“Same sex activity was actually only ever banned for a ten year period,” Michel Delsol tells me via Skype from his home in New York City.
Chronicling the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades––persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache––the film culminates with preparations for their breathtaking reunion concert at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden.Yoshiki’s first love was classical music, introduced to him by his parents at an early age.With X Japan he’s most often seen behind the drum kit, but on this night he sat before a clear, custom-made piano.Yoshiki, leader and co-founder of X Japan, unveiled his new project ‘Yoshiki Classical’ at a sold-out performance at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.As the title suggests, this endeavor sees the typically hard-rocking Yoshiki delving into the world of classical music and the result is quite impressive.Michael Jackson‘s penchant for wearing a chic form of wrist braces has been explained.
The late King of Pop jacked the “style” from a Japanese megastar, Yoshiki, whose tendonitis requires him to wear them.
As Yoshiki tickled the ivories, his notes stirred and swelled.
The sound was further accentuated by the gorgeous tones of an accompanying string quartet.
“I think everybody has both sides, I’m just a bit extreme,” said Yoshiki, referring to his dual ability to work in both hard rock and classical genres.
“I hear some punk elements in Mozart.” A brief interview segment allowed fans to see a side of this international superstar not often revealed to the public.
One elderly fan who attended the MSG show with her daughter told the film crew it was her first concert since Elvis.