and said the album would be released that day. They announced it almost a year in advance. Well, a few weeks before the show they canceled it blaming it on Pata. Pata's health comes first, of course, but to me it seemed he was used a scapegoat. He is a crucial member, but the band apparently knew about his health weeks before the cancelation announcement, and knew many fans had flights and hotels booked. They waited so late to announce it, it is likely many fans could not cancel their accommodations. Since this was such a big event, the band should have adapted and still provided fans with the album release and some sort of performance with the rest of the band. Here we are YEARS later with no released music, even with the concert performed another year after. This alone tells me that the cancellation was more because they were not prepared.

The above example is just one of MANY... an original Paris show, dates in Asia, an initial NY show in 2008, etc. That goes beyond bad luck. When you have to keep making excuses, it says the problem is with you. Even Yoshiki's recent surgery was something he knew he had to get for years. Why not get it in the years where they weren't doing anything instead of right when he wanted to do an alleged album release and "world" tour? Sure, he is entitled to get it when he wants, but that sure was convenient. Now he has a great excuse not to tour or release an album. I give credit that they didn't cancel those Japanese shows. I am sure he would have liked to, but given the band's track record with cancelations they couldn't. Instead, those shows were some of the coolest in 10 years. Deep cuts were played, the setlist changed, and Yoshiki sounded pretty great on the piano. Yeah, it was more of a Yoshiki+Toshi show with support from other X members, but that is sort of how the band (sadly) functions now anyways. That is the one example I can think of where he properly adapted to a situation. Still, there is no album and tour. What is he doing? He isn't staying at home healing, he is flying around the world promoting a two year old movie he already promoted. He is working on marketing and promoting his name. What does that tell you?

Maybe he knows the material isn't up to par, maybe he lost interest, maybe he really is the perfectionist he leads fans to believe and wants to get it right (personally, I don't buy this), but who cares at this point? He is out of touch with the diehard fans, and has thus alienated a great deal of us with his poor communication and false promises. He isn't working hard in the studio 24/7 on X Japan like he says on social media, he is starting many different projects. Mostly marketing ones such as products and fashion shows, and ignoring his creative side. More power to him, but its an issue because he lies and says he is still passionate and hard at work with musical projects like X Japan and Violet UK (whatever the fuck that is). He doesn't commit to single projects or prioritize the things he said he would, thus, nothing is accomplished and you get several half assed projects like what X Japan is now.

Personally, I don't think about the album anymore or even X Japan much aside from the few times a month I log on here. He does't really owe us in terms of new music, he can do what he likes. At the same time, we don't owe him anything either. If he keeps making false promises, why shouldn't we discuss it on the band's main message board (which is now practically inactive)? I understand it is hard for new fans like you, OP,  and Teemeah but we can only talk about the music and all that for so long. Many of us have been here for years. There were positive conversations, there was excitement. But for the majority of us, there isn't much to be excited for and "cheer on". What are we cheering on right now? A non existent album that will never see release? A second or third press tour around Europe for a documentary that is already released and mainly forgotten by the mainstream? Come on...

I am glad they reunited for personal reasons. I, and many other fans, got to see them live and we otherwise wouldn't have. For that reason alone, I view the reunion as something good. A lot of the shows have been pretty damn good and Jade is a pretty cool tune. Other than that, it has been a creative and logistical disaster full of periods (sometimes years) of complete inactivity and many plans that didn't materialize. I am not "spitting on" Yoshiki. I don't know him. He can be the greatest guy for all I know. He seems like a pretty nice person. But as a fan, I can criticize his actions and words to said fans, can I not? It has nothing to do with his personality. He seems genuine and grateful, that is for sure. I'm glad he does, the dude is a multi millionaire, so humility is a welcome and rare thing among celebrities.

There are Facebook pages about X Japan that have all the positivity you seek. They have the blind following and like everything Yoshiki does. You aren't going to necessarily find that here. X Freaks is sadly more of a graveyard because of the years of false starts and inactivity. Fans like you and Teemeah are welcome. Its good to have positivity injected, but you asked why there's negativity from the majority of us old posters?

There you go

Honestly, print this and stick it to the front page of this forum/site. A lengthy but absolutely necessary read to understand where our frustration comes from with this band. Having followed them for just over a decade now, none of this is embellished or fabricated. Couldn't agree more.

