X Japan Announces U.S. Tour Dates Following Lollapalooza Debut
On September 25, X Japan will kick off a seven-city North American trek at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, with subsequent stops in Oakland, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, and New York. Tickets go on sale today (8/16) and most can be purchased through ticketmaster.com or at the venues’ box office.
While this will be X Japan’s first U.S. tour, the band made its American concert debut on August 8, 2010 playing the Main Stage at Lollapalooza in Chicago in front of some 10,000 people. They’ve sold 30-million records and DVDs, filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times, they pioneered “Visual-Kei,” the Japanese music movement that helped spark the current world-wide Anime craze, and their leader has been referred to as “the Bono of Japan.” But the one thing this Guns-N’-Roses-meets-Queen-meets-‘The-Matrix’ rock group has wanted to do for years but has never done, is tour America.
“We feel like a new band now, like we are going back to the beginning,” said X Japan’s leader/drummer/pianist/composer Yoshiki about the upcoming U.S. concerts, “and it’s very, very exciting. We are looking forward to playing smaller venues here in the U.S., something we haven’t been able to do in Japan since the very early days.”
X Japan’s North American Tour Dates:
25 Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
28 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
1 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
3 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA
6 Riviera, Chicago, IL
7 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA
10 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY