X JAPAN’s music is built for fervent moshing and, headbanging. Trust me, I’ve seen it in person, watching several thousand people put their necks at risk to fully immerse themselves into the legendary rock outfit’s dramatic, high-energy music felt right.
So it’s a little bittersweet to learn that the outfit’s leader, YOSHIKI, probably won’t be headbanging anytime in the near future. At a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, the drummer declared that headbanging is, “no good” following emergency spinal surgery the Japanese rock legend had performed this past May.
He spoke to media in Japan’s capital while wearing a neck brace. And, even though he’s hesitant of whipping his neck back-and-forth in the immediate future, YOSHIKI also didn’t rule headbanging out entirely in the future. “I may end up headbanging again, unless there is a law banning it,” he told reporters at the press conference.
In May, a neurosurgeon told YOSHIKI that his neck had experienced damage that, “would force a professional rugby player to retire,” which prompted emergency surgery in Los Angeles. Earlier in the year, he had suffered paralysis in his left hand and arm during performances.
As a result of the surgery, X JAPAN Had to cancel several live dates on their tour. But YOSHIKI announced recently he will attend the Anime Expo in Los Angeles this July to promote last year’s documentary film about his band We Are X.
At upcoming X JAPAN shows, he’ll play piano rather than the drums.
“Many U.S. artists have become legends after they died. But I want to be an artist who inspires people by keeping on going and staying alive,” YOSHIKI said.
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