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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:29:03 AM »
What people here don't realise is that these cancellations and stuff are nothing new with X. Have you ever checked their past, Japanese only tour dates in the 80s and 90s? TONS of cancellations and re-schedules, there are more srtriked through dates in the table than actual completed shows. This band has always been like this, it didn't start with the reunion and Yoshiki is not the goddamn devil.

What you might not realize is that, aside from past concert cancellations, in the span of time from reunion to date, Yoshiki produced Vanishing Vision, Blue Blood, Jealousy, AoL, and Dahlia PLUS all of the supporting tours in there. Cancellations aside, that is incredibly more satisfactory for fans and the health of the band. What have we had in terms of REAL content in the past 9-10 years? Yoshiki CAN'T fulfill his goal without releasing this album; he's consistently his own worst enemy. I feel sorry for the other guys.

No one is saying Yoshiki is the devil, lol. I still admire him incredibly and respect everything he's done but as a FAN, he is letting me down. The problem is that he always makes it seem like he's doing it for the fans, his music. If it was just for him, fine, take decades to do whatever you want to do, but once you start making promises and emotional connections with fans and stating over and over and over and over again that you're "90% complete, thank you for supporting me", it becomes unbearable.

There's a big difference between hating someone and expecting more from them. I don't hate Yoshiki. I just expect more from him and as a fan base we should.

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Yoshiki / Re: Why all the negativity?
« 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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Yoshiki / Re: Yoshiki is all around Europe this October
« on: October 16, 2017, 11:28:48 PM »
I met him in Vienna, we talked a little. He is super nice and down to earth, very patient and soft spoken, even though he looked really tired, he didn't rush anyone. He looks fragile up close, thinned down a lot. I was surprised I couldn't detect any perfume smell on him, I thought he would be bathing in luxury fragrances. I was afraid of being disappointed after meeting him in person but quite the contrary, he was super cool without trying to be cool, if you know what I mean? Effortlessly. He really is like a magnet, and people were seriously in awe, people who never even knew who he was, became instant fans. Whatever some say, this guy is a genius with marketing and PR skills, and despite all his flaws and broken promises, he managed to make it look like it's all going to be ok. And by the way, album is next spring. (Yeah, I know what your reaction will be to this :D)

I've given you some heat in your time as a member on this board but that's a really cool experience, getting to meet him. I used to really wish to have that opportunity but as of the past few years, the urge has kind of died down. I think I'd still ask him a lot of the same questions, like more specific questions about the production of the music rather than newcomer questions like what was your fav. band growing up, etc.

You realize you just dropped a hand grenade on us with that album hint, right? lol you should give us more context. Did you flat out ask him "When's the album releasing?" I'd like to know the dialogue you had with him about that. Man....how many "next spring's" has it been for this thing? *sigh* I guess he understands that the wise thing to do would be to tour shortly after the album release in order to support it. By then, he's had more time to recover....hopefully be able to drum.

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General chat / Re: If Yoshiki can't play drums...
« on: August 17, 2017, 01:05:38 AM »
The whole idea of Yoshiki having someone else play the drums and still call it X Japan is ludicrous to me. If it reached that point, I truly think he should disband and reform as a new name with whoever needs to be involved. He's spent the past 10 years making a mockery of the band, let's not mess things up even more. Yoshiki can't play guitar in the band and he certainly can't sing so it's piano/drums or nothing. It was a miracle that Sugizo fit hide's role so well (as well as anyone could considering hide was just the definition of unique). Even Heath isn't someone I can picture being replaceable at this point. When you're part of a band for that amount of time, it takes almost as much time to pass to be replaced without it feeling awkward and wrong, just like 10 years passed after hide died and Sugizo joined.

I'm guessing he'll recover and that all of his tweets are just his usual drama to rouse the nurse-hello-kitty-fuck-me fans. :D


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General chat / Re: Anime Expo Premiere of "We Are X" + Yoshiki Q&A
« on: July 07, 2017, 10:46:24 AM »
You are ridiculous guys, seriously, get some consultation :) why are you even here? outlet to let out anger? go to a gym and hit the boxing bag or something.... Jeez.

