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Below is our complete X Japan news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

X Japan To Play Madison Square Garden

X Japan has announced that tickets for the band's October 11th performance at Madison Square Garden will go on sale this Friday at 10am EDT right here. The Madison Square Garden event is sponsored by New York Comic Con.

X Japan, led by co-founder, drummer, pianist and songwriter Yoshiki, will return to New York City for a first performance since 2010, playing both fan favorites and previously unreleased music from the band's decades of recordings.

The Madison Square Garden concert marks a significant milestone for the band, which made it's U.S. debut with a Rockafeller Center press conference over 20 years ago. The group is now finally fulfilling the promise made to the fans to return.

X Japan has since toured 16 countries, sold over 30 million albums and singles combined, and sold out Japan's 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome a record-setting 18 times. The band has had a notoriously tumultuous career, even among the world of rock, including the loss of two of its five founding members to tragic death.

In line with October's Madison Square Garden concert, Yoshiki and X Japan will appear at New York Comic Con, where Yoshiki will participate in a panel with Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee and discuss the pair's collaborations, including the comic based on Yoshiki, "Blood Red Dragon." More...

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X Japan Founder Speaks On Bassists' Death

X Japan drummer and founding member Yoshiki has posted a message online regarding the death of his former band mate Taiji Sawada, who passed away on July 17th after his family made the decision to turn off his life support following a suicide attempt. Yoshiki's message reads as follows:

"Receiving the news of Taiji's death has left me speechless. I don't know how to cope with the loss yet.

"Playing at the Nissan Stadium together last year brings memories as if it was yesterday. To imagine what the fans are feeling right now breaks my heart. But that is the reason why we have to stay strong.

"X Japan will have to carry on with not only (late guitarist) Hide, but Taiji as well in our hearts.

"May the amazing bassist Taiji rest in peace."

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Former X Japan And Loudness Bassist Passes Away

Although the circumstances have yet to be revealed, former X Japan and Loudness bass player Taiji Sawada has reportedly passed away. He was 45 years old. The past week, Sawada had been involved in some controversy, after he was arrested on July 11th "for interference with a flight attendant" due to an incident on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan. He then attempted suicide three days later, (July 14th,) over the incident, for which he was allegedly facing federal charges in the United States. It is not yet known if these instances are related to his death.

Taiji Sawada played for the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan from 1985 to 1992, during which time he recorded three albums with group before creative differences forced him to leave and join fellow countrymen Loudness, with whom he appeared on their self-titled 1992 album, as well as their live record, "Once And For All."

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X Japan Frontman Gets Comic Book Treatment

Stan Lee has created Blood Red Dragon, a brand new super-hero based on Yoshiki, rock icon/leader of the Japanese band X Japan. Lee, world-renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane, and Yoshiki, have combined their talents for this new series, and will premiere the debut issue of the series at Comic-Con, which takes place in San Diego, CA on July 21st. The Blood Red Dragon comic book series will be published by Todd McFarlane Productions, and will feature a surprise, first-of-its kind publishing innovation.

Blood Red Dragon focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation, an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantel of Earth's protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon's energy lays in music - the melodic heart of the human spirit - they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life - and possibly the face of the world.

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X Japan Promo Video Released

With MTV/Iggy calling it "epic," "Jade," the long-awaited new single from X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be released in North America, Europe and Latin America tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28, in all digital formats. "Jade" is the first track from the band's English debut album, currently in the final stages of recording.

"This is a years-long dream of X Japan's, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe," said Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/producer/songwriter/drummer/pianist. "Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that 'Jade' will be the first step."

Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace, "Jade" was recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki's Los Angeles studio, the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic Black album before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility. More...

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X Japan's First Single Gets Release Date

"Jade," the long-awaited new single from X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be released in North America, Europe, and Latin America on Tuesday, June 28th in all digital formats. "Jade" is the first track from the band's English debut album, currently in the final stages of recording.

A "Jade" full-length ringtone will be made available exclusively in Japan on June 28, and the single will be released there and in Southeast Asia two weeks later on July 13.

"This is a years-long dream of X Japan's, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe," said Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/producer/songwriter/drummer/pianist. "Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that 'Jade' will be the first step."

Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace, "Jade" was recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki's Los Angeles studio, the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic Black album before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility.

