Rock band X Japan held an urgent press conference on Thursday to announce a few pieces of news, including their first North American tour and a new album.
It has already been known since January that X Japan will be performing at the Lollapalooza rock festival in Chicago, which is taking place August 6-8. In addition, they were announced as special guests at the upcoming Otakon 2010 convention in Baltimore (July 30-August 1), where they will perform a short acoustic set. However, the band plans to launch a full tour across North America starting on October 1.
The North American tour is connected to the band's planned world tour, which was scheduled last year but had to be postponed due to various circumstances. X Japan is resuming their world tour plans, starting with domestic performances at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on August 14 and 15.
X Japan stated that their North American tour will start in California on October 1. It is said that more than 10 cities will be covered, including Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Boston.
Coinciding with their tour, the band is planning to release a new album this fall, their first in 14 years. It will be released simultaneously in Japan and the U.S. The album will contain about 10 songs, including "Jade," "ART OF LIFE," and English versions of "Tears" and "Rusty Nail." It is also said that "Jade" will be released as their first U.S. single.