11:00 - 11th May 2014, by NEO Staff


Perhaps best known to readers of NEO for his career in visual kei, X Japan founder Yoshiki has recently turned his hand to music of the classical sort instead. That's right, folks - you may know him as the flamboyantly dressed pioneer of the visual style movement, but Yoshiki's talents spread further than one genre - he's also a classically trained composer as well as a musician, and is proficient with several instruments - not just his iconic crystal piano.

Last year, Yoshiki launched his new album, Yoshiki Classical, to critical acclaim. Featuring collaborations between Yoshiki and various orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco, plus legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the album debuted at number one in the iTunes classical music chart in ten countries across the world.

In February, as the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles unveiled an exhibition honouring the star (including the aforementioned piano and many of Yoshiki's amazing outfits), it was also announced that Yoshiki would be going on a world tour to support Yoshiki Classical.

Beginning in California and heading to Mexico, Canada, Russia and China, the tour takes in three stops in Europe, starting with Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany on 23 May, then Trianon in Paris, France on 26 May, before heading to London's Royal Festival Hall on Thursday, 28 May.

To purchase tickets, head to, or You can also find more information online at, or on Facebook by searching for YoshikiOfficial - which is also the Twitter handle for Yoshiki, too! Tickets have a face value of £30 to £75, not including delivery or other fees.

Beyond music, Yoshiki is a cultural force to be reckoned with. His reach extends far beyond multiple musical genres, sell out tours and over 30 million sales - he's also the first person in history to have a Hello Kitty line named after him (Yoshikitty), plus, Stan Lee has created the comic series Blood Red Dragon in his honour. If that wasn't enough, Yoshiki has his own clothing range, a branded VISA card, and a line of wine called Y by Yoshiki. This is Yoshiki's world - we're just living in it.

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