When your X Japan/Yoshiki honeymoon is over, I think you'll get where we're coming from. Until then, you're an apologist for how he truly takes advantage of his fans.

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General chat / Re: Anime Expo Premiere of "We Are X" + Yoshiki Q&A
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:49:33 AM »
I'm back from Anime Expo (yaaaaay), so here's my thoughts on it: I was deeply disappointed for the rest of that day (pretty much to the point where I cried a tiny bit). Like I get it, Yoshiki's still in a ton of pain & still recovering from surgery, but COME ON MAN, AT LEAST HAVE THE DAMN FORESIGHT TO CANCEL THE DAY BEFORE OR THE WEEK BEFORE THE DAMN CON! I hate to act like a kid, but how is this fair? How is it fair to the people who took time out of their day to make it there?

Plus, the con was incredibly unorganized this year, so if you missed one panel or didn't line up early enough, that was it. You're not getting anywhere with that panel. You missed out on two things on the same day.

Also, my boyfriend & I were talking about that earlier today. Yoshiki's not getting any younger & his healing doesn't seem to be keeping up with him either. I'm gonna be brutally honest here, I think Yoshiki should just stop this now, cut his losses & disband X Japan.

This is beyond shitty. When I read he cancelled the DAY OF his scheduled appearance, I simply laughed out loud and closed the browser tab. This is becoming a fucking shit show. He is losing so much credibility in my eyes it's unreal; I can't even take one more "I'm sorry" post on his social media. There's absolutely no reason why he should have booked or promised to @ Anime Expo in the first place under all of the circumstances. As far as I'm concerned, X Japan is dead already and IF the album releases and IF they do a proper tour in the future then THAT will be a revival (for who knows how long). Not this fake ass shit that's gone on for 10 years.

Queue Teemeah dropping an essay on my reply. Go ahead and let me know how I'm being unfair and how he doesn't owe us anything.

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Yoshiki / Re: Impending postponement/delay
« on: June 09, 2017, 10:50:03 AM »
Extremely mixed feelings about this. Glad they're offering a refund option to those who aren't down for the change to an acoustic set. Honestly, we've been burned for 10 years with this band, what would another year postponement do anyway?? I think even Yoshiki realizes that he's fucked with us too many times. Also, no mention of the "unannounced US tour" that was supposed to start in the summer either. I mean, none of this should be a surprise after the type of surgery he had, but it's just so much harder to accept after how long we've been waiting and mislead. Said it before and will say it again - glad I got to see them in 2010 because so far, it proves to be the one and only time I'll ever get.

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Heath / Re: Heath Lollapalooza "incident"
« on: May 20, 2017, 01:31:32 PM »
I was pretty tuned into the band in 2010 and all I recall happening was Wolfmother was giving an interview somewhere not far behind the stage where X Japan was playing and one of the members got startled and jumped in his chair a bit when Kurenai kicked off after that guitar intro where it always has that "pop" Yoshiki drumming very hard and fast and guitars coming in quickly. I can't find the video so maybe it's lost on YouTube or somewhere else; thought it was pretty funny though cause they're like these really spaced-out, stoners from Australia.

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Yoshiki / Re: Impending postponement/delay
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:44:07 AM »
I think it's a made-up story to generate drama tbh, released straight from Yoshiki's press team.

Just like how they mentioned that another tour was on the way soon before he had to have surgery... we just hadn't heard of it until it had to be cancelled  ::)

It's all just drumming up stories. But whatever he needs to stay in the news without an album, I guess.

This. I highly doubt he was on his way into the studio like the article claims. It's all hype to add MORE drama to him.

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Yoshiki / Re: Impending postponement/delay
« on: May 11, 2017, 12:37:38 AM »
What is the most eye-opening for me, as mentioned earlier, is that in the span of the last 10 years that have been prioritized TERRIBLY, X released all of their major albums, toured extensively, basically rose, peaked and disbanded and went down as possibly the most epic band in Japanese history, and in the same amount of time POST-REUNION, accomplished under 10% of that. The reason it's even above 1% is because they finally toured outside of Japan.

