At the end of Kiss’s set at the Tokyo Dome, Japanese rock icon Yoshiki was called upon by the band to take the stage during their encore and perform alongside the band. Yoshiki played keyboard to play “Beth” with the band, and then took to the drum set to perform “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
This was not the first time Yoshiki was able to collaborate with Kiss; the artist collaborated with the band to create a 72-piece orchestral cover of “Black Diamond” for the 1994 tribute album Kiss My Ass, and at the 2016 Visual Japan Summit in Tokyo, Gene Simmons joined Yoshiki on stage to perform “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Yoshiki is a cultural icon in Japan, and he hold about as much merit, if not more, than Kiss does in America.
Kiss has been an American cultural icon since the 1970’s. The use of facial and body paint in their act has been a staple of the band for decades, and although they are no longer at the forefront of popular music, their impact on rock and on music as a whole remains steadfast. David Lee Roth, known as the lead singer for Van Halen, is set to join Kiss during their farewell tour in 2020. Read more about Roth’s involvement in Kiss’s farewell tour here.
Check out a video of Yoshiki performing alongside Kiss below:
Just performed with the amazing KISS at #TokyoDome !#東京ドーム #キッス #KISS #YOSHIKI #YOSHIKISS @kiss @genesimmons @PaulStanleyLive@tommy_thayer #EricSinger #beth #rockandrollallnitehttps://t.co/GzzJBMUkWX pic.twitter.com/dvZNDxA0du
— Yoshiki (@YoshikiOfficial) December 13, 2019
Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat