X Japan‘s Yoshiki has announced that he will auction off his famed “crystal” piano to raise money for his devastated home country. Japan experienced an 8.9-magnitude earthquake last week immediately followed by a tsunami, which left parts of the nation in ruin.
The hard-rock frontman’s piano was custom-made by Kawai from plexi-glass, giving it its clear look. Yoshiki used the piano when X Japan played shows at the massive Tokyo Dome.
Yoshiki now lives in Los Angeles, but he was in Tokyo working on X Japan’s first North American album when the earthquake hit. He and his fellow band members have assured their fans that they are all safe and sound.
Other Japanese bands have also been letting listeners know that they are all right by posting comments on their websites. Punk-rock group Polysics stated that “Polysics members and staff are all safe” and that “Japan is in terrible trouble now so we need to do our best.” Shinji Masuko of DMBQ and the Boredoms also checked in and encouraged people to donate to the Japan relief effort.
The proceeds from Yoshiki’s “crystal” piano auction will all go toward Japanese disaster relief, and he is also accepting funds for the crisis through the Yoshiki Foundation America, his California non-profit.