I guess we could call this a taste of the global tour?

Last week, Japanese musician Yoshiki kicked off a global concert series with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed the “Yoshiki Classical Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra”. The first four concerts were held in Japan, starting on December 5 at Osaka Castle Hall. The event was followed by a trio of shows at Tokyo International Forum, which were held from December 6 through 8.

With the lights now dimmed and the equipment broken down, Yoshiki has his sights set firmly abroad. He’ll be performing at the Hong Kong Asia World Expo on December 29, which will be followed by a pair of shows in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.

To promote the upcoming events, Resonance Media released a series of photos from the Osaka and Tokyo concerts.

December 5: Osaka Castle Hall

December 6-8: Tokyo International Forum

In addition, the company released a show promotional video for the upcoming Carnegie Hall shows, which you can check out below:

Yoshiki will host two shows at Carnegie Hall, on January 12 and 13, 2017. Much like the other shows in this series, the artist will be joined by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Yoshiki will perform original compositions with the orchestra, in addition to several traditional classical pieces.

Tickets to the concert, which will be held at Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, are on sale with ticket prices ranging from $40 to $105.

A pair of VIP packages are also available for both concerts. The standard VIP package, priced at $299, includes a “Great Parquet” ticket, a T-shirt, a tote bag, an autographed poster, and a “Yoshiki Exclusive Classical Picture Disk.”

The $999 “Meet and Greet” package includes all the items at the $299 level, in addition to a laminate lanyard, a metronome, a meet-and-greet session with Yoshiki, and admission to the sound check.

Yoshiki has been active in the music world since 1977, when he founded the band Dynamite (later Noise) with childhood friend Toshi. After Noise disbanded, the two joined forces again to form influential rock group X Japan. The group is widely credited as a pioneer of the visual kei movement, and also served as a launchpad for Yoshiki’s independent music label “Exstasy Records.”

Since X Japan’s dissolution in 1992, Yoshiki has maintained several solo projects, including Eternal melody and Violet UK. In the mid 2000s, Yoshiki played drums and piano in short-lived supergroup S.K.I.N.

Source: Resonance Media (Press Release)