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X Japan return to U.S. for New York Concert + Comic Con appearance

Yoshiki of the band X Japan attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California
Yoshiki of the band X Japan attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaPhoto by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Heavy metal band X Japan are coming back to the U.S. this fall for a special performance at New York's Madison Square Garden on October 11. Tickets for the event are on sale today (August 1) via Ticketmasker. The New York Comic Con is sponsoring the show, who also invited the band to make an appearance at the convention. Frontman and co-founder Yoshiki will join Stan Lee on a panel to discuss their latest collaboration of a comic based on Yoshiki titled “Blood Dragon.” Interestingly enough, the band made their U.S. debut in New York over 20 years ago.

X Japan gained popularity in late '80s with their debut album “Vanishing Vision.” Their follow up, “Blue Blood,” was released the following year, while their third effort “Jealously” came out in 1991. The mini album “Art of Life” dropped 1993 while their final studio release “Dahlia” came out 1996. After their final LP, each of the members went on to pursue solo careers. The band reunited in 2007 and celebrated with the newly recorded song “I.V.” along with some overseas shows. Their latest release is the compilation album “The World~X Japan Hatsu no Zensekai Best~,” which came out in June of this year. They are credited with being one of the first Japanese acts to gain mainstream success while on an independent label along with being one of the pioneers of the visual kei movement, which is similar to the glam rock movement in the West.

For more information on the upcoming concert and to grab a copy of X Japan's latest release, visit their website.