X Japan bandleader and one of his homeland's biggest rock stars Yoshiki has sold out his sixth annual solo summer concert series set to take place in early August — 12 shows in seven days — at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo Ballroom. Tickets went for approximately $800 a pop. The exclusive events will see Yoshiki on piano performing a mix of X Japan's popular songs and his own classical-music compositions including the theme for the Golden Globes and "Anniversary," the latter written to celebrate the 10th year of the Emperor of Japan's reign. Yoshiki has also announced that he will premiere a new piece at the concerts.
"I usually don't like summer because I'm a nocturnal creature who dislikes the sun and heat," Yoshiki commented. "But ever since I started this show several years ago, I now look forward to the season. I'm truly grateful to all my fans who support me."
The Premium Dinner Shows in Tokyo will also feature the musician's fashion brand Yoshikimono — a popular line of kimonos, which has opened Tokyo Fashion Week — and a charity auction including personal items and concert outfits for his non-profit 501(c)(3) Yoshiki Foundation America. Last year's auction raised 69 million yen (around $630,000) for the foundation's work towards disaster relief, music education and humanitarian causes. YOSHIKI also donated $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey victims in the U.S. through The Recording Academy's MusiCares non-profit organization.