Yoshiki Sells Out Back-To-Back Shows At New York's Famous Carnegie Hall12:54 AM
Yoshiki performed two back-to-back sold-out shows at New York’s famous classical venue, Carnegie Hall, on January 12 and 13.
Following four shows in Japan and a dramatic re-scheduled event in Hong Kong, the final performance of Yoshiki Classical Special World Tour 2016-2017 was broadcast live on January 13 across the world in sold-out screenings in Hong Kong and Taiwan and to homes across Japan via the WOWOW pay-per-view service.
Yoshiki also included a surprise performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” after a heartfelt speech about his personal pursuit of the American Dream.
“There is a thing called ‘The American Dream’. I came here to pursue that dream a long time ago. It hasn’t been easy but I kept trying and will keep on trying… I hope America will continue to give all of us the chance to pursue that Dream, regardless if you’re Asian, Hispanic, Black, or White. I really respect this country and always will,” Yoshiki said.The final song of the night, “Endless Rain,” found the music hall bathed in light from a mirror ball above the stage and the audience joined together to fill Carnegie Hall with their voices and the message of enduring love.
Yoshiki Classical Special at Carnegie Hall
January 12 & 13, 2017
- I’ll Be Your Love (Theme for the World Expo Japan)
- The Last Song
- Forever Love (Theme for the animation film X)
- Golden Globe Theme (Theme for the Golden Globes®)
- Hero (Theme for the animation film Saint Seiya)
- La Venus (Theme for the film We Are X)
- Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
- Anniversary (Theme for the Emperor of Japan 10 Year Anniversary)
- Tears (Theme for the TV drama Nikushimi ni Hohoende)
- ** extra song: Star-Spangled Banner – new arrangement by YOSHIKI
- Bloom Like A Rose (Theme for the TV drama Seisei Suru Hodo Aishiteru)
- Say Anything (Theme for the TV drama Lullaby Keiji)
- River of the Light
- Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
- Without You
- Art of Life
- Endless Rain (Theme for the film Zipang)
Tickets for X Japan at SSE Wembley Arena: bit.ly/XJapanWembley
VIDEO: X Japan - Wembley Arena - March 4