Japanese music stars form band 'to rock the world'

By -  iMediaBuzz Team

TOKYO - Four of Japan's biggest rock stars form a new band, The Last Rockstars, in a race against time to keep the spirit of rock music alive.

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“We’ve come together to start this challenge for the world out of Japan,” Yoshiki of X Japan told reporters Friday.

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Dressed in black, Yoshiki, Miyavi, Sugizo and Hide announced their new group on stage in Tokyo, saying that the idea developed naturally.

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Guitarist Sugijo of the rock band Luna C, who also plays with X Japan, said that he felt the defiant spirit of rock music needed to continue, noting that the members were getting older.

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Guitarist Miyavi appeared as an actor in Angelina Jolie's 2014 biographical war film, "Unbroken".

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"This may be our last chance at this challenge," Sugijo said. "We want to put everything we have left in our lives on the line to rock the world with our music."

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He stated that he is collaborating on writing songs while continuing to work with his own band. Concerts are scheduled for Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles early next year.

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The musicians have worked together on various projects over the years, but this is the first time all four have committed to a group.

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"Finally, this day has come," said Hyde, lead singer of the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. "I am very excited."

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He and X Japan, who date back to the 1980s, still have a large and loyal following, and the musicians with whom he is joining forces are also popular.

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