As X JAPAN prepare to release the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed documentary film WE ARE X–the group have unleashed two songs in advance; ‘La Venus‘ on Rolling Stone (here) and “Without You” (here) on YAHOO. The soundtrack for the film WE ARE X will be released worldwide March 3, 2017 via Sony Music’sLegacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and is available for pre-order now at Amazon (here).*See the full track listing for the WE ARE X film soundtrack below.
Hailed as “fascinating” by the New York Times, WE ARE X is a transcendent and beautifully shot rock & roll story about the most successful rock band in Japanese history, X JAPAN. They’ve sold over 30 million albums, singles and videos combined; sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times; and played to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. Under the enigmatic direction of YOSHIKI–composer, classically-trained pianist, drummer and the creative force behind the group–X JAPAN has captivated a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and the Japanese Emperor-while pioneering a spectacle-driven style of rock music called “Visual Kei” (visual-kay), a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon.
In late 2016, ‘WE ARE X’ was released to theaters across America after winning multiple awards at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man), and produced by the Oscar-winning production team behind Searching for Sugar Man, WE ARE X is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted–but truly unstoppable–virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world’s most devoted fans.
On Saturday, March 4, X JAPAN—YOSHIKI/drums, piano; TOSHI/vocals; PATA/guitar; HEATH/bass; and SUGIZO/guitar, violin–will perform their first major show of 2017 on #XDAY at SSE Arena, Wembley in London U.K. WE ARE X (film) will officially open this week in theaters across the U.K. (here). The film continues to expand internationally in new cities every week; and will arrive on Blu-Ray™, DVD and Digital HD on April 25 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label. Territories include U.S, Bermuda and Bahamas.Critical praise for the film ‘WE ARE X’ continues to pour in:NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, PITCHFORK, BUZZFEED, USA TODAY, YAHOOand LA WEEKLY.
Watch the new X JAPAN video for their SSE Arena, Wembley concert below and purchase tickets for the show (here).
It’s been a while since I reached out to one of my best sources of Van Halen info over the years, but it had to be done. And I got the information I was hoping for – independent confirmation from a long time source I trust that Van Halen are indeed working towards finishing recording of a long awaited new studio album with David Lee Roth, set for release sometime in the first half of 2011