X Japan leader Yoshiki cancels shows for urgent surgery

Source:AFP Published: 2017/5/10 17:38:40

Yoshiki, the force behind Japanese rockers X Japan who is known for such intense drumming he sometimes collapses on stage, on Tuesday canceled upcoming shows to undergo urgent surgery.

Yoshiki, whose group was one of the biggest acts in Japanese music history with fanatical fan followings in the 1980s and 1990s, will have treatment to receive an artificial cervical disc, his management said.

"Yoshiki has been informed by a neurosurgeon in Japan that his neck has experienced severe damage that would force a professional rugby player to retire. It has been medically determined that he is approaching his limit, both physically and mentally," a statement said.

"The operation is to be performed on May 16th at a Los Angeles hospital."

The statement said that X Japan would be reviewing July arena concerts in Japan as well as a subsequent global tour that had not yet been announced, with a decision later on whether the shows can be rescheduled or need to be canceled.

The 51-year-old, whose full name is Yoshiki Hayashi, had suffered bone fractures since his childhood but pursued such an aggressive brand of heavy metal drumming that he would often writhe in pain on the floor by the end of the band's shows.

Combining the power of arena metal with the glam androgyny of David Bowie, X Japan won legions of devoted fans ranging from screaming teenage girls to Japan's former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi to US rockers Kiss.



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