Yoshiki at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Guanjuato, Mexico, June 21, 2017. Photo by Notimex.
 
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Yoshiki
Forecourt Ceremony held on Thursday, September 14, 2023
 
Born: Yoshiki Hayashi, November 20, 1965, in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
Age at the time of the ceremony: 57
 
Yoshiki is a Japanese pop star and musician, songwriter and leader of the bands X Japan and Last Rockstars. He is a considerable businessman, involved in clothing, household goods and wines. His philanthropy is well-known in Japan.

Born into a musical family, Yoshiki began his piano studies when he was four. Favoring Beethoven and Schubert, at age ten, his father committed suicide; Yoshiki turned to rock music for solace. Focusing on the American metal band Kiss, he learned drums and guitar. At 12, he and a pal formed a band they called "Noise."

When Noise broke up, Yoshiki formed a new band, called "X"; they giged around and sold their own records. The band was signed up by CBS in August 1988. Eventually, they re-branded the band "X Japan." Their first album for CBS, Jealousy, became wildly popular.

Beginning in 1992, Yoshiki began touring and recording as a solo act. In 1992, he bought a recording studio in North Hollywood, which became his base of operations. In 1993, he released the album Eternal Melody, which featured his arrangements of X Japan songs for orchestra.

His first composition credit for any sort of audio/visual project is for doing some of the music for X2 - Double X, a video from 1993, promoting an anime movie called X, which came out in 1996. He contributed the song "Sane" for the film In God's Hands with Matt George (released in April 1998).

In 2002, he starred in a television concert called Yoshiki Symphonic Concert 2002 with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring Violet UK, released as a video recording by Columbia in Japan in 2005. In 2007, Yoshiki was credited for co-compsing the score for the horror movie Catacombs, with Shannyn Sossamon aired over FearNet in September 2007.

Yoshiki wrote, and X Japan recorded a theme song ("I.V.") for Saw IV with Tobin Bell (released in October 2007). He appears prominently in a 2016 documentary about the X Japan band, We Are X, released in October 2016.

His song "Miracle" was included on a Sarah Brightman studio album on which he also duets. A promotional video was made to support the album's release. Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert, in which he is also featured, and was released in 2018.

Another concert film was made, Yoshiki Live at Carnagie Hall and was aired over PBS in March 2019. Then there is the documentary Yoshiki: Life of a Japanese Rock Star streamed over YouTube Red beginning in March 2020.

Yoshiki arranges and performs a number of Disney songs and some of his own in My Music Story: Yoshiki over Disney+ beginning in 2021. Yoshiki undertook directing his concert film Yoshiki: Under the Sky (released in September 2023), and which has sometimes played the Chinese Six-Plex.
 
 
TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Yooshiki Forecourt block. Executed by Unknown, Thursday, September 14, 2023. 30 x 20 inches.
TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Yoshiki Forecourt ceremony, Thursday, September 14, 2023
 
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