GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist Comments On Guest Appearance With X JAPAN

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus has commented on his guest appearance with reactivated Japanese rockers X JAPAN during their three reunion shows at the Tokyo Dome at the end of March.

Also performing with X JAPAN at the Tokyo concerts was former LIMP BIZKIT and current BLACK LIGHT BURNS member Wes Borland.

"I'd like to thank X JAPAN and their fans for the kindness and generosity they showed me while I was in Japan," Fortus wrote on his web site. "It was such an incredible honor to be asked to share their stage! This was an event that I will never forget. The last night especially was very magical and incredibly emotional.

"Hide [X JAPAN's influential lead guitarist Hideto 'Hide' Matsumoto who committed suicide in May 1998] was a star of such magnitude that nobody will ever fill the hole he left. It was an honor to be able to pay tribute to him.

"I hope that i am able to do more shows with X JAPAN in the future."

X JAPAN will play its first-ever concert in the U.S. on September 13, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The band will also perform in Paris, France on July 5.

Video footage of X JAPAN's performances at the Tokyo Dome can be viewed below.

Fortus and fellow GN'R guitarist Robin Finck played X JAPAN's "Endless Rain" as part of their guitar duet during some of GN'R's Japanese shows in July 2007.

X JAPAN's new song, "I.V.", topped iTunes' daily charts upon its release on January 23 in both Overall Sales and Rock categories.

X JAPAN is the first Asian artist to chart high worldwide on iTunes and the Billboard music site Billboard.biz.

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