X Japan

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X Japan

X Japan in Hong Kong 2009
Background information
Also known as X, エックス
Origin Chiba, Japan
Genres Heavy metal, speed metal, power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal, glam metal[1]
Years active 1982–1997, 2007–present
Labels Dada, Extasy, CBS/Sony, Ki/oon, MMG, East West Japan, Atlantic, Polydor, Tofu, EMI
Associated acts S.K.I.N.
Website www.xjapanmusic.com
Members
Yoshiki
Toshi
Pata
Heath
Sugizo
Past members
Former members

X Japan is a Japanese rock band. They were formed in 1982 by Yoshiki. They have sold over 30 million albums and singles and over 2 million videos to date. X Japan stopped making music in 1997, but reunited in 2007. They performed their first world tour live in Hong Kong in 2009. They played to 20,000 people in two days.

Some visual kei bands are influenced by X Japan.

Name[change | edit source]

The band was first called "X" but because the letter X was already the name of another band they changed their name to "X Japan" to avoid confusion.

Albums[change | edit source]

  • Vanishing Vision (1988)
  • Blue Blood (1989)
  • Jealousy (1991)
  • Art of Life (1993)
  • Dahlia (1996)

References[change | edit source]

  1. Minnie, Chi. "X Japan Best review". Asia Pacific Arts Online Magazine. http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=7936. Retrieved 2007-09-10.