The Metal legends return
Andrew Trendell

11:17 7th July 2015

Metal sensation X Japan have announced a massive UK show at London's Wembley Arena. Full dates and ticket details are below. 

The band, hailed as 'the most successful rock band in the history of Japan', will be releasing their first new album in 20 years on 11 March 2016, and will mark the occasion with an album release concert and film premiere in the capital on 12 March. 

London fans are in for a treat this weekend, as X Japan founder and drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi will be in town on 11 July for the Hyper Japan festival at The O2, where they'll be premiering a new track from the album as well as a teaser trailer from their upcoming documentary film.

Watch the tour announcement video for X Japan's Wembley show below

X Japan will play London's SSE Wembley Arena on 12 March 2016. For tickets and informaiton, visit here

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