Rock Icon Yoshiki Makes Segerstrom Center Debut Tonight
Yoshiki, Asia's foremost rock icon and multi talented music superstar, will bring his new live show, Yoshiki Classical, to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a special one-night-only concert tonight, April 25 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
The show will feature music from Yoshiki's latest album that includes collaborations with some of music's renowned artists and legendary producers. Along with Billboard Magazine, MTV, Reuters and AOL, Classic FM applauds Yoshiki Classical as an "enlightening exploration of one musical auteur's quest to turn his music into something more than a series of rock ballads." Pianist Magazine went on to say Yoshiki Classical is a "true labor of love from a talented artist who's made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres."
Tickets for Yoshiki start at $39 and will go on sale Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. PST. Single tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
Yoshiki, considered to be one of Asia's most influential musical artists and its biggest rock icon, is honored to share his new collection of compositions titled Yoshiki Classical with fans around the world.
The long awaited album Yoshiki Classical was released worldwide in the fall of 2013 and met with tremendous response. It sees collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary The Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco. Yoshiki Classical debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world and also saw a Top 10 debut in four countries.
Although known as the founder of Japan's biggest rock band, X Japan and credited as the catalyst for the flamboyant visual-kei rock sub-genre, Yoshiki is a world-renowned classically trained multi- instrumentalist/composer/musician. X Japan has sold more than 30 million singles and albums combined, along with several sold-out world tours, including selling out the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome, a record 18 times.
Yoshiki composed the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, which is available in 111 countries. He also composed and performed an orchestral piece/piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor's tenth anniversary of his reign, along with the theme for the World Expo held in Japan.
Beyond music, Yoshiki has been celebrated in many unique ways. Some highlights include, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee created the music superhero comic book series "Blood Red Dragon" based on Yoshiki. Madame Tussaud created and unveiled the Yoshiki wax figure. Additionally, Yoshiki has his own clothing and jewelry line, not to mention his own branded Yoshiki VISA Card and a line of wine called Y by Yoshiki. For the first time in history, a Hello Kitty product line was named after a person - Yoshikitty. And in December 2013, Yoshiki launched his very own YOSHIKI special edition headphone.
On February 19, 2014, the GRAMMY Museum unveiled their Yoshiki exhibit, displaying the influential rock icon's signature crystal piano, flamboyant wardrobes and other items. The exhibition explores Yoshiki's fascinating career and follows the museum's unique collection on Ringo Starr. Yoshiki is the first Asian artist to be honored with an exhibition by The GRAMMY Museum.