Yoshiki has been revealed to be the winner of the Asian Icon Award at Classic Rock Awards in Tokyo. Furthermore, he performed a David Bowie Tribute and “Art of Life“!

The awards show was held at Ryogoku Kokugikan on November 11th in Japan and X Japan leader Yoshiki won the Asian Icon Award, which is a very historic happening as he is the first Asian artist to achieve it. Additionally, it makes it even more special as it was the first time the event was held in Japan.

Yoshiki performed his classical renditions of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and X Japan’s masterpiece “Art Of Life.”

Also, when he accepted the award he shared the following,
“So many artists in Asia are going overseas and Asian rock is growing worldwide. X Japan is proud to be one of them and if there’s a wall between east and west, the wall is getting lower and thinner. I’m going to break this wall. It’s an honor to receive this award. I would like to dedicate this award to the X Japan members especially Hide and Taiji. Thank you very much.”

For those who also want to experience his classical performance, there is a chance coming up! As previously announced he will perform with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in NYC, USA. For more information, you can check out the realted article [HERE] and purchase the tickets [HERE].