Legendary Japanese rock group X JAPAN made a triumphant return to the Coachella Music & Arts Festival this past weekend, Saturday, April 21st. As one of only a few rock artists performing at the festival, X JAPAN’s powerful rock performance and elaborate production thrilled the Coachella crowd with a rousing hard rock concert, pyrotechnics and special effects that delivered both surprises and guest stars.
Mid-set, YOSHIKI of X Japan welcomed Marilyn Manson on stage to perform "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", which the Los Angeles Times described as "…a haunting rendition" of the Eurythmics’ classic. Guitarists Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) and Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses) returned for Weekend Two along with holograms of X JAPAN’s two deceased members, Hide and Taiji.
"It was such an honor to be part of this amazing festival, playing with so many great artists," says YOSHIKI of X JAPAN. "Because of our time slot, I was sad I couldn’t see Beyoncé’s show, but at the same time I was shocked so many people showed up to support us. The mosh pits surprised me, too–the audience’s energy was unbelievable. There were so many rock fans onsite, let’s bring back rock to the mainstream — rock’s not dead. Thank you to our fans and Coachella from the bottom of my heart."
Watch video of YOSHIKI’s performance with Marilyn Manson on Instagram:
X JAPAN’s second Coachella performance capped off a frenzied media week which included a sold-out GRAMMY Museum event for the band’s award-winning documentary film "WE ARE X" as well as YOSHIKI’s appearance with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on his show, "Jonesy’s Jukebox," among others. Watch YOSHIKI’s interview with Steve Jones HERE.
3. Rusty Nail
4. Kiss The Sky
7. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
8. Born To Be Free