Top J-Rock band X Japan to play main stage at Lollapalooza

April 7, 2010

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?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

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4 Responses to Top J-Rock band X Japan to play main stage at Lollapalooza

  1. cleveryummy on April 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’m waiting their dream comes true (US debut) since early 90’s. They were planning to US(world) debut in middle 90′. Since then nearly 20 years, they nearly gave up (band split up), lost one of their guitarist HIDE tragically. But they are back now. They are aged a bit. But their spirits are the strongest ever. I hope they WILL rock US at Lollapalooza.

  2. mecha2040 on April 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    They are the main reason I am attending Lollapalooza.

  3. xia on April 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Comparing X Japan to Anvil is just retarded. Seriously. Just because X Japan isn’t “mainstream” in the US… and just because they have been around for awhile doesn’t make them an Anvil.

    All of X’s successful albums, all their sold out shows, all their DVDs… all their fame and notoriety and musical prestige for over twenty years… pretty much sets X at a level above what Anvil is at now, after Anvil’s “fame” (which is just collective pity from the masses, actually.)

    X Japan might “…emulate the heroics of their Canadian metal counterparts” ?

    They have already achieved more than Anvil ever will… emulation would entail actually taking a few steps backwards.

    This article is FAIL.

  4. sluggotor on May 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    They are the ONLY reason that I am going to Lollapalooza. I seriously would be satisfied watching them, and then leaving. I can’t wait.

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