Japanese rock star YOSHIKI will team up with American rock legends KISS for a once-in-a-lifetime television performance on Japan’s NHK network.
The artists will appear together as YOSHIKISS during the New Year’s Eve Kouhaku Uta Gassen, the most-watched television program in Japan.
YOSHIKI’s televised performance with KISS follows his surprise on-stage appearances with the band at Tokyo Dome and Kyocera Dome during their “End of the Road World Tour,” electrifying the audience with a piano performance on ‘Beth’ and playing the drums on ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’.
YOSHIKI worked previously with KISS to create a 72-piece orchestral cover of ‘Black Diamond’ for the 1994 tribute album KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved.
The upcoming performance will mark the first time YOSHIKI and KISS have appeared on television together.
“It’s an honour to perform on NHK in my favorite country in the world,” says Gene Simmons of KISS. “YOSHIKI is a Japanese legend, but he never forgets to have a humble heart. I’ve been influenced by his humble approach to his work.”
Paul Stanley of KISS also praised YOSHIKI adding, “Not only is YOSHIKI a wonderful pianist and drummer, but he continues to express the importance of living and has had a great impact on us.”
YOSHIKI’s Kohaku Uta Gassen appearance will mark his fifth consecutive performance since 2015 as both a solo artist and as leader of the rock group X JAPAN.