On September 30, 2018, X JAPAN’s third-straight night of sold-out concerts for 100,000 fans — X JAPAN LIVE IN JAPAN 2018 — was suddenly cancelled due to the impending weather effects of Typhoon Trami.
With concern for the safety of fans as their top priority, X JAPAN sent the entire audience home and announced that the band would perform an unprecedented large-scale “closed-door concert” with complete stage effects and crew which was broadcast to an audience of over 1 million viewers.
Band leader YOSHIKI told Billboard Magazine, “It was really hard to deal with that situation. Before we decided to cancel the show, we had around 10,000 fans at the venue already. But we had to think about the safety of the fans first… When we announced the cancellation, there was such a loud reaction — we could hear it everywhere inside the venue. So we made the quick decision to broadcast the show for everyone to watch safely from home.”
VIDEO: X JAPAN “NO AUDIENCE” LIVE CONCERT (preview)
“Playing full strength in front of all those empty seats was a little strange,” YOSHIKI continued, “but we could hear the screams of the fans in our hearts, just as we always hear the voices of our late members Hide and Taiji. No matter what the situation, I believe the show must go on. Nothing is impossible.”
X JAPAN’s 3-hour full-length “No Audience” concert is now streaming worldwide via Nico Nico’s Yoshiki Channel in Japan and the newly-launched Yoshiki Channel International subscription service on YouTube.
* Yoshiki Channel International is currently available in 40 countries outside Japan including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA. (complete list)
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Toshl Official Site: http://toshi-samuraijapan.com
PATA Official Site: http://www.pata-official.com
HEATH Official Site: http://www.heath.co.jp
SUGIZO Official Site: http://sugizo.com
HIDE Official Site: http://www.hide-city.com
TAIJI Official Site: http://taiji-tsglaston.com