Aug 28 - Japanese composer and heavy metal rocker, Yoshiki, taps into music's softer side with the release of ''Yoshiki Classical.'' John Russell reports.
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Japanese rock star and classical composer Yoshiki has released a new album titled "Yoshiki Classical," out digitally in the U.S. on Tuesday (August 27).
The classically trained pianist best known as the lead performer of X Japan, a heavy metal rock band created in the late 1980's that have sold more than 30 million albums, was at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Monday (August 26) to perform a few classical compositions off the album.
The artist, who lost his father to suicide when he was only 10 years old, also mourned the death of X Japan's guitarist Hide in 1998.
SOUNDBITE: Yoshiki, musician, saying (Japanese):
"Sometimes I was in a lot of pain, and sometimes I try to create a melody to bring myself up as well. Usually when I write something beautiful, I'm very, very sad. I think that's in me because I lost so many close friends as well as my father. That kind of melody just comes from me, from inside."
His long musical career includes filling the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times, making the theme song for the opening ceremony of the World Expo in 2005 and composing the theme of the 69th Golden Globe Awards, which aired in 2012.
"Yoshiki Classical" released digitally in the U.S. on Tuesday (August 27) and will have its worldwide release on September 24.