The upcoming reunion shows by the reactivated Japanese rockers X JAPAN — March 28 (Destruction Night) and March 30 (Creation Night) at Tokyo Dome — have reportedly already been sold out through Yoshiki Mobile before going officially on sale.
According to the ticket agency eplus, which is in charge of the Yoshiki Mobile pre-sale of the Tokyo Dome concerts, there was an unprecedented demand for tickets within hours of the pre-sale announcement over Yoshiki Mobile shortly after the band's January 20 press conference.
Due to the unexpected sell-out through Yoshiki Mobile, to accommodate as many fans as possible, plans to add to seat capacity are under consideration, with seats to be added to the back of the stage, making for a full 360-degree seat placement, and Premium seats, in front front center stage, to be auctioned off; part of the sales revenue will be donated to a Bone Marrow Donor's Bank.
In other news, 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.
A 16-minute interview (in English) with X JAPAN founder Yoshiki about the reactivated band's future plans can be viewed below.
"I.V." and another new song, entitled "Without You", will be featured on a forthcoming "best-of" collection, to be released later in the year.
"I.V." appears in the fourth movie of the record-breaking "Saw" horror franchise, although it's not featured on the film's soundtrack.
"Saw IV" comes from the same team that produced "Catacombs", which featured the song "Blue Butterfly", written and produced by Yoshiki.
Approached in July 2006 about producing the theme track for "Saw IV", Yoshiki chose to perform the song with X JAPAN.
Written and composed by Yoshiki, with lyrics completely in English due to the international target audience, the song features Toshi on vocals, Pata on guitar and Heath on bass. While attending Toshi's vocal recording sessions, Yoshiki took the lead in overseeing the English lyrics.
"I.V." reportedly features previously unreleased ideas written by X JAPAN's influential lead guitarist Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto, who committed suicide in May 1998.
The video for the song "I.V." can be viewed below. The clip was shot on October 22, 2007 at Aqua City, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. Read a report from the video shoot at Jrock Revolution. Check out photos from the shoot at Wire Image.
The entire event was reportedly broadcast to a public audience next to the location of the video shoot.