This year’s Lollapalooza line-up is looking very enticing with plenty of wicked bands. The Strokes, The XX, Metric, The New Pornographers and my recent discovery Violent Soho are just some of of the names that would make my shortlist should I be fortunate enough to make the trip to Chicago this year. But what about X Japan?
Chances are that their name is unfamiliar to you but in record sales alone X Japan have shifted more music than all the aforementioned bands combined, with over 30 million units sold worldwide (albeit most of them in Japan). They are the biggest rock band in Japanese history, they’ve sold out the 55,000 capacity Tokyo Dome 18 times, while their drummer and co-founder Yoshiki once played a piano concerto for the Emperor of Japan.
Despite all their achievements in their native land, X Japan have failed to make any impact internationally. Having formed some 28 years ago, perhaps X Japan will ‘do an Anvil‘ and emulate the heroics of their Canadian metal counterparts by finding the global status and success that has thus far eluded them. X Japan’s appearance at Lollapalooza, together with the forthcoming debut US release, will be the acid test as to whether or not the band can make it in the West – if they fail to make an impact then at least they’ll still be big in Japan.
Check out the video below of a very large but orderly Tokyo crowd enjoying the pyrotechnics of X Japan’s live show:
Related link: X Japan – Official Website