LOS ANGELES, CA March 15, 2011 Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese rock band X Japan, will put his favorite "crystal" piano on the auction block, donating all proceeds to help provide aid to the victims of Japan¹s earthquake and tsunami.
The custom-made, plexi-glass "Yoshiki Signature Piano by Kawai" with Yoshiki¹s name engraved on it, was used when the band played their legendary shows at the Tokyo Dome.
The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan¹s first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. "It took awhile to locate my mother, but she is, thankfully, OK," said Yoshiki, "and I¹ve spoken with [band members] Toshi, Pata, Sugizo and Heath, and they are all safe as well. I am praying for the people here who are still trying to locate their family and friends."
X Japan has decided to postpone the release of their first U.S. single, "Jade," that had been scheduled to be released today, so that they may focus their time and energies on helping with the recovery.
In addition to raising money by auctioning his "crystal" piano, Yoshiki will collect donations for the Japanese disaster relief through the Yoshiki Foundation America, his California non-profit, public benefit corporation with tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(www.yoshikifoundation.org