Kiss will team up with Japanese rock star Yoshiki on Tuesday for a New Year’s Eve broadcast performance on Japan’s NHK network. The performance is part of the annual New Year’s Eve “Red and White Music Battle,” the country’s most-watched television program. The program is also broadcast worldwide.
The New Year’s Eve performance isn’t the first time Yoshiki and Kiss have collaborated; Yoshiki joined the band on stage during their End of the Road tour stops in Tokyo and Osaka. He also worked with Kiss in 1994 to create a 72-piece orchestral cover of “Black Diamond” for the tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved.
“I want us to create a performance that will have a big impact,” Yoshiki said of the New Year’s Eve collaboration. “I think we’re really going to shock people.”
For Yoshiki, Kiss was a life-saving force in his childhood as he dealt with the despair caused by the sudden death of his father. He began drumming as a way of releasing his emotional pain and was inspired by Kiss when he formed the group X JAPAN.
“Instead of banging things, I started banging drums,” he explains in the documentary, We Are X.
“It’s an honor to perform on NHK in my favorite country in the world,” said Gene Simmons in a statement. “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.”
Kohaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Music Battle) airs on the NHK network in Japan and internally on December 31st.