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Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:00 - 14:00

Author, "Brainwashed: My Comeback from 12 Years of Hell" 
Vocalist of X JAPAN
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English
*Initial reservations are limited to three tickets and may be subject to further change.

 After fronting the massively successful X JAPAN, vocalist Toshl walked away from fame and fortune in 1997. It seemed like the natural end to a rock phenomenon, but Toshl was walking into something far more bizarre, according to his book "Brainwashed – My Comeback from 12 Years of Hell.

 "How bizarre? Toshl says he was brainwashed and bankrupted by a movement known as Home of Heart, a self-proclaimed self-development group, but regarded by many as a cult. He can't use his real name – Toshi – as that's still being used by Home of Heart, with whom he performed and recorded after quitting X JAPAN. He now goes by the moniker "Toshl." Toshl says that Home of Heart took all his property and his performance fees when he was with the group. After 12 years, Toshl decided to quit the movement.

 X JAPAN rose to fame on the back of the Band Boom of the late '80s and the Visual Kei movement of the '90s, becoming massive sellers as an indie band before signing to Sony and becoming a dominant force on the Japan rock music scene. They had the proverbial world at their feet, but this was rock 'n' roll. A year after the band broke up, guitarist hide was found dead. Former bassist TAIJI later committed suicide.

 In his book, Toshl talks about his father, leaving X JAPAN, hide's death, brainwashing by violence and abuse, bankruptcy, his meeting with YOSHIKI for the first time in 10 years, reforming X Japan and more.

 Come and see what one of Japan's biggest rock stars has to say about his rock 'n' roll life and his escape from "brainwashing."

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu:hamburger steak with demi-glace sauce) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

 *Working Pressは1時間、Associate, non-memberは24時間以内のキャンセルはフルチャージとなりますのでご注意ください。なおキャンセルは電話でのみ承ります。

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Sep 25 14 PL Toshl

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