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Yoshiki / Re: Impending postponement/delay
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:51:58 AM »
This really blew up today while I was at work and started this thread. The statements here are quite extensive: http://www.yoshiki.net/YoshikiSurgery.html and interestingly, Yoshiki just tweeted that "We are NOT cancelling #XJAPAN shows as of now. #LostInTranslation" and what really is mind blowing is that finally it was confirmed that they WERE supposed to be starting a summer tour beginning in Los Angeles in North America. "...summer world tour that was to start in Los Angeles, are now undergoing rescheduling with his U.S. agency William Morris Endeavor." This is huge for those of us in North America; we may very well get a final attempt to see them over here. Frustration and anger aside, let's hope for the best.

I think the extent of Yoshiki's injuries should have been more transparent from the start. There's a lot that can be argued about the past 10, yes TEN years since they reunited. Remember, Yoshiki is in the driver's seat, HE chose to do the documentary, attend all sorts of events. Setting aside his injuries for a moment, his priorities were scattered and the album always got put on the back burner. I'm with axl on this one. I used to bleed X Japan, been a massive fan since late 2006 and I can't believe how bad of a state Yoshiki is in, I mean paralysis is fucking terrible if that's really what's happening....but 10 years this has gone on for; the priorities were not there. Should've been 1) Get physically better ASAP. 2) Finish album and release. 3) go on tours if physically capable.

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Yoshiki / Impending postponement/delay
« on: May 09, 2017, 02:51:21 PM »
Is anyone else who follows Yoshiki on Twitter getting the vibe that there's another impending postponement/delay coming up? He's getting very dramatic again about his "body breaking down" and "no matter what happens to my life, i'll be back". Hopefully this is just some dramatic attention grabbing but knowing their history, I'm preparing for the worst. I think I'm just going to remove myself from all things X Japan if they delay the album officially again. This is painful as a fan.

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Albums/Singles / Re: X JAPAN New Album(When??)
« on: April 02, 2017, 03:01:34 PM »
https://twitter.com/YoshikiOfficial/status/848525758939013120

Was Yoshiki just joking after all? I swear, if this was an April Fool's joke, it proves he really does not understand the frustration he's caused his fans...Yes, it's April Fool's Day, yes people like jokes and everyone is doing them, but out of ALL the things you could joke about, you pick the release date, which is a slap in the face to all of us. He could have done the interview and been like, "Yeah, the new album we're experimenting and Tosh1 is rapping on a few of the songs" ...anything. What a fucking joke.

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The Concerts / Re: X Japan World Tour 2017
« on: March 21, 2017, 10:45:13 PM »
Our Japanese team member wrote this article. When we talked about it she mentioned that it's not clear yet what will happen when but apparently Yoshiki said that people should reserve time from the end of June to the beginning of July...? As always, many hints but no facts. :P

(I just hope they don't come anywhere near while I can't take days off from work! That would be sad!!)

That's awesome, thanks for that extra little info. Not far off...hopefully this is their time.

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The Concerts / Re: X Japan World Tour 2017
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:19:43 AM »
 
http://www.xplosion-online.com/?p=7216#.WM6w0WThDR0

So apparently something takes place even before the Japan concerts? And the only country named so far is the US. o_o Well, we'll find out...

Just curious since I can't read Japanese and rely on Google translator for a rough idea of what these articles say, does it say actually say something takes place before the Japanese tour? All of the translations I've generated say...

"Furthermore, American performances etc will be announced in future. According to YOSHIKI, "The movie has received an echo, I decided to make a world tour with gratitude feeling". I also asked if the Japanese performance will be the first question, but I did not answer it clearly because I smiled with "Ufu"."

Is that last sentence what it's about? As in, will the Japan Tour be the first shows OF the tour? interesting...

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Nice interview

Yet another clip from these days, http://www.mtv.co.uk/x-japan/videos/we-are-x-7-things-you-didnt-know-about-x-japan

What do they mean by collaborating with Muse and Rammstein!?

Love how Yoshiki quite literally brushes off the question about the album. "Yeah, hopefully soon, I have a lot of projects going on". That's really a slap in our face. The album went from releasing at the original Wembley show last year to another TBD date.

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Albums/Singles / Re: "WE ARE X (Movie)" Original Soundtrack
« on: February 09, 2017, 10:51:51 AM »
Was thinking of buying this but not anymore. Might buy the actual documentary Blu-ray when released to show support but not paying for songs that we've all had for years. Still waiting for our "new" album.

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