X JAPAN’s drummer YOSHIKI will undergo emergency spinal surgery on Tuesday, May 16, according to a statement released on the artist’s official website.
The leader of Japan’s most celebrated hard-rock outfit will have emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery according to the statement. He, “has been informed by a neurosurgeon in Japan that his neck has experienced severe damage that would force a professional rugby player to retire.” As a result, all of his scheduled activity in May has been cancelled, while X JAPAN’s tour dates in July and YOSHIKI’s own solo shows in August and September will be rescheduled.
The official statement says, “as a result of YOSHIKI’s intense drumming style and the impact it has had on his physical health, he was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis in July 2009, and then underwent a cervical laminectomy and a cervical foraminotomy.” He suffered from a herniated disc, which the statement says has worsened over the last six months. He has experienced numbness and paralysis of his left hand and arm.
“It has been medically determined that he is approaching his limit, both physically and mentally. The intensive schedule has taken its toll on his already damaged nervous system,” the statement says.
Besides dates with X JAPAN and solo shows, YOSHIKI has also attended film festivals around the globe to promote the documentary WE ARE X over the past year.
After YOSHIKI’s surgery early next week, discussions regarding whether to cancel, postpone or go on with his future commitments will happen, according to the statement.
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