Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential rock group in Japanese history, X Japan took heavy metal mainstream and sold out the massive Tokyo Dome 13 times prior to disbanding in 1997. (It subsequently reformed in 2007.) With a performance at Davies Symphony Hall coming up next week, we spoke with Hayashi — known publicly as Yoshiki — about what audiences might expect from his first... More >>>