So on July 1, I’m leaving my hotel room and I find this flier at the front desk about the Yoshiki Foundation America hosting a charity event at Club Nokia that night separate from other activities in the area. Apparently several companies—including Toei Animation, Toyota, J.Rock Revolution and others—were coming to help put on this variety type event where there would be anime previews, a fashion show, and a performance by the music group X Japan, of which the founder Yoshiki is a member. I didn’t know much about Japanese music, but knew this band had a pretty big following and if he was doing something for charity, it couldn’t be all bad. So we went to check it out.
Then came the fashion show. I’m really not certain how to describe the clothes, but the models definitely knew what they were doing while showing off the gear, as you can see in the pics. Soon it was time for the announcement that X Japan would tour the United States, beginning in Chicago in a couple months.
This led up the first acoustic set with members of X Japan performing “I.V.”, followed by a full-scale production for their new music video “Born To Be Free.” Featuring fireworks, flamethrowers, and caged go-go gals, this song was performed four times for the raving crowd as footage for a music video, with us stuck among the screamers. As evenings go, there could’ve been worse ways to spend a night in L.A.