Legendary X Japan Rocker + Fans Raise Half A Million For Ukraine In 24 hours!

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Yoshiki photo: Hannah Wilcox (Wikimedia Commons)
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Among the likes of Machine Head guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka lending a hand to the Ukrainian people by bringing them supplies, Japan’s Yoshiki, of rock group X Japan, has also reached out to help Ukraine.

As reported by Blabbermouth, Yoshiki recently donated ¥10 million yen (which comes out to approximately $87,000) to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Emergency Assistance Fund. Yoshiki has called upon his fans to donate as well, raising $500,000 in under 24 hours. Yoshiki reached out to fans on Twitter, his request for donations gaining a great deal of attention.

Yoshiki was born November 20th, 1965. He is known as the leader of X Japan, and has taken on the role of drummer, pianist, and main songwriter. Billboard has called him a “musical innovator” and Consequence of Sound named him “one of the most influential composers in Japanese history.” He has collaborated with the likes of Gene Simmons of Kiss, Brian May of Queen, George Martin, St. Vincent, and many more.

X Japan formed in 1982, playing through to 1997, where they then took a hiatus until 2007 and have been playing since. The band’s sound ranges from rock to speed metal, as well as includes symphonic and power metal elments. At the time of this writing, the most recent release from the band is their soundtrack We Are X. The soundtrack is based off the documentary film of the same name, which is about X Japan. You can now stream the documentary via Prime.

The band’s most recent studio album is 1996’s Dahlia. However, the band do have an unreleased sixth studio album, but the project was abandoned at some point in its 10 years of production, with several of the songs reported to be on the album having been released digitally.

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Words by: Michael Pementel