KISS And YOSHIKI Collaborate For Once-In-A-Lifetime New Year's Eve Television Performance
KISS And YOSHIKI Collaborate For Once-In-A-Lifetime New Year’s Eve Television Performance
Japanese rock star Yoshiki will team up with KISS for a once-in-a-lifetime television performance on Japan’s NHK network. The artists will appear together as “Yoshiki feat. KISS” (“YOSHIKISS”) during the New Year’s Eve “Red And White Music Battle” (“Kouhaku Uta Gassen”), the most-watched television program in Japan, which is also broadcast worldwide.
Yoshiki’s televised performance with KISS follows his surprise on-stage appearances with the band at Tokyo Dome and Kyocera Dome Osaka during their “End Of The Road” world tour, electrifying the audience with a piano performance on “Beth” and playing the drums on “Rock and Roll All Nite”.
Watch the previously shot footage from Tokyo below (with Stanley having trouble to keep key at the end)
Yoshiki worked previously with KISS to create a 72-piece orchestral cover of “Black Diamond” for the 1994 tribute album “Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved”. In 2016, Gene Simmons joined Yoshiki on stage to perform “Rock And Roll All Nite” at the Visual Japan Summit in Tokyo.
The upcoming performance will mark the first time Yoshiki and KISS have appeared on television together.
“I want us to create a performance that will have a big impact,” Yoshiki said. “I think we’re really going to shock people.”
“It’s an honor to perform on NHK in my favorite country in the world,” says Gene Simmons of KISS. “Yoshiki is a Japanese legend, but he never forgets to have a humble heart. I’ve been influenced by his humble approach to his work.“
Paul Stanley of KISS also praised Yoshiki, adding, “Not only is Yoshiki a wonderful pianist and drummer, but he continues to express the importance of living and has had a great impact on us.”
For Yoshiki, KISS was a life-saving force in his childhood as he dealt with the despair caused by the sudden death of his father.
“KISS saved my life,” explained Yoshiki, who studied classical piano throughout his youth and began drumming as a way of releasing his emotional pain.
“Instead of banging things, I started banging drums,” Yoshiki said in the X JAPAN documentary film “We Are X”. Gene Simmons appears in the film to praise the band which was in fact inspired by KISS. “If those guys were born in America,” Simmons said, “they might be the biggest band in the world.“
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