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More than 105,000 music fans joined the iconic rock group X JAPAN this past weekend (Friday, October 14, Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16) as they headlined all three nights of the first-ever VISUAL JAPAN SUMMIT festival at Makuhari-Messe outside Tokyo, Japan. Now, the largest three-day festival in Japan for 2016, VISUAL JAPAN SUMMIT celebrates a Japanese music movement called “Visual Kei”–a fusion of Western rock and punk with Eastern culture, Kabuki theatrics and anime.

Pioneered by the recently reunited X JAPAN and heavily influenced by David Bowie, the Sex Pistols and KISS, “Visual Kei” translates to “psychedelic crime of visual shock” and its purpose as an artistic movement is pushing forward the “freedom to express anything” in a reserved society. Gene Simmons of KISS made a surprise appearance to perform “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite” at the festival which marks the first-time ever these stadium bands including Glay, Luna Sea and over 50 acts gathered in one place in what will become an annual event.

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Yoshiki and Gene Simmons perform “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite” at VISUAL JAPAN SUMMIT 2016.

The festival shows marked X JAPAN’s–YOSHIKI (drums/piano/composer), TOSHI (vocals), PATA (guitar), HEATH (bass), SUGIZO (violin/guitar)–only shows this year as they prepare to release their first album in almost two decades in 2017. X JAPAN will also perform at a concert event at SSE Wembley Arena in London on March 4, 2017.

Before the release, YOSHIKI–songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X JAPAN will bring his classical show, “YOSHIKI CLASSICAL Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra” to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in New York a on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13. For the Carnegie Hall concert, YOSHIKI will perform his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic; he will also play several traditional Classical pieces. For tickets, visit (here) and the Carnegie Hall website (here).

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