The song features the thunderous drums and bass of Yoshiki and Heath, respectively, the searing twin guitar work of Pata and Sugizo, and Toshi's dynamic vocals. With most lyrics sung in English, "Jade" is a hauntingly romantic tale of embracing the beautiful sadness of death, and showcases X Japan's eclectic mix of rock, goth and classical music.

The release of "Jade" coincides with X Japan's June 28 sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire and the kick-off of their world tour that includes stops in Europe and South America. Click here for the full itinerary.

X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times with its classic "Queen meets Guns 'N Roses meets 'The Matrix'" sound. The popularity of the band in Japan has made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion and business. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of the band's first American tour last fall.

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X Japan Signs To EMI Music For North America

X Japan has signed to EMI Music for an exclusive three-year manufacturing and distribution agreement that will have EMI Label Services handle the band's releases in North America. The first release will be the track "Jade" on March 15th, followed by the band's as-yet-untitled American debut, which is set for a late Summer 2011 release.

"We are so honored to have X Japan as part of the EMI Label Services/Caroline family," commented Mike Harris, Executive Vice President/General Manager, EMI Label Services & Caroline Distribution. "After the highly successful North American tour last fall, the timing is perfect for the upcoming X Japan release."

Added Dominic Pandiscia, 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." More...

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X Japan Plays The Riviera

X Japan remains the biggest name in heavy metal across the Asian continent. Despite major setbacks including the death of a lead guitarist and a decade long-hiatus, X Japan is still capable of selling out the Tokyo Dome in the band's home country and appearing on the soundtracks for major motion pictures. Finally, North American audiences have been able to witness a phenomenon that they've missed out on since the 1980s.

For those not familiar with X Japan it, along with Helloween, pioneered power metal in the late 1980s as well as a new style of dress known as visual kei, which is entirely an image and has nothing to do with a band's sound. Visual kei bands range from noise to pop and are defined by their use of "Medusa" hairstyles, colorful costumes, and heavy stage makeup. It's a style that emphasizes live performance and theatrics much like black metal, but with a much lighter and less grim approach. Moreover, visual kei has has a profound impact on everything in Japan from anime to video games, with things like Code Geass and the Final Fantasy series taking a heavy influence from visual kei for their art direction.

Finally, after missing the band's Chicago debut at Lollapalooza, I was finally able to witness the legends in person during X Japan's full tour. For one thing, it was inspiring for me to see so many fans follow X Japan to North America from the band's home continent. About 1/3 of the crowd were metalheads decked out in shirts for bands like Helloween and Dark Tranquillity, 1/3 were American weaboos interested in Japan's biggest metal phenomenon, and 1/3 were overseas fans who followed X Japan all the way across the world to see a performance on the group's first ever (and long overdue) North American tour. After every show that I've been to, I've never seen a fan base devoted enough to follow their favorite band overseas. Then again, this is the band that is able to sell out a show at the Tokyo Dome with no opener and have managed to sell thirty million albums with absolutely no touring in North America. More...

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X Japan Frontman Provides Video Update

X Japan founding member and lead composer Yoshiki has posted a video update discussing the band's first ever North American tour. You can view the short video clip below:

X JAPAN's North American tour dates:
Sep. 25 - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 28 - Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
Oct. 01 - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
Oct. 03 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC Canada
Oct. 06 - Riviera, Chicago, IL
Oct. 07 - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct. 10 - Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY

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X Japan Planning Their First North American Tour

Japanese power metal band X Japan are returning to North America after their appearances at both Otakon and Lollapalooza. This marks the band's first complete tour of North America and their third performance in the continent after one-off shows in Los Angeles and Chicago.

The tour will be followed shortly by X Japan's first new album in fourteen years and their first without their late lead guitarist Hideto Matsumoto. The thirty times platinum band's tour dates are as follows:

Sat. Sep. 25, 2010
Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA(2,300)
Live Nation/Rich Best 323-769-4326
http://www.livenation.com/event/0900450C43CF895B

Tue. Sep. 28, 2010
Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA(2,800)
Another Planet/Allen scott 510-548-3010
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C00450CF12C80FA

Fri. Oct. 1, 2010 - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
Sun. Oct. 3, 2010 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Wed. Oct. 6, 2010 - Riviera, Chicago, IL
Thu. Oct. 7, 2010 - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Sun. Oct. 10, 2010 - Roseland, New York, NY

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