Named by the Grammy Awards poll as one of Top 3 most anticipated acts at Coachella, X JAPAN will be performing as one of the only hard rock acts on the bill both weekends. With hip-hop recently taking the reins as the #1 genre in the world, the inclusion of X JAPAN at the festival amongst the likes of Beyoncé and The Weeknd is a testament to the band’s groundbreaking success far and wide.
The band will be headlining the Mojave Stage on Saturday, April 14th and Saturday, April 21st at 11:10pm. In addition to the holograms of deceased members HIDE and TAIJI, there will be a collection of guests gracing the stage alongside X JAPAN. Bandleader and illustrious drummer/pianist, YOSHIKI, will also be returning to the stage after his emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery less than one year ago, making the performance one you cannot miss. YOSHIKI asserts: “I’ll make rock mainstream again. After being nearly paralyzed and coming back, nothing is impossible!”
As the countdown to Coachella continues, legendary platinum-certified rockers and visual-kei pioneers X JAPAN are excited to announce that they will be unveiling a very special, deeply personal moment as a gift to fans. With HIDE (lead guitar) and TAIJI (bass) joining the band on stage as holograms, the band’s hypnotic stage show will be transformed into an otherworldly experience, bringing the band full circle in preparations for their first full-length album in over twenty years.
“If [X JAPAN] were born in America, they might be the biggest band in the world.”
– Gene Simmons of KISS, WE ARE X film
“Beyoncé, The Weeknd, X Japan: Most Anticipated Coachella 2018 Performances”
— Grammy Awards
“One of the best [Coachella] bookings… a real treat”
— Consequence of Sound
“5 Takeaways from Coachella’s 2018 Lineup…
Japanese metal heroes X Japan… sure to be a blast”
“11 bands to see at Coachella 2018…
Legendary — seriously, it’s hard to overstate how huge these guys are in Japan.”
— Time Out L.A.
“X Japan’s addition to a stellar Coachella lineup will make the festival one not to miss.”
— Paste Magazine