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.
X Japan in Hong Kong 2009
|Also known as||X, エックス|
|Genres||Heavy metal, speed metal, power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal, glam metal|
|Years active||1982–1997, 2007–present|
|Labels||Dada, Extasy, CBS/Sony, Ki/oon, MMG, East West Japan, Atlantic, Polydor, Tofu, EMI|
|Past members||Former members|
Some visual kei bands are influenced by X Japan.
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.
- Vanishing Vision (1988)
- Blue Blood (1989)
- Jealousy (1991)
- Art of Life (1993)
- Dahlia (1996)
- Minnie, Chi. "X Japan Best review". Asia Pacific Arts Online Magazine. Retrieved 2007-09-10.