YOSHIKI to Appear on "Kohaku Uta Gassen" with Sarah Brightman and Members of Queen

29/12/2020 2020-12-29 17:30:00 JaME Source: Press Release Author: Christine

YOSHIKI to Appear on "Kohaku Uta Gassen" with Sarah Brightman and Members of Queen

YOSHIKI will be performing a special version of "Endless Rain" alongside musicians like soprano Sarah Brightman and Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen at this year's "Kohaku Uta Gassen".

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Kohaku Uta Gassen, broadcast on Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, is the annual music program in Japan which has continued to be the most popular TV program each year for the past 70 years. With an unprecedented viewership of over 40%, it has long been viewed as the true barometer of status for domestic artists with an unrivalled influence on an artist's profile, status, and sales in Japan.

In light of the difficulties faced by people all over the world in 2020 and with a pressing desire for togetherness, NHK intends to conclude this year’s broadcast with a special performance featuring the show’s biggest artists playing X JAPAN's hit song Endless Rain, which was composed by YOSHIKI.

NHK has invited Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May to perform. Taylor and YOSHIKI co-wrote Foreign Sand in 1994, and they have been friends ever since. Also, YOSHIKI opened the 2015 Classic Rock Awards in London with a performance of Queen’s hit Bohemian Rhapsody, which was praised by May, who attended the event.

NHK has also invited soprano Sarah Brightman. Brightman chose YOSHIKI’s composition Miracle to be a single and featured it in her 2018 album. They also previously joined each other on stage for selected dates during her recent world tour, as well as on YOSHIKI’s classical tour and at Kohaku Uta Gassen in 2018.

YOSHIKI has also been confirmed to appear on the upcoming TV show. Ever since the impact of COVID-19 in February, YOSHIKI has remained in L.A., and will join remotely from there for this year’s performance.

Furthermore, this year’s Kohaku Uta Gassen marks YOSHIKI’s sixth consecutive performance and eleventh appearance in total, including eight performances with X JAPAN and three consecutive performances as a solo artist.

YOSHIKI commented: “I am very honored and grateful to be performing Endless Rain at Kohaku again this year. I wish I could go to Japan but with the global pandemic, I have remained in Los Angeles since February. Therefore, I will perform remotely this year. I feel honoured and grateful to be performing with Queen and Sarah Brightman and all those Japanese superstars. I hope that through the music, we can give everyone courage. Please look forward to the performance.”

71st Kohaku Uta Gassen will be broadcast on General TV, BS4K, BS8K and Radio 1 on December 31st from 7:30pm to 11:45pm (JST). Details on the show are available here (in Japanese).
 Kohaku Uta Gassen - Official Website

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