X Japan took home the award for Best International Band Wednesday night at the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. With the members of Anthrax presenting the award, X Japan triumphed over internationally-acclaimed Rammstein (Germany), Lacuna Coil (Italy), Sepultura (Brazil), Behemoth (Poland), and Meshuggah (Sweden). X Japan was the first Asian band to ever receive a Golden Gods nomination, and joined this year’s other winners that included Avenged Sevenfold, Slash, Korn, Nikki Sixx, Slipknot, Gene Simmons and Evanescence.
“Thank you Revolver, thank you so much for recognizing us,” said Yoshiki, leader of X Japan who was present at the ceremony to accept the award.
“Some people might have heard of us, we’re from Japan. We toured North America in 2010, and did our first world tour last year. Now we are finishing our first English album that will be released worldwide, and are planning another world tour soon. And to our beloved fans, thank you so much for your support, we are going to keep on rocking.”
X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. The popularity of the band in Japan has made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion and business. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of their first American tour that same year. In 2011, they kicked off the European portion of their world tour by selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London within 30 minutes, and continued their sold-out tour by performing in Latin America and Southeast Asia.